Chris John is back in action, making it two WBA featherweight super titlists to go with a newly crowned titlist for a vacant belt. Evidently, the organizers of the event couldn't be bothered to find a picture of Damian David Marchiano's face.
Tuesday, November 30
Thai TV3 (Thailand), Duangpetch Kokietgym vs. Drian Francisco. This one's for an interim super flyweight title. Duangpetch is 52-1-1 and hasn't lost since his second pro fight, but his record is almost completely devoid of recognizable names. Francisco is one of the better Pinoy prospects out there, although he's a bit on the older side for a prospect and he fights in a much more controlled manner than most of the top Filipinos. The winner will likely get to face Hugo Cazares.
TVMax (Panama), 9:00 p.m. Eastern, Alberto Mosquera vs. Jorge Pimentel, Nehomar Cermeno vs. Hugo Berrio. Light welterweight prospect Mosquera is the nominal headliner of this card, but also fighting are a number of other recognizable names, including Renan Acosta, Walter Tello, Dirceu Carbaca, and Carlos Melo. TVMax generally streams their fights legally and freely at http://www.tvmax-9.com/envivo.asp.
Thursday, December 2
Orange Sport (France), Jean Marc Mormeck vs. Timur Ibragimov. Previous opponent Hasim Rahman pulled out, but Ibragimov should still be Mormeck's toughest test to date at heavyweight. Since losing back to back fights in 2007, Ibragimov has won nine straight, including back to back upsets over Oliver McCall and Guru Singh. Sadly, Mormeck is probably pretty close to getting a title shot at this point, and was invited into the IBF's eliminator tournament.
Friday, December 3
Sport1 (Germany), 3:00 p.m. Eastern, Lukas Konecny vs. Hamlet Petrosyan. Konecny defends his European light middleweight title as he tries to build himself back into title contention. While this looks like another mismatch, Konecny is almost always fun to watch.
Gofightlive.tv, 7:00 p.m. Eastern, Paul Delgado vs. Chris Gray.
Super Channel 2 (Canada), 9:00 p.m. Eastern, David Lemieux vs. Purnell Gates, Sebastien Demers vs. Renan St. Juste. While David Lemieux's handlers tried to get a more significant fight with Ishe Smith, on about ten days notice they were able to pull out Gates, who is 18-1 with a fluffy record. It's purely a stay busy fight. Both Demers and St. Juste were upset in their last fights (by Bryan Vera and Marcus Upshaw, respectively), so the timing of this fight between two well regarded Quebecois is interesting to say the least.
Showtime, 11:05 p.m. Eastern, Lateef Kayode vs. Ed Perry, Luis Franco vs. Eric Hunter. Kayode is a cruiserweight prospect who has cracked a lot of top 10 lists more on the strength of his name recognition and his Freddie Roach endorsement than the actual competition he's faced. Perry is a slight step back in competition, going 18-4 against mostly crummy competition, although he's never been knocked out. Former Cuban amateur Franco looked decent in his first TV exposure against Wilton Hilario. He'll take on Hunter, who has a 15-1 record and, on paper, looks like a decent challenge for someone in only his eighth pro fight.
TeleFutura, 11:30 p.m. Eastern, Pablo Cesar Cano vs. Noe Bolanos. Cano is 20-0, but barely scraped by the inflated corpse of Oscar Leon his last time out. Bolanos is 2-5-1 with a no contest in his last nine fights, but somehow still manages to consistently get his fights televised.
Saturday, December 4
Sport1 (Germany), 3:00 p.m. Eastern, Alexander Dimitrenko vs. Albert Sosnowski. It's been well over a year since Dimitrenko was embarrassed by Eddie Chambers, but this fight should at least help tell us whether he's still a viable contender in a weak heavyweight division. He'll defend his European title against Sosnowski, who was recently destroyed by Vitali Klitschko. I would say that the winner might be in line for a title shot, but Dimitrenko has expressed that he has little interest in fighting a Klitschko at this time, and nobody wants to see Sosnowski get shellacked again. If time runs short, Juan Carlos Gomez, Manuel Charr and Christian Hammer are all slated to fight on the card as well.
Sky Sports 1 (UK), 4:00 p.m. Eastern, Ricky Burns vs. Andreas Evensen, Paul Appleby vs. Joseph Laryea. Burns takes an easy first title defense after his shocking upset of Roman Martinez in a great fight earlier in the year. Evensen is a 13-1 Norseman who has fought mostly out of Finland, and whose lone loss came to Benoit Gaudet. Fellow Scotchman Appleby was knocked out by Martin Lindsay last year to end a meteoric rise, and this is his first decent opponent since that loss. It's hard to tell much about Laryea, who doesn't look like much on paper, but a lot of Ghanians don't have complete records on Boxrec and he's at least good enough to have won their national super featherweight title. It appears the goal may be to set up a fight between Burns and Appleby, which would be a huge fight in Scotland.
