Wednesday, August 18
ESPN2, 10:00 p.m. Eastern, Erislandy Lara vs. Willie Lee, Yordanis Despaigne vs. Frank Paines. Our full preview of the main event is here. Despaigne was a middleweight Olympian for Cuba in 2004, but at 30 years old, he's not nearly the prospect Lara is. Paines may be 11-0, but he hasn't fought in nearly two years, his opponents had a combined record of 23-58-2, and it doesn't appear that he's previously fought above middleweight. Over-under on the number of times Joe Tessitore mentions the Communist regime of Cuba is five. Bad Left Hook will be providing live round by round coverage of this card.
Friday, August 20
TyC Sports (Argentina), 8:00 p.m. Eastern, Jesus Cuellar vs. Miguel Cacares. Cuellar is a 12-0 featherweight who is ranked by the WBO.
Cadena Tres (Mexico), 10:00 p.m. Eastern, Leonilo Miranda vs. Carlos Medellin, Esteban Camou vs. Ricardo Campillo. Miranda was on a very good streak of wins until he lost two in a row in 2009. He'll try to bounce back against Medellin. Camou hasn't fought since 2008, when he lost three in a row to Andre Ward, Jean Pascal and Francisco Sierra.
Telefutura, 11:30 p.m. Eastern, Michael Franco vs. Adolfo Landeros, Roger "Speedy" Gonzalez vs. Guadalupe de Leon. Franco is 16-0 and will be getting some TV exposure against Landeros, who's been relegated to opponent status. Landeros has gone 5-11 since 2005 (and has lost his last four in a row), although that run comes against a lot of quality competition, such as Guillermo Rigondeaux, Wilfredo Vazquez Jr., Christopher Martin and Tomas Villa. Gonzalez hasn't fought in over a year and a half since getting knocked out by Yuriorkis Gamboa in a tougher than expected fight. De Leon has a horrible record on paper, but I'm glad to see him make it onto TV again. He's been facing lots of Golden Boy prospects and giving them really tough fights. He deserved the nod over Charles Huerta, and he actually received it against Derrick Wilson. Also featured on the undercard (although unlikely to be televised on the short broadcast), Mercito Gesta, an 18-0-1 Pinoy, will be facing career opponent Genaro Traznacos.
Saturday, August 21
ARD (Germany), 2:30 p.m. Eastern, Marco Huck vs. Matt Godfrey, Robert Helenius vs. Gregory Tony. Since winning a title, Huck has been one of the most active titlists out there, running over a lot of good but not great competition. Godfrey is a minor step up from his last couple opponents, although one could surmise that the top-10 ranked opponent's style plays well into Capt'n Huck's hands. Godfrey tends to be safety first, so this one might not be as exciting as some of Huck's other fights. Helenius had been out of action for a while following surgery on a broken hand, but jumps right back into the swing of things against undefeated French heavyweight champion Tony. In a heavyweight division that's in a pretty sad state, Helenius is one of the better prospects out there, though that isn't saying too much. He's similar to a gigantic, clumsier version of Kelly Pavlik. Depending on schedules, we might have live coverage of this card.
Integrated PPV (US - $29.99), Polsat Sport (Poland), Gofightlive.tv (elsewhere internationally), 9:00 p.m. Eastern, Tomasz Adamek vs. Michael Grant, Joel Julio vs. Jamaal Davis, Sadam Ali vs. Lenin Arroyo. This is a stay busy fight for Adamek, plain and simple, but I have no problem with that. Adamek is looking for experience against tall fighters, and they found a very tall one in Grant. Grant hasn't had a significant win in about a decade and never had a great beard, so anything less than a knockout by Adamek would be somewhat of a disappointment. Julio has never quite gotten over the hump in terms of his career, but he'll look to get back on the winning track after a decent showing against Alfredo Angulo. Ali is one of the best NYC prospects at the moment, and will take a step up with Arroyo. Despite losing his last five, Arroyo is a tough fighter, and should get Ali some rounds, as he's been knocked out only once in 12 losses. The Polish broadcast will start an hour earlier and air the full undercard (which doesn't appear to feature anyone else of note), at 8:00 p.m.
Televisa Deportes (Mexico), 10:00 p.m. Eastern, Marco Antonio Rubio vs. Jose Luis Zertuche, Victor Zaleta vs. J.C. Cabrera. While Zertuche still has somewhat of a name, this is basically a stay-busy fight for Rubio, who's sitting on a WBC mandatory. Rubio previously dominated and knocked out Zertuche in the seventh round a couple years back, and Zertuche has been downhill from there.
Fox Sports Net, Fox Sports Espanol, TV Azteca (Mexico), 10:00 p.m. Eastern, Guillermo Rigondeaux vs. Jose Angel Beranza, Joksan Hernandez vs.
Marlon Aguilar Ira Terry. Rigondeaux has only fought once this year, despite already being 29 years old, because he had been stuck in promotional limbo. One of the greatest amateurs in history, Rigondeaux needs to step up quickly if he wants to accomplish much as a pro. Beranza is a mild step up for Rigondeaux - a very experienced guy who's defeated a few prospects, but who usually manages to lose the wide decision. Going in completely the opposite direction, this is already the fifth time Hernandez has fought this year. After losing to Eduardo Escobedo in a fight where he looked lethargic, he came back to beat undefeated Campeon Azteca Miguel Beltran Jr., as well as semi-prospect Daniel Ruiz. Both he and Aguilar are action fighters, so this could be a decent fight, even though it's a bit of a mismatch. Jackie Nava will also be fighting a women's championship bout, although I suspect that will only be aired on Azteca and not on FSN.
Also in smaller fights this weekend - Francisco Lorenzo, Felix Cora Jr., Will Tomlinson, Jorge Paez Jr., Dominik Britsch, Dustin Dirks, Enad Licina, and Chauncey Welliver,