WEEKEND IN BOXING 21 & 22 SEP.: BURNS/MITCHELL; ROMERO/ESQUIVAS; FRAMPTON/MOLITOR; MCCLOSKEY/PEREZ; MORALES/ARRELLANO; HARRISON/AGUILAR; ?/LINDSAY; ROSADO/WHITTAKER; CRUZ/SMITH; KOVALEV/THOMPSON; MENDEZ/LIVINGSTON; WLODARCZYK/PALACIOS


The weekend in boxing is highlighted by Saturday’s territorial tussle, the ‘Battle of Britain.’  BoxNation brings us the much anticipated bill headlined by Ricky Burns facing Kevin Mitchell, Scott Harrison continuing his comeback against Miguel Aguilar and John Simpson vs. Dai Davies.  Carl Frampton is in the ring with Steve Molitor, Paul McCloskey faces Manuel Perez and Martin Lindsay faces a truly last minute replacement for Lee Selby on Saturday’s ‘Judgement Day’ on Sky/ESPN3.  We also have cruiserweights Krzyzstof Wlodarczyk and Francisco Palacios clashing in Poland.  Showtime’s Friday boxing features prospects Jhonathan Romero vs. Efrain Esquivas and Roman Morales competing against Jonathan Arrellano.  NBCSports’ Friday line-up brings us Ronald Cruz vs. Antwone Smith, Gabriel Rosado vs. Charles Whittaker and Sergey Kovalev vs. Lionell Thonpson.  Telefutura’s ‘Solo Boxeo Tecate’  has prospects Paul Mendez and Donyil Livingston squaring off and Manuel Avila facing veteran Jhon Molina.

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 21st SEPTEMBER:

NBC Sports – 9:00 p.m ET / 02:00 GMT

Charles ‘Killa’ Whittaker (38-12-2) vs. ’King’ Gabriel Rosado (20-5-0).  Light middleweights, 12 rounds.

-  Gabriel Rosado is the favourite here and the much older Charles Whittaker hasn’t fought in almost a year.  Nonetheless, Whittaker should have some of that veteran experience and the winner of this one will be in the mix for a more high profile bout in a world renowned division, so both boxers should be motivated.  The bout’s in Rosado’s home state of Pennsylvania, which might motivate him even more (or increase the pressure…).

Ronald Cruz (17-0-0) vs. Antwone ’the Truth’ Smith (21-4-1).  Welterweights, 10 rounds.

- Ronald Cruz, is undefeated, has a much higher K.O percentage than Antwone Smith and is also a hometown favourite. Nonetheless, this could be a closely contested bout if the more seasoned Antwone Smith implements a proper strategy.     

Sergey Kovalev (18-0-1) vs. Lionell ‘Lonnie B’ Thompson (12-1-0).  Light heavyweights, 10 rounds.

- The interesting Gabriel Campillo was supposed to have been Sergey’s Kovalev’s opponent, but a training injury forced him to be replaced by Lionell Thompson.  Kovalev sports an 84% K.O percentage and has been improving his level of opposition.  Thompson only has one loss, but in addition to being the underdog on paper, he also took this one on two weeks’ notice.

Showtime’s ShoBox – 11:00 p.m ET /04:00 GMT

Efrain Esquivas (16-1-0) vs. Jhonathan ‘Momo’ Romero (21-0-0).  Super bantamweights, 10 rounds.

- Jhonathan Romero is the undefeated boxer here, but the argument could be made that Efrain Esquivas has recently faced the better opposition.  They’re both young prospects with possibly bright futures, always worth tuning in.

Roman Morales (12-0-0) vs. Jonathan ‘Lil Thunder’Arrellano (13-0-0).  Super bantamweights, 8 rounds.

- More super bantamweight prospects, but Roman Morales and Jonathan Arrellano are less tested than the above boxers.  On paper, this looks like the toughest day in the office that either guy has had so far.

SATURDAY 22nd SEPTEMBER:

BoxNation – 19:00GMT / 02:00 p.m. ET

Ricky ‘Rickster’ Burns (34-2-0) vs. Kevin ‘the Hammer’ Mitchell (33-1-0).  Lightweights, 12 rounds.

-The highly anticipated ‘Battle of Britian’ takes to the airwaves as Ricky Burns takes on Kevin Mitchell.  FightHypeUK has several articles analysing this one pretty thoroughly so no need for me to pile it on.  This battle is widely expected to live up to expectations and will have ramifications in a very solid division.

John Simpson (23-9-0) vs. Dai Davies (9-18-2). Super featherweights, 10 rounds.

- John Simpson’s clearly the favourite on paper, but Dai Davies losing record consists of some strong competition.

Scott ‘the Real McCoy’ Harrison (26-2-2) vs. Miguel ‘Maikol’ Aguilar.  Lightweights, 8 rounds.

- Scottish prodigal son, Scott Harrison continues his ring return against the much younger Miguel Aguilar.  Age is apparently Aguilar’s only advantage as Harrison is expected to win this one.

Sky /ESPN3 – 21:00 GMT / 4:00 pm ET

Carl ‘the Jackal’ Frampton (14-0-0) vs. Steve ‘the Canadian Kid’ Molitor (34-2-0).  Super bantamweight, 12 rounds.

- Carl Frampton versus the experienced Steve Molitor is the headline event on the ‘Judgement Day’ bill from Frampton’s hometown of Belfast.   Molitor hasn’t been in the ring for almost a year, but his two losses were against good boxers, so he might have something to offer the up and coming Frampton.

Paul ‘Dudey’ McCloskey (23-2-0) vs. Manuel Perez (18-7-1).  Light welterweights, 10 rounds.

- This match is Paul McCloskey’s return to the ring after his shock TKO loss to veteran, Demarcus ‘Chop Chop’ Corley.  Looking to restart his relatively bright career, McCloskey faces the very credible Manuel Perez.  I give McCloskey credit for facing a boxer who could be a very live dog.

Lee ‘Mac Man’ Selby (13-1-0) vs. Martin Lindsay (19-1-0). Featherweights, 12 rounds. (UPDATE – LEE SELBY WILL NOT BE FIGHTING DUE TO AN ILLNESS)

- Lee Selby just fell sick and on doctor’s orders will not be fighting.  Martin Lindsay will still face a TBD opponent.

Polsat Sport – 20:00 GMT / 3:00 p.m. ET

Krzyzstof ‘Diablo’ Wlodarczyk (46-2-1) vs. Francisco Palacios (21-1-0).  Cruiserweights, 12 rounds.

- Krzyzstof Wlodarczyk handed Francisco Palacios his first loss in 2011 and Palacios wants to avenge that.  Cruiserweight’s been a very entertaining division and this might be another cracker.

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

DonYil Livingston (8-1-1) vs. Paul ‘el Gallo Negor’ Mendez (9-2-1).  Middleweights, 8 rounds.

- Two prospects on this Golden Boy promoted bill, DonYil Livingston and Paul Mendez will be looking to continue making their names in a great division.  Livingston lost his last match and obviously wants to keep it at one loss, while Mendez wants to hand him another one.

Manuel ‘Tino’ Avila (9-0) vs. Jhon Molina (30-19-3).  Featherweights, 8 rounds.

- Undefeated Manuel Avila is in for a solid veteran challenge when he faces Jhon Molina.

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