Thursday, April 22
TVMax (Panama), 9:00 p.m. Eastern, Luis Concepcion vs. Eric Ortiz, Irving Berry vs. Raul Guzman, Alberto Mosquera vs. Carlos Valdez. Concepcion vs. Ortiz is for an interim title, despite the fact that regular holder Daiki Kameda is doing just fine over in Japan. Usually for the TVMax boxing, there's a legal link available here.
Fox Sports Net, 10 p.m. Eastern, Enrique Ornelas vs. Julius Fogle, Deon Elam vs. Andre Hemphill. Another edition of Fight Night Club, and the quality is quickly degrading again. Last two cards, it was headlined by a prospect against a no-name; now it's just a gatekeeper against a no-name. The usual FNC fighters don't appear to be fighting on this one, but we will get former Contender contestant Deon Elam in his first bout back from losing to Hino Ehikamenor on the series. Once again, due to Jeff Wald's bungling, most of the guys who fought on the series haven't fought since, but that's a different story for a different post.
Friday, April 23
Sky Sports (UK), 5:00 p.m. Eastern, Rendall Munroe vs. Victor Terrazas, Martin Concepcion vs. Kevin Hammond. Munroe has vacated his European title to take this bout, which is a title eliminator for the right to face Toshiaki Nishioka. Terrazas is a 25-1-1 Mexican who beat Antonio Meza his last time out. Munroe is sort of a very poor man's Paul WIlliams, a southpaw volume puncher who's tall but doesn't know how to use it well. He doesn't have WIlliams' freakish athleticism, however. Bad Left Hook will have live, round-by-round coverage of this one.
TyC Sports (Argentina), 8:00 p.m. Eastern, Ulises David Lopez vs. Sergio Jose Sanders.
Azteca America, 10:00 p.m. Eastern, Sergio Rivera vs. Alejandro Barrera, Juan Esquer vs. Felipe Rivas. It's journeymen fighting nobodies, but it's still a big step up from what Azteca's been showing lately. The other day, my DVR recorded an Azteca card where the main event was between two guys with losing records, the fights haven't even shown up on Boxrec yet, and half the fighters on the card don't have records on Boxrec at all. And heck, one of the guys on that card (Daniel Valenzuela) is slated to fight on this one as well.
Saturday, April 24
Polsat Sport (Poland), 2:30 p.m. Eastern, Dawid Kostecki vs. Giulian Ilie. Kostecki seems to be collecting worthless titles. First he won the IBC light heavyweight title, now he's going for the WBF version of the belt. Maybe he should go after the Redneck Title next. If you happen to have Polsat Sport, you can watch boxing for about 10 hours straight, as they'll lead off with this fight, then move on to Froch-Kessler, then move on to Adamek-Arreola.
ZDF (Germany), 5:30 p.m. Eastern, Juergen Braehmer vs. Mariano Nicolas Plotinsky, Susi Kentikian vs. Nadio Raoui. This might be Braehmer's last fight for a while. Right now, he's out on appeal from an incident where he was sentenced to a year and a half in prison. If he goes to jail, then Braehmer will probably get stripped, and Zsolt Erdei will probably get back the title, which is rightfully his anyway, notwithstanding that he hasn't fought a live body at light heavyweight in years. Plotinsky is along the same line of completely unworthy challenger that Universum has been lining up for its fighters for years, and not too long ago lost to a guy with a losing record. No wonder most of their male fighters either have left them or are in the process of doing so. Kentikian is a relatively exciting women's fighter.
Showtime, 9:00 p.m. Eastern, Carl Froch vs. Mikkel Kessler. This is the U.S. replay, and this is the one for which we will have live round by round coverage. The fight is also showing live on a slew of other channels worldwide (Primetime UK, a number of Danish PPVs, Polsat Sport, Hungary 1, etc.) at 5:00 p.m. Eastern, but the free broadcast just about everywhere is on replay. If you manage to catch it live, Edmund Gerber and Nick Klapppert will be fighting on the undercard. Bad Left Hook will have live, round-by-round coverage of this one.
Note from Scott: We're going to try to cover the Froch-Kessler fight live as it happens in the U.S. afternoon. That means there WILL BE spoilers on this site. DO NOT post spoilers anywhere else here, as this show is tape delayed for Showtime. If it works out, we will have a live thread in the afternoon, followed by a results thread that will not give away the result of the fight unless readers choose to click through onto the extended story page.
Fox Sports Espanol, 10:00 p.m. Eastern, Jorge Arce vs. Cecilio Santos, Miguel Beltran Jr. vs. Joksan Hernandez. Arce is jumping up to bantamweight, so this fight is supposed to be a tune up for him to face Eric Morel for an interim bantamweight title. Beltran won the super featherweight version of Campeon Azteca. He and Hernandez are exciting fighters, so this should be a good undercard fight, which you'll probably . If you happen to get Mexican Azteca, this card will be starting at 6:00 p.m. Mexico time on that channel, and you can watch this without missing the other major fights.
Cadenatres (Mexico), 10:00 p.m. Eastern, Victor Zaleta vs. Francisco Marquez.
HBO, 11:15 p.m. Eastern, Cristobal Arreola vs. Tomasz Adamek, Alfredo Angulo vs. Joel Julio. Bad Left Hook will have live, round-by-round coverage of this one.
Elsewhere in the world of boxing...
- On Thursday in Oklahoma, Carson Jones will take on Jason LeHoullier for an NABA title. Only a month ago, he drew with Delray Raines, the same guy who Ronald Hearns sent into next month last weekend. LeHoullier lost his last fight to Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. At least Jones is staying busy after his upset win over Tyrone Brunson, but it shows what a farce the proposed Jones-Margarito fight would have been. On the undercard, Zahir Raheem will make his first appearance since getting his clock rung by Ali Funeka. Also, our favorite Comanche Boy George Tahdooahnippah will try to keep his undefeated record alive against a guy who is 9-8.
- Just to confuse people, the other Tomas Adamek is fighting this weekend as well, facing "Iron Djib" Mohammedi for the EU light heavyweight title (which is a step down from the European title held by Nathan Cleverly).
- On the undercard of the real Adamek fight, those in attendance will get to see undefeated prospect Rico Ramos vs. Reynaldo Lopez, U.S. Olympian Shawn Estrada and comebacking prospects Chris Avalos and John Molina.
- Hiroyuki Enoki will take on Alberto Garza in a replacement fight above the featherweight weight limit. Enoki is still somehow near the top of the WBA's featherweight rankings, despite going 1-3-1 in his last five fights, albeit against really good competition.
- Milan Melindo and Rey "Boom Boom" Bautista are fighting in a card in Dubai this weekend. Not exactly the megafight that Bob Arum wanted to use to pop Dubai's cherry.
- On Friday, Mauricio Herrera is fighting Efren Hinojosa in a card that is advertised as being on Fox Sports Espanol. It's not showing up on my channel, so I don't know if that's just because fox varies its coverage from location to location, or if they'll be showing the card in syndication later on. Herrera is a prospect who controversially lost to Mike Anchondo his last time out.
- On Tuesday, in Russia, Enzo Maccaranelli will attempt to reclaim the European cruiserweight title. After winning a title, he's lost three of his last four, all by knockout. He'll face Alexander Kotlobay. On the same card, two undeserving former title challengers will go at it when Dmitry Sukhotsky faces Pablo Daniel Zamora Nievas in a light heavyweight battle.
- Also fighting in smaller bouts: Cristian Sanavia, Saul Montana, Victor Zaleta, former two-weight titlist Luis Perez, Mohamed Azzaoui, Juan Palacios, Yassine El Maachi, and Yaundale Evans.