(Fights between 7/26 and 8/22)
We once again breakdown the upcoming fights and give our keys to victory for each fighter. All the fighters listed are available to draft in the upcoming fantasy boxing games at ThrowdownFantasy.com. Enjoy!
July 26 – HBO
Gennady Golovkin ($5500) vs. Daniel Geale ($4600)
Gennady Golovkin will win if he does what he's been doing: Produce high volume, land at a high rate, impose his superior strength, cut off the ring, exert big-time pressure and practice his usual effective defense.
Daniel Geale will win if he throws peppery combinations, applies sage movement and stings Golovkin from time to time to earn his respect. He must stay focused every second of every round or else he'll be run over.
Bryant Jennings ($4900) vs. Mike Perez ($4700)
Bryant Jennings will win if he applies heavy pressure and forces an inside fight.
Mike Perez will win if he picks his spots, befuddles Jennings with movement and lands sharply and smartly.
July 26 – Int’l TV
Tyson Fury ($5100) vs. Derek Chisora ($4800)
Tyson Fury will win if he manages to shake off the ring rust accumulated by having one fight in 15 months, imposes a long range fight, stays off the ropes and fights off the temptation to clown around.
Dereck Chisora will win if he channels his vengeance into serious training, bulls Fury into the ropes and relentlessly pounds the belly.
Aug. 2 - HBO
Brandon Rios ($5200) vs. Diego Chaves ($4500)
Brandon Rios will win if he doesn't rehydrate too many pounds after the weigh-in, uses his underrated jab to keep Chaves at range, regains his vaunted volume attack and seizes upon Chaves' vulnerable chin.
Diego Chaves will win if Rios' form is like the Pacquiao fight instead of the Urbano Antillon bout, if he makes Rios retreat and if he wins the volume battle.
Sergey Kovalev ($5300) vs. Blake Caparello ($4400)
Sergey Kovalev will win if he takes the fight to Caparello from the start, lands hard punches early to discourage the Australian and keeps going until the opponents drops or the referee stops the fight.
Blake Caparello will win if he utilizes his long and busy jab, lands pinpoint counters and uses constant and purposeful movement to score points. If he runs, he'll be steamrolled.
8/7 - FS1
Jerry Belmontes ($4600) vs. Abner Cotto ($4500)
Jerry Belmontes will win if he uses his superior speed of hand and foot to dart in and out and set up scoring combinations.
Abner Cotto will win if he makes Belmontes come forward and impale him at the end of his jab
8/9 - Showtime
Danny Garcia ($5200) vs. Rod Salka ($4700)
Danny Garcia will win if he learned anything from the Mauricio Herrera fight about how to deal with a pesky boxer and how to fight effectively without the underdog label.
Rod Salka will win if Garcia hasn't learned those lessons. His mobility, hand speed and long reach could bedazzle Garcia if the champ is less than his best.
Lamont Peterson ($5200) vs. Edgar Santana ($4700)
Lamont Peterson will win if he avoids Santana's early power (17 of 20 KOs within three rounds) and out-hustles him over time, which is what the 16-7-1 underdog Manuel Perez did on ESPN 2 a couple of years ago.
Edgar Santana will win if he duplicates the early success of Lucas Matthysse. If the fight gets beyond the early rounds his plodding style will be no match for Peterson's speed.
Daniel Jacobs ($5200) vs. Jarrod Fletcher ($4600)
Daniel Jacobs will win if he doesn't get caught up being a heavy favorite aiming to win a belt before his home crowd in Brooklyn. Overconfidence is death. Strategically, Jacobs must neutralize the jab and impose his far superior power.
Jarrod Fletcher will win if Jacobs is less than 100 percent mentally and if he establishes the jab early. Points boxing and effective defense will be the order of the day.
8/9 - NBC Sports
Vyacheslav "Czar" Glazkov ($4900) vs. Derric Rossy ($4500)
Vyacheslav Glazkov will win if he continues the growth he showed against Tomasz Adamek and the mental strength to not let off the gas pedal against what many perceive as a lesser opponent.
Derric Rossy will win if Glazkov's form with Adamek was a one-time mirage instead of concrete improvement.
8/15 - ESPN
Rustam Nugaev ($5000) vs. Denis Shafkiov ($4500)
Rustam Nugaev will win if he continues the Kovalev-like aggression that has marked his recent outings. All-out attack can negate the science and space Shafikov prefers.
Denis Shafikov will win if he negates Nugaev's early surge and imposes the long-range, long-distance boxing match that IBF lightweight titlist Miguel Vazquez used to beat Shafikov this past February.
8/16 - Showtime
Shawn Porter ($4900) vs. Kell Brook ($4700)
Shawn Porter will win if he raises his level to that he showed against Paul Malignaggi last time out and if his cut-prone brows escape injury.
Kell Brook will win if he uses his superb jab to rip open Porter's scar tissue and to set up his accurate power shots.
Omar Figueroa ($5100) vs. Daniel Estrada ($4800)
Omar Figueroa will win if he reports in prime condition and regains the vaunted volume attack that marked his early career as well as his classic war with Nihito Arakawa.
Daniel Estrada will win if he does to Figueroa what he did against Arakawa: Supersede the opponent's volume with even more of his own and catch Figueroa with jabs coming in. Also, hope that Figueroa is indeed less of a product that originally thought.
Sakio Bika ($4700) vs. Anthony Dirrell ($4800)
Sakio Bika will win if his bull-like strength and unorthodox punches trump Dirrell's speed and accuracy. He must also hope that Dirrell's desire for vengeance will compromise his technique.
Anthony Dirrell will win if he gets off to a faster start and uses his faster hands and more mobile feet to keep Bika from planting his feet and cranking up his power.
8/22 - ESPN
Austin Trout ($5000) vs. Daniel Dawson ($4500)
Austin Trout will win if he sticks to long-range boxing and piercing Dawson's vulnerable defense with jabs, straight lefts and crisp combinations.
Daniel Dawson will win if Trout's losses to Erislandy Lara and Saul Alvarez have taken his prime away. Pressure and power will negate skills if applied with consistency and devotion.