The Holiday season is usually a bit of a lull for the boxing calender. But there are still fights remaining to look forward to in 2017:
December 9: Orlando Salido vs. Miguel Roman
This one might not have a lot of relevance for the upper echelons of the sport, but expect a war just the same. Salido and Roman are both graduates of the Mexican School of Hard Knocks–each man turned professional as a teenager and has over 60 professional bouts. Between them they have a combined record of 101-25-4.
December 2: Miguel Cotto vs. Sadam Ali
According to the WBO, Cotto is the world champion at 154 pounds. But that vacant trinket he claimed by virtue of defeating Yoshihiro Kamegai last August couldn’t have less value if it had fallen out of a box of cracker jacks. However, he is a true legend and a future Hall of Famer. And this bout with Ali may very well be his final performance. For that reason, it has historical significance. And Cotto has rarely been in a bad fight, so expect it to be entertaining.
November 25: Sergey Kovalev vs. Vyacheslav Shabranskyy
This will be Kovalev’s return bout after getting TKO’d by Andre Ward earlier this year. He has looked unstoppable for most of the past five years, but is now riding a two-fight losing streak. Shabranskyy is no soft touch. The Ukrainian is a top-10 talent at 175 pounds. His only loss came to the very skilled Sullivan Barrera.
December 9: Vasyl Lomachenko vs. Guillermo Rigondeaux
It does not get any better than this one for a boxing purist. Lomachenko and Rigondeaux are possibly the two greatest amateur boxers of all time. Between them, they have four Olympic gold medals and a combined amateur record of 859-13. Lomachenko has definite advantages when it comes to youth and size, but Rigo is a wizard. This will be more chess match than slugfest, but the historical significance here is monumental.