Sky Sports, 1 p.m. Eastern, Paul Smith vs. Tony Quigley. While this isn't as exciting as the originally scheduled main event of Kell Brook vs. Michael Jennings, this still isn't a half bad fight. Quigley, the BBBoC super middleweight champ, makes exciting fights, and people who watched season 3 of The Contender will remember that Smith fights at a high level. Jennings is still on the card, but now that the main event is off, I suspect they'll show Frankie Gavin and James DeGale's 6-round fights rather than showing Jennings' fight against late replacement Laszlo Komjathi.
Integrated PPV, 8:30 p.m. Eastern ($24.99), Hector Camacho Jr. vs. Yory Boy Campas; Antonio Escalante vs. Carlos Fulgencio. This must be a bad joke. In someone's idea of a "revenge match", Camacho faces 38-year old Campas, who drew 47 year-old Camacho senior in his last fight. Camacho Jr. survives off his father's name even more than Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., and while Campas is a tough old coot, he hasn't really been competitive with top guys since the 90's. He may not be as old as Hopkins, but he has a lot more mileage on his body.
Saturday, October 31
Showtime, 9:00 p.m. Eastern, Joseph Agbeko vs. Yohnny Perez, Antonio DeMarco vs. Jose Alfaro. Bad Left Hook will be providing round by round coverage. On paper, Agbeko versus Perez looks like a potential barnburner. While Perez was an Olympian from Colombia, he's not the most naturally talented fighter in the world, getting by on guts and decent technique. He earned the title shot by scoring a come from behind 12th round knockout of Silence Mabuza. Agbeko's last three fights have all been exciting, so we know what he brings to the table. Alfaro isn't much of a step up for DeMarco, if it is one at all, but it's possible that this fight will be somewhat entertaining as well. DeMarco isn't really my bag of chips, but at least I get why Gary Shaw is pushing him, unlike some of his other prospects.
Elsewhere in the world of boxing...
- Be glad Showtime stuck to their guns and are airing the DeMarco fight on the Agbeko undercard. Typical of a recent Don King card, he's getting all of his least exciting fighters involved on one undercard. Cory Spinks will defend his title against Carlos Molina, who's been on a run lately, upsetting several prospects on FNF and Shobox over the last year or so. Spinks has a bad rap, but his last couple fights were actually decent scraps, and Molina has earned his shot the old fashioned way. In a title eliminator, Ray Austin takes on DaVarryl Williamson, which on paper sounds like the most boring fight imaginable. Also on the card, prospects James de la Rosa, Bermane Stiverne, Marvin Quintero and Angelo Santana will be fighting.
- The IBF couldn't go for long without a South African title fight. Former titlist Cassius Baloyi will take on Roberto Arrieta in a title eliminator for their 130 pound belt.
- If Joey GIlbert vs. Dhafir Smith doesn't make your mouth water, I don't know what will. Grass jelly, perhaps.
- I had no idea that Lou Del Valle was still lacing them up, and thought he was just a trainer at this point, but he's facing Joey Spina at the Mohegan Sun this weekend.
- In a fight between two guys nobody's ever heard of that may have very real ramifications in the lightweight division, 20-0 Mlungisi Dlamini takes on Zolani Marali. Marali is only 1-2 in his last three, but the win was over Gamaliel Diaz and one of the losses was a close decision to Billy Dib in Australia. Dlamini's last two wins were over Gairy St. Clair and Francisco Lorenzo.
- 25-0 flyweight prospect Hernan "Tyson" Marquez will face Darwin Zamora. Marquez is raw as hell, but he's a southpaw with big power who could make some noise in the future. Undefeated prospects Miguel Beltran Jr. and Ramon Maas also appear on the same card.