WEEKEND IN BOXING 16, 17 & 18 NOV.: FROCH/MACK; BRONER/DEMARCO; BELLEW/BOLONTI; MITCHELL/BANKS; YAFAI/NETTUNO; CARDLE/AGUILAR; VILORIA/MARQUEZ; D.HOPKINS/COLLINS; SANTANA/GARCIA; RAMIREZ/UPSHAW; PERIBAN/SIERRA; A.COTTO/RODRIGUEZ; LO GRECO/SOSTRE


Showtime’s ‘ShoBox: The New Generation’ starts the ball rolling on Friday with Angelo Santana vs. Juan Garcia and Joey Hernandez vs. James Winchester.  Omar Henry was supposed to have headlined the bill, but had to undergo gall bladder surgery.  Hopefully he recovers fully and God bless!

Lucian Bute fought two weekends ago and this Saturday it’s Carl Froch vs. Yusaf Mack on Sky, various PPV outlets and Fight Now TV in America, as well as SuperSport in southern Africa.  Tony Bellew vs. Roberto Bolonti and Khalid Yafai vs. Pio Nettuno are also on the bill.  WealthTV’s ‘Fight Night Presents’ is highlighted by Top Rank’s Brian Viloria vs. Hernan Marquez.  The night time clash of Adrien Broner vs. Antonio Demarco, on HBO, to me, is clearly the boxing match of the weekend.  The undercard is Seth Mitchell vs. Jonathon Banks, Demetrius Hopkins vs. Keenan Collins and Phil Lo Greco vs. Daniel Sostre.  Golden Boy Promotions continues to be everywhere with Gilberto Ramirez vs. Marcus Upshaw and Marco Antonio Periban vs. Francisco Sierra on Fox Deportes.  Telefutura’s ‘Solo Boxeo Tecate’ has Abner Cotto vs. Alejandro Rodriguez as its GBP/ Miguel Cotto Promotions’ main event.

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 16TH NOVEMBER:

Showtime ‘ShoBox: The New Generation.’  - 11:00 p.m. /04:00 GMT

Angelo ‘La Cobra’ Santana (13-0-0) vs. Juan Garcia (13-0-0).  Lightweights, 10 rounds.

-  Angelo Santana and Juan Garcia have identical records.  Apart from that, the edge on paper probably goes to Santana.  Apart from that, Garcia is normally a 140lb guy and is the taller boxer.  So the question is whether he’ll be drained at the lower weight.

Joey ‘Twinkle Fingers’ Hernandez (22-1-1) vs. James ‘Shotgun’ Winchester (15-5-0).  Middleweights, 10 rounds.

- Joey Hernandez (errm…was that the best nick name you could come up with?) is clearly the favourite over James Winchester.  Winchester hopes that he has enough ammo. to prove the naysayers wrong.

SATURDAY 17TH NOVEMBER:

Sky Sports; Various American PPV channels; FightNow TV; SuperSport – 20:00 GMT/ 03:00 p.m. ET; 03:00 p.m ET; 03:00 p.m. ET; 22:00 SA time

Carl ‘the Cobra’ Froch (29-2-0) vs. Yusaf ‘Mack Attack’ Mack (31-4-2).  Super middleweights.  12 rounds.

-Carl Froch is scheduled to rematch Lucian Bute early next year.  Yusaf mack is his interim opponent.  Froch has made it clear that he isn’t looking past Mack.  While anything can happen, expectations are that Froch will beat Mack.  Rationale being that not only is Froch arguably the much better fighter, but also because Mack is coming down from light heavyweight.  Apparently Mack had to struggle to make the weight, but he did.

Tony ‘Bomber’ Bellew (18-1-0) vs. Roberto ‘Cicuta’ Bolonti (30-1-0).  Light heavyweights, 12 rounds.

- Tony Bellew is expected to defeat Roberto Bolonti, which he should.  Bolonti isn’t a bum by any means, the only question is whether he’s on Bellew’s level.  Should Bellew prevail, he’s been mentioning names like Chad Dawson as an ideal opponent.

Scotty Cardle  (7-0-0) vs. Miguel Aguilar (10-4-0).  Light welterweights, 8 rounds.

