Friday, November 12
Eurosport (Germany), 2:25 p.m. Eastern, Konstantin Airich vs. Yakup Saglam. If nothing else, this is a heavyweight fight with the potential to be entertianing. Airich was on the losing end of the fiasco with Danny Williams in Spain a couple years ago, and while he's never taken the step forward some were expecting, he's still a big puncher who throws and can box a little. Saglam has built up an undefeated record mostly fighting creampuffs in Turkey and Germany, and at 32, this is the first time he's stepping up in class. While not super talented, he throws lots of wild, looping punches. If it turns out he can take a punch, this one could turn into a brawl.
Polsat Sport (Poland), 2:30 p.m. Eastern, Pawel Glazewski vs. Tomas Adamek. No, not the other Adamek. Glazewski is a light heavyweight with a 13-0 record who seems to be stepping it up more quickly than most Polish fighters.
NESportstv.com, 7:00 p.m. Eastern ($9.99), Peter Manfredo Jr. vs. Jhon Berrio. Manfredo is back in front of his hometown fans for the first time since getting knocked out by Sakio Bika. He's rattled off four wins in a row since then at middleweight against mostly solid competition (Angel Hernandez, Matt Vanda and Walid Smichet). He's probably another decent win or two away from another title shot. Berrio acquitted well of himself in his last fight, a televised bout against Sherzod Husanov.
Gofightlive.tv, 8:00 p.m. Eastern ($9.99), Matt Vanda vs. Ossie Duran. Both fighters have settled in as tough gatekeepers, but Vanda is still a draw in Minnesota, and this one looks evenly matched on paper. Jerson Ravelo is also slated to fight on the undercard.
Telemundo, 11:00 p.m. Eastern, Jesus Ruiz vs. Julio David Roque Ler. This is the WBC convention's headline fight this year, which is pretty horrible compared to what they usually have. Ruiz is a fringe prospect who lost his last fight by DQ and lost to each of the other two best opponents he's faced. Since completely stinking it out against Jorge Arce a few years ago, Ler has become a journeyman, travelling to his opponents' backyards to get thoroughly beaten whenever that opponent is halfway decent.
TeleFutura, 11:30 p.m. Eastern, Jermell Charlo vs. Luis Grajeda, Omar Figueroa vs. Arturo Quintero. The main event of this one is fairly intriguing. Charlo is 13-0 and supported by Golden Boy, who has been doing a decent job of building him a fan base in the Houston area. Grajeda is also undefeated, although he suffered a draw his last time out as a result of getting knocked down twice. Grajeda has been tested a bit more than Charlo to date. Figueroa is also an undefeated prospect in a showcase fight.
Saturday, November 13
Sky Box Office (UK), ARD (Germany), Polsat Sport (Poland), 4:30 p.m. Eastern, David Haye vs. Audley Harrison, George Groves vs. Kenny Anderson, Stuart Hall vs. Gary Davies, Enad Licina vs. Felix Cora Jr. It's a shame this one isn't legally available in the U.S. at all, but it should be a big one in the U.K. Our full preview of Haye vs. Harrison is here. Undefeated prospect Groves defends his super middleweight Commonwealth title against 12-0 but untested Anderson. Hall defends his Commonwealth bantamweight title against Davies in what looks like a decent scrap on paper. Licina vs. Cora is an IBF cruiserweight #2 eliminator. The presumed best fight of the undercard, between Tony Dodson and Dustin Dirks, was cancelled when Dodson tore a forearm muscle in training. If anyone is interested in the untelevised undercard and has access to the channel, the Polish broadcast starts much earlier, at 2:00 p.m. Eastern. Bad Left Hook will have live round by round coverage of the main event.
Toprank.com, around 6:30 p.m. Eastern, Richie Mepranum vs. Anthony Villareal, fights featuring Jose Benavidez Jr., Mike Lee and Robert Marroquin. Top Rank has been airing its untelevised undercards on its website lately, so presumably this one will be the same. If not, then also check Yahoo.com, which frequently carries the untelevised undercards for major pay per view events. Also, if you turn to the PPV channel on your TV, depending on your cable provider, you may be able to watch this for free as well.
HBO PPV, Sky Sports 1 (UK), Main Event (Australia), 9:00 p.m. Eastern ($54.95), Manny Pacquiao vs. Antonio Margarito, Guillermo Rigondeaux vs. Ricardo Cordoba, Mike Jones vs. Jesus Soto Karass, Brandon Rios vs. Omri Lowther. We'll be covering this card in great detail throughout the week. Our preview of the undercard is here. Also, as a quick note, Tecate has an offer for up to $25 off the pay per view, and you don't even need to buy the beer to claim the discount in many states. Bad Left Hook will have live round by round coverage of this card.
- Don't forget, tonight is the Camp LeJeune card on ESPN featuring Rico Ramos against Heriberto Ruiz.
- DeMarcus Corley returns to the ring this weekend, taking on Sergei Fedchenko, in Ukraine. Corley showed he still has something left in the tank in losing a spirited decision to Marcos Maidana. Corley should steal Glen Johnson's nickname right about now - in the last two years, he's scheduled his fights like a journeyman (always away from home, often on short notice), but still managed to compete in most of the fights, even though he has lost more than he's one against the quality fighters. In the past few years, he's had his passport stamped in Argentina, Kazakhstan (twice), Russia, Nicaragua and now the Ukraine. The most recognizable name on Fedchenko's resume is Kaizer Mabuza, to whom he lost a majority decision at home. Vyacheslav Uzelkov is also slated to fight on the card.
- Also fighting this weekend: Carson Jones, Jorge Daniel Miranda, Jackson Bonsu, Olivier Lontchi, Bermane Stiverne, Jesus Gonzales (for the first time in a couple years), Jose Angel Beranza, Josesito Lopez, Darryl Cunningham, Roberto Garcia, Balweg Bangoyan, David Torres and LaFarrell Bunting (for the first time in nearly three years).