Freddie Roach has been working with Team USA to get them ready for the 2012 Olympics. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
Wolak vs Rodriguez to Reair Tonight
Last week's incredible fight between Pawel Wolak and Delvin Rodriguez will re-air tonight at 9 p.m. EDT on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes, ahead of the scheduled live Friday Night Fights broadcast main evented by Anthony Dirrell (not Andre) and Kevin Engel. For those who did not see the fight last week and haven't tracked it down on YouTube, this is your chance to see it on your TV in all its brutal glory.
Andre Dirrell Comeback Postponed
We noted a couple of days ago that Andre Dirrell was scheduled to return to the ring on August 5 after 17 months out of action, but that is being pushed back to August 19 at the request of Dirrell's team. He'll still face Sebastian Demers in Oakland.
HBO's New Boxing Series Coming in January
Dan Rafael reports that HBO's new prospect-centric live boxing series will be coming in January 2012 to HBO2, airing most likely on a weekday night. This is tremendous news for boxing fans in the United States. The show will have a $150,000 budget (about three times the cost of Friday Night Fights, for example). It was going to debut sooner, but Bob Arum raised a stink about not being involved, so he's getting three dates to match those of Golden Boy Promotions, Lou DiBella and Gary Shaw.
This show could put a dent into Showtime's similar, less expensive series, ShoBox: The New Generation, in that it could cause more lackluster ShoBox airings. It's not like ShoBox would go anywhere, but they may have a harder time showcasing the best young talent, because HBO can pay the best young talent a little more.
In other prospect news, Lucky Boy Omotoso (trained by Freddie Roach) has signed with Top Rank.
Freddie Roach Working with USA Amateurs
As you likely know, Freddie Roach was signed a while back to work with the U.S. amateur team, and with the Olympic trials nearing (July 31-August 6 in Alabama), he's been doing just that. Last week Roach worked with a trio of hopefuls, and had this to say:
"I know I spread myself thin, but I like to work. It keeps me alive," Roach said. "The more time I can get with the kids, the more we can mentally connect.
"I know there'll be arguments, but arguments are a good thing — it shows the passion we have for this sport. Everyone has their own methods. I've had good success with mine, but my mentors always told me not to be one-sided. … The day I stop learning is the day I die."
Hopefully Freddie can get some results, because the U.S. amateur program has become something of a laughingstock, having won just three gold medals since 1992.