We've lost a couple of scheduled cards for this weekend, with Klitschko vs Mormeck and DeGale vs Guerrero off overseas, but there's still a lot of televised boxing, and it all starts in, well, a few hours. And Saturday night is the final live HBO boxing card of 2011. Another year gone!
Wednesday, December 7
TBS (Japan), 5:00 a.m. EST, Daiki Kameda vs Tepparith Kokietgym, Koki Kameda vs Mario Macias. All three Kameda brothers will be in action on this one, but Daiki vs Tepparith is officially the main event, and will be going on last. Daiki (22-2, 14 KO) will be challenging for the WBA super flyweight title held by Tepparith (18-2, 12 KO), whom you've likely already guessed is from Thailand. Tepparith, 23, won the interim belt in May in his last fight, and was promoted to full champion status when they made the highly controversial decision to move rightful titleholder Tomonobu Shimizu to "champion in recess" due to an injury, even though he's said he's willing to fight and has complained about the whole thing.
Anyway, that's a mess. Koki (26-1, 16 KO) is taking another water-treader against Macias (23-7, 11 KO), the 11th ranked contender to the WBA's bantamweight title. Kameda, of course, holds the "regular" title, while Anselmo Moreno holds the "super" belt. Great stuff. Highlights of Tomoki Kameda (21-0, 13 KO) vs Eduardo Garcia (21-6-1, 9 KO) will also be seen. Bad Left Hook will attempt to have round-by-round coverage of this show.
Friday, December 9
TyC Sports (Argentina), 7:00 p.m. EST, Yesica Bopp vs Olga Julio.
Direct TV (Argentina), 8:00 p.m. EST, Lucas Matthysse vs Sergio Priotti. Matthysse (28-2, 26 KO) is just getting himself back in the ring for a rust-shaker before looking to a bigger fight in 2012. Priotti (25-10-1, 8 KO) should be no real test.
Telemundo (U.S.) / Televisa (Mexico), 11:35 p.m. EST, Alex Sanchez vs Glenn Donaire.
Saturday, December 10
Sky Sports 1 (U.K.), Ashley Theophane vs Nigel Wright, Chris Edwards vs Shinny Bayaar II. Theophane (30-4-1, 18 KO) defends his British title former two-time English champ Wright (24-6-1, 10 KO), or at least that was the plan last I knew. The rematch between Edwards (16-14-3, 4 KO) and Bayaar (15-5-2, 4 KO) is for Edwards' British bantamweight belt. Bayaar won a split decision the first time they met, in October 2009.
TyC Sports (Argentina), 7:00 p.m. EST, David Peralta vs Sergio Escobar.
Fight Now TV (U.S.), 7:30 p.m. EST, David Lemieux vs Joachim Alcine, Adonis Stevenson vs Aaron Pryor Jr. Lemieux (25-1, 24 KO) is making his comeback after his April loss to Marco Antonio Rubio on ESPN, and will be facing what is a very, very faded version of former 154-pound titlist Alcine (32-2-1, 19 KO). Lemieux will also be without his old trainer, Russ Anber, who was let go recently. Stevenson (15-1, 12 KO) and Pryor (16-4, 11 KO) both really need the win here. It's a decent double-header for the 17 or so people who have Fight Now TV.
Integrated Sports PPV (U.S., $29.95), 8 p.m. EST, Brian Viloria vs Giovani Segura, Martin Honorio vs Fahsai Sakkreerin, Al Sabaupan vs Wellem Reyk. The show is only going to be available on TV in the U.S. from Dish Network, though an internet PPV option will be announced shortly and we'll let you know how that's going to work. Viloria vs Segura is a great 108-pound fight and could have fantastic action, but it's always hard to tell what you're getting with Viloria.
HBO (U.S.) / Sky Sports (U.K.), 9:45 p.m. EST, Amir Khan vs Lamont Peterson, Seth Mitchell vs Timur Ibragimov. You know all about Khan vs Peterson by now, and if not, click here for our full coverage of the event. Mitchell (23-0-1, 17 KO) is taking a pretty serious step up in class against Ibragimov (30-3-1, 16 KO) in the co-feature, and will be the fight that tell us by far the most to date about "Mayhem" Mitchell. Bad Left Hook will have live round-by-round coverage of this show.
Televisa (Meixco), 10:00 p.m. EST, Juan Carlos Salgado vs Miguel Beltran Jr. Salgado is defending his IBF super featherweight title at home against Puerto Rico's Beltran, in what may not be an easy fight. Beltran (26-1, 17 KO) may not be a special fighter, but neither is Salgado (24-1-1, 16 KO).
Televisa (Meixco), 10:00 p.m. EST, Jose Salgado vs Liborio Solis. This Salgado (27-1, 24 KO) isn't as good as the other one, and he's also in a worse fight against Solis (12-3-1, 7 KO).