I wonder if they made this fight BECAUSE of the tag line, or if the tag line just came naturally once the fight was made. (from vanesboxing.com)
Not a ton going on this week, but pretty much every major fight is on TV somewhere in the world, if you can get access to it.
Thursday, January 14
TV5 (Philippines), 8:00 a.m. Eastern, Milan Melindo vs. Anthony Villarreal, AJ Banal vs. Cecilio Santos. Both Melindo and Banal are Pinoy prospects, with Melindo being a light flyweight contender and Banal being a bantamweight contender.
Friday, January 15
Sky Sports, 5:00 p.m. Eastern, Rob Norton vs. David Dolan (rematch), Paul Samuels vs. Cello Renda (rematch), Mark Thompson vs. Kevin McIntyre. Norton vs. Dolan is for both the Commonwealth and BBBoC cruiserweight titles. Norton upset the younger Dolan the first time around in a wild fight with five knockdowns, and Dolan is looking to exact revenge. Samuels vs. Renda is a rematch of a surprise burner last year that involved tons of leather being thrown and a second round double knockdown. While they might not live up to the original fights, it's never a bad thing when you have rematches of two of the top five domestic fights from last year.
Gofightlive.tv, 8:00 p.m. Eastern ($4.99), Derek Ennis vs. Edwin Vazquez, Victor Vasquez vs. Gustavo Dailey.
ESPN2, 9:00 p.m. Eastern, Juan Carlos Burgos vs. Juan Carlos Martinez, Demetrius Andrade vs. Bernardo Guereca. Burgos is an undefeated Mexican featherweight who's moved himself close to the WBC's mandatory position. Martinez has played spoiler before, but more often than not has been a stepping stone. Not the best FNF card this year. This one was meant to feature Fernando Beltran Jr. in the main event (against Burgos), but that fell apart. Prospect Yaundale Evans will also be on the undercard, whose fight may or may not get shown.
Saturday, January 16
Fox Sports Espanol / FSN, 10:00 p.m. Eastern, Vanes Martirosyan vs. Kassim Ouma, Mikey Garcia vs. Joskan Hernandez. Top Rank has put forth a pretty solid debut of its new boxing weekly to air on Fox Sports Espanol (and this week, on Fox Sports Net as well). Martirosyan was a 2004 Olympian who is facing his first name opponent, even if this isn't a step up. Ouma is a former light middleweight titlist who's fallen on harder times lately. Garcia is an undefeated featherweight prospect from Oxnard, California, and while Hernandez isn't a worldbeater, he's proven to make tough fights. Bad Left Hook will be providing live round-by-round coverage of this card.
Televisa Deportes (Ch. 5, Mexico), 11:30 p.m. Eastern, Marco Antonio Rubio vs. Rigoberto Alvarez. Believe it or not, this is a title eliminator. Yes, Marco Antonio Rubio might become Kelly Pavlik's mandatory. Again. Alvarez, Saul's brother, has a shiny record, but hasn't faced any serious competition other than William Gare, to whom he lost. Since losing to Pavlik, Rubio came back with a first round knockout of a 20-2 opponent.