Sergio Martinez and Paul Williams go at it for the lineal middleweight title in a rematch of last year's fight of the year candidate.
Another very solid weekend of boxing coming up, including a rematch of a bout that was many's fight of the year for 2009.
Wednesday, November 17
Main Event (Australia), Premier Sports (UK), 4:00 a.m. Eastern (AUS$49.95), Danny Green vs. B.J. Flores, Shane Cameron vs. Anthony McCracken. Green has held the IBO's cruiserweight trinket for a while now, but has been roundly criticized for only facing naturally smaller fighters, generally at a catchweight of 185. He's also been under fire for his last bout against Paul Briggs, in which the boxing commission determined that Briggs took a dive. For the first time, Green takes on a real cruiserweight in Flores, who has seemingly been a top 10 fringe contender forever now. Frankly, Green is the best opponent Flores has faced by a pretty wide margin. He's fought nobody of note since beating Darnell Wilson in a deathly boring title eliminator in early 2008, and after turning down a shot at true champion Tomasz Adamek, he's only faced three plodding journeymen. Even that 'good' win against Wilson doesn't look so hot now, as Wilson subsequently lost three in a row, including in the Contender series against Hino Ehikhamenor in a fight where he looked completely lethargic and probably shot. All of this is a long way of saying that while Green deserves sonme credit, he doesn't really deserve that much credit for this fight, as at the end of the day Flores is a name but still completely unproven. Cameron moves down to cruiserweight for this fight, with an eye towards facing Green if both men win. Bad Left Hook will likely have live round by round coverage of this fight.
Thursday, November 18
www.ustream.com/goldenboy, 11:00 p.m. Eastern, Carlos Molina vs. John Figueroa, Randy Caballero vs. TBA, Fedor Chudinov vs. TBA. This will be Molina's fifth appearance on Fight Night Club, and he's managed to build up a 13-0 record. Golden Boy has been talking up Caballero, who has served as a sparring partner for Nonito Donaire and Abner Mares in the past. Chudinov is an exciting, forward-moving prospect who won a bronze medal at middleweight in the Russian amateur championships, behind Matt Korobov and his brother Dmitry.
Friday, November 19
Sport 1 (Germany), bild.de (free international live webcast), 2:00 p.m. Eastern, Ruslan Chagaev vs Travis Walker, Denis Boytsov vs. Mike Sheppard, Rakhim Chakhkiev vs. Chris Thomas. This card was put together on pretty short notice, but if you like heavyweight action, it has some potential. Chagaev is currently sitting on a mandatory to fight David Haye, although it seems unlikely that the fight will ever happen since Chagaev can't get licensed to fight in the UK and Haye isn't going to leave the UK to take less money for the fight. Walker is rarely in a boring fight, but his weak chin is tested and true at this point. Boytsov returns after losing a big chunk of time to hand surgery, and faces journeyman Sheppard. Chakhkiev was the Olympic gold medalist at heavyweight in 2008, and takes on Thomas, who has been knocked out in seven of his last 11 fights. Undefeated heavyweight Manuel Charr will also be fighting journeyman Robert Hawkins on the undercard, and prospect Jack Culcay is scheduled to fight as well. The international webcast starts at 4:30 p.m. Eastern, and it's unclear whether that will include the whole card, or just the Culcay fight.
Gofightlive.tv, 8:00 p.m. Eastern ($9.99), Farah Ennis vs. Victor Lares, Chazz Witherspoon vs. Alexis Mejias. Ennis, now 16-0, is taking a step forward with his first 12 round fight, contesting the NABF super middleweight title against tough guy Lares. Witherspoon has been taking it easy, but keeping active, since his loss to Tony Thompson.
TeleFutura, 11:30 p.m. Eastern, Carlos Baldomir vs. Amilcar Adgardo Funes Melian. I guess this TV spot is a "thank you" from Golden Boy for Baldomir letting Saul Alvarez beat the tar out of him.
Saturday, November 20
SporTV (Brazil), TV Globo International (South America), 7:00 p.m. Eastern, George Arias vs. Emilio Ezequiel Zarate, Michael Oliveira vs. Junior Ramos. Arias is on a decent winning streak, and might get a shot at another decent fight sometime in the future. In his career, he's already lost to Johnny Nelson, Audley Harrison, Sinan Samil Sam, Juan Carlos Gomez, Owen Beck, Taras Bidenko and Fres Oquendo, among others. Oliveira is a 12-0 Brazilian fighting out of Miami who makes his debut on Brazilian soil.
