The sports of boxing is coming of the biggest and most lucrative fight of the year. That fight was between Floyd Mayweather and Saul Alvarez. It can also be said that the month of September produced some shady judging. For one, judge CJ Ross ruled the dominant performance by Mayweather worthy of only a draw. Meanwhile in a fight that closed out the month judges wrongfully awarded overweight Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. a unanimous decision over journey man Bryan Vera.
Despite the judging fiasco September was a good month for the sweet science. October is booked solid with great fights that can provide the sport with the exclamation point to a great year and set the table for an exciting 2014.
Here is a list of key fights to watch in October. Let me know what fight you are looking forward to this month on twitter @richarddeocio.
Cotto vs. Rodriguez
Saturday October 5. Orlando, Florida
Miguel Cottto vs Delvin Rodriguez live on HBO. Cotto is coming of two straight losses. Now under the guidance of trainer Freddy Roach, can he get back on track and prove that he is still a top five fighter?
Bradley vs. Marquez
Saturday October 12. Las Vegas, Nevada
Tim Bradley vs Juan Manuel Marquez PPV
Both fighters hold a victory over former pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao. Bradley walked away with a controversial decision victory in 2012. Marquez has a more convincing win over Pacquiao by way of a devastating knockout victory.
Controversy is surrounding the drug testing procedure. Bradley will undergo test supervised by VADA while testing for Marquez will remain a secret for now.
Alvarado vs. Provodnikov
Saturday October 19
Mike Alvarado vs Russian Provodnikov HBO
Alvarado puts up his WBO title against an opponent who is coming off a fight of the year candidate after his grueling and punishing fight with Tim Bradley. Alvarado no stranger to hard fought battles is coming of a throw down victory over Brandon Rios, who fights Manny Pacquiao in November.
Hopkins vs Murat
Saturday October 25
Atlantic City, New Jersey
Bernard Hopkins vs Karo Murat – Showtime
It is said that father time is undefeated, with the exception of one draw to the hands of Bernard Hopkins. At age 58 Hopkins holds the record for becoming the oldest world