WEEKEND IN BOXING: 17 & 18 AUGUST- MOLINA/FRIAS; GEORGE/MIRANDA; COYLE/RODRIGUEZ; PRESCOTT/FIGUEROA; SPADAFORA/NEGRON; BARTHELEMY/RODRIGUEZ; GONZALEZ/MACKEY; DIAZ/SANCHEZ


The big bouts start next week, but there’s still enough to keep me interested this weekend. Now that the Olympics are over, we’ve got televised pro. boxing today on Sky featuring Henry ‘the Western Warrior’ Coyle.  The very well respected ‘King’ Carlos Molina highlights the season finale of ESPN’s FNF.  Hoping to get his career back on track, the undefeated welterweight, Paul Spadafora returns to the ring on Saturday.  Other matches include the ‘Khanqueror‘ Breidis Prescott, Cuban prospects Yunieski Gonzalez, Rances Barthelemy and 10-0 American prospect, Joel Diaz.

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 17th AUGUST:

SKY (ch.191) / Freesat (ch. 403)/IrishTV.ie  - 21.00 GMT / 4 pm. EST

Henry ‘the Western warrior’ Coyle (17-2-0) vs. Marcelo Rodriguez (60-19-0).  Light middleweights, 12 rounds.

- Henry Coyle’s based in Chicago, but is fighting in his homeland of Eire this weekend.  Marcel Rodriguez record definitely doesn’t inspire confidence that we’ll have an upset.  On the other hand, the extent of his professional ring experience should mean that he’s picked up at least one or two things along the way.   Nonetheless, this should be a triumphant return for the Irishman.

GoFightLive.tv – 7.30 pm ET / 00.30 GMT

Joel Diaz (10-0-0) vs. Guillermo ‘the Vampire’ Sanchez (13-6-1).  Super featherweights, 10 rounds.

- Joel Diaz is looking to bring some sunlight to Guillermo ‘the Vampire’ Sanchez.   They’re both young guys, Diaz is 20 and Sanchez is 24, but Joel Diaz is the better prospect.

Glen Tapia (14-0-0) vs. Hilario Lopez (12-11-0). Light middleweights, 8 rounds.

- Tapia fought a few months ago, scoring his third stoppage in a row.  Hilario Lopez’ record is in no way heartening, but the fact that he’s normally a middleweight might give him some help in the power department.

Friday Night Fights: ESPN2/ESPN3 – 10.00 p.m. ET/ 03.00 GMT.

‘King’ Carlos Molina (19-5-2) vs. Damian Frias (19-4-1).  Light middleweights, 10 rounds.

- Even though Damian Frias’ record looks relatively the same, to slightly better than Carlos Molina’s, the quality of their opponents is night and day.  Molina’s been in there with quality boxers like Erislandy Lara, James Kirkland (arguably beat him) and Kermit Cintron (well he used to be quality).  Even though Molina has also faced JCC Jr., I left him off that list on purpose…  Will Molina shine and move on to the top names in the great light middle division, or will Frias surprise?  Frias is from the legendary boxing nation of Cuba, so this could be interesting.

Don ‘Da Bomb’ George (22-2-1) vs. Dionisio Miranda (21-7-2).  Super middleweights, 10 rounds.

 - Excellent division.  Donovan George was supposed to face the in-form Adonis ‘Superman’ Stevenson, but Stevenson suffered a training injury.   His replacement, Dionisio ‘Mister Nocaut’ (Knockout?) Miranda doesn’t intend to be the sacrificial lamb.  The odds are definitely against him and even though Don George isn’t a marquee name, I’m tuning in anyway.

SATURDAY 18th AUGUST:

GoFightLive.tv – 7.30 pm ET / 00.30 GMT

Joel Diaz (10-0-0) vs. Guillermo ‘the Vampire’ Sanchez (13-6-1). Super featherweights, 10 rounds.

- Joel Diaz is looking to bring some sunlight to Guillermo ‘the Vampire’ Sanchez. They’re both young guys, Diaz is 20 and Sanchez is 24, but Joel Diaz is the better prospect.

Glen Tapia (14-0-0) vs. Hilario Lopez (12-11-0). Light middleweights, 8 rounds.

- Tapia fought a few months ago, scoring his third stoppage in a row. Hilario Lopez’ record is in no way heartening, but the fact that he’s normally a middleweight might give him some help in the power department.

NESportsTV.com – 8 p.m ET / 01.00 GMT

Paul ‘the Pittsburgh Kid’ (45-0-1) vs. Wilfredo Negron (26-16-11). Welterweights, 10 rounds.

- Paul Spadafora’s been through some tough times with alcohol, prison time and other personal demons. His last boxing match was almost two years ago and he’s 36. If he loses to Wilfredo Negron, it’s hard to see him resuscitating his career.

Brian ‘the Beast’ Minto (36-5-0) vs. Mike Sheppard (20-13-1). Heavyweights, 10 rounds.

- Heavyweights…errm not sure what else I can say.

Telefutura’s Solo Boxeo – 12 a.m. EST / 05.00 GMT

Yunieski Gonzalez (8-0-0) vs. Jermaine Mackey (18-5-0).  Light heavyweight, 10 rounds.

 -Yunieski Gonzalez is another Cuban prospect.  Even though he’s only got 8 pro. fights, his amateur history is probably a lot more extensive than that.   Light heavy is another of my favourite divisions and I’m sure that Gonzalez wants to make a statement.  I’ve never seen either guy box, so Mackey might do something (doubtful though).

Breidis ‘the Khanqueror’ Prescott (25-4-0) vs. Francisco Figueroa (20-4-1).  Light welterweights, 8 rounds.

- Breidis Prescott doesn’t want to go down as boxing’s equivalent of a one-hit wonder. Of his four losses, only one was by stoppage and that was in the 10th round to the undefeated Mike Alvarado.  If he wins on Saturday, will we see him in more high profile bouts in the very deep light welterweight division?

Rances ‘Kid Blast’ Barthelemy (16-0-0) vs. Alejandro ‘Soma’ Rodriguez (14-6-0).  Super featherweights, 8 rounds.

- Undefeated, Cuban prospect, Rances Barthelemy looks to stay undefeated against Alejandro Rodriguez.  If he looks good, then hopefully we’ll see him in the ring with a more accomplished opponent. 

 

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