Indonesia's two top fighters will go at it this weekend when Chris John faced Daud Yordan.
Wednesday, April 13
Main Event PPV (Australia), 5:00 a.m. Eastern, Anthony Mundine vs. Garth Wood II. After the unpolished Wood already knocked the tar out of Mundine, they have the gall to charge AUS $50 for the rematch with no undercard to speak of. They couldn't even get some bummy former rugby players to fill out the card with fights against bouncers and bar brawlers. Brick's Pick: Mundine may have slowed down with age, but he'll find his legs enough to take the rematch. Mundine UD-10.
Friday, April 15
Fox Sports 4 (Australia), 4:00 a.m. Eastern, Omar Shaick vs. Johannes Mwetupunga.
TyC Sports (Argentina), 8:00 p.m. Eastern, Omar Narvaez vs. Cesar Seda. Has there ever been a guy with 20 title fight wins across two weight classes who has done less than Narvaez? Seda is an undefeated but untested Puerto Rican who has shown a fair amount of pop recently. His only notable win is over Omar Soto, who Narvaez also dominated. Brick's Pick: Narvaez has shown chinks in the armor, but Seda will need a knockout in Argentina, and I doubt he gets it. Narvaez UD-12, but the toughest fight he's had in a long time.
ESPN2, ESPN3.com, ESPN Deportes, 9:00 p.m. Eastern, Ruslan Provodnikov vs. Ivan Popoca, Ji Hoon Kim vs. Marvin Quintero. Provodnikov and Kim have both had recent runs of mediocre fighting, but both are good action fighters so this card doesn't particularly bother me. Popoca is a 15-0 fighter, so the winner of the main event should come out looking pretty decent. Kim-Quintero looks like fun on paper. Both 'busted prospects' are very crude, can bang, and have displayed shaky chins, which should at least make for an entertaining finish.
HBO Latino, 10:00 p.m. Eastern, Marcos Maidana vs. Erik Morales replay. If you didn't have the chance to see this fight of the year candidate from the past weekend, you can check out the replay.
Televisa, 11:35 p.m., Eloy Perez vs. Alejandro Rodriguez. Golden Boy has been pushing Perez, who has struggled in quite a few fights of late. Rodriguez has a light 12-1 record, so this one may help him build back some confidence.
Saturday, April 16
Primetime (UK), 3:00 p.m. Eastern, Amir Khan vs. Paul McCloskey. It should be a gimme fight for Khan - McCloskey has an undefeated record, but has been relatively protected, and is a guy who's gotten there on guts a lot more than talent. Assuming the UK broadcast gets picked up by Primetime, the undercard is decent but not great, featuring Rendall Munroe vs. fringe contender Andrei Isaeu, a solid domestic clash between Craig Watson and Lee Purdy, and a fringe title fight between Martin Murray and John Anderson Carvalho (who once lost a wide decision to Sebastian Zbik, which tells you a lot about his talent level). Brick's Pick: McCloskey doesn't have particularly troubling power, so expect Khan to be more aggressive in this one. A knockout is unlikely, but I wouldn't be surprised if Khan is so dominant that his corner or the referee eventually just stops the fight. Khan RTD-9.
Gofightlive.tv, 8:00 p.m. Eastern ($9.99), Evgeny Gradovich vs. Juan Dominguez, Scott Sigmon vs. Tiwon Taylor, Elijah McCall vs. Matt Green. Can't say I know much about Gradovich or Dominguez, but they're both undefeated featherweights early in their careers. Gradovich had an okay amateur career, but supposedly his style is suited well for the pros. He has sort of an interesting story, adjusting to the U.S. after coming from a town of 10,000 in the middle of nowhere in northern Siberia. They'll be fighting for a minor trinket. McCall ain't his dad, and has already been knocked out more often than pops.
