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August 2011 Boxing News Round-Up
Did you miss the whole of August? Where you on a Caribbean cruise or trekking deep in the Amazon jungle? If so, don't worry about catching up on news in the boxing world. I have you covered.

August was a slow month, let down by a lack of fights. Nevertheless, in the boxing world we still found things to talk about. Here is a recap of the month, just in case you missed any of it. Brought to you by the best sites of the boxing web.

August 1st
Tyson Fury expressed his desire to take the unbeaten records of both American prospect Deontay Wilder (18-0 18KOs) and British Olympic medallist David Price (11-0 9KOs). For some reason, Fury believes these young, inexperienced guys will get him ready for the Klitschkos.  

August 2nd
Amir Khan (26-1  18KOs) showed what a good guy he is by offering Joe Gallagher and his stable of fighters the use of his gym after Gallagher was evicted from his own. More here.

Kelly Pavlik drove his boxing comeback completely off-course when he withdrew from a tune-up fight with thirty-six year old middleweight Darryl Cunningham. Speculation as to the reason was rife, with no explanation forthcoming from the Pavlik camp. Pavlik's goal of then fighting Lucian Bute for the IBF title was completely shattered. The next day Pavlik (37-2  32KOs) offered the explanation that he withdrew because he was given an insulting purse offer for both fights.

August 3rd
The Erik Morales – Lucas Matthysse WBC light welterweight title fight was added onto the Mayweather – Ortiz card, making it one of the most exciting of the year. Dubbed “Star Power”, the card promises to make magic happen.

Amir Khan announced his desire to fight Floyd Mayweather at Wembley stadium sometime in 2012. As if we didn't know already...

August 4th
The WBC suggested Tim Bradley will get first option against the winner of Morales – Matthysse. This is especially bad news for Amir Khan, who hoped to pick up another belt in the Light Welterweight before his move up to Welterweight in 2012.

August 6th
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr announced he will be fighting Ronald Hearns, on September 17 against the advice of Top Rank CEO Bob Arum. Obviously both fighters have famous fathers, but they are trying to carve out their own legends in boxing. Of the two, Chavez Jr (43-0  30KOs) is undeniably the better fighter. 

August 7th
It was confirmed that heavyweight Chris Arreola (33-2  28KOs) will be fighting on September 15. The opponent is as yet unknown, but my guess is Dereck Chisora (14-1  9KOs), who is desperate to rebound from his July defeat to Tyson Fury.

August 10th
Ricky Hatton announced a return to boxing..as a trainer. Not that there was much of a chance in the first place, but this puts paid to any possibility of “The Hitman” fighting again.

August 11th
Sky Sports announced it is through with UK pay-per-view boxing. The satellite giant blamed dull fights and a humanitarian concern with asking already subscribed customer to shell out for individual fights. In the UK things are looking pretty good however, as network station Channel Five recently did very well in showing the Tyson Fury – Dereck Chisora fight.

August 13th
David Tua lost to Monte Barrett and with that ruined any chance of a title shot. Tua (52-4-2  43KOs), a popular fighter and one-time world title contender, was subpar throughout the entire fight with journeyman Barrett. Realising a loss was on the cards, Tua came alive in the final rounds and rocked Barrett but he was not able to close the deal. 

Joseph Agbeko was dealt a low-blow by referee Russell Mora as he lost an IBF and WBC bantamweight title match to Mexican Abner Mares. It was a thrilling and close fight, marred only by Mares' repeated low-blows and referee Russell Mora's failure to punish him.

August 14th
Amir Khan decided he'd like to face the winner of Morales – Matthysse. Earlier in the month, it was reported that Timothy Bradley was next in line to fight the winner, however a fight between Khan and the winner of the pair looks likely.

August 16th
Lucian Bute ended speculation and announced he will fight Glen Johnson on November 5. This followed a protracted search for an opponent to fight the IBF Super Middleweight champion after Kelly Pavlik dropped out.

August 18th
The much anticipated Robert Guerrero – Marcos Maidana was cancelled due to “The Ghost” Guerrero (29-1  18KOs) suffering a torn tendon. Amir Khan reacted very badly to the news, sparking a Twitter when he accused Maidana of paying Guerrero to throw the fight.

Tyson Fury announced he will fight on September 17, with the opponent as yet unknown. Since beating Dereck Chisora in July, Fury has built up a lot of hype in the media and many are looking for him to carry on his rapid progress in the heavyweight division. 

August 20th
Shannon Briggs declared he will make a comeback to the ring. The thirty-nine year old heavyweight was last seen taking a brutal beating from Vitali Klitschko, but eleven months on Briggs feels he is ready to take revenge.

August 25th
British prospect George Groves rejected Matchroom and signed with Frank Warren instead. After thirteen wins and no defeats, the twenty-three year old is regarded as a major British Super Middleweight prospect. Groves currently holds the BBBofC Super Middleweight Title.

The Chavez Jr – Hearns fight was cancelled after Chavez Jr sustains a hand injury. Controversy ruled, however, as Chavez Junior said he got the injury weeks ago, despite having sparred since then. 

August 27th
Aleksandr Povetkin beat Ruslan Chagaev to claim the WBA world title. It was a good fight between the pair and although each had their moments, Povetkin (21-0  15KOs) was the clear winner. He is now slated to fight ageing legend Evander Holyfield in an ill-advised title bout.

In the same card, Robert Helenius knocked out Siarhei Liakhovich despite trailing the whole fight. Unbeaten Helenius is now seen as a major prospect and will soon be fighting a top 5 contender.

August 31st
An Adrien Broner-Ricky Burns fight was confirmed for November 26. The Scottish WBO Super Featherweight Champion Burns will have his hands full, as number one ranked contender Broner is unbeaten after twenty one fights. 

August Round-Up
A very disappointing month for boxing, with too many high profile cancellations and drop outs. The fights that did go ahead were subject to controversy, with poor refereeing decisions and fighter taking low blows. August 2011 is a month best left forgotten. At least September looks exciting, with Vitali Klitschko, Yuriorkis Gamboa, Tyson Fury, Floyd Mayweather, Erik Morales, Saul Alvarez and many, many more all getting in the ring. So don't despair, boxing fans. Good times are ahead.

What did you think of August – did the cancellations and drop outs make you mad?