September 15th: Golovkin vs Canelo 2
The T-Mobile Arena is set to host a clash between two of the best fighters in the world. Las Vegas will see Gennady Golovkin and ‘Canelo’ Alvarez contest the pound-for-pound number one spot.
Unfortunately, nobody cares. Despite this being the fight to make and the purist boxing fan’s dream, there is no hype around it whatsoever.
Back in Spring, this rematch was white hot. The original booking of May 5th was nixed when ‘Canelo’ tested positive for a banned substance. Alvarez cleared his name but the fight’s steam had already dissipated. The saga has gone on for too long and thus the rivalry is over-marinated.
Nevertheless, this is an incredible fight. Opinions on the judges decision aside, the first contest was thrilling. The sequel is almost guaranteed to be an instant classic.
Both men have downloaded the data on the other now. They know which traps to set, what to use as bait, when to zig and when to zag. The cat-and-mouse chase will be even more nuanced. You cannot miss this one.
September 22nd: Joshua vs Povetkin
Anthony Joshua returns to Wembley on September 22nd to defend his heavyweight titles against Alexander Povetkin. This fight has been completley overshadowed by the failed Joshua/Wilder negotiations, as well as the subsequent Wilder/Fury booking.
However, this is a great fight in its own right. This is a tough title defence whether casual fans know who Povetkin is or not. Povetkin’s power is absolutely ferocious. You only have to look at his fight with David Price to see that he can topple the bigger man.
Joshua has said though that he intends to bring back the urgent style of his formative years. We could see a humdinger at Wembley.
September 28th: World Boxing Super Series Final
The final of the super middleweight World Boxing Super Series will see Callum Smith face George Groves. The two will contest the WBA super middleweight title; The Muhammad Ali Trophy; WBC Diamond and Ring Magazine belts.
As we saw with Usyk/Gassiev, there is a lot of drama to these WBSS finals. The tournaments bring together fighters that may not have met otherwise. Smith has been a promising British talent for some time and in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, he gets his shot at stardom.
For Groves, the bout is another chance to cement his place at the head of the pack. We have seen Groves evolve from a scrappy prospect with serious potential to a calculated ring general.
With that said, his fights are rarely boring, he has retained that tenacity. Smith vs Groves is a high-level fight and should be more anticipated than it is.
September 29th: Mousasi vs MacDonald
Mousasi vs MacDonald is easily the most exciting booking Bellator have ever made. Welterweight champ, Rory MacDonald challenges middleweight titilist, Gegard Mousasi.
The 185 pound champion has fought and held belts in multiple weight classes. He has an impressive resumé with wins over notable fighters in each of the divisions he has competed in.
MacDonald is arguably one of the top three welterweights in the world. I believe the winner of this fight has lineal champion status given the two resumés involved. The victor of this main event could be the best MMA fighter in the world, pound-for-pound