WEEKEND IN BOXING 3 & 4 NOV.: BUTE/GRACHEV; PRIZEFIGHTER LIGHT MIDDLEWEIGHTS – MCEWAN/EKUNDAYO, CARSLAW/TOMS, VAUGHAN/CARRUTHERS; MANSOURI/VALENTINE; HUCK/ARSLAN; F. GUERRERO/CANDELO; LOVE/SELDERS; GOMEZ/LEYVA; KAVANAGH/VALDEZ


Hurricane Sandy, or super storm Sandy, has left my neck of the woods.  It provided some examples of true humanity and a few heart breaking, fist clenching examples of inhumanity.  Events like this should always remind us to appreciate what we have and provide lessons for the future.  That being said, life goes on.  The ‘Weekend in Boxing’ actually began on Thursday, with the Junior Witter vs. Frankie Gavin bout.  Unfortunately the weather over here precluded me from publishing this then.  So it’s all about Saturday night / Sunday morning.  Matchroom and Betfair’s Prizefighter is ready to rumble again on Sky.  This time it’s the light middleweights and the inclusion of a 2,000 quid K.O bonus might add even more explosiveness to proceedings.  The draw is Craig McEwan vs. Larry Ekundayo, Peter Vaughan vs. Terry Carruthers, Kris Carslaw vs. Ryan Toms and Nav Mansouri vs. Curtis Valentine.  BoxNation brings us Cruiserweights Marco Huck vs. Firat Arslan.  Before his planned rematch with Carl Froch, Lucian Bute faces Denis Grachev on WealthTV and SuperSport.  ‘Golden Boy Promotions’ on Fox Deportes features middleweights J’Leon Love vs. Tyrone Sadler and Fernando Guerrero vs. J.C Candelo.  Telefutura’s ‘Solo Boxeo Tecate’ televises another GBP bill with welterweights Frankie Gomez vs. Manuel Leyva and lightweights Jamie Kavanagh vs. Ramon Valdez.

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.

SATURDAY 3rd NOVEMBER:

Sky Sports 20:00 GMT / 4:00 p.m. ET

Prizefighter – Light Middleweights: Quarterfinals

Craig McEwan (21-2-0) vs. Larry ‘the Natural’ Ekundayo (2-0-0).  Light Middleweights, 3 rounds.

- Craig McEwan has to be the favourite not only against Larry Ekundayo, but for the whole tournament.  That being said, it ain’t over until the fat lady sings.

Kris Carslaw (16-2-0) vs. Ryan Toms (11-3-1).  Light Middleweights, 3 rounds.

- Kris Carslaw appears to have the upper hand over Ryan Toms.  We’ll find out soon enough.

Peter ‘the Banbury Bull’ Vaughan (6-1-1) vs. Terry Carruthers (11-13-6).  Light Middleweights, 3 rounds.

- Peter Vaughan might very well be facing his best, or second best, opponent to date.  Terry Carruthers has been in the ring with ostensibly better boxers and recently put on a very respectable performance against the talented Chris Eubank Jr.  Vaughan lost to the only other boxer of Carruthers’ calibre that he’s faced.

Nav Mansouri (8-0-1) vs. ‘Iron’ Curtis Valentine (5-2-0).  Light Middleweights, 3 rounds.

- Navid Mansouri and Curtis Valentine seem evenly matched.  Valentine has stopped his last three opponents while Mansouri has a lower K.O percentage, but might be the better technician.

BoxNation – 19:30 GMT / 3:30 p.m ET

‘Captain’ Marco Huck (34-2-1) vs. Firat Arslan (32-5-2).  Cruiserweights, 12 rounds.

-Entertaining cruiserweight, Marco Huck enters the ring against the much older Firat Arslan.  Absolutely nothing here indicates that Arslan will be upsetting Huck.  The only variable is the good old puncher’s chance.

WealthTV – 07:00 pm ET/ 23:00 GMT (I haven’t listed the undercard, but it’s worth a watch.  Main event probably won’t start until 9 ET/ 01:00 GMT on Sunday).  SuperSport in SA– 03:00 GMT.   Repeated on Sky Sports at 08:00 GMT.

Lucian ‘le Tombeur’ Bute(30-1-0) vs. Denis Grachev (12-0-1).  Light heavyweights.  12 rounds.

- Lucian Bute wants to look good against Denis Grachev.  He has even gone so far as to say that if he doesn’t win, then the rematch with Carl Froch won’t take place.   Just as Carl Froch has selected relatively safe opponent for his interim bout, so it seem has Bute.  The only thing about Grachev is that he surprised most in his last bout which was a surprising TKO of the very talented Ismayl Sillakh.  I don’t expect Bute to make the same glaring mistakes that Sillakh made, but it is food for thought as is Bute’s campaigning at light heavyweight and not super middleweight.

Fox Deportes – 10:30 p.m. ET / 02:30 GMT

Fernando Guerrero (24-1-0) vs. J.C ‘Latino’ Candelo (32-11-4).  Super middleweights, 10 rounds.

- Fernando Guerrero is on the road to fully re-ignite the buzz that surrounded him earlier on.  Juan Carlos Candelo is an older veteran whose last stoppage loss was in 2004.   This is listed as a super middleweight bout but these guys have mostly campaigned at middleweight, especially Candelo.

J’Leon Love (13-0-0) vs. Tyrone ‘Solja Black’ Selders (8-3-0).  Super middleweights, 8 rounds.

- J’Leon Love’s a vaunted prospect from the boxing rich state of Michigan.  Tyrone Selders isn’t expected to stop Love’s march up the rankings.

Telefutura ‘Solo Boxeo Tecate’ – 12:00 a.m. ET /04:00 GMT

Frankie Gomez (12-0-0) vs. Manuel Leyva (21-8-0).  Welterweights, 8 rounds.

-  Frankie Gomez is another highly rated prospect from the Golden Boy stable.  Manuel Leyva’s been on a losing streak but Gomez is traditionally a light welterweight.

Jamie ‘the Nuisance’ Kavanagh (11-0-0) vs. Ramon Valdez (11-2-0).  Lightweights, 8 rounds.

- Dublin born Jamie Kavanagh faces the seemingly evenly matched Ramon Valdez.

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