WEEKEND IN BOXING – JAN. 18, 19, 20: YAFAI/GARCIA; GAVIN/WELBORN; SALIDO/GARCIA; GOLOVKIN/ROSADO; KEANE/MCPHILBIN; GETHIN/MURPHY; MARTINEZ/BURGOS; PRIZEFIGHTER WELTERWEIGHTS–EGGINGTON/EVANS, GAYNOR/COOPER, PEARCE/FOOT, THOMPSON/HUNT; CAMPILLO/KOVALEV; AYALA/STEVENS; THOMPSON/CASTRO; WILDER/GREER; CASTELLANOS/RAMIREZ


Frankie Gavin vs. Jason Welborn is Friday’s main televised event on BoxNation.  The undercard consists of Martin Gethin vs. Ben Murphy and Chris Keane vs. Shane McPhilbin.

Saturday begins with Khalid Yafai on Sky Sports /WealthTV, in his first eight rounder, as he is pit against Gonzalo Garcia. Prizefighter: Welterweights III is also part of the programme.  Match ups are Dale Evans vs. Sam Eggington, Calum Cooper vs. Chad Gaynor, Steven Pearce vs. Glenn Foot and Mark Thompson vs. Rob Hunt.  Later on we’ve got the NBC Sports’ bill with Gabriel Campillo vs. Sergey Kovalev and Elvin Ayala vs. Curtis Stevens.  HBO, BoxNation and SuperSport weigh in with Orlando Salido vs. Mikey Garcia, Gennady Golovkin vs. Gabriel Rosado and Roman Martinez vs. Juan Carlos Burgos.  The undercard can be watched for free on TopRank.com.

FoxDeportes continues their ‘Golden Boy Promotions’ series with Deontay Wilder vs. Matthew Greer, Robinson Castellanos vs. Edgar Ramirez and Sergio Thompson vs. Moises Castro (update – FoxDeportes will be showing UFC instead and has moved the boxing to a recorded broadcast on Sunday.  If I were GBP, I would take my business elsewhere).

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 18th JANUARY:

BoxNation – 20:00 GMT / 3:00 p.m. ET

Frankie Gavin (14-0-0) vs. Jason Welborn (11-1-0).  Welterweights, 12 rounds.

-Frankie Gavin’s fresh off his points dethroning of Junior Witter.  In that bout, Gavin was the much younger and ostensibly fresher boxer.  Not so this time as Jason Welborn is a few months younger.  On the other hand Frankie Gavin has the better C.V. and is considered the favourite.

Martin ‘the Quiet Man’ Gethin (23-3-1) vs. Ben Murphy (9-5-1).  Lightweights, 12 rounds.

- Martin Gethin hasn’t lost since 2009, while Ben Murphy has only won three of his last six matches.  Murphy has faced some decent opposition so the fact that he lost is not all there is to it, but Gethin seems to at least be on (or above) the level of most of the boxers that Murphy lost to.

Chris Keane (8-0-0) vs. Shane McPhilbin (8-4-0).  Cruiserweights, 10 rounds.

Chris Keane and Shane McPhilbin have fought before, but only in the amateurs.  The expectation is that was not indicative of how things will go in the pro. ranks.  McPhilbin’s slight edge in experience might play a part, but Keane has improved his game and is expected to win. 

SATURDAY 19th JANUARY (& 20th in the a.m.)

Sky Sports / WealthTV – 20:00 GMT / 3:00 p.m. ET

Kal Yafai (6-0-0) vs. Gonzalo ‘Pelos’ Garcia (8-6-1)Bantamweights, 8 rounds.

- Kal Yafai graduates to an 8 rounder against Gonzalo Garcia.  Yafai has been profiled on FightHypeUK several times and we aren’t the only ones.  The expectations are high and so far Yafai seems to be worthy.  It’s still very early in his professional career so the choice of the relatively safe Garcia is understandable.  It should be noted that even though Garcia has lost 6 of his last 9, he was only stopped in one of those losses.

