Originally written on Pro Boxing Fans  |  Last updated 10/22/14
 Regional Rivalry Fights I Want to See in 2013 Whether it be cross-town or cross-country, regional rivalries are one of the things that help spice up the sport of boxing. Because the stakes are personal, and there might very well be only one showdown in such a rivalry, two boxers from the same city or country squaring off for bragging rights cannot help but raise the drama. Even mediocre paper match-ups get big when both guys are from the same place. To cite just one example, the all-British heavyweight showdown angle was half of why David Haye vs. Dereck Chisora was so exciting. Keeping that in mind, I have some regional rivalries I want to see settled in the coming year. Adonis Stevenson vs. Lucian Bute Credit: Team Stevenson This is the most likely of these match-ups for 2013. As I observed recently, a Stevenson vs. Bute fight for the vacant IBF super middleweight title is a highly probable outcome of the negotiations behind Froch vs. Kessler II. Stevenson is the mandatory chal...
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