August offers a lot more than July did for heavyweight boxing fans, and if you count the July 31st fights as the kickoff it's pretty much a shutout.
August 13: #22 Chris Arreola (28-2) vs. #95 Manual Quezada (29-5)
The first big-time fight comes on the 13th, when #22 Chris Arreola mounts another comeback against #95 Manuel Quezada. Really both fighters are looking to bounce back: Arreola from his loss to Tomasz Adamek, and Quezada from his defeat by Jason Gavern. Additionally, the fight is being promoted as the "Mexican-American Heavyweight Title."
Arreola won't get back in the top ten by beating Quezada, but he can once again put himself in position. Still, it won't prove anything to his detractors; he's already demonstrated he can beat 2nd-tier fighters like Chazz Witherspoon and Brian Minto. He needs to prove he can beat a real contender. Quezada had a long winning streak broken by Gavern, and he can make up for that loss with a win over Arreola. That would put him back near the top 25, similar to where he was before his loss, and would drop Arreola out of the top 50 and into the ranks of gatekeeper in most people's estimation.
August 21: #6 Tomasz Adamek (41-1) vs. #58 Michael Grant (46-3)
The man who recently beat Arreola, Tomasz Adamek, looks to prove he can beat an even bigger man when he takes on 6' 7" Michael Grant on August 21 for what is probably the Fight of the Month. Adamek, a former light heavyweight and cruiserweight, rose up the heavyweight rankings as fast as David Haye, who is only one spot ahead of him in the SportsRatings Heavyweight Boxing Top 100.
Though a win would make a potential title fight—whoever it was with—more interesting, Adamek won't surpass Haye in our rankings by beating Grant. The latter has been inactive lately, beating unrated Kevin Burnett for his only fight in 2010, and not fighting at all in 2009. He hasn't lost since 2003, however, when he fell to Dominick Guinn, and his only other defeats are to Jameel McCline and Lennox Lewis. Grant's comeback attempt at age 37 may be unlikely, but he can still be dangerous and has a decided size advantage over Adamek. A win would put him knocking on the door of the top ten, and possibly put him next in line for a fight against one of the similarly-tall Klitschko brothers. If Shannon Briggs, why not Grant?
August 21: #23 Robert Helenius (12-0) vs. #50 Gregory Tony (12-0)
Finland's Helenius takes on France's Tony in a battle of undefeated European prospects. Helenius is 26 and thus far a bit more accomplished than the 32-year-old former K1 kickboxer Tony. Both are tall, at 6' 6" and 6'5" respectively.
Helenius is the better-known of the two, having defeated Lamon Brewster and Gbenga Oloukun most recently. Beating Tony would be another step toward an eventual title shot, but he'd still be outside the top 10 and needs a marquee win to separate himself from the crowded pack of young Euro contenders. It's definitely a bigger opportunity for Tony, who could get his name in the mix with an upset.
August 24: #16 Timur Ibragimov (28-2-1) vs. #104 Gucharan Singh (20-0)
Coming off his biggest win, a decision over aging legend Oliver McCall in June, Timur Ibragimov seeks to continue his momentum when he faces undefeated Singh on the 24th. For a fight that won't gain him much in prestige this seems like a bit of a risk. Singh has hardly faced the best competition as a pro (only one rated fighter, journeyman Colin Kenna) and has just 11 stoppages among his 20 wins. He competed in the Olympics in 2000 as a light heavy and was more or less a cruiserweight until the last couple of years. But any undefeated fighter is an unknown quantity, and Ibragimov can have trouble with just about anyone decent.
That said, Ibragimov's experience should help him continue his climb toward an unlikely title shot at age 35. Singh, who also goes by "Guru" Nagra, is India's #1 heavyweight fighter by way of New Jersey and clearly has a lot more to gain from this bout: a leap back into the top 100 and the cheers of a billion people if he pulls off the upset.