Prizefighter: Welterweights III

Dale ‘Big Boy’ Evans (4-0-1) vs. Sam Eggington (3-0-0).  Welterweights, 3 rounds.

- Dale Evans nascent career has seen activity at 150 lbs, while Sam Eggington has been campaigning as a full fledged light middleweight in his even more nascent career (he’s the youngest ever prizefighter contestant  and was also a late replacement for Nasser Al Harbi).  Evans’ relative advantage in experience might be the difference.

Calum Cooper (4-0-0) vs. Chad Gaynor (9-0-0).  Welterweights, 3 rounds.

- Chad Gaynor’s the favourite over Calum Cooper.

Steven ‘Fierce’ Pearce (6-0-0) vs. Glenn Foot (7-0-0).  Welterweights, 3 rounds.

- Glen Foot’s definitely been in the ring with a higher level of opposition than Steven Pearce.  We’ll see if it makes a difference in prizefighter’s three round format.

Mark Thompson (24-2-0) vs. Rob Hunt (16-1-2).  Welterweights, 3 rounds.

-Mark Thompson lost his last bout, but he’s still viewed as the tournament favourite.  Rob Hunt has never faced a boxer with Thompson’s type of record or relative experience.

NBC Sports – 9 p.m. ET / 02:00 GMT

Gabriel Campillo (21-4-1) vs. Sergey Kovalev (19-0-1).  Light heavyweights, 10 rounds.

-Gabriel Campillo introduced himself to the wider boxing public by arguably beating Tavoris Cloud almost a year ago and not getting the decision.  Sergey Kovalev is undefeated and has knocked out 85% of his opponents in comparison to Campillo’s 29%.  In addition, Campillo hasn’t fought in almost a year and apart from his questionable loss to Cloud, he’s only lost to eastern European boxers, which is Kovalev’s neck of the woods.  I still like Campillo’s chances, but Kovalev could easily and fairly be the favourite in some people’s minds.

Elvin Ayala (26-5-1) vs. Curtis Stevens (22-3-0).  Middleweights, 10 rounds.

- Elvin Ayala’s the transplanted hometown hero in this match up, but Curtis Stevens might disappoint the locals.  Ayala’s fallen very short against all of the quality names he’s faced, but has won his last 6 bouts.  Stevens isn’t on the level of some of the top guys that Ayala’s lost to, but he seems to be moving in the right direction.

HBO / BoxNation / SuperSport – 9:45 p.m. ET / 02:45 GMT (the undercard is on www.TopRank.com)

Orlando ‘Siri’ Salido (39-11-2) vs. Mikey Garcia (30-0-0).  Featherweights, 12 rounds.

- Orlando Salido is a dyed in the wool veteran who hasn’t been stopped in over a decade.  His most recent claim to fame was the decimation of Juan Manuel Lopez, twice and he now wants to stop another young contender in his tracks.  Mikey Garcia might be young, but he isn’t naïve.  He’s a disciplined, undefeated and talented with a lot of confidence.  We’ll find out if he’s got what it takes to pass a legitimate veteran test.      

Gennady’GGG’ Golovkin (24-0-0) vs.’King’ Gabriel Rosado (21-5-0).  Middleweights, 12 rounds.

-Gennady Golovkin’s undoubtedly one not to be taken lightly.  He’s stopped over 87% of his opponents and has looked clinically brutal doing it.  The question is whether he’s susceptible to a boxer?  Gabriel Rosado, to me, is not that boxer, but obviously Rosado would beg to differ.

Roman ‘Rocky’ Martinez (26-1-1) vs. Juan Carlos ‘Miniburgos’ Burgos (30-1-0).  Super featherweights, 12 rounds.

-Rocky Martinez’ only loss was a 12 round decision to Ricky Burns in 2010.  Juan Carlos Burgos only loss was also in 2010.

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