Gofightlive.tv, 8:00 p.m. Eastern ($9.99), Shamone Alvarez vs. Ayi Bruce, Raymond Serrano vs. Geoffrey Spruiell.
TyC Sports (Argentina), TVMax (Panama), 9:00 p.m. Eastern, Jonathan Victor Barros vs. Irving Berry. In a completely dumbfounding move, the WBA has put their "regular" featherweight title up for grabs in this one, despite the fact that they already have two titlists in Chris John and Yuriorkis Gamboa, in what quite possibly is the current best example of pure graft in the ABCs. Barros was soundly defeated by Gamboa not long ago, while Berry has rattled off a series of decent wins in Panama to earn the shot. TVMax generally streams their fights legally and freely at http://www.tvmax-9.com/envivo.asp.
Top Rank PPV, TV Azteca (Mexico), 9:00 p.m. Eastern, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs. Pawel Wolak, Nonito Donaire vs. Wladimir Sidorenko, Humberto Soto vs. Urbano Antillon, Mikey Garcia vs. Olivier Lontchi. At the time of this writing, the Chavez-Wolak fight is up in the air, although it seems the fight will go on at a 165 pound catchweight, since Chavez missed a week of training to illness. If the fight does go on, it could be a good one, as Wolak always comes to fight, even if he is limited and severely outsized in this one. Former titlist Sidorenko is easily the best opponent Nonito Donaire has faced since Vic Darchinyan, and a convincing win would help justify his lofty pound for pound ranking. A couple years ago, I would have said Soto-Antillon would be a guaranteed barnburner, but Soto has fought more restrained of late and seems to be on the backswing of his career. Garcia, one of Top Rank's best prospects, takes a small step up against former Juan Manuel Lopez victim Lontchi. Don't be surprised if the untelevised undercard, featuring Joe Hanks and Rodrigo Garcia, ends up being streamed on toprank.com. Bad Left Hook will have live round by round coverage of this card.
Televisa (Mexico), 10:00 p.m. Eastern, Saul Alvarez vs. Lovemore N'Dou, Victor Terrazas vs. Daniel Diaz, Daniel Ponce de Leon vs. Sergio Manuel Medina. We'll be covering the main event on HBO Latino. Terrazas looked decent for about six rounds against Rendall Munroe, and this looks like a decent, competitive fight on paper. Ponce de Leon is basically staying busy. I have no idea how Medina is still boxing. If his name rings a bell, that's because he's the guy who admitted he took a first round dive against Juan Manuel Lopez a couple years back. He later recanted, saying he made up the incoherent story because he was embarrassed about his performance. Expect a big knockout in this one.
HBO Latino, 12:30 a.m. Eastern, Saul Alvarez vs. Lovemore N'Dou. Alvarez continues his rise to prominence with a bout against sturdy former titlist N'Dou. Alvarez made quite an impression with his destruction of Carlos Baldomir on the Mosley-Mora undercard, and despite N'Dou fighting well over his best weight, it would be quite impressive if he can defeat N'Dou by knockout, as he's never been knocked out in 11 losses. Bad Left Hook will have live round by round coverage of this fight.
Sunday, December 5
RCTI (Indonesia), 8:30 a.m. Eastern, Chris John vs. Fernando Saucedo, Daud Yordan vs. Damian David Marchiano. So here's another piece of the WBA's mess. Despite having fought earlier in the year and having postponed a fight with just a minor injury, former "super champion" Chris John was named "Champion in Recess", paving the way for Yuriorkis Gamboa to unify and become a "super champion" himself. Convenient, since you can't have two super champions, and that led to the fight between Barros and Garcia being sanctioned as a title contest. So John's title is still officially on the line for this one, and a showdown between John and Gamboa has been ordered for what I imagine will be the WBA's "super duper mega featherweight title of the universe". Saucedo hasn't lost since 2004, but only has one knockout in 38 wins, which I imagine will be helpful for John, whose chin has looked a bit shaky lately. Yordan is fighting for a regional title in his first major bout since losing to Celestino Caballero.
- Despite having had a title fight and consistently facing solid competition over the past couple years, middleweight contender LaJuan Simon has still never been televised in the U.S. This weekend, he's taking on Dionisio Miranda in what looks like a decent domestic level scrap that could have some title implications. This one's at Dover Downs, which has hosted a fair number of decent scraps lately. The card also features Michael Stewart, in the midst of a comeback.
- Also in fights this week: Kendall Holt, Alex Leapai, Zauerbek Baysangurov, Ryan Rhodes, Les Sherrington, Serge Yannick, Tor Hamer, Gabriel Bracero, Denton Vassell, Yudel Jhonson, Yordanis Despaigne, Yassine El Maachi and Koji Sato. The David Tua card in Aruba was cancelled due to Tua having shoulder problems.