Brian Viloria faces Omar Nino Romero for a third time this Saturday in the Philippines.
Friday, May 11
Eurosport, 3:00 p.m. EDT, Alexander Alekseev vs Firat Arslan. Alekseev (23-2, 20 KO) makes his first defense of the European cruiserweight title he won in February, facing 41-year-old Arslan (32-5-1, 21 KO). Also featured on this card will be top cruiserweight prospect Rakhim Chakhkiev (13-0, 10 KO) vs Zack Page (21-38-2, 7 KO), heavyweight veteran Juan Carlos Gomez (50-3, 38 KO) vs Maksym Pedyura (14-5-1, 11 KO), and a 12-round middleweight fight between Goekalp Oezekler (12-1, 6 KO) and Mouez Fhima (21-1-1, 8 KO). We might do live coverage of this one, but no promises. Show up around 2:30 tomorrow and find out for sure.
Direct TV (Argentina), 9:00 p.m. EDT, Juan Carlos Reveco vs Karim Guerfi. Reveco (27-1, 16 KO) is a pretty good fighter, and will be defending the interim WBA flyweight belt, which he won last year after a couple of years as the interim WBA junior flyweight titlist. He loves interim titles.
Showtime, 11:00 p.m. EDT, Yudel Jhonson vs Willie Nelson, Badou Jack vs Alexander Brand. Jhonson (12-0, 8 KO) is one of the better and more promising of the yet-to-emerge Cubans, a 30-year-old southpaw junior middleweight. He'll be facing another southpaw in this one, the freakish 6'3" Nelson (17-1-1, 11 KO), who came in on short notice after Freddy Hernandez pulled out of this date. Nelson was on ShoBox last year, losing to Vincent Arroyo at welterweight. It was an entertaining fight, but really exposed the Cleveland fighter's flaws, namely a huge lack of defense. The real prospect to watch here may be Jack (10-0, 8 KO), an incredibly arrogant 28-year-old from Sweden, now living in Vegas. Brand (17-0, 15 KO) is Colombian with a light record, and he's 35, but that's a big KO percentage. That said, his two fights without stoppages were his only two fights that did not take place in Colombia. Bad Left Hook will have live round-by-round coverage.
Saturday, May 12
BoxNation (UK), 2:30 p.m. EDT, Gennady Golovkin vs Makoto Fuchigami, Zaurbek Baysangurov vs Michel Soro. BoxNation picked this one up late, and it's not a bad grab at all. Golovkin (22-0, 19 KO) still has the regular WBA belt, and is eventually going to want his crack at Felix Sturm, but probably won't ever be getting it. To be entirely fair here, Golovkin is a talented fighter, but hasn't tested himself either. Fuchigami (19-6, 10 KO) may not be as easy as seems on paper -- he hasn't lost since 2009 and has a nice run of wins with the Japanese and OPBF titles. Baysangurov (26-1, 20 KO) will face France's Soro (18-0, 11 KO) for the WBO 154-pound belt. Bad Left Hook will have live round-by-round coverage.
Channel 5 (UK), 5:30 p.m. EDT, Kid Galahad vs Josh Wale, Colin Lynes vs Junior Witter. Channel 5's boxing shows feature either Tyson Fury or Kid Galahad at this point. This is a Kid Galahad day. The 22-year-old does look like a potentially legitimately promising prospect, so I'm not trying to take a dump on the fight or anything. Lynes-Witter is a make-or-break, do-or-die sort of fight. Chris Eubank Jr is also on the card.
Integrated Sports PPV ($29.95), 9:00 p.m. EDT, Brian Viloria vs Omar Nino Romero III, Julio Cesar Miranda vs Rodel Mayol, Robert Udtuhan vs Alvin Makiling, Jun Doliguez vs Jonel Alibio. This is also available online via Integrated's UStream page. Viloria (30-3, 17 KO) is on a terrific roll right now, but Nino (31-4-2, 13 KO) has been a thorn in his side. In 2006, Nino handed Viloria his first loss, and then they went to a draw three months later, later changed to a no-contest after Nino failed a drug test. The Miranda-Mayol co-feature is a solid flyweight battle, too. The undercard highlights a couple of Filipino prospects. Bad Left Hook will have live round-by-round coverage.
Telefutura, 11:00 p.m. EDT, Vicente Escobedo vs Juan Ruiz. With a predictable win here, Escobedo (25-3, 15 KO) will move on to a July 21 shot against Adrien Broner on HBO.