It's a huge, huge, big ol' week in boxing, and there are notable fights that promise action all over the globe. We're going to have a lot of live coverage all week -- which will start late tonight if we're lucky -- so make sure you're here.
NOTE: Yes, we will have live coverage of both major cards on Saturday night (Cotto vs Margarito II on HBO PPV, and Mares vs Agbeko II on Showtime).
Wednesday, November 30
Main Event PPV (Australia) / Polsat (Poland), 3:30 a.m. EST, Krzysztof Wlodarczyk vs Danny Green, Chris John vs Stanislav Merdov, Daud Yordan vs Frankie Archuleta, Will Tomlinson vs Alan Herrera. Wlodarczyk and Green are fighting for the Pole's WBC cruiserweight title, and before you write off the chances of Green in this one, know that the 30-year-old Wlodarczyk has not looked himself in his last two fights, tough and even debated wins over Francisco Palacios and Jason Robinson, not exactly top contenders. Both of the main eventers here appear to be on the downside of their careers, if not close to done. Honestly, if Green can't win this one, or at least have a good argument for winning, he should probably hang it up. He's 38, he's made good money the last couple of years, and he's got nothing more to prove, or that he can really accomplish. Chris John is back in the co-feature, doing his Chris John thing where he defends his belt against a non-contender, and then you have Yordan taking on the ultra-shot Archuleta, and Aussie super featherweight Tomlinson (17-0-1, 12 KO) in against Mexico's Herrera (26-3, 17 KO). Bad Left Hook will attempt to have live, round-by-round coverage of this card.
Friday, December 2
Sky Sports 1 (U.K.) / SAT1 (Germany), 4:45 p.m. EST, Felix Sturm vs Martin Murray. This is a decent fight for Sturm, but not much more than that. Murray (23-0, 10 KO) is a Hatton Promotions fighter who won the vacant British middleweight title in June and has held some minor sanctioning body trinkets, but Sturm's a big step up in class for him. We'll have more on this fight coming this week. Bad Left Hook will have live, round-by-round coverage.
Showtime (U.S.) / Premier Sports (U.K.), 11 p.m. EST, Anthony Dirrell vs Renan St-Juste, Chris Avalos vs Jhonatan Romero. Dirrell (23-0, 20 KO) is actually by far my favorite of the two Dirrell brothers, as unlike the more famous Andre, he has a mean streak in the ring and comes to fight. Andre got most of the pure talent and I'm sure he's almost everyone's pick to have the better career, but I think Anthony will wind up going a little farther simply because he's more suited to the profession. That's my reading for now, anyway. St-Juste (23-2-1, 15 KO) is a decent test for him here -- if Dirrell screws up, he could lose, but he probably won't. Avalos (19-1, 15 KO) is a really fun fighter to watch but I'm starting to firmly believe he tops out at ShoBox/Friday Night Fights and that's it. Romero (19-0, 12 KO) is a Colombian with a Colombian record, but not so Colombian as some others you'll see. Not a bad ShoBox at all. Bad Left Hook will have live, round-by-round coverage.
Telefutura, 11:30 p.m. EST, Randy Caballero vs Arturo Santiago. A low-end Solo Boxeo Tecate this week. Watch ShoBox instead. Caballero (12-0, 7 KO) is an interesting enough prospect, but this is a stay-busy fight for him.
Saturday, December 3
Epix (U.S.) / BoxNation (U.K.) / ARD (Germany), 2 p.m. EST, Alexander Povetkin vs Cedric Boswell, Robert Helenius vs Dereck Chisora. A nice heavyweight double-header, and I don't think Povetkin vs Boswell even charts on the worst trinket fights we've had at heavyweight in recent years. I've been hoping Boswell would get the shot he's been asking for, and well, here it is. Better him than a lot of people, and I'm just hoping he pushes Povetkin to actually fight for once. Helenius vs Chisora could be a heavyweight fight of the year contender if all goes well. Bad Left Hook will have live, round-by-round-coverage.
Sky Sports 1 (U.K.), 3 p.m. EST, Prince Arron vs Brian Rose. Arron (21-3-1, 4 KO) is coming on as a legit prospect at 154 pounds, adding some punching power to his lanky 6'3" frame. His British title win over Sam Webb in May was a really good fight, lost in the shuffle on the year. Rose (17-1-1, 5 KO) figures to be no more than an opponent here, but these domestic fights have surprised before.
HBO PPV (U.S.) / TV Azteca (Mexico) / BoxNation (U.K.) / Main Event PPV (Australia), 9 p.m. EST, Miguel Cotto vs Antonio Margarito II, Brandon Rios vs John Murray, Mike Jones vs Sebastian Lujan, Pawel Wolak vs Delvin Rodriguez II. You all know what this card is, but it needs to be said again: Top to bottom, this is a stacked pay-per-view and every single fight could be really good. You have pressure fighters galore on this card: Margarito, Rios, Murray, Lujan, Wolak, and the three that aren't facing another pressure fighter are against nice style clashes in Cotto, Jones and Rodriguez. Wolak vs Rodriguez from July 15 is still in the Fight of the Year race, as is Rios' fight with Miguel Acosta (and his three-round war with Antillon wasn't bad, either). Jones and Lujan could be the sleeper here: Lujan doesn't go away, and Jones has been susceptible to fighting dumb under pressure before. Bad Left Hook will have live, round-by-round coverage.
Showtime (U.S.) / Premier Sports (U.K.), 9 p.m. EST, Abner Mares vs Joseph Agbeko II, Anselmo Moreno vs Vic Darchinyan. Of all the nights where the U.S. networks have to cross streams, they choose a night with six really good fights between them. Mares vs Agbeko II needs to happen, and will be a good fight. I have no doubt. Moreno vs Darchinyan is one of those fights Darchinyan salivates over -- think his matchup with Cristian Mijares in 2008, where he was against a stylish boxer and just physically dominated him. Moreno can box, and Vic might take him into the DEEP WATERS!! Bad Left Hook will have live, round-by-round coverage, provided by Matt Miller.
ESPN Deportes (U.S.) / Televisa (Mexico), 10 p.m. EST, Jhonny Gonzalez vs Roinet Caballero, Alejandro Sanabria vs Vinvin Rufino. Apparently, ESPN Deportes is hoping to help finance the crummy title reign of Gonzalez on U.S. soil. The Sanabria-Rufino fight is really the more interesting of the two.
Televisa (Mexico), 10 p.m. EST, Antonio Lozada Jr vs Cesar Chavez, David De La Mora vs Eddy Julio.