By Kieran Mulvaney
The boxing action is set to heat up in September, including the eagerly anticipated matchups between Andre Ward and Chad Dawson on September 8, and Sergio Martinez and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. on the 15th. Until then, while we wait out the dog days of summer, we took to Twitter and Facebook to ask which dream matchups you most wanted to see.
Some of you offered your ideal fantasy all-time contests, which yielded some intriguing responses. For example, on Twitter, @Brianjohnson197 pitched “Welterweight / Thomas Hearns vs Floyd Mayweather - Jr. Middleweight / Terry Norris vs Sergio Martinez,” while on Facebook, Robert P suggested Mayweather against Roberto Duran, a contest that he reckoned would end with a Duran KO win.
In terms of what bouts you’d most like to see over the coming months, there were a lot of familiar names – Mayweather, Martinez, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., Manny Pacquiao, Miguel Cotto and Yuriorkis Gamboa – and also someone who wasn’t on most folks’ radar screens when last we asked for your wishlists: Adrien Broner. The brash young Cincinnati lightweight seems to be gaining in popularity, to the extent that some want to see him in the ultimate test already:
“MAYWEATHER vs. BRONER” exclaimed Shandan B on Facebook. On Twitter, @Raiders4Life80 wants to see Gamboa vs Broner, while @LastBoxingFan had a couple of suggestions for Broner among a number of possible matchups: “Rigondeaux-Donaire, Alvarez-Cotto/Mayweather, Broner-Gamboa/Pacquiao, Wladimir-Vitali, Chavez-Ward.” Wladimir-Vitali? You’re not the only one to suggest that, but I think Mrs. Klitschko would like to have a word with all of you who want to see her sons go at it.
Interestingly, a few want to see Mayweather take on Pacquiao’s nominal conqueror Timothy Bradley (and of course, plenty want to see Floyd and Manny face each other). It’s also encouraging to see that a lot of you want to see more from some of the younger up-and-coming fighters who’ve been showcased on Boxing After Dark lately; for example, @MsRandall2 wants to see more of Keith Thurman Jr, who impressed with a stoppage of Orlando Lora in his HBO debut recently.
Feel free to keep the conversations going. We’re paying attention. And maybe some of those dream matchups will be among the fights we’ll see come to fruition as the boxing calendar fills in.