Wednesday, September 15
Main Event (Australia), 5:00 a.m. Eastern, Anthony Mundine vs. Ryan Waters, Billy Dib vs. Jack Asis, Garth Wood vs. Elvin Marbun. Surprise surprise, Anthony Mundine avoids any legitimate challenger and decides to take a pay per view fight against a domestic-level opponent. That said, Waters is probably the best fighter he's faced since Daniel Geale, who nearly beat Mundine last year. Waters owns a couple of minor trinkets, so if Mundine wins, he'll move closer to a mandatory spot so that he can avoid actually taking the mandatory when he earns it. Dib is slowly stepping back up towards legitimate opposition, while promoters have been trying to build former rugby leaguer Wood into an attraction on his own.
TV Azteca 7 (Mexico), 4:00 p.m. Eastern, Ulises Solis vs. Alex Sanchez, Ricardo Dominguez vs. Adailton De Jesus. Solis, who's sitting on a mandatory to face Luis Alberto Lazarte, takes on a stay busy fight on Mexican Independence Day. Dominguez stepped into the spotlight by winning Campeon Azteca, but then got trounced by Humberto Soto his last time out. De Jesus is an unskilled Brazilian with a nice enough looking record, but he's gotten his butt kicked every time he's stepped up, including against an ancient Marco Antonio Barrera and a newly-pro Yuriorkis Gamboa. Bad Left Hook will attempt to have live round by round coverage of this card.
Integrated PPV ($24.99), Televisa (Mexico), 10:00 p.m. Eastern, Jhonny Gonzalez vs. Jackson Asiku, Mickey Roman vs. Tyrone Harris, Sergio Torres vs. Gamalier Rodriguez. Gonzalez is an exciting and talented fighter whose chin has let him down a few too many times. Asiku is an Aussie-based Ugandan who hasn't lost since 2004, and recently has some decent wins like Gairy St. Clair and Heriberto Ruiz. Harris is sort of a bit of a journeyman who happens to have pulled off some decent upsets lately, so he's back in the picture of contenders. He was supposed to face former titlist Juan Carlos Salgado, but Salgado has been replaced by action fighter Mickey Roman, who had been scheduled to fight someone else on the card.
Friday, September 17
Canal+ Sport (Poland), 4:20 p.m. Eastern, Piotr Wilczewski vs. Miguel Angel Pena.
ESPN3.com, 8:30 p.m. Eastern, Edren Dapudong vs. Wilbert Uicab, Alisher Rahimov vs. Jose Emilio Perea. Dapudong defends his "silver" title at flyweight against Uicab, whose career got off to a slow start but has now rattled off 10 straight wins. Rahimov is 20-0 and Perea is 18-0, and while both guys have faced plenty of fighters with decent records, each will be getting by far their stiffest test in each other. While an ESPN press release a couple weeks ago said this card would air on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes in addition to ESPN3, the ESPN schedule does not list this card as airing on those channels, so you may want to keep an eye out to see if that changes.
Cadena Tres (Mexico), 10:30 p.m. Eastern, Yory Boy Campas vs. Juergen Hartenstein. It's gotten to the point where it's almost sad to see Campas keep trucking on. He's only 39, but he's a very old 39, having been involved in a ton of wars, and with over 100 pro bouts to his credit, he's taken a lot of punishment. He's 2-5-1 in his last eight, but the first of those wins was good enough to encourage him to keep trying for 100 wins, I guess.
Showtime, 11:00 p.m. Eastern, Freddy Hernandez vs. Mike Anchondo, Luis Franco vs. Wilton Hilario Hernandez isn't that young, that talented or that good, but Showtime keeps sticking him on Shobox cards anyway. Last time out he brutally knocked out DeMarcus Corley, a win that looks much better after how well Corley acquitted of himself against Marcos Maidana. Anchondo is a former titlist who never really beat anyone good to earn that title, retired for two years, and now is on a minor win streak fighting way over his ideal weight class. Franco fought for Cuba in the 2004 Olympics, but there's little buzz behind him because he's not in the same stratosphere as some of the other Cubans. Last time the lanky Hilario ended up on TV, he stunk out the joint against Martin Honorio. Bad Left Hook will have live round by round coverage of this card.
Telefutura, 11:30 p.m. Eastern, Jose Navarro vs. Nestor Rocha. Navarro and Rocha are both recent title contenders, and while neither one is great, on paper it looks like a good fight. Evidently, in trying to promote the next night's PPV card, they'll also play some Shane Mosley and Sergio Mora highlights. Yay!
