In my humble (Jon Jones kind of humble) opinion, May is the best month of the dozen. The sun is beginning to shine, the flowers are in bloom, people buy me presents for my birthday and, most importantly, the sizzling summer feast of fights is in full flow. So as the fifth month begins let me run you through my favourite five fights!
5. Floyd Mayweather Jr. v. Marcos Maidana (May 3rd. MGM Grand, Las Vegas.)
Although we probably all know how this fight is going to go, I’m still looking forward to seeing it. To say Maidana has only a puncher’s chance may be a little unfair, but against Floyd Mayweather it’s impossible to give anyone more than that. “Money” will out-work Maidana, he will out box-him and, most importantly, out-speed him. Mayweather is the master of defence and a master of boxing in general. The aim of the sport is to hit and not be hit. Mayweather has perfected that.
MY PICK – Floyd Mayweather UD
4. Junior Dos Santos v. Stipe Miocic (May 31st. São Paulo, Brazil.)
In the UFC’s heavyweight division a fight like this happens too often due to how shallow it is. Dos Santos, the former champion with no chance of a title shot after losing twice to the current champion, is taking on a possible future title contender in Stipe Miocic. I’m not a fan of the matchmaking in a divisional sense, but other than that it is one hell of a fight. Miocic is young, athletic, fast and strong. JDS is experienced, well-rounded and possesses some of the best boxing in the division. This one has quality written all over it.
MY PICK – TBD (I cant give away my pick ’em winners yet)
3. Robbie Lawler v. Jake Ellenberger (May 31th . MGM, Las Vegas.)
It’s an often used cliché for some sportsmen but this fight really could boil down to which Jake Ellenberger shows up. Whichever does, though, I expect this one to be tremendous. Ellenberger is a top wrestler with hard hands but has been known to fall prey to dreaded “off nights” in his career. Lawler, on the other hand, has great defensive wrestling and also has the boxing technique and power to test the possible suspect chin of Ellenberger. Over three rounds (If it doesn’t end sooner) this could be a close one on the judge’s card.
MY PICK – TBD
2. Eddie Alvarez v. Michael Chandler (May 17th. Southaven, Mississippi.)
The fight Bellator is dubbing “The Greatest Trilogy in MMA history” which of course is a bunch of horse manure as they have only fought twice. But, damn, do I hope they are right. The first two fights were split evenly; Chandler took the first with a late submission, Alvarez took the second with a split decision. These two are about as evenly matched as possible; an advantage in any area is just a slight one. Expect this to be quick and violent from the hooter.
MY PICK – Eddie Alvarez TKO
1. Carl Froch v. George Groves (May 31st. London, England.)
This is not only the fight I’m most looking forward to this month, it’s the fight I’m most looking forward to this year. Over 80,000 fans will pack Wembley Stadium for one of the biggest rematches in British boxing history. They first met in November of last year and it was action packed all the way through. Groves, as he promised in the pre-fight press conference, came out and attacked Froch – knocking him down in the first round. Froch recovered but was dominated for the next six or so rounds. By the ninth, Froch was back in it and troubling Groves until disaster struck as referee Howard Foster stepped in and stopped the fight to the amazement of everyone in the arena and on television.
On paper, Carl Froch won the fight but in people’s minds this fight isn’t over – thus the name “Unfinished Business”. This fight will probably be like the first. Exciting at all points – that’s how both men do it. Groves with throw hard early and hope to survive the last few rounds. Froch will try to avoid the power and land shots from all angles. And even before they step in the ring the verbal sparring has begun with Groves on the attack (check out the video below).
MY PICK – George Groves decision.