Now that Floyd Mayweather has put away Robert Guerrero, we enter into a bit of a lull in boxing. The past few months have been fast and furious, with major names like Mayweather, Nonito Donaire, Canelo Alvarez, and Sergio Martinez all in action. Along the way, we've seen some tremendous fights - Rios vs. Alvarado, Bradley vs. Provodnikov, and Garcia vs. Judah are all ones that should be discussed at the end of the year. In short, it's been a pretty great time to be a boxing fan.
Now, things slow down a bit before picking back up in early summer. To get ready for that summer rush, here's a look at the big fights on the horizon:
May 18 - Lamont Peterson vs. Lucas Matthysse; Devon Alexander vs. Kell Brook (Sho)
Peterson is on a big run right now with his wins over Amir Khan and Kendall Holt. He's definitely a fighter to be on the watch for. Winner here is likely to face Danny Garcia next to complete the unofficial tournament started with Garcia vs. Judah.
May 25 - Jean Pascal vs. Lucien Bute; Carl Froch vs. Mikkel Kessler II (HBO)
Nice double-header here with two interesting match-ups. Personally, I'm more intrigued by the Froch/Kessler rematch, but this is a solid pair.
June 8 - Chad Dawson vs. Adonis Stevenson; Yuriorkis Gamboa va. Darley Perez (HBO)
This one is all about Dawson trying to get back in the swing of things. Last year, he was dismantled by Andre Ward after a weird pair of fights with Bernard Hopkins. He needs a win here - and somehow making it exciting certainly wouldn't hurt.
June 22 - Adrian Broner vs. Paulie Malignaggi; Johnathon Banks vs. Seth Mitchell (Sho)
In the HBO/Top Rank vs. Showtime/Golden Boy split, the biggest loss to HBO was probably Broner. They've spent a lot of time building him up - now Showtime gets to reap the rewards. This is a big fight for the young superstar in the making, as he takes on the tough veteran Malignaggi. I'm pretty excited for this one.
June 29 - Gennady Golovkin vs. Matthew Macklin; Thomas Oosthuisen vs. Brian Gonzalez; Willie Nelson vs. Luciano Cuello (HBO)
This is GGG's 3rd fight of 2013 already. HBO clearly has big things in store for him, provided he keeps winning. Macklin is a great opponent for him - a step up, but not a massive one. This is the fight I am most looking forward to on the HBO schedule.
June 29 - David Haye vs. Manuel Charr
For Heavyweight fans (those who are left), Haye remains one of the sport's most entertaining figures. He makes pretty much all of his fights into shows, and even if the division doesn't have a ton to offer these days, Haye will make it interesting.
July 13 - Bernard Hopkins vs. Karo Murat (Sho)
Bernard Hopkins, still fighting. I get why a lot of people don't enjoy watching him fight at this point, but I find his technical skill to be fascinating. I loved his fight against Cloud, and I look forward to seeing what he pulls off here.
Join Bloody Elbow for much more on all of these fights as they draw near. We'll see you here!