Ivan Calderon will take on Giovanni Segura in the biggest fight of the weekend.
Thursday, August 26
Fox Sports Net, http://www.ustream.tv/goldenboy
, 10:00 p.m. Eastern, Ronny Rios vs. Leivi Brea, Frankie Gomez vs. Raul Tovar, Gary Russell Jr. vs. TBA
. This edition of Fight Night Club will feature several of Golden Boy's blue chip prospects in bouts they should be expected to win. Note that the card will also air via free, legal stream at ustream.com, which is particularly important since the actual card will be preempted on FSN in about 80% of the country.
Friday, August 27
Gofightlive.tv, 7:00 p.m. Eastern ($9.99), Zahir Raheem vs. Roberto Valenzuela, Paul Delgado vs. Chad Greenleaf. Raheem has been attempting a comeback since getting knocked out by Ali Funeka. He'll go against Valenzuela, a throwback who has over 100 fights to his credit but as many losses as wins. Raheem already beat Valenzuela by shutout once before a few months ago.
HBO+ (Argentina), Telefutura, 8:00 p.m. Eastern, Lucas Matthysse vs. Rogelio Castaneda, Sebastian Lujan vs. Emilio Julio Julio. After his controversial win over Vivian Harris, Golden Boy takes Matthysse's level of competition down a notch against journeyman Castaneda. Since losing to Jamie Moore in 2007, Lujan has run off a streak of wins that includes Walter Matthysse and Jose Luis Castillo. The U.S. card on Telefutura starts at 11:30 p.m. Eastern, and will only feature the main event unless time permits otherwise.
Saturday, August 28
Gofightlive.tv, 8:00 p.m. Eastern ($TBD), Chazz Witherspoon vs. Livin Castillo, Farah Ennis vs. Anthony Shuler. This is Witherspoon's first fight back in action since losing to Tony Thompson last year.
Integrated Sports PPV, 9:00 p.m. Eastern ($29.95), Ivan Calderon vs. Giovanni Segura, Alex "Pollo" De Jesus vs. Jose Roman, McJoe Arroyo vs. Sigfredo Medina, McWilliams Arroyo vs. Jiovanne Fuentes. Calderon vs. Segura is a battle between the top two junior flyweights in the world. Not only will there by unification, but Calderon's Ring and lineal titles will be on the line. While Calderon has managed to take about 20 title fights in his career without having a loss, this may be one of his toughest tests to date, and he's shown some vulnerability in recent fights. The rest of the card is pretty strictly filler, although McWilliams Arroyo was involved in a nice little war earlier in the year when Takashi Okada hung his first loss on his record.
ESPN 2, 9:00 p.m. Eastern, Omri Lowther vs. Hank Lundy, Kevin Bizier vs. Leonardo Rojas. Lowther was supposed to face Edner Cherry, but Cherry was pulled from the fight on Aug. 24. So in steps Lundy, who lost his last fight to John Molina in a mild upset on Friday Night Fights in July. Bizier is one of the latest prospects the Montreal natives are hanging their hat on. This is primarily a showcase fight for the 11-0 prospect. This is a sad end to what was a pretty disappointing season of Friday Night Fights. (Update by Scott)
TyC Sports (Argentina), 10:00 p.m. Eastern, Marcos Maidana vs. DeMarcus Corley, Cesar Rene Cuenca vs. Mauricio Pereira, Claudio Alfredo Olmedo vs. Carlos Martin Ahumada. After running into various contract issues that voided a potential fight with Timothy Bradley, Maidana takes an easier one on his home turf. Corley is a former titlist and a hard luck fighter, but he was knocked out cold by Freddie Hernandez not too long ago, and Maidana punches a hell of a lot harder than Hernandez. Cuenca and Pereira are both featherfisted (one knockout win each) light welterweights with undefeated records, mostly against mediocre competition. At 38-0-1, Cuenca is getting close to a title shot, and the long running joke has been that he would be a perfect opponent for Amir Khan.
Televisa Deportes (Mexico), 10:00 p.m. Eastern, Tomoki Kameda vs. Stephane Jamoye, Miguel Angel Gonzalez vs. Francisco Leal. Kameda, who's moved to 15-0 almost exclusively fighting in Mexico, takes a huge step up against reigning EU bantamweight champ and undefeated Frenchman Jamoye. Gonzalez is a completely different Miguel Angel Gonzalez than either one we know, who's 11-2, yet somehow this bout between him and former title challenger Leal (who hasn't fought since getting dominated by Celestino Caballero) is sanctioned as an IBF super bantamweight eliminator. Gonzalez scored an upset victory over Fernando Beltran Jr. earlier in the year, but has also lost to Ciso Morales. These are two separate cards, and with Televisa's advertising (and penchant for not publishing its full schedule), it's tough to tell if these are on the same card or on two different channels at the same time. David Lopez, the formerly ranked middleweight who hasn't fought in about a year and a half, is also slated to take on Saul Roman on the Kameda card.
Cadena 3 (Mexico), 10:00 p.m. Eastern, Giovanni Caro vs. Franklin Varela.
- On Tuesday, the Heavyweight Factory will be putting on a card in Hollywood, Florida. The nominal headliner is a fight between Timur Ibragimov, who's coming off a win over Oliver McCall, and Guru Singh, a 20-0 Indian fighter who hasn't been particularly active in the past several years and has never really been tested. The more interesting fight is between Cuban defector Luis Ortiz and Kendrick Releford. Ortiz is taking on Releford in only his third pro fight. On one hand, that's an insanely quick move, especially to face a sturdy guy like Releford in a ten-rounder, but on the other hand Ortiz is already 31. Also on the card, Brad Solomon will try to stay undefeated at welterweight, taking on gatekeeper Wilfredo Negron for a couple fringe titles.
- Undefeated Puerto Rican prospect Cesar Seda Jr. will take a step up this weekend against recent titlist Carita Lopez. A win would lock him in as a serious contender at super flyweight.
- Also taking smaller fights this weekend: Wladimir Sidorenko, Likar Ramos, Jorge Daniel Miranda, Terrance Cauthen, Mike Tiberi, Kenny Galarza, Nicholson Poulard, Affif Belghecham, Koko Murat, Dorin Spivey, Monte Meza Clay, Derrick Gainer, Otis Griffin and Luis Cruz.