Edgar Sosa defends his WBC 108-pound title for the 10th time tonight against Puerto Rican Omar Soto. (Photo via www.boxnews.com.ua)
How about a little bonus coverage? Thanks to Televisa working out a deal with Suljos.TV, tonight's card from Puebla, Mexico will be available live and for free online. Just click that link and you'll be magically whisked away at 12:45 ET.
So, obviously, no guarantees on how it works, but the stream is completely legal. There's also a card on Azteca America at 11pm ET tonight, and we're going to do our best to cover that one, too. It's a Tuesday night, I'm bored, and there are fights out there. Let's talk about 'em.
Televisa via Suljos.TV, 11 ET
WBC Junior Flyweight Title
Edgar Sosa (36-5, 20 KO) v. Omar Soto (14-3-1, 6 KO)
Sosa is making the 10th defense of his title against Puerto Rican Soto, who the Sosa camp has tried to sell in interviews as being a tough opponent, but really this should be a gimme for the titleholder. A Soto win here would be the leading candidate for 2009's biggest upset.
Welterweights, 10 Rounds
Saul Alvarez (28-0-1, 21 KO) v. Carlos Herrera (21-1, 8 KO)
Alvarez was recently dissed by Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., who said he wasn't good enough to fight him. That's a complete crock, considering Chavez is still wasting his time fighting Jason LeHoullier at 41 fights into his career, which is not a shot at LeHoullier, really, but the guy's a club fighter, and everyone knows it. Alvarez is a really solid prospect. If he and JCC Jr. did get it on, I'd take Alvarez without thinking twice. Herrera is an Argentinian fighter, and this is his first trip outside of his home country. He doesn't have the KO record that a lot of the more notable Argentinian exports do, but Sergio Martinez is probably the best fighter of all them and he's no banger, so we'll see what he's got.
Azteca America, 11 PM ET
Arce will be looking not only to grab another alphabet title, but to exact a little revenge. Nongqayi beat Jorge's little brother, Fernando Arce, in his last fight, a clear decision victory on the road in Mexico. The South African returns to the country to try to take out big brother now, with the win over Fernando earning Nongqayi a shot at Vic Darchinyan's IBF 115-pound title. Darchinyan chose to vacate instead of fight Nongqayi, and now we end up with this matchup, which isn't too bad at all. Almost every Arce fight is exciting. They do have one common opponent, the dreaded Julio Ler (who made for the last boring Arce fight). Both won decisions.
WBC Junior Lightweight Title
Humberto Soto (48-7-2, 31 KO) v. Aristides Perez (15-0-1, 8 KO)
A keep-warm fight for Soto, at least on paper. He's been discussed as an opponent for lightweight titleholder Edwin Valero in November. He last fought on the Hatton-Pacquiao undercard, stopping Benoit Gaudet in the ninth round.
Junior Bantamweights, 10 Rounds
Ulises Solis (28-2-2, 20 KO) v. Dirceu Cabarca (7-3, 3 KO)
Total bounce-back fight for Solis, the former 108-pound titlist and guy I felt at the time was most likely to be the man to beat Ivan Calderon. He lost a war against Brian Viloria in an April upset, and now he looks to get back on track. He won't be fighting at his usual weight, but the skill level should make that irrelevant.
Heavyweights, 8 Rounds
Samuel Peter (31-3, 24 KO) v. Ronald Bellamy (14-9-4, 9 KO)
Peter takes his second straight soft touch as Top Rank tries to get hm back to the big-punching monster he was before Vitali Klitschko beat the living crap out of him, which led to a loss to Eddie Chambers on ESPN2 earlier this year. He knocked out Marcus McGee in three his last time out, and Bellamy has been stopped a total of six times in his career. What do you think happens?
Welterweights, 6 Rounds
Omar Chavez (17-0-1, 13 KO) v. Jessie Davis (11-14, 8 KO)
The "other" Chavez kid is Omar, Julio Cesar's nephew and Julio Cesar Jr.'s cousin. Chavez's last fight was against Marco Antonio Nazareth, and the bout resulted in Nazareth's tragic death. Hopefully Omar can put that behind him and fight on, because those things, sad as it is, do happen. It'd be easy to say that Omar is on his cousin's career path, but he's still just 19 years old and guys like Davis are absolutely acceptable opponents at that point. Hopefully he won't toil in the middle tier as long as Jr. has.