Miguel Cotto returns to face Austin Trout, British heavyweight standouts Tyson Fury and David Price are both in action, and former cricket star Andrew 'Freddie' Flintoff makes his pro boxing debut.
Friday, November 30
WealthTV / BoxNation (UK), 2:00 pm EST, David Price vs Matt Skelton, Andrew 'Freddie' Flintoff vs Richard Dawson, Bradley Saunders vs Peter McDonagh. Price (14-0, 12 KO) has become arguably the hottest heavyweight prospect in the game, but there are still steps to take -- plenty of them. After laying waste to 40-year-old Audley Harrison on October 13, he turns around quickly to face 45-year-old Skelton (28-6, 23 KO). There are two things you can say about this: (1) Skelton is better than Audley at this stage, even though he's notably older, and (2) Price should still win easily if he's the real deal. Flintoff is a cricketer turning to boxing, which has elicited moans from promoter Franks Warren and Maloney, though Warren's BoxNation is broadcasting the fight gleefully anyway. Flintoff will face Richard Dawson (2-0, 1 KO), a 23-year-old from Okmulgee, Oklahoma. Saunders (4-0, 3 KO) takes on one of the UK's familiar trial horses in McDonagh (18-26, 2 KO). BLH will have live coverage.
Pursuit Channel / Bounce TV, 7:30 pm EST, Joan Guzman vs Khabib Allakhverdiev. Pursuit Channel can be streamed for free at their web site, and is also available on DirecTV channel 604 and Dish Network channel 240. This show is scheduled for a two and a half hour window, and there is plenty of undercard, but I'm not sure what will be shown. Guzman (33-0-1, 20 KO) gets about an article every six weeks somewhere noting the amazing feat of being in shape and in line to make weight, which really shouldn't be a remote problem for him at 140 considering he's a natural super bantamweight, but that's Guzman, and his PR circus tries to make him out to be seriously pursuing major opportunities. Actually, if he does win this over Allakhverdiev (17-0, 8 KO), he'll pick up the "vacant" WBA title at 140 ("vacant" because Danny Garcia holds the "super" title), and he does still have fans in the NYC area, so a potential fight for him on one of Golden Boy's shows there in the future wouldn't be too wild. BLH will have live coverage.
TV Publica (Argentina), 9:00 pm EST, Jesus Marcelo Andres Cuellar vs Jean Javier Soto.
Telemundo, 11:35 pm EST, Pablo Munguia vs Antonio Pitalua.
Saturday, December 1
WealthTV / Channel 5 (UK), 4:00 pm EST, Tyson Fury vs Kevin Johnson, Chris Eubank Jr vs Matt Hainy. Fury couldn't secure a fight with Denis Boytsov for this date, so instead he'll face "Kingpin" Johnson. Johnson (28-2-1, 13 KO) made a lot of noise before fighting Vitali Klitshcko in December 2009, then his miserably awful non-performance pretty much drove him out of the boxing spotlight. Occasionally his name pops up because someone interviews him or prints one of his team's press releases or whatever, but he's far from having atoned for his sins on that evening in Switzerland. He competed in a Prizefighter in June and lost to Tor Hamer in the final. Johnson has tools, it's about whether or not he uses them. If the moment intimidates him again, he's toast. If it doesn't, Fury (19-0, 14 KO) could get a bit of a test. Johnson is "only" 6'3", but has a massive 82" reach, only three inches shorter than the 6'9" Fury. BLH will have live coverage.
TyC Sports (Argentina), 8:00 pm EST, Carlos Ruiz vs Ariel Alassia.
SHO / BoxNation (UK), 9:00 pm EST, Miguel Cotto vs Austin Trout, Jayson Velez vs Salvador Sanchez II, Danny Jacobs vs Chris Fitzpatrick. I'm pretty sure there's no Showtime Extreme undercard for this one, which is the first time in a while, and if not, hopefully the last time for good. I love them SHO Extreme fights. Anyway, Cotto (37-3, 30 KO) is back in the ring in just a few days, which sort of snuck up on me given he's one of my absolute favorite fighters, and one of the guys in boxing I most respect. Trout (25-0, 14 KO) is defending the "regular" WBA 154 lb title (Mayweather holds the super belt, won from Cotto), and this is his really, really, really big opportunity. If he can upset Miguel Cotto, he's in a truly great position. The undercard fights are booked as showcases for Velez and Jacobs. BLH will have live coverage.
Telefutura, 11:00 pm EST, Ricky Lopez vs Manuel Avila, Alan Sanchez vs TBA.