We won't go in-depth here, instead saving that for a later time, but June is a month that deserves its attention, and since we're almost there, I'm curious to know what fight y'all are most looking forward to, because there's a lot of options stylistically.
The Heavyweights: Wladimir Klitschko and former cruiserweight king David Haye will collide on June 20 (HBO), and for my money this is most interesting heavyweight fight in years, and the first time in a long time I've actually been looking forward to a heavyweight bout -- like the idea of watching it, not just what happens.
Klitschko (52-3, 46 KO) is riding a 10-fight winning streak, which includes Ws over the likes of Chris Byrd, Lamon Brewster, Sultan Ibragimov, Hasim Rahman, and other fairly notable names of the current generation of heavies. But not one of those fights has been truly exciting. Usually, Klitschko has simply dominated with his jab, which is great for his record but poison for fans watching at home most times. The only stoppage that really sticks out during his recent run is his thunderous knockout of Calvin Brock.
Haye (22-1, 21 KO) came to the heavyweight division officially with a chaotic stoppage of Monte "Two Gunz" Barrett last November. He's angered both Klitschko brothers and a number of fans with his brash t-shirts and talk leading up to this fight. Frankly if he gets knocked out in short order (which many think will happen), he'll be eating a ton of crow. That's part of what makes this so interesting, though.
The Welterweights: Miguel Cotto tuned up with a February win over non-contender Michael Jennings, but now he's going back into the fire. His opponent on June 13 (HBO) is no tune-up: Joshua Clottey is a top five welterweight and a tough customer.
Last report was that 12,000 tickets have already been sold at Madison Square Garden for Cotto's fight with Clottey, and the biggest reason Clottey can't get more good fights is he has zero star power to go with being a rough opponent, so that speaks very highly of Cotto's fan standing right now. MSG should be awesome for this fight.
Cotto is hoping to land a fight with Manny Pacquiao should he win, but Pacquiao seems disinterested. More likely could be a rematch between Cotto and Shane Mosley. But Joshua Clottey is a very live dog here, and not much of a dog in the minds of many. If Clottey wins, that throws a wrench into a lot of potential plans, and then people simply have to fight him. Both fighters are promoted by Top Rank, but I've got the suspicion that Bob Arum will be quietly rooting for Cotto, his second-biggest cash cow.
The Sleeper Fight: Victor Ortiz bothers me when he gives interviews because he's a little "Bill & Ted," but the young man is there to fight and stop his opponents. Marcos Maidana recently acquitted himself quite well against Andriy Kotelnik. Ortiz and Golden Boy are showing a lot of brass taking a fight with Maidana, who is very high-risk and very low-reward. Maidana is still entirely unknown in the States. They headline HBO Boxing After Dark (June 27), and are paired with a nice rematch, too.
The Rematch: Chris John and Rocky Juarez went to an entertaining draw in February on the Marquez-Diaz undercard. This time they meet on neutral ground in Los Angeles. Juarez once surprisingly stuck with Marco Antonio Barrera and in the rematch, was outboxed and frustrated, losing pretty convincingly. I think the same might well happen here, but once Rocky let his hands go against John, he got him in some trouble. If Juarez -- for once in his career -- comes out ready to throw and put the pressure on, he could dethrone John as the world's #1 featherweight.