Instead of a Boxing Breakfast today, here's your TV schedule. Enjoy.
Friday, June 3
Fox Sports (Australia), 6:00 a.m. Eastern, Tyrone Tongia vs Pat Rullo, Thor Hoopmann vs Shane Tilyard. Michael Katsidis is apparently going to do commentary on this show. Thor Hoopmann is an awesome name.
ESPN2 and ESPN3.com, 9:00 p.m. Eastern, Yudel Jhonson vs Jose Miguel Torres, Jose Alonzo vs Adam Jaco. Not a good Friday Night Fights, this one. Jhonson (10-0, 7 KO) is a Cuban prospect at age 29 ready to start picking it up, and beat Richard Gutierrez on the Lara vs Molina show in March, turning a few heads and looking much better than his countryman did that night. Torres (21-4, 19 KO) hasn't fought in two years and lost bad in his last notable fight, to Joe Greene in 2008. He's got one of them there "Colombian" records. The TV says the co-feature has Alonzo (12-0, 7 KO), a super middleweight prospect out of Newark originally, and now fighting from Florida. Jaco (9-4-1, 4 KO) is fodder. Bad Left Hook will have live coverage.
Telefutura, 11:30 p.m. Eastern, Leo Santa Cruz vs Jose "Carita" Lopez, Luis Ramos Jr vs Francisco Lorenzo. This is a really nice edition of Solo Boxeo Tecate, with a couple of decent prospects (maybe more than that) taking on veteran tests. Santa Cruz (15-0-1, 7 KO) is a Canelo fighter who stopped Stephane Jamoye in six on a body shot in his last fight. Lopez (39-9-2, 32 KO) can punch, and after a good run that briefly put the WBO 115-pound belt on him, is now a prospect checker, and a pretty good one. He's never been stopped. Ramos (18-0, 8 KO) has had a close call in his last fight with Jose Hernandez. Lorenzo (36-9, 16 KO) is probably best-known for being on the long end of the stick in that blown Joe Cortez call against Humberto Soto. He can be an ugly fighter, but it's quite often an effective ugly, and Ramos has question marks. Bad Left Hook will have live coverage.
Saturday, June 4
Polsat Sport, 1:00 p.m. Eastern, Mikkel Kessler vs Mehdi Bouadla. Polsat says this is going live at 19:00 their time, anyway, but the Kessler fight probably won't be on until around 4:30 EDT. Kessler is making his return to the ring for the first time since April 2010, after an eye injury against Carl Froch shelved the popular Dane from the remainder of the Super Six World Boxing Classic. It was probably the best win of Kessler's career, and now at 32, he begins a potentially risky comeback. Eye injuries are nothing to mess with in boxing and have retired some very tough men, including Israel Vazquez. There will also be five other fights on the show, including bouts with Dustin Dirks and Edmund Gerber. Bad Left Hook will have live coverage. Remember: LIVE coverage. Showtime will be airing the fight on tape delay later, but we're covering it live, and we're also not going to hide the result from visitors. If you're that interested in Kessler vs Bouadla, try to tune in live. This fight simply is not a big enough deal for us to be hiding the results.
Sky Sports 1, 5:30 p.m. Eastern, Gavin Rees vs Andy Murray. Rees (34-1, 16 KO) is an ultra-busy little pressure fighter, one of the most enjoyable guys in the sport to watch. He's not much of a puncher, but his power is respectable and tends to add up as he doesn't let opponents breath. He'll be looking to pick up the vacant European lightweight title against Murray (24-0, 12 KO), a so-so prospect from Ireland looking to validate the bit of hype he's received thus far. Rees is a big step up in class for him, but it should be a good fight. Bad Left Hook will have live coverage.
Showtime, 8:45 p.m. Eastern, Fight Camp 360: Pacquiao vs Mosley. Finally, we wrap up the saga of Pacquiao vs Mosley. At least I think so anyway. Here's the teaser clip.
Showtime, 9:00 p.m. Eastern, Carl Froch vs Glen Johnson, Mikkel Kessler vs Mehdi Bouadla (tape delay). You all know what Froch vs Johnson is. We'll have plenty more on that in the next couple of days. Bad Left Hook will have live coverage.
HBO, 10:00 p.m. Eastern, Sebastian Zbik vs Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, Mikey Garcia vs Rafael Guzman. Zbik and Chavez do battle in a meeting of the mediocre at the Staples Center, but the good news is Chavez's popularity should make for a fine atmosphere as the young would-be prince looks to take his first throne. Garcia is a genuinely exciting featherweight prospect you ought to tune in to see, even though this isn't much of a fight, with Guzman a short-notice replacement opponent. Sadly, the SHO main event and HBO opener should overlap unless something wildly unexpected happens in Froch vs Johnson. Bad Left Hook will most likely have live coverage of the main event.
TyC Sports (Argentina), 10:00 p.m. Eastern, Rodolfo Ezequiel Martinez vs Diego Nicolas Ledesma. The records aren't even on paper -- Martinez is 39-4-2 (15 KO), while Ledesma is 9-5-2 (1 KO). But these two went to a six-round draw on March 11.
Main Event PPV (Australia) / Sky Box Office PPV (New Zealand), Midnight Eastern, Anthony Mundine vs Xavier Toliver, Sonny Bill Williams vs Alipate Liava'a. Of all the lousy P.O.S. fights that Anthony Mundine has conned the Australian boxing public with, this one just might be the absolute bottom of the turd stank barrel. Can anyone in Australia (I know we have some readers there) tell me how this is even being sold to the public at all? Toliver (23-6, 15 KO) is a Georgia club fighter with a whole two fights since 2006. Mundine had to go out and find this guy. He's IMPORTING these guys now. Apparently the Aussie club fighters have become too tough for him after the Garth Wood debacle. Williams (3-0, 2 KO) is some kind of rugby player, from what I can gather. I will not pretend I know anything about rugby other than as an American, it is fun to watch when you're bad drunk. Those times when you get all bad drunk and sing "Stay" by Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs too loud.