HBO, 9:45 p.m. Eastern, Andre Berto vs. Victor Ortiz, Amir Khan vs. Paul McCloskey. This one could be interesting or it could be a complete dud. Both Berto and Ortiz have been relentlessly hyped up by HBO, but neither has been nearly as impressive as would warrant the hype. Ortiz looked listless his last time out against Lamont Peterson, while it's been over a year since Berto has had a legitimate fight. The tape-delayed version of Khan-McCloskey stays on HBO despite getting dropped by Sky. Brick's pick: Berto and Ortiz are both open enough defensively that there's a chance they both open up offensively. Berto has the big speed advantage, while Ortiz probably has the power advantage, and neither one appears to have a great chin. I think Berto ekes this one out in a better, and more competitive fight than many are anticipating. Berto MD-12.
Showtime, 10:00 p.m. Eastern, Pacquiao-Mosley Fight Camp 360.
Showtime, 10:30 p.m. Eastern, Juan Manuel Lopez vs. Orlando Salido, Luis Cruz vs. Martin Honorio. Rather than setting up the one fight between Lopez and Yuriorkis Gamboa that everyone actually wants to see, Brad Goodman continues his matchmaking merry-go-round by having the two keep fighting common opponents. Salido is a former titlist who can fight, but he's not really the type to draw someone into a brawl, and that's likely what he would need to do to beat Lopez. Cruz-Honorio is possibly more interesting than the original co-feature, which would have included former titlist Roman Martinez against Cruz. This is a big jump in class for Cruz still, and Honorio brings a high energy style and the pedigree of a solid fringe contender. Brick's picks: Salido isn't the guy to take down Lopez, who beats Salido about as thoroughly as did Gamboa. Cruz struggles with Honorio at first, but wears him down with the much bigger punches before stopping him late. Lopez UD-12, Cruz TKO-9.
TyC Sports (Argentina), 11:00 p.m. Eastern, Jesus Marcelo Andres Cuellar vs. Ramon Armando Torres. Cuellar is a 15-0 featherweight knocking on the door of a WBO title shot.
Sunday, April 17
RCTI (Indonesia), Golden Boy PPV, Chris John vs. Daud Yordan, Alex Leapai vs. Peter Okhello, Naoufel Ben Rabah vs. Isaac Hlathswayo. With Chris John's career clearly on the decline at this point, the time was right to make the fight between the two best Indonesian fighters. John is clearly a class above Yordan, but he's getting long in the tooth and has been inactive lately. If John has started to fade more, or if he's not at 100%, this could be a pretty competitive fight. Leapai continues to face a steady stream of former contenders in an effort to get into the heavyweight title picture. Rabah-Hlatswayo might be the best fight on the card, and is the type of fight that usually just wouldn't get made, as you have two dangerous but unheralded former titlists who don't have much of a fan base, fighting in neutral territory where they can't charge outrageous seat prices. RCTI's website appears to be down, so your guess on the time is as good as mine (though the card starts at 3 pm local time). Golden Boy's website says this one will be available in the US via pay per view, but I'm guessing the distribution will be extremely limited. Brick's pick: John's handlers must think he still has something left to make this fight instead of having him take (and probably lose) a much more lucrative bout against Gamboa stateside. If he does have something left, the gulf in class will just be too huge for Yordan to overcome. John UD-12.
- In Spain, Kiko Martinez will defend his European super bantamweight crown against Jason Booth. It's not a bad fight, and while it's not televised in the UK, I wouldn't be surprised to see it get televised in Spain. It's also possible that, with Khan-McClosky dropped from Sky, this might get picked up as a cheap substitute. Pablo Navascues and Gregorz Proska were supposed to fight each other on the undercard as well, but I no longer see that listed.
- Also in smaller fights this weekend: Luis Collazo, Dmitry Salita, Fernando David Saucedo, Victor Oganov, Konstantin Airich, Yory Boy Campas (continuing his slow march to 100 wins), Aleksy Kuziemski, Fidel Monterrosa, Deandre Latimore and Joseph Elegele.