After putting these schedules together for a few months, I've come to realize that boxing just tends to get scheduled in clumps. Last week, there were four televised cards and a number of other major foreign bouts. This week, we get one decent fight, and that's about it.
Friday, August 7
ESPN2, 9:00 p.m. Eastern, Alfredo Angulo vs. Gabriel Rosado. Anthony Dirrell, Gary Russell Jr. and Travis Kaufman all face scrubs on the undercard, so I have no idea what the undercard matches will be. Angulo is coming off of the first loss of his career, in which Kermit Cintron made Angulo look slow and immobile. If this is the bounceback fight, then someone really screwed up with their matchmaking. Rosado may only be 12-3, but he's beaten Kassim Ouma and James Moore, and he came very close to beating Fernando Guerrero, knocking him down and making him generally look bad. Rosado may not be slick or quick enough to hand Angulo another loss, but he's Philly tough, and I'd be surprised if Angulo's able to look too good against him. For those who are interested, there's actually a full documentary about Rosado up on Youtube.
Saturday, August 8
GoFightLive.tv, 7:30 p.m. Eastern ($5.99), Mike Jones vs. Lenin Arroyo, Willis Lockett vs. Jerson Ravelo, Francisco Palacios vs. Frank Trader. This card was mildly interesting for an internet PPV when it was first scheduled a few months ago, and included a headline fight of Jones against former prospect (and Shane's cousin) Larry Mosley. Now, it's just a bout to get Jones some rounds. Arroyo is 20-9, but has never been down in his career.
Elsewhere in the world...
- Heavyweight prospect Eugene Hill failed in his step up against Zack Page a few months back. Tonight, Lou Savarese is promoting the rematch between the two in Houston. Lanardo Tyner is also on the card.
- Mlungisi Dlamini isn't a name you hear much, probably because it's impossible to actually say. However, he does own dominant wins over a couple decent fighters in Gairy St. Clair and Ivan Bustos. He'll take on Francisco Lorenzo, who almost acted his way to a title against Humberto Soto. On the same card, 13-0 Bongani Mwelase will face Attila Kovacs. If Mwelase wins, it will be the third solid gatekeeper he's beaten. Obviously we won't see them now, but Dlamini and Mwelase might be guys to keep an eye on long-term.
- In Argentina, Jorge Barrios has his first fight since Rocky Juarez turned him into the Joker. He'll face low-end gatekeeper Moises Castro.