December 6th Is Going To Be One Huge Night Of Boxing - On Both Sides Of The Atlantic!
28.09.08 - by James Slater - This coming December the 6th, fight fans are going to be spoilt for choice. Not only will one of the most intriguing, hotly debated and potentially thrilling fights of recent years take place, in Oscar De La Hoya's showdown with pound-for-pound standout Manny Pacquiao, but there will also be the 50/50 super-middleweight world title affair between Carl Froch and Jean Pascal, two unbeaten fighters. And, by way of one more addition to this boxing feast, we will have the return bout of Amir Khan..
Article posted on 28.09.2008
December 6th promises to be some night indeed, and on both sides of the Atlantic at that. The De La Hoya-Pacquiao fight takes place in Las Vegas, of course, while the Froch-Pascal fight will be held in the slightly less glamorous, but no less atmospheric, setting of The Trent FM Arena, Nottingham. But where will the Khan return take place?
It has been widely reported how top coach Freddie Roach will be working with Khan for his first comeback fight, but how is Freddie possibly going to be in Khan's corner when the fight is up on BoxRec as taking place in Birmingham, U.K? Roach will be working "Pac-Man's" corner in Vegas for the "dream fight." He cannot be in two places at the same time, obviously. And this has prompted rumours to pop up that say Khan's fight will be held on the under-card of the big one being fought that same night in Vegas. It makes perfect sense, too.
Get Khan a decent, non too dangerous, comeback foe, and let him restore his confidence whilst taking in the big fight Las Vegas atmosphere. Khan did say, shortly after losing to Briedis Prescott, that he wanted to get back on a big stage straight away and not hide himself away. Getting a win in Las Vegas, on a huge night of boxing would do the 21-year-old the world of good. Let's see if this is how things turn out. I cannot see how Roach will be in Amir's corner if he fights anywhere other than in Nevada.
The Froch-Pascall fight will make a top class starter before the De La Hoya-Pacquiao main course. A very hard fight to pick a winner from, the two confident and hungry super-middleweights will no doubt give the fans a very good battle as they contest the vacant WBC 168 pound crown. It could go either way, and the fight could end via a KO or prove to be a desperately close distance fight. What it won't be, almost certainly, is dull. And then, after the dust settles from that one, we have the mega fight to look forward to!
The thinking here is that De La Hoya will simply be too big and too strong for Pacquiao, and he will get him out of there at some point. But we all know Manny will give it his best shot and despite what the people who have condemned this match-up say, he just might pull it off. Even if he doesn't get the win, "Pac-Man" may well succeed in busting De La Hoya up some while at the same time giving the watching fans a short yet furiously exciting war. Those in attendance and those who decide to pay so as to view will be given something to remember, of that I'm sure.
The fans won't be grumbling as they leave their seats after this one - the grand finale to a full night of top class boxing.
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