There’s so much interesting boxing on Saturday that everyone just might have their own favourite marquee match. Friday starts things off with Adonis Stevenson and Donovan George on WealthTV/Canada Indigo. Showtime has prospects Jose Pedraza vs. Tevin Farmer and Jonathan Cepeda vs. Lamar Russ. Jermain Taylor vs. Raul Munoz is happening as well, but I’m not sure if it’ll be televised (maybe?). Prizefighter heavyweight champion Tor Hamer’s also on the bill as is light welterweight Dannie Williams, but those bouts probably won’t be shown. Saturday features the very interesting and anticipated (by many) heavyweight tussle with David Price vs. Audley Harrison on BoxNation/WealthTV. Shane McPhilbin vs. Jon Lewis Dickinson and Kevin Satchell against Chris Edwards are on the undercard. James DeGale returns to the ring with new promoter Hennessy Sports, as he battles Hadillah Mohoumadi on Channel 5/WealthTV. Kid Galahad vs. Andras Varga and Chris Eubank Jr. vs. Ruslan Pojonisevs are also on the bill. HBO & Top Rank bring us Nonito Donaire against Toshiaki Nishioka, while action fighters Brandon Rios and Mike Alvarado co-headline. Not sure if very promising welterweight prospect Jose Benevidez’ bout against Pavel Miranda will be shown. Telefutura’s ‘Solo Boxeo Tecate’ brings us Jeffrey Fonatanez vs. John Nater and Braulio Santos vs. John Molina courtesy of Miguel Cotto Promotions & Golden Boy Promotions. If you get SuperSport, there’s welterweight action with Tsiko Mulovhedzi vs. Kyle Smith. Matthew Hatton vs. Michael Lomaz will probably raise the roof in Manchester, but it won’t be broadcast. That’s a lot and it isn’t even all of the boxing this weekend.
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 12TH OCTOBER:
WealthTV (free online trial –www.wealthtv.com)/ Canada Indigo – 7:00 p.m ET / 00:00 GMT
Adonis ‘Superman’ Stevenson (18-1-0) vs. Donovan ‘Da Bomb’ George (23-2-1). Super middleweights, 12 rounds.
- Adonis Stevenson’s sole loss was a surprising TKO defeat two years ago. He’s won all of his bouts since then by stoppage. Donovan George is probably (clearly?) his best opponent to date and even though he has two losses, he’s never been stopped.
David Lemieux (26-2-0) vs. Alvaro Gaona (11-1-0). Super middleweights, 10 rounds.
- David Lemieux has a lot of supporters in Canada, but a lot of doubters outside of his homeland. Some claim that he’s another protected Canadian fighter who hasn’t passed any of the real tests that he’s faced. If he loses to Alvaro Gaona, the questions will only get louder.
Showtime’s ‘ShoBox – The New Generation’ – 10:00 pm ET / 03:00 GMT
Jose ‘Sniper’ Pedraza (10-0-0) vs. Tevin ‘American Idol’ Farmer (7-3-1). Lightweights, 8 rounds.
The undefeated Jose Pedraza is expected to remain undefeated against last minute replacement, Tevin Farmer. While Pedraza has the edge, it should be noted that Farmer’s never been stopped before, which is usually a sign of some ability.
Jonathan Cepeda (12-0-0) vs. Lamar Russ (10-0-0). Middleweights (super middleweights?), 8 rounds.
- Jonathan Cepeda’s undefeated and sports a 90% K.O percentage. Lamar Russ is also undefeated and has stopped 6 of his 10 opponents. The quality of the guys they’ve faced is comparable, so this should be a solid one. It isn’t rocket science to suggest that someone might taste the canvas before the night’s over.
Jermain ‘Bad Intentions’ Taylor (30-4-1) vs. Raul ‘el Toro’ Munoz (22-15-1). Middleweights, 10 rounds.
- In spite of some people’s feelings that Jermain Taylor should hang up his gloves, he’s back in the ring. Taylor survived a scary knockdown in his last match to make it two wins in a row. Raul Munoz seems to be a safe opponent for Taylor as he’s been stopped in four of his last six matches and seems to lack the sort of power to trouble Taylor. It’s unclear if this one will be televised.
SATURDAY 13th OCTOBER:
BoxNation & WealthTV – 18:45 GMT / 1:45 pm ET (the WealthTV broadcast will probably not have the full undercard and will start around 4pm ET)
David Price (13-0-0) vs. Audley Harrison (28-5-0). Heavyweights, 12 rounds.
- David Price is one of the young boxers at the vanguard of British boxing and he’s facing Olympic Gold medalist and fellow Briton, Audley Price. Price has so far lived up to expectations, while Harrison’s career has mostly been a disappointment. Harrison’s clearly the underdog going to Price’s hometown of Liverpool. The 29 year old Price sports an 80% K.O percentage and is expected to beat the 40 year old Harrison. That being said, Harrison has the ability and experience. Combine those two elements with the will to win and we might have a shocking upset on our hands. Price’s next opponent has already been sorted out. If he prevails tomorrow and also against his next opponent, we’ll definitely see him in a big fight. If Harrison wins, expect him to waste no time in trying to get a mega fight before he retires.
