WEEKEND IN BOXING 25, 26, 27 JAN.: ANDRADE/HERNANDEZ; DZINZIRUK/VERA; MATTHYSSE/DALLAS; CHARLO/YORGEY; AYDIN/SOTO KARASS; LUIS/HERNANDEZ; SERRANO/TAYLOR


All of the main televised boxing is ‘stateside’ this weekend.  Serhiy Dzinziruk vs. Brian Vera is the headline bout on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights, with Tony Luis vs. Jose Hernandez on the undercard.  Showtime doubles the jab this weekend with ShoBox on Friday and Championship Boxing on Saturday.  Friday’s ShoBox on Showtime with Demetrius Andrade vs. Freddy Hernandez and Raymond Serrano vs. Emmanuel Taylor.  BoxNation joins Showtime Championship Boxing on Saturday to bring us Lucas Matthysse vs. Mike Dallas Jr., Selcuk Aydin vs. Jesus Soto Karass, Francisco Vargas vs. Ira Terry and Jermell Charlo vs. Harry Joe Yorgey.  Very, very promising Olympian Errol Spence Jr. faces Nathan Butcher on the same bill.

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 25TH JANUARY (SAT. A.M. 26TH):

ESPN2/ESPN America – 9:00 p.m ET/ 02:00 GMT

Serhiy ‘Razor’ Dzinziruk (37-1-1) vs. Brian Vera (21-6-0).  Middleweights, 12 rounds.

- Serhiy Dzinziruk is the better boxer here and deservedly has the better record, but is he a true middleweight?  Brian Vera is the underdog but will he have enough rugged pressure to overwhelm Dzinziruk?  I think Dzinziruk prevails, but it could be close.

Tony ‘Lightning’ Luis (15-0-0) vs. Jose ‘Loco’ Hernandez (13-6-1).  Light welterweights, 10 rounds.

- Tony Luis tests his undefeated record against a worthwhile opponent.  Even though Jose Hernandez lost his last bout by decision, he’s only been stopped by Sharif Bogere.

Showtime’s ‘ShoBox: The New Generation’ on Showtime – 10:00 p.m. / 03:00 GMT

Demetrius ‘Boo Boo’ Andrade (18-0-0) vs. Freddy ‘el Riel’ Hernandez (30-3-0).  Light middleweights, 10 rounds.

-Demetrius Andrade steps into the ring against the veteran Freddy Hernandez.  Andrade is arguably taking his biggest step up in competition as he faces Hernandez, who went the distance against Erislandy Lara but was K.O’d by Andre Berto.

Raymond Serrano (18-1-0) vs. Emmanuel ‘Tranzformer’ Taylor (15-1-0).  Light welterweights, 10 rounds.

- Raymond ‘Tito’ Serrano’s first loss was by stoppage against the promising Karim Mayfield.  Emmanuel Taylor has never been stopped and Serrano has, but Raymond Serrano is probably at least on the same level as the boxer that Taylor lost a decision to.

SATURDAY 26TH JANUARY (SUN. A.M. THE 27TH)

Showtime Championship Boxing on Showtime Extreme & Showtime/ BoxNation – 8:00 p.m ET & 10:00 p.m. ET / 03:00 GMT   

Lucas Matthyssee (32-2-0) vs. Mike Dallas Jr. (19-2-1).  Light Welterweights, 12 rounds.

- Lucas Matthyssee is not only the prohibitive favourite, he also has the veteran advantage.  I’m not selling Mike Dallas Jr. short though.  Matthysse is rightfully the favourite, but he’s essentially a pressure fighter.  To me, a pressure fighter will always lose to a boxer if the boxer has quality, is both offensive and defensive minded and can withstand his opponent’s pressure.  Dallas also has the potential advantage of height/reach.  If the boxer is up to the task, then the pressure fighter’s only hope is a stoppage (or clueless judges).  The question is whether the less experienced Mike Dallas has the tools to stop the experienced and effective Lucas Matthyssee

Selcuk Aydin (23-1-0) vs. Jesus Soto Karass (26-8-3).  Welterweights, 10 rounds.

Francisco Vargas (14-0-1) vs. Ira Terry (26-10-0).  Super featherweights, 10 rounds.

Jermell Charlo (10-0-0) vs. Harry Joe Yorgey (25-1-1-).  Light middleweights, 10 rounds.

Errol Spence Jr. (2-0-0) vs.Nathan Butcher (0-1-0).  Light middleweights, 4 rounds.

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