The Olympics come to a close this weekend. With it, we’ll get to see who the bronze, silver and gold winners in the men’s competition are. By the time this is published we’ll know some of those names and hopefully be introduced to a few of the next stars in boxing. There aren’t a plethora of pro boxing matches on TV and they feature lower profile boxers, but we might still have some solid boxing. The rematch between Bryan Vera and Sergio Mora is the highlight on Telefutura’s ‘Solo Boxeo.’ ESPN’s ‘Friday Night Fights’ has the undefeated boxers Darley Perez and Yenifel Vicente. Fox Deportes has super bantamweights and lightweights.
Read on for the full ‘Weekend in Boxing.’
As always, this is some of what’s being televised and what I’ll try my best to watch.
FRIDAY 10th AUGUST:
Olympic Semifinals: BBC / NBC Networks (check listings) –8.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m / 13.30 to 22.30
-Semifinals: men’s light fly, bantam, light welter, middle, heavy, flyweight, lightweight, welter, light heavy, super heavy.
Friday Night Fights: ESPN2/ESPN3 – 10.00 p.m. ET/ 03.00 GMT.
Darley Perez (25-0-0) vs. Baha Mamadjonov (11-0-0). Lightweights, 10 rounds.
- Darley Perez was supposed to face Michael Katsidis, but the training injury suffered by Katsidis scuppered that one. Instead we’ve got a clash of undefeated boxers. Even though Darley Perez is only three years older than Baha Mamadjonov, he has twice as many pro bouts. While this is worth noting, the discrepancy is probably due to the boxer from Uzbekistan having a longer amateur career. If that’s the case then we might have a case of six of one, half a dozen of the other and actually end up with a good contest.
Yenifel Vincente (23-0-2) vs. Chris ‘the Hitman’ Avalos. (19-2-0). Super bantamweights, 10 rounds.
- It looks like the Dominican Republic wants to step out from the shadow of their famous boxing neighbours. Yenifel Vicente’s going to try make a statement in the deep super bantamweight division. Chris Avalos’ two losses were by decision and his K.O rate is over 70%, so he might have something to say about Vicente’s ambitions.
SATURDAY 11th AUGUST:
Olympic finals: BBC / NBC Networks (check listings) –3.30 p.m. to 10.15 p.m / 15.30 to 22.15
- Finals: light fly, bantam, light welter, middle and heavy.
Telefutura – Solo Boxeo – 12 a.m. EST / 05.00 GMT
Bryan Vera (20-6-0) vs. Sergio ‘the Latin Snake’ Mora (23-2-2). Middleweights, 10 rounds.
- This is a rematch of their entertaining middleweight clash from February. Bryan Vera upset his fellow ‘Contender’ (sort of America’s version of Prizefighter) via decision in that one. It’s safe to say that Mora’s looking for revenge on Saturday. Both guys have fought some good names, so even though they aren’t world-beaters, they’ve earned their share of credibility.
Antonio Escalante (27-4-0) vs. Leonilo ‘Veneno’ Miranda (32-4-0). Featherweights, 8 rounds.
- I can’t remember if I’ve ever seen either of these guys fight before. Having not had the time to watch any of their earlier bouts, on paper this one looks like it’ll be close.
Fox Deportes – 10 p.m. ET/ 03.00 GMT
Daniel ‘Tremendo’ Estrada (28-2-0) vs. Adrian Verdugo (22-5-2). Lightweights, 12 rounds.
- This one should be competitive. Won’t know until Saturday…
Hugo ‘el Incredible’ Cazares (36-7-2) vs. Daniel ‘el General’ Diaz (19-3-1). Super bantamweights.
- The co-main event. Cazares is 8 years older, but this should be another competitive one
SUNDAY 12th AUGUST:
Olympic finals: BBC / NBC Networks (check listings) –8.30 a.m. to 10.15 a.m / 13.30 to 15.15
- Finals: fly, lightweight, welter, light heavy and super heavy.
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