SAT1 (Germany), Prime Time (UK), 3:00 p.m. Eastern, Robert Stieglitz vs. Enrique Ornelas. Ornelas seems to be a good guy, and if anyone is going to get an undeserving title shot, I'm glad it's him, but this goes to show just how low Universum continues to stoop to find its opponents. Stieglitz is attempting the third defense of his super middleweight title, while Ornelas is basically moving down from taking a beating from 45-year old Bernard Hopkins. Ornelas is really a middleweight journeyman who tries hard, so it might be an entertaining fight, but it's also a relatively safe one for Stieglitz, who seems to be milking his title as long as possible. Once a decent mandatory is named for the title, THEN you might see him step up and take Lucian Bute's standing seven-figure offer for a unification fight.
Sky Sports 1 (UK), 3:00 p.m. Eastern, Prizefighter super featherweights. Top to bottom, this might be the strongest lineup of Prizefighter candidates yet, assuming no late substitutions. The field includes former fringe featherweight titlist Choi Tseveenpurev, current British champ Gary Sykes, former English lightweight titlist Scott Lawton, former English featherweight titlist Derry Matthews, former title challengers Stevie Bell and Gary Buckland, as well as Ben Murphy and Gary McArthur. Bad Left Hook will have live round by round coverage of this fight.
TV2 (Denmark), 3:10 p.m. Eastern, Patrick Nielsen vs. Adnan Salihu. Nielsen and Salihu are both undefeated middleweights early into their respective careers. The real headliner of this one is Cecilia Braekhus, one of the top women's fighters in the world, who is fighting nobody in particular simply because there really aren't that many legitimate candidates she could fight.
RTE Two (Ireland), www.rte.ie (free, legal international stream), 4:30 p.m. Eastern, Andy Murray vs. Claudeini Lacerda, Patrick Hyland vs. Massimo Morra. Murray and Hyland are local favorites, although Murray is getting close to world level, having built up a record of 22-0. If Murray gets by this one, a fight with European titlist John Murray has been discussed. Also slated to fight include Martin Rogan and Mike Perez.
TyC Sports (Argentina), 9:00 p.m. Eastern, Javier Francisco Maciel vs. Gaston Alejandro Vega.
HBO, Premier Sports (UK), Sport 1 (Hungary), 10:00 p.m. Eastern, Sergio Martinez vs. Paul Williams. We'll have more in-depth coverage of this one later in the week. The Hungarian feed should also broadcast the undercard, featuring Zsolt Erdei. Bad Left Hook will have live round by round coverage of this fight.
Fox Sports Net, Fox Sports Espanol, TV Azteca (Mexico), 10:00 p.m. Eastern, Raul Martinez vs. Rodrigo Guerrero, Matt Korobov vs. Derrick Findley. Martinez has rattled off three decent wins since getting thrashed by Nonito Donaire. Guerrero showed a ton of heart, but was way out of his depth against Vic Darchinyan, but otherwise owns good wins over Luis Maldonado, Topo Rosas and Federico Catubay. This one's an IBF title eliminator. On the undercard, Korobov tries to get his groove back against a guy both Andre Ward and Andre Dirrell made short work of. Former amateur world champ Korobov has looked lethargic and unimpressive his last several fights, but he claims that was due to a medical condition that has now cleared up.
Televisa (Mexico), 10:00 p.m. Eastern, Edgar Sosa vs. Masafumi Okubo, Justin Savi vs. Alberto Garza. Former light flyweight titlist Sosa is taking one more warm up fight before going for another world title. Savi and Garza are fighting for a "silver" title at featherweight, exacerbating what is already a fine mess with the ABCs in that weight class. It's a good fight on paper though, with Savi running a record of 24-0 and being a complete unknown when he recently upset Cyril Thomas, and Garza recently running off a streak of good wins including Takefumi Sakata.
In other bouts this weekend, Tye Fields faces Raymond Olubowale for the right to fight suddenly popular Neven Pajkic for the Canadian heavyweight title; Matt Remillard and Paul Spadafora both take on decent opponents at the Mohegan Sun; former light heavyweight champ Zsolt Erdei (making his US debut), Fernando Guerrero, Tony Thompson and Steve Upshur Chambers all fight on the Martinez-Williams undercard; and in smaller bouts this weekend, Zahir Raheem, Karoly Balzsay, Ermosele Albert, Sergey Kovalev, Giovanni Caro, Sechew Powell, Elvir Muriqi and Curtis Stevens.