A lot of names are boxing this weekend but two big names won’t be. Before getting into the details, the subplot in the boxing world in America is that pro. boxing is being featured again on network (terrestrial) TV. Ricky Burns and Guillermo Rigondeaux won’t be boxing this weekend as their respective opponents were unable to fight due to extenuating circumstances. Now onto who’s fighting and when they’re on.
Friday is all about Canada with the ring return of Jean Pascal as he faces Aleksy Kuziemski on WealthTV. Eleider Alvarez vs. Danny McIntosh and David Lemieux vs. Albert Ayrapetyan are also on the bill. The early action on Saturday for a change is both European, and American. Saturday’s early innings will include the ‘Three Kings’ bill (well two kings now..) from London, courtesy of BoxNation. George Groves vs. Glen Johnson, Billy Joe Saunders vs. Nick Blackwell, Steve O’Meara vs. Liam Smith and Tony Conquest vs. Neil Dawson. BoxNation and SuperSport are also showing Arthur Abraham vs. Mehdi Bouadla as well as several of the undercard matches. BoxNation and SuperSport will join HBO in showing Nonito Donaire vs. Jorge Arce.
CBS is host to the start of the Golden Boy Promotions extravaganza that culminates on Showtime. This bill features an amazing number of matches chock full of interesting boxers (a lot of Olympians). CBS will broadcast Leo Santa Cruz vs. Alberto Guevara and Joseph Diaz vs. Vicente Alfaro. It seems that they will also show Marcus Browne vs. Ritchie Cherry and Errol Spence Jr. vs. Richard Andrews. Whether Dominic Breazeale’s bout will be on the airwaves, is even less clear. Showtime Extreme, Showtime and Sky Sports will keep things going with the man of the weekend, Amir Khan, vs. Carlos Molina. The undercard includes Deontay Wilder vs. Kelvin Price, Shawn Porter vs. Julio Diaz and Alfredo Angulo vs. Jorge Silva. Telefutura’s Solo Boxeo Tecate continues Golden Boy Promotions’ busy weekend with Paul Mendez vs. Leter Gonzalez.
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 14TH DECEMBER:
WealthTV – 7:00 p.m ET/ 00:00 GMT
Jean Pascal (26-2-1) vs. Aleksy Kuziemski (23-4-0). Cruiserweight, 12 rounds.
- Jean Pascal’s injury problems have kept him out of the ring for a year and a half. Ring rust could be a factor against Aleksy Kuziemski, but apart from that Pascal should be able to beat Kuziemski.
Eleider Alvarez (10-0-0) vs. Danny ‘The Big Mac’ McIntosh (13-3-0). Light heavyweights, 10 rounds.
-Eleider Alvarez showed very promising boxing skills the last time around. Danny McIntosh is definitely the underdog.
David Lemieux (27-2-0) vs. Albert Ayrapetyan (20-3-0). Middleweights, 10 rounds.
-David Lemieux’s still on the comeback trail, buoyed by the 1st round KO that he delivered in his two months ago. Albert Ayrapetyan lost his last match and doesn’t seem to be on the same level as Lemieux…as always, let’s see.
SATURDAY 15TH DECEMBER:
BoxNation – 20:00 GMT / 3:00 p.m. ET
‘Saint’ George Groves (15-0-0) vs. Glen ‘the Road Warrior’ Johnson (51-17-2). Super middleweights, 12 rounds.
- George Groves should really win, as Glen Johnson should really have stayed retired. Johnson was definitely a great boxer, but no man defeats time. Groves is a definitely a good, improving boxer and is 19 (yes ,19 years!) younger than Johnson. If Johnson somehow wins, Groves will have a lot of explaining to do.
‘Superb’ Billy Joe Saunders (15-0-0) vs. Nick Blackwell (12-1-0). Middleweights, 12 rounds.
- Billy Joe Saunders bring his undefeated record into the ring against Nick Blackwell. Saunders isn’t giving Blackwell much of a chance against him, not that Blackwell’s affected by Saunders’ comments.
Steve O’Meara (16-2-0) vs. Liam ‘Beefy’ Smith (12-0-1). Light middleweights, 12 rounds.
-Liam Smith is popular and well regarded, but Steve O’Meara’s a Londoner, so expect that to be evident in the fan support on the night. Not sure if this one will be close or not, but the general expectation is that Smith will continue his ascendancy.
Tony ‘the Conqueror’ Conquest (10-0-0) vs. Neil Dawson (10-1-0). Cruiserweights, 10 rounds.
