Matchmaker: Hamilton’s 10 Fights to Make 2012

Hamilton’s Ten Fights To Make in 2012

10. Kell Brook vs Mike Jones

Battle of undefeated highly touted fighters that has the added the promotional edge of a trans-Atlantic collision.

9. Tavoris Cloud vs. Chad Dawson

With Bernard Hopkins looking downwards as he targets a lucrative match up to wind down his fabled career; this is a showdown of prime fighters that makes sense for the division & the sport.

chad dawson

Chad Dawson needs to move on from the BHop fiasco.

8. Tomasz Adamek vs. Chris Arreola II

Entertaining heavyweight fights are about as rare as midgets in the NBA; so when one does come along it is worth pleading for an encore.

7. James Kirkland vs. Erislandy Lara

This fight would match a heavy handed slugger against a classically gifted boxer in an appetizing clash of styles. Additionally both are coming off of career defining performances & yet bigger things would await the winner of this bout.

6. Victor Ortiz vs. Brandon Rios

Now that Bam Bam Rios has fought at 135lbs for the final time & both he & former stable mate Ortiz are sans world titles you feel it is but a matter of time before a grudge match that has been brewing for years will become a very fan friendly reality.

5. Mike Alvarado vs. Lucas Matthysse

Mike Alvarado’s stock went through the roof with his highly entertaining come from behind late TKO victory over Breidis Prescott & Matthysse offers another step up in class.

4. Amir Khan vs. Marcos Maidana II

It would be a tragedy not to have a second helping of what was a modern boxing classic. Perversely, the loss to Lamont Peterson actually renders this event more likely as the lucrative match-up with Mayweather evaporates into pure folly.. for now.

3. Sergio Martinez vs. Julio Cesar Chavez Junior

Sergio Martinez

Sergio Martinez’s unconventional brilliance would serve as a supreme right of passage for JCC Junior.

This bout would offer Julio Cesar Chavez Junior the opportunity to make a believer of a highly skeptical wider boxing community. It would also present a monumental challenge in the form of the battle tested & late bloomer Sergio Martinez.

2. Lucian Bute vs. Winner of Froch-Ward

Lucian Bute is due a big 2012 – one way or another. The 31 year old needs to return to the United States for the first time since 2004 if he’s to substantiate the escalating calls for his standing as one of the pound for pound elite. A fight with the Super Six winner would allow for a more convincing argument for the prosecution on the charge of being genuine leader of the 168lb pack. The alternative (of keeping his passport un-stamped) is a KO happy version of Joe Calzaghe syndrome.

1. Miguel Cotto vs Canelo Alvarez

Miguel Cotto

Miguel Cotto can now look forward to lucrative match-ups in the wake of banishing the ghost of Margarito.

When one looks back at what was so enticing about 2008’s entry to the lineage of Mexican-Puerto Rican epics & then revisits the situation circa 2011-2012 one is left with the mouthwatering prospect of a matchup between Cotto – fresh off his cathartic beat-down of Antonio Margarito – & the 21 year old Mexican phenom Canelo Alvarez.

Matt Hamilton, for ESNews Reporting!

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