- Scotty Cardle seems to be improving his level of opposition as he faces Miguel Aguilar.  It should be noted that Aguilar has lost four in a row.  Nonetheless, Aguilar is the first pro. fighter that Cardle is facing who has a winning record.

Khalid Yafai (4-0-0) vs. Pio Nettuno (7-5-0).  Bantamweight, 8 rounds.

-Khalid ‘Kal’ Yafai vs. Pio Nettuno is definitely an undercard bout that a lot of people are interested in.  Yafai has looked very impressive so far and many of us want to see how he handles his first eight round match against a decent opponent.  I said decent, not great as Nettuno has lost his last four matches, albeit all on points

WealthTV – 9:00 p.m. / 02:00 GMT (Sunday)

Brian ‘Hawaiian Punch’ Viloria (31-3-0) vs. Hernan ‘Tyson’ Marquez (34-2-0).  Flyweights, 12 rounds.

- Brian Viloria and Hernan Marquez seem evenly matched.  No idea who’s going to win.

HBO ‘World Championship Boxing’ & BoxNation- 10:00 p.m / 02:00 GMT (Sunday)

Adrien ‘the Problem’ Broner (24-0-0) vs. Antonio DeMarco (28-2-1).  Lightweights, 12 rounds.

- Adrien Broner is considered by many, myself included, to be a top notch practitioner of the sweet science.  Antonio DeMarco should present solid opposition and certainly fancies his chances of leaving the ring victoriously.  It’s safe to say that I’m looking forward to this one quite a bit.

Seth ‘Mayhem’ Mitchell (25-0-1) vs. Johnathon Banks (28-1-1).  Heavyweights, 12 rounds.

- Seth Mitchell’s level of opposition has gradually been improved and Johnathon Banks is probably a step in that direction.  Everyone knows that Banks works with Wladimir Klitschko and we’ll see if that shows up on Saturday.  Even though it was three years ago, the fact that a small heavyweight like Tomasz Adamek was able to stop Banks certainly begs the question if he can handle the power that Mitchell brings to the table.

Demetrius Hopkins (31-2-1) vs. Keenan Collins (14-7-3).  Middleweights, 8 rounds

- Demetrius Hopkins is decent to good, but does he have what it takes to make it to the next level?  Keenan Collins has campaigned in the middleweight neighbourhood longer than Hopkins and hasn’t been stopped sine 2007.

Phil ‘the Italian Sensation’ Lo Greco (24-0-0) vs. Daniel ‘the Hudson Valley Kid’ Sostre (11-7).  Welterweights, 12 rounds.

-Phil Lo Greco is undefeated but I wouldn’t put too much stock in that.  From what I’ve seen of him he doesn’t belong in the same conversation with good to top welterweights.  Daniel Sostre has lost his last four matches.  As limited as I think Lo Greco is, the expectation is that Sostre will make it 5 on the trot.

Fox Deportes ‘Golden Boy Promotions’ – 10:00 p.m. ET / 03:00 GMT (Sunday)

Gilberto Ramirez Sanchez (23-0-0) vs. Marcus Upshaw (14-7-2).  Middleweights, 10 rounds.

-Gilberto ‘Zurdo’ Ramirez is described by GBP as a “power puncher.”  His 82% K.O percentage corroborates that.  Marcus Upshaw hasn’t fought in almost a year and is 32 to Ramirez’ 21.  Even though Ramirez already has 23 professional bouts, the older Upshaw might have a few tricks up his sleeve.  Overall, it appears that Upshaw’s chances of beating Ramirez don’t look so great.

Marco Antonio Periban (18-0-0) vs. Francisco Sierra (25-6-1).  Super middleweights, 10 rounds.

- Marco Antonio Periban’s the favourite, but Francisco Sierra might give Periban all that he can handle.  Sierra’s a bit limited, but he’s certainly not a bum and has his fair share of toughness.  This might be a solid clash.

SUNDAY 18TH NOVEMBER

Telefutura’s ‘Solo Boxeo Tecate’ – 12:00 a.m. ET / 05:00 GMT

Abner Cotto (14-0-0) vs. Alejandro ‘Soma’ Rodriguez (15-7-0).  Lightweights, 10 rounds.

- Undefeated Abner Cotto faces the more experienced Alejandro Rodriguez.

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