- Tony Conquest vs. Neil Dawson should be a competitive match. Well this is boxing so I could be proven completely wrong…
BoxNation & SuperSport – 23:30 GMT / 6:30 p.m. ET
‘King’ Arthur Abraham (35-3-0) vs. Mehdi Bouadla (26-4-0). Super middleweights, 12 rounds.
-Arthur Abraham fights Mehdi Bouadla in what is hopefully a prelude to a more high profile fight. If I had my way it would be an Andre Dirrell rematch.
CBS – 4:30 p.m. ET / 21:30 GMT
Leo Santa Cruz (22-0-1) vs. Alberto Guevara (16-0-0). Bantamweights, 12 rounds.
-Leo Santa Cruz was in a gruelling contest only a month ago. Guevara hasn’t faced the quality that Santa Cruz has and should be on the way to his first loss.
Joseph Diaz Jr. (0-0-0) vs. Vicente Alfaro (5-2-0). Featherweights, 4 rounds.
-Olympian Joseph Diaz Jr. makes his professional debut against Vicente Alfaro.
Marcus Browne (1-0-0) vs. Ritchie Cherry (3-5-0). Light Heavyweights, 4 rounds.
-Marcus Browne is another Olympian on the road to establishing a career with his second pro. bout as he faces Ritchie Cherry.
Errol Spence Jr. (1-0-0) vs. Richard Andrews (5-2-3). Welterweights, 4 rounds.
-Errol Spence Jr. impressed quite a bit in his first professional debut. Richard Andrews has a better record than Spence’s last opponent.
Showtime Extreme, Showtime & Sky Sports – 9:00 p.m. ET, 10.30 p.m. ET & 02:00 GMT
Amir ‘King’ Khan (26-3-0) vs. Carlos Molina (17-0-1). Light welterweights, 12 rounds.
-Amir Khan’s stepping into this one with a few new tricks up his sleeve, or at least the expectation is that he’ll have a different perspective courtesy of Virgil Hunter. Carlos Molina isn’t expected to win and I will be absolutely, undeniably, f’ing shocked if he does.
Deontay ‘the Bronze Bomber’ Wilder (25-0-0) vs. Kelvin ‘the Price is Right’ Price (13-0-0). Heavyweights, 10 rounds.
-Deontay Wilder is a massive heavyweight who not only has the physical talents, but also won an Olympic bronze. His competition to date has been relatively unimpressive (he stopped all of them), but there’s no denying that Wilder can’t be dismissed when talking about heavyweight contenders. Kelvin Price started his pro. boxing career at a late age and there’s nothing that indicates that he’ll win this one.
Alfredo ‘Perro’ Angulo (21-2-0) vs. Jorge Silva (19-2-2). Middleweights, 10 rounds.
-Alfredo Angulo made a solid impression in his last fight, which was after an extended absence. Jorge Silva seems comparable to Angulo’s last opponent, which doesn’t bode well for Silva.
Shawn ‘Showtime’ Porter (20-0-0) vs. Julio ‘the Kidd’ Diaz (40-7-0).
-Shawn Porter certainly has a lot of attributes, but he isn’t the finished article. Will the experienced Julio Diaz be able to exploit the unfinished elements of Porter’s game?
HBO, BoxNation, SuperSport – 9:30 p.m. ET / 02:30 GMT
Nonito ‘the Filipino Flash’ Donaire (30-1-0) vs. Jorge Arce (61-6-2). Super bantamweights, 12 rounds.
-Nonito Donaire is challenged by the respected, but ring worn Jorge Arce. Donaire’s fans won’t make too much of his choice of opponent. I like Donaire and accept that he’s one of the elite, but his decision not to fight stable mate Guillermo Rigondeaux (and the excuses that he has made) lessens my opinion of him quite a bit (not that he cares).
Telefutura’s Solo Boxeo Tecate – 11:00 p.m. ET / 04:00 GMT
Paul ‘el Gallo Negro’ Mendez (10-2-1) vs. Leter ‘el Cubanito’ Gonzalez (12-7-4). Super Middleweights, 10 rounds.
-Paul Mendez impressed in his last match against the more than capable DonYil Livingston. Leter Gonzalez is at least on par with Mendez last foe (maybe a step above) and he’s Cuban. Since he’s Cuban, don’t let the relatively limited professional record fool you. Gonzalez is 35 and like most Cubans probably has a lot of amateur experience.
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