September is a quality over quantity month this year. There aren’t a lot of fights but the ones that are happening are absolute bangers. Here’s the lineup for the best fights of September in boxing and MMA.
September 3rd: Cyril Gane vs Tai Tuivasa (MMA)
September 4th: Andy Ruiz Jr. Vs Luis Ortiz (Boxing)
September 10th: Claressa Shields vs Savannah Marshall (Boxing) - POSTPONED
September 10th: Khamzat Chimaev vs Nate Diaz (MMA)
September 17th: Canelo Alvarez vs Gennady Golovkin (Boxing)
September 25th: Floyd Mayweather vs Mikuru Asakura (Boxing Exhibition)
September 4th: Andy Ruiz Jr. vs Luis Ortiz
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This is an interesting bout with possible title implications at heavyweight. Both men have fought top champions before. Ruiz defeated Joshua in their first bout but lost their second and Ortiz nearly put Wilder out in their first contest before also losing the rematch.
Andy Ruiz Jr.: Ruiz jr. is a very skilled and dangerous combination puncher. He’s much lighter on his feet than he appears and with very quick and powerful combinations, he’s at his best on the inside. He’s currently training under Eddy Reynoso, the same man that trains Canelo, so I expect to see a few new dimensions added to his usual slightly one-dimensional defense. He looked alright against Arreola but seemed uncomfortable. I look forward to seeing what he can do now that he’s adjusted to his new trainer.
Luis Ortiz: Luis Ortiz has been a boogeyman for a very long time. The Cuban southpaw has been avoided by most of the heavyweight kings until they can see age on him, but it doesn’t appear he’s shot quite yet. With a deadly counter left and solid defense and footwork, he’s a very technical fighter who has the power to make people think twice about making the fight a slugfest. It will be interesting to see how his precise counters work to disrupt Ruiz’s rhythm in their upcoming bout.
Prediction: Ruiz by KO. Traditionally, volume punchers give counter punchers trouble, and I think that will be the case here.
Where to watch: Live September 4th on Fox Sports at 6:10pm EST / 3:10pm PST
September 10th: Clarissa Shields vs Savannah Marshall - POSTPONED
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*The fight between Claressa Shields and Savannah Marshall has been postponed till Saturday, October 15th, 2022 due to the passing of Queen Elizabeth II.
Here’s to hoping that this fight actually happens this time, because it is a great one on paper. Claressa Shields is already a hall of fame candidate, and Savannah Marshall is possibly the most dangerous fighter in the division with a devastating 87% knockout ratio.
Claressa Shields: Shields is a volume puncher with a seemingly limitless gas tank. She doesn’t have much power, but when she’s hitting with double-digit combinations in every exchange, she doesn’t need a knockout to win. She has quick reflexes when she needs them, as well as a knack for weaving inside her opponent’s punches and sticking to them like glue.
Savannah Marshall: Savannah Marshall is one of those rare fighters that combines devastating power with crisp, clean technique. She is very comfortable at longer ranges. She can flick out her jab, and use her lead hand to bully her opponent into a position where her ungodly right hand can land.
Prediction: Shields on points. This is a 50/50 fight, so we'll see how a volume puncher takes over a technical puncher.
Where to watch: POSTPONED to Saturday, October 15, 2022.
September 17th: Canelo Alvarez vs Gennady Golovkin
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The long awaited trilogy match has finally come about. After controversy in the first fight and a razor tight second fight, it's finally time to settle the score between these two hall of fame boxers.
Canelo Alvarez: The Mexican superstar is probably well known by any boxing fan, but the rundown is simple. An intelligent body attack, combined with devastating counter shots, and slick upper body movement. He will have to up his volume against an opponent like Golovkin since he may get overwhelmed, otherwise.
Gennady Golovkin: Gennady Golovkin has long been a fan favorite due to his ferocious energy in the ring. He’s got a piston jab, devastating power, and a chin made of granite. Many thought he won the first clash with Canelo, and since then he’s done well in all his other contests. It will be interesting to see if father time has finally caught up to him in this clash.
Prediction: Canelo by Decision. I don’t think you could knock Golovkin out with a sledgehammer, but I also think Canelo has improved far more than Golovkin has since their last outing.
Where to watch: Live September 17th on DAZN at 4:40am EST / 1:40pm PST
September 25th: Floyd Mayweather vs Mikuru Asakura (Exhibition)
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Floyd Mayweather will be back in action again this September against Japanese MMA star Mikuru Asakura in an exhibition.
Floyd Mayweather Jr.: An official hall of famer and one of the greatest to ever lace up gloves, Floyd is possibly the most technically skilled fighter, ever. He is adept at avoiding damage and uses his Philly shell defense to set up cracking right-hand shots. His deep toolbox and incredibly sharp understanding of the fight game allow him to adapt to any situation.
Mikuru Asakura: A very skilled and dynamic MMA fighter, he will certainly have his work cut out for him transferring sports. While he does have striking skills and fast hands, it will be interesting to see if he can translate his MMA striking into effective boxing against one of the best defensive boxers of all time.
Prediction: Floyd Mayweather. This is an exhibition so I don’t expect either fighter to be looking for blood here, but I do expect Mayweather’s technique and boxing experience to overshadow Asakura’s youth.
Where to Watch: The bout will take place September 25th at the Saitama Super Arena in Japan. Streaming has not yet been announced.
September 3rd: Ciryl Gane vs Tai Tuivasa
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This is one of those contests where you just know you’ll end up saying ‘that was an awesome 2 minutes’ since I don’t expect this fight to go the distance.
Ciryl Gane: A very skilled striker who’s only lost to Francis Ngannou. What has me intrigued is his rarely utilized but deceptively good ground game. He has good submissions, and I think that might be the deciding factor here. Or he might just put Tai down with a counter shot, something he’s proven adept at.
Tai Tuivasa: A wild striker who specializes in forcing exchanges. Tai is a crowd pleaser that has recently looked quite good, stopping his last 5 opponents. It will be interesting to see how his gas tank and chin hold up against Ciryl’s more technical style, but he’s certainly not going to let Ciryl walk around him all night.
Prediction: Ciryl by stoppage. I think Ciryl has the better technique and the more rounded game.
Where to watch: Live September 3rd on ESPN+ at 3pm EST / 12pm PST
September 10th: Khamzat Chimaev vs Nate Diaz
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Khamzat is considered one of the best fighters at welterweight and certainly one of the best wrestlers, and Nate Diaz is a notorious fan favorite who has pulled off upsets at welterweight in the past.
Khamzat Chimaev: Chimaev is a wrestling phenom in the UFC and is coming off an impressive win over Gilbert Burns. With elite wrestling, solid striking, and sheer size on his frame, he will certainly have the odds stacked in his favor.
Nate Diaz: Nate has been the underdog many times, and he loves losing oddsmakers' money. With a combination of solid striking and jiu-jitsu serving as his base, he’s naturally a lightweight. However, he has found success before at welterweight. Can he do it again?
Prediction: Chimaev by submission. I think Chimaev is the better wrestler of the two and will get Nate on the ground where his size advantage will come out on top easily.
Where to watch: Live September 10th on ESPN+ at 10pm EST / 7pm PST
Note: All September 2022 fight information is accurate as of September 12, 2022.
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