Nathan Cleverly makes a defense of his WBO light heavyweight title today in Cardiff against lightly-regarded (I'm trying to be nice) challenger Tommy Karpency of Pennsylvania today, and Bad Left Hook will have live coverage. Here's how you can watch:
Fight time: 2:30 p.m. EST
Location: Motorpoint Arena - Cardiff, Wales
TV channel: BoxNation (United Kingdom) / Epix (United States)
Odds: Cleverly is an almost laughable favorite, at -3200 and -3000 on two sportsbooks. A win by Karpency (+1600/+1100) would be nearly impossible to top for upset of the year in 2012.
[ Dave Oakes: Cleverly vs Karpency Preview ]
For the full undercard lineup, featuring the return of Frankie Gavin and Enzo Maccarinelli's final tune-up, read after the jump.
You can watch online legally if you're in the United States, at EpixHD.com, but be warned: If that's your plan for watching the fight, the simple fact is that Epix has constant problems handling the demand for their streams. Of all of their fights since last year, I haven't encountered anything less than an issue that makes the stream nearly unwatchable at any point. I hope that doesn't happen today, but it would make them about 1-for-9 if it doesn't.
Welterweights, 8 Rounds
Frankie Gavin (11-0, 8 KO) vs Kevin McIntyre (30-8, 9 KO)
McIntyre is past his expiration date, but given that Gavin has had a lot of out-of-ring issues since his last disappointing win in July, this isn't a bad comeback fight. It's one he could, in theory, lose if he's not back into it fully.
Cruiserweights, 8 Rounds
Enzo Maccarinelli (33-5, 26 KO) vs Ciaran Healy (13-17-1, 4 KO)
Healy, 37, has been stopped seven times in his 17 losses. This is one little tune-up for Macca before he faces Shane McPhilbin (8-2, 5 KO) for the British cruiserweight title on March 23 in Wolverhampton. So much for that light heavyweight experiment, I guess.
Super Featherweights, 6 Rounds
Craig Evans (5-0, 1 KO) vs Marc Callaghan (19-28-1, 4 KO)
Junior Welterweights, 6 Rounds
Lewis Rees (2-0, 2 KO) vs Tony Pace (1-3, 0 KO)
Middleweights, 4 Rounds
Liam Williams (1-0, 0 KO) vs Tommy Tolan (4-8, 3 KO)