Marcos Maidana vs. Erik Morales and the Top 20 Can't Miss Fights in April

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Marcos Maidana vs. Erik Morales and the Top 20 Can't Miss Fights in April

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    This will be a special extended edition of "The Top Can't Miss Fights" for April, which is a month that will feature several PPV events, the finals of the Showtime Bantamweight Tournament, more Friday Night Fights and feature bouts on HBO.

    Fighters featured this month include, Abner Mares, Joseph Agbeko, Andre Berto, Victor Ortiz, Robert Guerrero, Michael Katsidis, Juan Manuel Lopez, Amir Khan, Tomasz Adamek, Erik Morales and Marcos Maidana.

Notable Mentions

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    LAS VEGAS - NOVEMBER 22:  Ricky Hatton of England (R) attacks Paulie Malinaggi of USA during their Light-welterweight title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on November 22, 2008 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by John Gichigi/Getty Images)
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    Giovanni Lorenzo (29-3) vs. Hassan N’Jikam (25-0)—April 2

    Paulie Malignaggi (28-4) vs. Jose Miguel Cotto (32-2-1)—April 9

    Danny Garcia (20-0) vs. Nate Campbell (33-7-1)—April 9

    Anthony Mundine (40-4) vs. Garth Wood (10-1-1)—April 13

    Luis Collazo (30-4) vs. Franklin Gonzalez (13-8)—April 13

    Omar Andres Navarez (33-0) vs. Cesar Seda (20-0)—April 15

    Ruslan Provodnikov (18-1) vs. Ivan Popoca (15-0)—April 15

No. 20: Raul Garcia vs. Rommel Asenjo

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    When: April 30th on Fox Deportes

    Raul Garcia (29-1, 17 KO) will be taking on Rommel Asenjo (20-2, 16 KO) for the WBO minimumweight title in Mexico City.

    Garcia's only loss came in 2010 when he lost to undefeated fighter Nkosinathi Joyi (21-0). He makes his third return bout after winning a split-decision to then undefeated Luis De la Rosa in October.

No. 19: Demetrius Andrade vs. Omar Bell

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    When: April 22nd on ESPN2 Friday Night Fights.

    Undefeated 2007 Amateur World Champion Demetrius Andrade (12-0, 8 KO) will fight for the second time this year against Omar Bell (8-1, 5 KO).

    Andrade shutout Alberta Herrera in January in the season debut of FNF.

    The bout will be broadcast from Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut.

No. 18: Hozumi Hasegawa vs. Jhonny Gonzalez

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    When: April 8th in Kobe, Japan.

    Current WBC Featherweight Champion Hozumi Hasegawa (29-3, 12 KO) defends his title against 50-fight veteran Jhonny Gonzalez (47-7, 41 KO).

    Gonzalez has finished all seven opponents since being defeated by Toshiaki Nishioka in 2009.

    Hasegawa only had one victory in 2010 versus Juan Carlos Burgos after being knocked out by Fernando Monitel earlier that year.

No. 17: Henry Lundy vs. Patrick Lopez

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    When: April 1st on ESPN2 from Mashantucket, Conn.

    Philadelphia-born fighter Henry Lundy (19-1-1, 10 KO) fights for the vacant NABF lightweight title versus Patrick Lopez (20-3, 12 KO).

    Lopez is coming off a third-round TKO defeat against Tim Coleman while Lundy made a successful comeback against Omri Lowther last August but hasn't fought since.

No. 16: Robert Stieglitz vs. Dimitri Sartison

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    Robert Stieglitz
    Robert Stieglitz

    When: April 9th in Magdeburg, Germany.

    This may be the most anticipated bout in Germany for the month as Robert Stieglitz (39-2, 23 KO) fights for the WBO super-middleweight title. His opponent will be Germany's own Dmitri Sartison (27-1, 17 KO).

    Sartison is on a five-fight win streak since losing to Mikkel Kessler in 2008, including wins over Khoren Gevor and Stjepan Bozic. Stieglitz is ranked seventh in the division by Ring Magazine and is 8-0 since losing to former super-middleweight champion Librado Andrade, also in 2008.

No. 15: Tomasz Adamek vs. Kevin McBride

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    NEWARK, NJ - DECEMBER 11:  Tomasz Adamek punches Steve Cunningham  during their IBF Cruiserweight Championship fight on December 11, 2008 at The Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.  Tomask won a split decision.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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    When: April 9th on Integrated Sports PPV.

    Current IBF Heavyweight Champion Tomasz Adamek (43-1, 28 KO) takes on his sixth opponent in the heavyweight division since moving up from cruiserweight in 2009. Adamek is ranked fourth in the division by Ring Magazine.