Shane McPhilbin (8-3-0) vs. Jon Lewis Dickinson (11-2-0). Cruiserweights, 12 rounds.
- Of the two boxers, Shane McPhilbin has probably faced the sterner test by going the distance against and narrowly losing to the shopworn Enzo Maccarinelli. Jon Lewis Dickinson has a chance to gain some exposure if he wins.
Chris Edwards (17-14-4) vs. Kevin Satchell (8-0-0). Flyweights, 12 rounds.
- Chris Edwards is over a decade older than the undefeated Kevin Satchell. Experience can be a great equaliser, but I’m not sure if that will be enoough.
Adil ‘the Platinum Kid’ Anwar (17-1-0) vs. Dale Miles (13-1-0). Light Welterweights, 12 rounds.
- I’m hoping that somehow BoxNation shows this one, even though that doesn’t appear to be the case. Miles has a much higher K.O percentage, but Anwar should make it through.
Channel 5 & WealthTV – 22:00GMT / 5:00 pm ET.
James ‘Chunky’ DeGale vs. Hadillah Mohoumadi (13-2-1). Super middleweights, 12 rounds.
- James DeGale’s definitely one of the bright lights in British boxing and Hadillah Mohomadi wants to switch him off. DeGale’s definitely the favourite, but Mohomadi’s never been stopped and could have a few tricks up his sleeve. Nonetheless, I expect DeGale’s superior boxing ability and ring intelligence to win the day. Punch output could play a part.
Lenny ‘Lightning’ Daws (24-2-2) vs. Ville Piispanen (16-2-3). Light Welterweights, 10 rounds.
- Lenny Daws has never been stopped while Ville Piispanen has been stopped once. Daws has also faced better opposition and should have the advantage over Piispanen.
Kid Galahad (12-0-0) vs. Andras Varga (6-2-2). Super bantamweight, 8 rounds.
- Kid Galahad’s another promising British prospect with a lot of fans. Andras Varga isn’t expected to leave with a victory and his two losses were both by stoppage.
Chris Eubank Jr. (6-0-0) vs. Ruslans Pojonisevs (13-22-1). Middleweights, 8 rounds.
- Chris Eubank Jr. seems to have a bright future ahead of him and was just in the ring a few weeks ago. Ruslans Pojonisevs hasn’t won in a while and there’s no reason to think that tomorrow will be any different.
HBO – 10:00 pm / 03:00 GMT
Nonito ‘the Filipino Flash’ Donaire (29-1-0) vs. Toshiaki Nishioka (39-4-3). Super bantamweights, 12 rounds.
- Nonito Donaire is undoubtedly quality and by no means a limited fighter but whether he’s the top small man is still very debatable. Toshiaki Nishioka is highly respected and a worthy opponent. Does Nishioka have what it takes to dethrone Donaire? I don’t think so, but we’ll see. Hopefully once this match is over, Guillermo Rigondeaux will be brought into the mix.
Brandon ‘Bam Bam’ Rios (30-0-0) vs. Mike ‘Mile High’ Alvarado (33-0-0). Light welterweights, 10 rounds.
- Both guys are undefeated, have similar K.O percentages and are considered brawlers. This is Brandon Rios’ first match officially as a light welterweight and many are probably saying “about time.” His prior issues making weight are well documented. Whether he really tried to make weight in his recent bouts is questionable, but not having to try this time around should help. Mike Alvarado is the ‘natural’ 140lb’er, which theoretically could be an advantage, but I don’t think it applies in this case. If somehow Alvarado boxes and doesn’t brawl, then he should take this one, but I haven’t watched enough of him to know if he’s capable of that.
Jose Benavidez (16-0-0) vs. Pavel Miranda (17-7-1). Welterweights, 8 rounds.
-Jose Benavidez is a very promising prospect and should beat the less than challenging Pavel Miranda.
Telefutura’s ‘Solo Boxeo Tecate’ – 12:00 am ET / 05:00 GMT
Jeffrey Fontanez (8-0-0) vs. John Nater (11-3-0). Lightweights, 8 rounds.
- 20 year old, Jeffrey Fontanez has stopped 7 of his eight opponents. John Nater is probably a bit better than the understandably safe opponents that Fontanez has faced before, but Nater’s still as wet behind the ears as his foe.
Brulla Santos (7-0-0) vs. John Molina (32-20-3). Featherweights, 8 rounds.
- Undefeated Braulio Santos takes the necessary veteran test as he faces John Molina.
SUNDAY 14TH OCTOBER:
SuperSport – 14:00 SA / 13:00 GMT / 08:00 am ET
Tsiko Mulovhedsi (5-7-3) vs. Kyle Smith (6-1-0). Welterweights, 12 rounds.
- Tsiko Mulovhedsi is the champion here and Kyle Smith is reportedly a worthy opponent.
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