Saturday, September 18
Sky Box Office (UK), 1:00 p.m. Eastern, Nathan Cleverly vs. Karo Murat, Enzo Maccaranelli vs. Alexander Frenkel, Lucas Konecny vs. Matthew Hall, Kell Brook vs. Michael Jennings, Matthew Macklin vs. Shalva Jomardashvili, Derek Chisora vs. Sam Sexton, James DeGale vs. Carl Dilks. So the Magnificent Seven isn't quite as magnificent as when it was announced, but you still get seven fights for one kind of title or another, and while not all of them look competitive on paper, none of them are blatant mismatches. Cleverly-Murat and Brook-Jennings are officially title eliminators as well. As revised, the best of the bunch might be Chisora vs. Sexton, a battle of two decent heavyweights who are willing to come forward and bang. And on top of all these fights, there are still two more, featuring Frankie Gavin and Don Broadhurst. Bad Left Hook will have live round by round coverage of this card.
HBO PPV, 9:00 p.m. Eastern ($44.95), Shane Mosley vs. Sergio Mora, Saul Alvarez vs. Carlos Baldomir, Victor Ortiz vs. Vivian Harris, Daniel Ponce De Leon vs. Antonio Escalante Jr. I'm sure Golden Boy will try to complete its trifecta of awful pay per views when it puts together the Bernard Hopkins-Jean Pascal card in December. In the meantime, this one is really only for fans of these fighters. Mosley-Mora may be a closer fight than some anticipate, but stylistically there's little reason to believe the fight itself won't stink. Alvarez and Ortiz both take on severely faded name fighters who they should be able to beat with one hand tied behind their backs. The saving grace is De Leon against Escalante, a battle of two aggressive and hard hitting Mexican fighters, in a fight that has some real sleeper potential. Bad Left Hook will have live round by round coverage of this card. Maybe we should change the tagline for the site again: Bad Left Hook - Watching Sergio Mora So You Don't Have To.
Fox Sports Net, FSN Espanol, TV Azteca (Mexico), 10:00 p.m. Eastern, Jorge Arce vs. Lorenzo Parra, Humberto Soto vs. Fidel Monterrosa. At this point, it's pretty much a Mexican Independence Day tradition to have Arce and Soto fighting on the same card. Arce has made for exciting fights the last two times out, against Rafael Concepcion and Simphiwe Nongqayi. This time, he takes on Parra, who was a very good fighter in his day, but was at his best at flyweight and is only 3-2 (with the losses coming to Celestino Caballero and Takefumi Sakata) in the last five years. Soto fighting someone with a pulse has almost become a running joke at this point. Munoz has a 23-1 record, but he got his butt kicked by Ali Chebah, the only decent fighter he's faced. For years Top Rank has threatened to make some exciting fights with Soto, but has served up this crap instead. If the main events run short (I can almost guarantee you they will), expect to see Omar Chavez fill some time.
Monday, September 20
TV Tokyo (Japan), ~7:00 a.m. Eastern, Takashi Uchiyama vs. Roy Mukhlis, Tomas Rojas vs. Kohei Kono. Okay, this is technically next week, but whatever. Uchiyama makes his second easy defense in a row, taking on an Indonesian who doesn't have any particularly notable wins and has been knocked out early twice before. Rojas and Kono, both better fighters than their records indicate, face off for the title vacated by Vic Darchinyan. Rojas is a tall and lanky boxer who's a bit weak around the midsection, while Kono's nickname translates to "little bulldozer", so that probably gives you a decent idea of how he fights.
- Nothing says Mexican Independence Day like boxing in New Hampshire! A rare mid-week card will be taking place on Wednesday in Manchester, New Hampshire featuring prospects Demetrius Andrade, Edwin Rodriguez and Danny O'Connor.
- In South Africa on Saturday, Lovemore N'Dou will defend his IBO welterweight title against 14-0 Bongani Mwelase. Mwelase, a six-foot tall southpaw, has already beaten some darn good competition, and probably should be favored to beat the sturdy but not particularly talented former titlist. It's unfortunate, but it appears that there will be no TV coverage once again due to SABC's financial difficulties, although they have managed to pick up a couple of fights at the last minute.
Andy Lee has won seven in a row since being upset by Brian Vera, although his level of competition has been less than sterling. He'll take on another fighter similar to Vera this weekend in Michael Walker, who is 1-4-1 in his last six, but put up a tough fight against Daniel Jacobs, but was knocked out quickly by Fernando Guerrero. It would be nice to see Lee try stepping up his level of competition again soon.
- Also taking smaller fights this weekend - Quadtrine Hill, Kevin Hammond, Hector Serrano, Luis Ramos Jr., Jessie Nicklow, Chris Avalos, Anthony Dirrell, Keith Thurman, Sharif Bogere, Frankie Gomez and Maxim Vlasov.