    His opponent is Kevin McBride (35-8, 29 KO) who has only won one bout in his last five fights. His most notable victory came over Mike Tyson in 2006; the fight that put Tyson into retirement.

No. 14: David Lemieux vs. Marco Antonio Rubio

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    When: April 8th on ESPN2 Friday Night Fights from Monteal, Canada.

    Another undefeated record will be on the line when David Lemieux, who is ranked 10th in the division by Ring Magazine, (25-0, 24 KO) fights former WBC middleweight title contender Marco Antonio Rubio (49-5-1, 42 KO).

    Lemieux has finished all but one opponent, including a first-round knockout win over Hector Camacho Jr. It was his fourth of five victories in 2010.

    Rubio has gone 6-0 since being defeated by Kelly Pavlik in 2009.

No. 13: Victor Manuel Cayo vs. Tim Coleman

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    Victor Cayo
    Victor Cayo

    When: April 29th on ESPN2 Friday Night Fights.

    Dominican Republic-born fighter Victor Cayo (26-1, 18 KO) fights for the third time since losing to Marcos Maidana. His opponent will be Tim Coleman (18-1-1, 5 KO), who has a knockout victory over Patrick Lopez. Coleman's lone defeat came at the hands of James De la Rosa in 2008.

No. 12: Vanes Martirosyan vs. Saul Roman

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    NEW YORK - JUNE 05:  Vanes Martirosyan (C) celebrates defeating Joe Green with his trainer Freddie Roach (L) after the NABF & NABO super welterweight fight on June 5, 2010 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. Matirosyan wins by unanimo
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    When: April 23rd on Fox Deportes.

    Undefeated light middleweight contender Vanes Martirosyan (29-0, 18 KO) will be fighting for the vacant WBC Silver light middleweight title versus Saul Roman (34-8, 29 KO) at the WinStar Casino in Oklahoma.

    The Armenian-born fighter will look to get his second win of the year against the 30-year-old from Mexico.

    Martirosyan is ranked sixth in the division by Ring Magazine.

No. 11: Robert Helenius vs. Samuel Peter

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    NEW YORK - OCTOBER 06:  Samuel Peter of Nigeria lands a left on Jameel McCline during their WBC Heavyweight Championship bout on October 6, 2007 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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    When: April 2nd in Halle, Germany.

    Former WBC Heavyweight Champion Samuel Peter (34-4, 27 KO) fights undefeated prospect Robert Helenius (14-0, 9 KO).

    Helenius went 4-0 in 2010 including wins over Lamon Brewster and Attila Levin. Peter is coming off a 10th-round technical knockout loss to Wladimir Klitschko.

    The 27-year-old from Sweden will be looking to take out one of the more popular heavyweights still left in the division.

No. 10: James Kirkland vs. Nobuhiro Ishida

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    LAS VEGAS - NOVEMBER 22:  James Kirkland stands in the ring before he takes on Brian Vera during their middleweight fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena November 22, 2008 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by John Gichigi/Getty Images)
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    When: April 9th on HBO PPV.

    James Kirkland (27-0, 24 KO) recently returned to the ring early in March after a two-year absence from the sport, which he spent fighting court battles and serving a prison sentence for a firearm charge. He was released in September 2010 after serving half of a 24-month sentence.

    After defeating his second opponent of the month, Jhon Berrio, Kirkland quickly scheduled his next bout for the undercard of Maidana vs. Morales. His opponent is Japanese-born fighter Nobuhiro Ishida (22-6, 7 KO). Ishida has never been knocked out, even with six professional defeats.

No. 9: Chris John vs. Daud Cino Yordan

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    When: April 17th in Jakarta, Indonesia.

    Undefeated Indonesian-born fighter Chris John (44-0, 22 KO) returns for the third time in the last two years against Daud Cino Yordan (27-1, 21 KO). Yordan had a short two-fight stint on HBO when he took on Roberto Guerrero and Celestino Caballero.

    John is ranked third in the featherweight division by Ring Magazine behind Juan Manuel Lopez and Yuriorkis Gamboa.

No. 8: Amir Khan vs. Paul McCloskey

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    MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 08:  Amir Khan faces the media as he announces his next defence of the WBA light-welterweight title against Paul McCloskey at a press conference at the Lowery Hotel on February 8, 2011 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Alex
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    When: April 16th on HBO (tape delay).

    Amir "King" Khan (24-1, 17 KO) fights the unbeaten fighter Paul McCloskey (22-0, 12 KO) in the M.E.N. arena in Manchester, United Kingdom.

    Khan is coming off a "Fight of the Year" candidate versus Marcos Maidana, while McCloskey finished his last five opponents. He is also ranked second in the division by Ring Magazine behind potential opponent Timothy Bradley.

