Plenty of action this weekend. No big, huge, marquee-type fights, but a lot of interesting stories out there on Friday and Saturday.
Friday, November 18
BoxNation (U.K.), 2:00 p.m. EST, Enzo Maccarinelli vs Gyorgy Marosi, Tony Conquest vs Toks Owoh. The co-feature will contest the vacant Southern Area cruiserweight title, as 39-year-old Owoh (20-5, 11 KO) goes into his first scheduled ten-rounder against 27-year-old Conquest (7-0, 2 KO). But obviously all eyes will be on the popular, hard-punching Maccarinelli (32-5, 25 KO), who returns to the ring at age 31 following a 14-month absence. In his last fight, on one of Frank Warren's big Magnificent Seven show in September 2010, he was brutally knocked out by Alexander Frenkel. Brutal knockouts are nothing new for Maccarinelli, who has been begged by some to retire before he gets his brains scrambled permanently, and though that might sound a "funny" way to put it, it's quite serious. Add in that Maccarinelli will be dropping from cruiserweight to light heavyweight, and this just has bad idea written all over it. They've lined up what they hope is a soft touch: 34-year-old Hungarian Gyorgy Marosi (12-0, 8 KO), who just fought a six-rounder on October 30th, a split decision win over a guy with a losing record. But his KO rate doesn't suggest he has pillow hands, and Maccarinelli's punch resistance is really, really bad. Bad Left Hook will have round-by-round coverage.
Eurosport, 5:00 p.m. EST, Alexander Alexeev vs Daniel Bruwer. Alexeev (21-2, 19 KO) is still getting himself back together after being thunderously knocked out by Denis Lebedev in July 2010, while Bruwer (22-2-1, 19 KO) is a South African fighting in Germany for the first time in this one. A vacant WBC trinket is on the line.
Telecaribe (Colombia), 8:00 p.m. EST, Alex Theran vs Dumar Carrascal.
ESPN Deportes, 8:30 p.m. EST, Joan Guzman vs Florencio Castellano. And then there's Guzman, now 35 and arguably still the sport's greatest waste of talent. This is a guy that back in 2006-07, when they were both at 130 pounds, was considered the guy that Top Rank wasn't going to let Manny Pacquiao fight. That slick, that crafty, that good. Now he's a blown-up welterweight who got there by getting out of shape and not by putting on muscle, fighting on ESPN Deportes against Castellano (17-4, 13 KO) for the vacant IBF Caribbean welterweight title. Castellano hasn't fought in a year and a half, has a very Colombian record, and was knocked out in four by Lucas Matthysse back in 2009.
Telefutura, 11:00 p.m. EST, Eddie Gomez vs Antonio Infante. This week's Solo Boxeo Tecate is presented in association with Miguel Cotto Promotions and is live from San Juan. 19-year-old Gomez (6-0, 5 KO) is a talented 154-pound prospect.
Telemundo (U.S.), Televisa (Mexico), 11:35 p.m. EST, Antonio Pitalua vs Cosme Rivera III. These two veterans went to a hard-fought draw on September 9, on the same program, and pretty much immediately signed a rematch. Neither of them has a whole lot else to do than get into a veteran scrapper rivalry, so what the hell? Good for them, and good for us. They also fought back in 1999, with Pitalua winning over 10 rounds. If you haven't seen the first fight, give it a whirl, and then join us on Friday night. Bad Left Hook will have round-by-round coverage.
Saturday, November 19
TyC Sports (Argentina), 7:00 p.m. EST, Roberto Sosa vs Tadeu Pantoja.
HBO, 10:00 p.m. EST, Cotto-Margarito 24/7, Episode 1. The first of a short, two-part series premieres before the fights.
Televisa (Mexico), 10:00 p.m. EST, Fernando Montiel vs Victor Terrazas. Montiel (46-3-2, 36 KO) continues to stay busy, and with this fight against the not-too-shabby Terrazas (31-2-1, 18 KO), he targets the vacant WBC silver belt at 122 pounds. Terrazas has won six straight since being stopped by Rendall Munroe, and included in there was a decision win over Nehomar Cermeno. Montiel is looking to win his third straight since the KO loss to Nonito Donaire in February.
Televisa (Mexico), 10:00 p.m. EST, Roberto Ortiz vs Prince Doku Jr, Hugo Cazares vs Adan Garcia. While this may look like a bounce-back for Cazares (35-7-2, 25 KO) following his loss of the WBA super flyweight title on August 31, Garcia (17-5-1, 12 KO) has been competing as a featherweight this year. Then again, Cazares is actually good, while Garcia's record has nothing of note, and they're both listed at 5'4". The WBC's silver junior welterweight title is on the line as beltholder Ortiz (21-0-1, 18 KO) faces Ghana's Doku (14-3, 10 KO).
Televisa (Mexico), 10:00 p.m. EST, Jose Alfredo Rodriguez vs Nethra Sasiprapa. The interim WBA junior flyweight title is on the line between Rodriguez (27-0, 17 KO) and PABA champ Sasiprapa (27-1, 13 KO) of Thailand.
Azteca America, 10:00 p.m. EST, Bayan Jargal vs Chris Algieri.
HBO, TV Azteca (Mexico), 10:30 p.m. EST, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr vs Peter Manfredo Jr, Manny Pacquiao vs Juan Manuel Marquez III (Replay). Usually they do the pay-per-view replay first, for those wondering, but don't come late just because that's what they usually do. I think it'd be kind of a bummer to have a "24/7" followed by a replay of a fight and then finally by a live fight, especially when the live fight is Chavez vs Manfredo, but then I don't pull the strings. We'll have more on Chavez vs Manfredo over the next couple of days. Bad Left Hook will have round-by-round coverage.