Friday, September 10
Channel 7 (Thailand), 4:00 a.m. Eastern, Duangpetch Kokietgym vs. Nino Suelo, Paipharob Kokietgym vs. Edwin Tumbaga, Prawet Singwancha vs. TBA. Duangpetch and Paipharob have taken completely opposite paths to get to where they are. Paipharob has only fought eight times, but each bout has been against an experienced fighter, only one of whom had a losing record. Duangpetch is attempting the tenth defense of his Pacific super flyweight title and is 51-1-1, but his best opponents are mostly guys who Paipharob has also fought. It appears that only the former and not the latter has any desire to make it to the world level. In any case, these are three showcase fights on a "boxing against drugs" in Thailand.
Showtime, Premier Sports (UK), Setanta (Ireland), 11:00 p.m. Eastern, Tyson Fury vs. Rich Power, John O'Donnell vs. Terrance Cauthen. Tyson Fury makes it onto US television for the first time, although most fight fans already know him as the guy who uppercutted himself in the face, and won't shut up about calling out people he's clearly not ready for yet. Still, he's young, huge and has some skills, and these days, that's all you need in the heavyweight division to be a serious prospect. Rich Power was the only fighter they could find with a name as awesome as Tyson Fury. He has good speed and power, but he's about a million times more raw than Fury and probably just doesn't have the boxing skills to keep up. O'Donnell is Irish and not terrible, which means he's a draw in some circles. He'll take on former Olympic medalist Cauthen, who's mostly a regional attraction and gatekeeper at this point in his career.
Telefutura, 11:30 p.m. Eastern, Christopher Martin vs. Jose Luis Araiza, Luis Grajeda vs. Alan Sanchez. Only a month after soundly defeating fellow prospect Chris Avalos, Martin returns to the ring against Araiza, a Mexican with a deceptive looking 29-2 record. Grajeda is a Mexican welterweight who's starting to be pushed as a potential future attraction. Sanchez is far less experienced than Grajeda, and it's pretty clear that this one's intended to be a showcase fight.
Saturday, September 11
Sky Sports (UK), 3:00 p.m. Eastern, Steve Molitor vs. Jason Booth, Matthew Marsh vs. Kris Hughes, Klitschko-Peter II. In the U.K., Klitschko-Peter will be part of a split-site triple header. Booth is British and Commonwealth super bantamweight titlist at the moment, but has never really faced a world-class fighter like Molitor before. Molitor, on the other hand, hasn't really looked the same since getting shut out and knocked out by Celestino Caballero, and has been talking to the media about how he might be close to retiring because of the mental and physical toll the sport has taken on him. Marsh, who lost his last fight to Booth, will take on undefeated but untested (and obscenely tall) Hughes for the Commonwealth super bantamweight crown. Bad Left Hook will have live round by round coverage of this fight.
RTL (Germany), Sky Sports (UK), ESPN3.com, 4:10 p.m. Eastern, Wladimir Klitschko vs. Samuel Peter II. Oh how the heavyweight landscape has changed. The first time these two faced off, Klitschko was barely in the top 10 and Peter was considered to be on the cusp of becoming the next big thing. Peter fought aggressively and knocked down Klitschko three times, but Klitschko was able to hang on for the win. The two have trended in opposite directions since then. While Peter came back to win a title, he lost much of the aggressiveness that made people excited about him in the first place. Klitschko, on the other hand, has also become much less exciting under the tutelage Emanuel Steward, although the trade off is that he hasn't lost since the first fight and is considered to be the top heavyweight in the world. While Peter was the favorite in the first matchup, he's practically an afterthought here, though he could make it interesting if he can show some glimpses of his old self. For those in the U.S. who don't get ESPN3, ESPN will be replaying the fight the next day, at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, in high definition. Bad Left Hook will have live round by round coverage of this fight.
RTE Two (Ireland), http://www.rte.ie/live (free live international webcast), 5:05 p.m. Eastern, Kiko Martinez vs. Arsen Martirosyan, Brian Magee vs. Roman Aramyan. Martinez, whose claim to fame was stunning Bernard Dunne with a first round knockout, but who subsequently lost twice to Rendall Munroe and to Takalani Ndlovu, will be fighting for the European super bantamweight title that Munroe vacated to take a title shot. Martirosyan lost a close decision to Munroe for the title once before, but did beat a 28-0 fighter his last time out. Magee takes on late replacement Aramyan in the first defense of his European super middleweight title. The Cubans Mike Perez, Luis Garcia and Alexei Acosta are all fighting on the undercard, so viewers might get to see highlights of their bouts if the main events run short.
Integrated Sports ($29.95), Televisa (Mexico), Gofightlive.tv (where otherwise not available), 9:00 p.m. Eastern, Erik Morales vs. Willie Limond, Edgar Sosa vs. Ryan Bito, Ana Maria Torres vs. Alesia Graf, Justin Savi vs. Alberto Garza, Daniel Estrada vs. Reyes Sanchez. Future hall-of-famer Morales is well past his best, but he still has his fans and continues his quest to become the first Mexican to win titles in four weight classes. Limond is a light-hitting lightweight without any truly notable wins, so while the fight is at 140, there's no major size disadvantage for Morales. Sosa continues his comeback, now at flyweight, after losing his light flyweight title on what should have been a no decision against Rodel Mayol. Bito's fought as low as 102 and has been inactive, so this should be a blowout. Torres-Graf is one of the better women's fights that can be made, a #1 vs #2 fight at super flyweight. Savi somehow won a silver title at featherweight, forcing former title challenger Cyril Thomas to quit after Savi's five previous opponents had a combined record of 2-2. He's just a complete unknown who's mostly fought in the boxing hotbeds of Benin and Burkina Faso. If he retains his silver belt, don't be shocked to see Hozumi Hasegawa target him if he moves to featherweight. Estrada was involved in our fight of the year so far, against Angel Alirio Rivero, although it was really Rivero who made the fight. He faces Sanchez, former Campeon Azteca runner up, for another one of those silly WBC silver titles at lightweight.
HBO, HBO Latino, 10:00 p.m. Eastern, Yuriorkis Gamboa vs. Orlando Salido, Anthony Peterson vs. Brandon Rios. At least in theory, we need to take our hats off to the Top Rank matchmakers for this one. While Gamboa isn't facing Juan Manuel Lopez or Celestino Caballero as discussed, he is taking a unification fight against a tough opponent who beat Cristobal Cruz his last time out and made Robert Guerrero look silly earlier in his career. If Chris John is the real WBA titlist though, how does Gamboa unify? Well, John has been pushed to champion emeritus because of an injury, and Gamboa has been promoted to super champ so they can advertise it as a unification fight. Anything for an extra buck or three, I guess. Peterson-Rios is another interesting one. Both are undefeated Top Rank prospects who they've been giving publicity, and while Peterson is the favorite, Rios shouldn't be counted out. That fight is an eliminator for the right to face the WBA's lightweight champ, which could mean the Marquez-Kastidis winner (or more likely, Miguel Acosta, holder of the regular title). Bad Left Hook will have live round by round coverage of this card.
Also in smaller fights this weekend - Lee Purdy, Bradley Evans, Carson Jones, Mike Paschall, Paul Hyland, Coleman Barrett, Tony Jeffries, Jon Lewis Dickinson, Martin Lindsay, Matt Korobov, Jose Benavidez Jr., Mike Lee, Johnathon Banks, Steffen Kretschmann and Konstantin Airich.