Alright! I haven't gotten one of these up in about a month, but I'm back in the saddle, so let's kick some ass. Or put together a boxing TV schedule. Either one, really.
Friday, November 4
BoxNation (U.K.), 11 a.m. ET, Denis Lebedev vs James Toney, Ismayl Sillakh vs Ali Ismailov. BoxNation stepped into the fold and picked up this bizarrely intriguing fight, and for that I am already just loving that channel. Its great need and desire to fill programming hours with live fights means that now I see fights like this one, with English commentary, so much easier than in the past. Lebedev (22-1, 17 KO) is coming off of a knockout of Roy Jones Jr earlier this year, which really proved nothing at all. For the 43-year-old Toney, he was last seen by most embarrassing himself in the UFC in 2010, but seen last by some of us grotesquely out of shape at 257 official pounds in February of this year, back in boxing. This will be his first fight at the cruiserweight limit since 2003, when he fought Vassiliy Jirov in one of the all-time great cruiserweight fights. The interim WBA title is on the line, for some reason, even though the actual WBA "champ" is fighting the next night for the first time in 13 months. I don't know. I have no idea what to say about this fight. There's too much "what if?" But we'll be here. Bad Left Hook will have round-by-round coverage.
Telefutura, 11:30 p.m. ET, Sergio Mora vs Jose Flores. Hey everybody, it's Sergio Mora. Wait. Stop. Put down the champagne and fireworks. Hey you over there. Don't shoot that gun off in celebration. Everybody be calm. I know this sort of excitement only comes along once in a great while. But let's savor it. It's Sergio Mora. Fighting. On TV.
Saturday, November 5
BoxNation (U.K..), 2 p.m. ET, Michael Katsidis vs Ricky Burns, George Groves vs Paul Smith, Billy Joe Saunders vs Gary Boulden. Katsidis (28-4, 23 KO) returns to the United Kingdom, this time facing Burns (32-2, 9 KO) in Wembley Arena. In past fights on British soil, the Aussie brawler has destroyed Graham Earl and Kevin Mitchell. Many are favoring him to do the same again. But Burns is a tricky, smart boxer, and chances are he's not going to try to trade blows with Katsidis. It could turn into a very interesting style clash. Groves (13-0, 10 KO) is making his first defense of the British super middleweight title that he won from James DeGale on May 21, taking on Smith (31-2, 17 KO), a credible veteran and worthy challenger. Saunders (10-0, 7 KO) has become my favorite British prospect out there with Frankie Gavin's freefall now in high gear. Bad Left Hook will have round-by-round coverage.
WealthTV and WealthTV.com (U.S.), 8 p.m. ET, Guillermo Jones vs Mike Marrone, Joey Hernandez vs Elco Garcia, Angelo Santana vs Broderick Antoine, Gusmyr Perdomo vs Lafarrell Bunting. If you lack a television or any common sense, this fight is going to stream live online. My guess is the stream will be a mess, as legal streams often will be when the hosts aren't prepared for the demand on their servers when they try to go all super high-end with their streaming. To be completely honest with you, a week ago I had no idea what in God's name WealthTV was. Now this may be because I am not wealthy, or it may be that this is one of the fringiest of all fringe channels there is. Other programming includes "Private Islands," "Behind the Bikini," and "Smoke" which I'm guessing is about cigars or something else rich fat-cats do with all their money. Perhaps the ascot-wearing always-do-wells behind this network would scoff at my tone here. But I might scoff at them for either being so clueless that they think anyone out there is actively wanting to watch this show, or being so clueless that they think Don King (and his WEALTH!) is still a relevant promoter. Don't get me wrong, I'm happy that anyone is putting boxing on TV, but is this REALLY on TV? My only real hope is that it was King who swindled them, convinced them to buy this World Championship Boxing, and that he laughs about someone buying this show from him. I mean come on. Anyway, Jones holds the WBA cruiserweight title and if he's not a complete mess after his layoff, will win easily.
TyC Sports (Argentina), 8 p.m. ET, Ezequiel Maderna vs Dario Balmaceda. Maderna (15-0, 11 KO) is a super middleweight prospect. Balmaceda (9-4-2, 6 KO) is not.
Showtime (U.S.) / BoxNation (U.K.), 9 p.m. ET, Lucian Bute vs Glen Johnson, Pier Olivier Cote vs Jorge Luis Teron. This may be the toughest fight of Bute's career, and it comes as the 30th fight of his career. Glen Johnson is 42 and hasn't actually beaten anyone on this level since 2004, but he also never lets anyone off the hook easily. Some of Bute's tricks I can imagine Johnson having scouted and neutralizing. We may have to see the Romanian dig deep for this one. The co-feature is a nice test for Cote, an exciting 140-pound prospect. Bad Left Hook will have round-by-round coverage.
HBO (U.S.) / Sky Sports (U.K.), 10:15 p.m. ET, Alfredo Angulo vs James Kirkland, Peter Quillin vs Craig McEwan. We'll have more on this show (and some of the others), but needless to say, I think boxing fans are mostly jacked up about the Angulo vs Kirkland fight. This is absolute must-see TV. Sure in a perfect world this would be your ESPN Friday Night Fights main event, or your USA Tuesday Night Fights main event, but this world sucks, and I'd have actually paid to see this one on pay-per-view. I wonder if this could have done more than the 40K that Hopkins vs Dawson pulled in? The co-feature is a good middleweight fight for both, as McEwan looks to bounce back from a tough loss in a great fight with Andy Lee, and Quillin looks to move up the ladder a little more. Bad Left Hook will have round-by-round-coverage.
Fox Sports Net (U.S.) / TV Azteca (Mexico), 10:30 p.m. ET, Tomas Rojas vs Feliciano Azuaga. Rojas (36-13-1, 24 KO) is looking to rebound from his August 19 loss to Suriyan Sor Rungvisai. He'll be facing Paraguayan veteran Azuaga (82-21-2, 67 KO) -- and yes, that's his record. I didn't make a series of typos. That's a real record in 2011. Now 37, Azuaga turned pro in 1993 and has been around the block to say the least.
ESPN Deportes (U.S.) / Televisa (Mexico), 11 p.m. ET, Chris Arreola vs Raphael Butler. Arreola (33-2, 28 KO) continues to stay active, hopefully continues to stay fit, and looks to keep winning as he tries to stay on track for a potential Klitschko fight in 2012. Wladimir's team wants it (particularly Manny Steward). Butler (35-11, 28 KO) can punch, but has recently been seen getting iced by David Price and Tye Fields.