    The fight will be for the WBA world light-welterweight title.

No. 7: Ivan Calderon vs. Giovani Segura 2

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    When: April 2nd on Integrated Sports PPV.

    Their first fight was Ring Magazine's 2010 "Fight of the Year."

    Ivan Calderon (34-1-1, 6 KO) suffered his first professional defeat after top 10 pound-for-pound fighter Giovanni Segura (26-1-1, 22 KO) knocked him out in the eighth round of their action-packed title fight in August.

    It will be for the WBO light flyweight title and the top spot in the division.

No. 6: Juan Manuel Lopez vs. Orlando Salido

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    LAS VEGAS - DECEMBER 06:  (L-R) Juan Manuel Lopez of Puerto Rico connects a left to the head of Sergio Medina of Argentina during their WBO junior featherweight title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena December 6, 2008 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Et
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    When: April 16th on Showtime.

    2010 "Fighter of the Year" candidate and Ring Magazine's No. 1 featherweight, Juan Manuel Lopez (30-0, 27 KO) will be looking to keep his perfect record when he takes on Orlando Salido (34-11-2, 22 KO) in the main event on Showtime.

    Lopez went 3-0 in 2010 including three stoppage wins over Rafael Marquez, Bernabe Concepcion and Steven Luevano.

    Salido hasn't fought since losing to Yuriorkis Gamboa in September. It was a wild fight that saw several knockdowns and point deductions. He lost a unanimous decision over 12 rounds of featherweight action.

No. 5: Vic Darcinyan vs. Yonnhy Perez

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    When: April 23rd on Showtime.

    Colombian-born fighter Yonnhy Perez (20-1-1, 14 KO) fights the tough Vic Darcinyan (35-3-1, 27 KO) in the co-main event of the bantamweight finals on Showtime. Perez is ranked sixth in the division by Ring Magazine while Darcinyan is ranked eighth.

    Both are coming off decision losses. Darcinyan dropped a split-decision over undefeated boxer Abner Mares while Perez lost to Joseph Agbeko in a rematch of their 2009 bout, which Perez won.

No. 4: Marcos Maidana vs. Erik Morales

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    LAS VEGAS - DECEMBER 11:  Marcos Maidana of Argentina is lifted up by Sebastian Contursi after Maidana was defeated by Amir Khan of England by unanimous decision in their WBA super lightweight title fight at Mandalay Bay Events Center on December 11, 2010
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    When: April 9th on HBO PPV.

    The main event of the first major PPV of the month between Marcos Maidana (29-2, 27 KO) and Erik Morales (51-6, 35 KO) will be an intriguing affair between two of the toughest fighters in boxing. The 12-round bout will be for the interim WBA world light welterweight title.

    Morales went 3-0 in 2010 after returning from a mini-retirement which started in 2007 after suffering his fourth consecutive loss to David Diaz.

    Maidana is ranked third in the division by Ring Magazine.

No. 3: Andre Berto vs. Victor Ortiz

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    When: April 16th on HBO.

    Victor Ortiz (28-2-2, 22 KO) makes his ring return on HBO since earning a hard-fought majority-draw against Lamont Peterson in December. His opponent will be WBO Welterweight Champion Andre Berto (27-0, 21 KO). Berto had two knockout victories in 2010 over Carlos Quintana and Freddy Hernandez.

    The fight will be for the WBC welterweight title.

No. 2: Joseph Agbeko vs. Abner Mares

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    When: April 23rd on Showtime.

    This IBF bantamweight title fight will crown the Showtime bantamweight tournament champion. Ring Magazine ranked fighters Abner Mares (fourth) (21-0-1, 13 KO) takes on Joseph Agbeko (third) (28-2, 22 KO) from Accra, Ghana.

    Bantamweight kingpin Nonito Donaire will be on target for the winner of this fight.

No. 1: Robert Guerrero vs. Michael Katsidis

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 15:  Michael Katsidis of Australia celebrates beating Kevin Mitchell of England in the third round to retain the WBO Lightweight Championship of the World at Boleyn Ground on May 15, 2010 in London, England.  (Photo by Warren Little/
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    When: April 9th on HBO PPV.

    Perhaps this is the best style clash of the month between boxer Robert Guerrero (28-1-1, 18 KO) and action-fighter Michael Katsidis (27-3, 22 KO). The WBO lightweight title will be on the line in this co-main event of the Maidana vs. Morales PPV card on HBO.

    The winner of this bout will take one big step in earning a lightweight title shot versus the top fighters in the division including Juan Manuel Marquez and Humberto Soto. Katsidis lost to Marquez in a "Fight of the Year" candidate by ninth-round technical knockout.

    Guerrero hasn't been defeated since his only career loss in 2005.

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