If this is what a dead sport looks like, then please kill every sport I like. Saturday’s extravaganza starts in the U.K. Headlining the Sky televised boxing is Kell Brook as he faces Hector Saldivia. Jamie McDonnell vs. Darwin Zamora and Kenny Anderson vs. Robin Reid are the other main bouts on Matchroom Boxing/Betfair’s ‘This is It.’ Rated prospect, Khalid Yafai is also featured as he battles the less touted Scott Gladwin. Golden Boy Promotions invades downtown Kings County, NYC A.K.A Brooklyn with a top notch line up which will be broadcast on Showtime and BoxNation. Devon Alexander vs. Randall Bailey, Danny Garcia vs. Erik Morales (apparently it’s happening), Peter Quillin vs. Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam and Paul Malignaggi vs. Pablo Cesar Cano are the main matches. Cancer survivor Daniel Jacobs enters the ring against Josh Luteran, Dimitry Salita fights Brandon Hoskins and Steve Chambers battles Luis Collazo. SuperSport brings us boxing from South Africa as Mzolisi Yoyo is matched against Sam Malinga. Solo Boxeo Tecate’s got the Miguel Cotto Promotions bill with Jonathan Vidal vs. Josean Figueroa and Janeal Rivera vs. Omar Soto.
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 20th OCTOBER:
Sky Sports – 20:00 GMT / 3:00 pm ET
Kell ‘the Special One’ Brook (28-0-0) vs. Hector David ‘el Tigre’ Saldivia (41-2-0). Welterweights, 12 rounds.
- The site’s already previewed this one. A couple of quick additions. Will Kell Brook’s new strength and conditioning coach make a difference? Saldivia’s Argentinean, will he add his name to the list of respected boxers from that country?
Jamie McDonnell (19-2-1) vs. Darwin ‘Finito’ Zamora (21-6-1). Bantamweights, 12 rounds.
- Jamie McDonnell’s original opponent, Vusi Malinga was injured in sparring. Darwin Zamora’s a last minute replacement and normally campaigns at 115lbs, not 118. On paper, Zamora’s already got two strikes against him, can McDonnell make it three?
Kenny Anderson (17-1-0) vs. Robin Reid (42-7-1). Super middleweights, 12 rounds.
- Kenny Anderson’s been angling for a rematch with George Groves, but will be facing Robin Reid. Anderson’s the much younger boxer and his only loss was to St. George. Reid’s over a decade older and isn’t giving me much reason to expect him to turn back the clock. Experience matters, but I’m not sure if Reid has the quality to win on that alone.
Khalid ‘Kal’ Yafai (3-0-0) vs. Scott Gladwin (5-1-0). Super bantamweights, 6 rounds.
- Khalid Yafai will arguably be facing his best professional opponent to date in Scott Gladwin. Gladwin suffered his first loss when he stepped up the competition but maybe he learnt from his loss.
Showtime Extreme& Showtime / BoxNation – 7:00 p.m. ET / 01:00 GMT
Danny ‘Swift’ Garcia (24-0-0) vs. Erik ‘el Terrible’ Morales (52-8-0). Light welterweights, 12 rounds.
- Danny Garcia’s TKO of Amir Khan undoubtedly elevated his career. Garcia defeated Erik Morales in March but it was close enough to make a rematch suspenseful. Morales is undoubtedly a ring general, but Father Time makes no exceptions. Another unavoidable plotline is Morales’ apparently failed drugs test. Update – It appears that the match is proceeding. In spite of all the brain damaged naysayers, keep the drug tests coming.
Paul ‘MagicMan’ Malignaggi (31-4-0) vs. Pablo Cesar ‘el Demoledor’ Cano (25-1-1). Welterweights, 12 rounds.
-Paul Malignaggi has fought several top names and recently looked every bit the intelligent, effective and experienced boxer as he stopped Vyacheslav Senchenko in April. Pablo Caesar Cano’s only loss was to Erik Morales and his K.O percentage is triple that of Malignaggi’s. There’s definitely some suspense here too.
Peter ‘Kid Chocolate’ Quillin (27-0-0) vs. Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (27-0-0). Middleweights, 12 rounds.
-Peter Quillin definitely wants to make the most of being one of the featured boxers on such an event, as he rightfully should. Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam has the same record, but has arguably faced lesser opposition. Nonetheless, as we saw last Saturday with DeGale and Mohoumadi, no boxer should be overlooked.
Devon Alexander ‘the Great’ (23-1-0) vs. Randall ‘the Knock-Out King’ Bailey (43-7-0). Welterweights, 12 rounds.
-Devon Alexander’s only loss was to Timothy Bradley and Randall Bailey’s quite a bit older than Alexander. Bailey also lost to Juan Urango, whom Alexander stopped, but that isn’t an automatic indicator of what will happen when these two clash. Each boxer’s said that they’re going to win and we’ll have an answer in a few hours.
Daniel ‘the Golden Child’ Jacobs (22-1-0) vs. Josh ‘the Future’ Luteran (13-1-0). Super middleweights, 8 rounds
- Daniel Jacobs makes his return to the ring after a successful, life or death battle with cancer. His last boxing match was over 18 months ago and the ring rust might benefit his less accomplished challenger, Josh Luteran.
Dimitry ‘Star of David’ Salita (34-1-1) vs. Brandon Hoskins (16-2-1). Light middleweights, 8 rounds.
- Dimitry Salita’s one of many local boxers in action and wants to make a statement against Brandon Hoskins. He should be able to do that against Hoskins, who was stopped in his last two matches.
Steve Upsher Chambers (24-1-1) vs. Luis Collazo (31-5-0). Light middleweights, 8 rounds.
- Steve Chambers probably hopes that he’ll be more active going forward. Luis Collazo has also not been that activie, but should present a very solid test.
Telefutura’s ‘Solo Boxeo Tecate’ – 12:00 a.m. ET / 05:00 GMT
Jonathan ‘Pitbull’ Vidal (16-0-0) vs. Josean Figueroa (8-2-1). Bantamweights, 10 rounds.
- Jonathan Vidal’s undefeated and on paper is clearly the favourite. Josean Figueroa would definitely have an upset on his hands if he prevails.
Janeal Rivera (7-0-2) vs. Omar ‘el Pastor’ Soto (15-7-1). Minimumweight, 8 rounds.
- Janeal Rivera might be in for his first loss against Omar Soto.
SUNDAY 21ST OCTOBER
SuperSport 12.00 p.m ET / 17:00 GMT
Samuel Malinga (22-8-3) vs. Mzolisi Yoyo (18-4-0). Light welterweights, 12 rounds.
- Samuel Malinga’s trainer has guaranteed an emphatic victory over Mzolisii Yoyo on Sunday. When comparing the two boxers, one has to wonder if Malinga’s relative inactivity will give Yoyo the edge.
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