Friday, October 23
Sky Sports, 5:00 p.m. Eastern, Jamie Moore vs. Ryan Rhodes, Gary Davies vs. Ian Napa. Click here for Scott's preview of the Moore fight, for which Bad Left Hook will attempt to provide round by round coverage. This one has all the makings of being a solid war.
Showtime, 11:00 p.m. Eastern, Victor Fonseca vs. Al Seeger, Freddy Hernandez vs. Damian Frias. Welcome to Shawtime. Gary Shaw attempts to push some more middling prospects on us with this edition of Showbox. Fonseca is an undefeated Puerto Rican super bantamweight with a few decent wins on his record, but his previous televised clashes haven't been all that memorable. Seeger is a fun fighter to watch when he hangs in there, but he's probably best remembered for getting obliterated by Yuriorkis Gamboa in one. We'll see if he can bounce back, as his last fight resulted in the death of his opponent. Hernandez and Frias are each one-loss welterweights, although Hernandez does hold a win over Jesus Soto-Karass.
Saturday, October 24
Polsat, 2:30 p.m. Eastern, Tomasz Adamek vs. Andrew Golota. I find it hard to believe, but evidently the promoters didn't even feel it was important to have this one on an internet PPV. I would imagine that Polish fans worldwide would be interested. I'll list it here anyway, just in case you can find a stream. This one's interesting not only because it might be the biggest all-Pole fight in history, but also because Adamek, the lineal cruiserweight champ, is a smallish cruiserweight facing an old, shot full-sized heavyweight.
Eurosport, 4:00 p.m. Eastern, Alex Mazikin vs. Ondrej Pala, Konstantin Airich vs. Cisse Salif. Hooray for crappy heavyweights in boring fights!
Integrated PPV, 9:00 p.m. Eastern ($24.95), Kermit Cintron vs. Juliano Ramos, Jonathan Oquendo vs. Juan Jose Beltran. I almost can't believe this pay per view didn't get canceled when Carlos Quintana got pulled off the card to face Joshua Clottey. I have to imagine this one will lose Lou DiBella some money. This is basically just a stay busy fight for a good but not great fighter without a major fanbase.
Televisa, 10:00 p.m. Eastern, Cristobal Cruz vs. Ricardo Castillo. This one also has all the makings of a fun fight, although Castillo is more than a few steps down the ladder from older brother Jose Luis Castillo. Cruz has transformed himself from a journeyman brawler into a more-forward, all endurance, constantly punching unstoppable force, sort of a wilder version of Librado Andrade. He's coming off a win over Jorge Solis.
Elsewhere in the world of boxing:
- Edison Miranda will try to get back on track, facing 20-2 Francisco Sierra. Sierra has wins over former title challenger Henry Porras and Esteban Camou, so he's not a total can. Both of his losses came to Rigoberto Alvarez, one of Saul's older brothers. Also on the undercard, Manuel Quezada and Malik Scott will continue their reigns of havok (or reigns of smashing tomato cans, at least), with Quezada facing Nicolai Firtha (knocked out by Tye Fields in his last fight) and Scott facing the almighty TBA.
- Considering this is the year 2000, this should be a solid scrap. Oliver McCall faces Lance Whitaker in a fight between washed up vets. I guess it's a way to earn a living.
Tomas Rojas potentially risks his upcoming payday against Vic Darchinyan by facing undefeated African prospect Evans Mbamba. Rojas isn't really much more than a trial horse, so he's probably expected to lose, but a cut or an injury means Darchinyan would need to find a late replacement. On the other hand, this is for an interim title, so if he wins, it will mean he's earned a belt at some point in his career.
Hassan N'Dam N'jikam takes on Oney Valdez. N'jikam is a really solid middleweight prospect coming off a win over Gennady Martirosyan who I'll do a profile on at some point.
- Henry "Sugar Poo" Buchanan faces Bobby Jordan in DC on Saturday. I only mention this because I like to say "Sugar Poo."
- Dmitry Ganiev squares off against Fahsan 3K Battery. Honestly, this is the first I've heard of Ganiev, but he's a 10-0 Russian lightweight who already has a couple of wins that look good on paper. Fahsan is a multiple time title challenger best known for losing to Manny Pacquiao, but would easily be Ganiev's best opponent to date. Ruslan Provodnikov is also on this card, which is being billed as the biggest fight card ever held in Siberia, as a tune-up for his fight against Bredis Prescott.