Hey, here it is! It's the boxing TV schedule for this week! Much of the weekend is quiet because promoters don't often put cards up against Pacquiao bouts, since he's watched and popular all over the world.
Wednesday, November 9
Sky Sports 1 (U.K.), 4:30 p.m. EST, Lee Purdy vs Colin Lynes. Purdy (16-2-1, 9 KO) will defend the British welterweight title against veteran Lynes (35-9, 12 KO) from York Hall. 24-year-old Purdy upset Craig Watson in a damn good fight back in April to win the title, and though it seemed a bit fluky at the time, he proved three months later that it wasn't, stopping Watson in the fifth round for a second time in their rematch. Bad Left Hook will have live coverage.
Friday, November 11
BoxNation (U.K.), 1 p.m. EST (?), Ovill McKenzie vs Jeff Evans, Dereck Chisora vs TBA. The great thing about BoxNation is they have the time to put on any card they damn well please. The bad thing is they then have the ability to line up Ovill McKenzie main events that taunt me and demand I watch them, but I really don't know if I want to spend my time paying close attention to an Ovill McKenzie vs Jeff Evans fight, and Dereck Chisora vs whomever the hell turns up. Anyway, we might cover this one, but no guarantees. I might have a hangover or decide to take a shower at that hour. And the start time is not for sure -- BoxNation's site has a template and they claim everything starts at the same time because they never fix it.
Fox Sports Net / Fox Deportes, Diego Magdaleno vs Emmanuel Lucero, Mercito Gesta vs Ricardo Dominguez. Two of Top Rank's hotter prospects in Magdaleno and Gesta taking on veteran gatekeepers on this edition of Top Rank Live. Honestly it's not a bad little card -- both prospects are exciting and worth watching, and Magdaleno in particular has taken some serious forward steps in recent fights. Arum is high on Gesta because he's a left-handed Filipino and thus requires Pacquiao comparison. (Also, he can fight.) This card has a lot of other Top Rank prospects, including Diego's kid brother Jesse and Mikael Zewski, but I wanted to make special note of Matt Korobov once again fighting in another goddamn eight-round fight against an opponent with no hope. Listen, if you were hoping for Korobov to be a serious contender, forget it. Write him off as a prospect to watch. He's 28 years old and still in these type of fights after getting hyped up years ago. Someone lacks desire, whether it's the fighter or manager Cameron Dunkin or the promoter or the matchmaker or a combination. It's to the point where you'd think they'd just throw him to the wolves if they weren't confident in him.
Showtime, 11 p.m. EST, Austin Trout vs Frank LoPorto, Michael Oliveira vs Xavier Toliver. This isn't a "special" ShoBox, really, and it's also not a good normal ShoBox. I love the series, but calling a spade a spade here requires the note that this main event sucks. Still, it's good to see Trout (23-0, 13 KO and the WBA "regular" junior middleweight titlst) on U.S. television. LoPorto (15-4-2, 7 KO) is a 33-year-old Aussie club fighter and there's no reason to suggest he'll be competitive in this fight. He certainly doesn't deserve the title shot, but then that's the WBA for you, as they also have a "super" champion (Miguel Cotto) and, for some damn reason or another, an "interim" champion (Anthony Mundine). Oliveira (15-0, 12 KO) is known as "The Brazilian Rocky" and has gotten a lot of favorable press in his home country. Toliver (23-7, 15 KO) is a Georgia club fighter who went to New Zealand in June to get bounced around by Mundine. This is a weird little showcase show. Bad Left Hook will have live coverage.
Saturday, November 12
Sky Sports 2 (U.K.), 3 p.m. EST, Denton Vassell vs Samuel Colomban. Hatton Promotions welterweight prospect Vassell (18-0, 9 KO) defends the Commonwealth belt against Australian-based Cameroonian Colomban (20-3, 10 KO) in what may prove to be a trap fight. Colomban can scrap and hasn't lost since a 2008 decision to Wale Omotoso. Vassell has shown vulnerabilities in the past.
Channel 5 (U.K.) / SuperChannel (Canada), 4:45 p.m. EST, Tyson Fury vs Neven Pajkic. These two have traded plenty of insults in the past. Fury's British title isn't on the line, but his Commonwealth belt is. Pajkic (16-0, 5 KO) is 34 years old and hasn't stopped an opponent in his last six.
HBO PPV (U.S., $59.95-69.95), 9 p.m. EST, Manny Pacquiao vs Juan Manuel Marquez III, Timothy Bradley vs Joel Casamayor, Mike Alvarado vs Breidis Prescott, Luis Cruz vs Juan Carlos Burgos. My money is on the best undercard fight being Cruz vs Burgos by a mile -- Burgos is a real talent, and Cruz can fight a little bit. We'll have much, much more on this card in the coming days, so I'm not going too much into it here. Bad Left Hook will have live coverage.
Also in action this weekend: Jackson Osei Bonsu vs Jimmy Colas, Matt Vanda, Stephane Jamoye, Chad Bennett, and Jose Benavidez Jr is on the off-TV Pacquiao undercard.