I know we haven't had one of these up for a few weeks, but I have a good excuse. I forgot to do them, as I have yet to become accustomed to doing them weekly. I will change. I will better myself. I give you my word.
Friday, August 26
Telefutura, 11:30 p.m. EDT, Frankie Gomez vs Adrian Granados, Omar Figueroa vs Marcos Herrera. Gomez (10-0, 8 KO) is a highly-touted blue chipper out of East Los Angeles, and one of Golden Boy's future golden boys, at least in theory. So far he's been terrific in his pro career, rivaling the progress of a former foe from the amateurs, Jose Benavidez Jr of Top Rank. He's been competing as a junior welterweight, but did drop down to about 137 for his last fight, so the idea might be to get him down to lightweight for his first serious push. Granados (8-1-1, 5 KO) will have home field in Chicago, and might not be another patsy for Gomez. His only loss was a four-round split decision in his second fight, and he went to an eight-round draw with Lanardo Tyner last year. Figueroa (12-0-1, 9 KO) is a lightweight prospect out of Welasco, Texas, and he'll take on one of Golden Boy's current favorite "opponents," the 23-year-old Herrera (6-6-1, 2 KO). Herrera is a game fighter without a punch who has been put into bouts recently with GBP prospects Michael Perez, Hylon Williams Jr and Jamie Kavanagh.
Telemundo, 11:35 p.m. EDT, Jose Nieves vs Cuauhtemoc Vargas II. These two battled to a split decision on April 29, which Nieves (18-2-3, 8 KO) won. Now they return to the Civic Center in Kissimmee, Fla., a destination well-known to those Disney travelers on a budget. Vargas (15-5-1, 10 KO) has lost four straight, and five of his last six, which dates back to 2005.
Saturday, August 27
Epix / EpixHD.com (U.S.), 5 p.m. EDT, ARD (Germany), 4:30 p.m. EDT, Alexander Povetkin vs Ruslan Chagaev, Robert Helenius vs Sergei Liakhovich. Epix picked this one up for U.S. viewers, but the availability of the network is still incredibly limited, so those of you who want to stream it live can do so with Epix's two-week trial offer at EpixHD.com. I can only speak for myself and the countless others I've spoken to who have spoken to me when we were speaking, but the EpixHD.com streams of live fights have been unreliable at best, so American fans will want to have a backup plan. ARD goes live in Germany a half-hour earlier. We'll have more on these two fights over the next couple of days. Bad Left Hook will have live coverage of this event.
Televisa (Mexico), AT&T U-Verse (U.S.), 9:30 p.m. EDT, Librado Andrade vs Matt O'Brien, Enrique Ornelas vs Alfredo Contreras. It would appear that the Andrade/Ornelas brothers are going to take their show on the road together from now on. Apparently the U-Verse is only available to AT&T subscribers now. Andrade (29-4, 22 KO) lost a majority decision to Aaron Pryor Jr on May 6, and it looks like his days of being a contender are over. O'Brien (18-2, 7 KO) is a doctor-prescribed get well treatment from British Columbia. Ornelas (31-7, 20 KO) is taking a second straight lousy fight, this time against Contreras (11-11-2, 5 KO).
HBO, 10 p.m. EDT, Mayweather vs Ortiz 24/7. This is the debut episode of the series. We'll have bigger coverage of 24/7 than we ever have in the past, so look forward to that this weekend.
Fox Deportes (U.S.), TV Azteca (Mexico), 10 p.m. EDT, Ulises Solis vs Jether Oliva, Raul Garcia vs Moises Fuentes. Spotlight on the little guys with this card, as Bad Left Hook's No. 2-ranked junior flyweight Solis (33-2-3, 21 KO) takes on the untested Oliva (17-0-1, 11 KO), and Bad Left Hook's No. 2-ranked strawweight Garcia (30-1-1, 18 KO) takes on Fuentes (13-1, 6 KO). Fuentes took contender Juan Hernandez to a split decision in February, so that one might be more interesting than it appears to be, but Garcia is a class above Hernandez, in my view, so take that for whatever you think it's worth. A dollar? A dime? Nothing?
TyC Sports (Argentina), 10 p.m. EDT, Ezequiel Osvaldo Maderna vs Jorge Rodriguez Olivera.