The middleweights take center stage this weekend, with two major bouts on Saturday in Germany and the United States.
Channel 7 (Thailand), 3 a.m. EDT, Pongsaklek Wonjongkam vs Hyobu Nakagama, Oleydong Sithsamerchai vs Alex Buckie. Hey, look, these fights. Neither Pongsaklek or Oleydong are in tough here, to say the least. If I'm around and I find a stream, I might watch these live, and if I do, I'll have a thread up around 2 or 2:30 in the morning, so if that's part of the time you're awake, feel free to drop in for that, but no guarantees.
Direct TV (Argentina), 9 p.m. EDT, Jesus Andres vs Claudio Tapia. This fight is being held at Centro Recreativo Municipal Néstor Carlos Kirchner, of course.
BoxNation (UK) / Sat1 (Germany), 2:00 p.m. EDT, Felix Sturm vs Daniel Geale, Nadia Raoui vs Samson Tor Buamas, Ruslan Chagaev vs Werner Kreiskott. We'll have plenty more on this card including a full breakdown and preview of the main event, but I'll just say for now that I think this is a really quality fight and should be some nice, high-level boxing. Good thing about this is that most American writers frankly just don't care about it all that much, so you have none of that constant whining about two "boring boxers" fighting each other like has been drilled into the ground by the hepcats n' cool chix over Ward vs Dawson. I mean, goddamn, I wasn't in love with Ward-Dawson either, but we fuckin' get it already, you know? That's a whole other story, though. The women's fight serving as the co-feature I know nothing about, as I do not follow women's boxing much at all, and the Chagaev fight is more a threat than a promise, since Chagaev is worn the hell out these days and Kreiskott is just a guy with a sub-.500 record who loses to everyone semi-decent he faces. Bad Left Hook will have live round-by-round coverage.
TyC Sports (Argentina), 8:00 p.m. EDT, Roberto Sosa vs Zolani Tete. Sosa (23-0, 14 KO) is an emerging Argentine ... uh, kinda. I mean he's unbeaten and all that. At 27, he hasn't faced particularly good opposition, and Tete (16-2, 14 KO) is a decent step for him. Zolani has only lost to Topo Rosas and Moruti Mthalane. Speaking of...
TV Max (Panama), 9:00 p.m. EDT, Moruti Mthalane vs Ricardo Nunez, Luis Concepcion vs Pablo Carrillo. This is a solid main event, and if you're someone who doesn't have HBO and won't find a nefarious way to watch HBO, but you like boxing, TV Max usually has a legal live stream for their fights. Concepcion is in soft in the co-feature.
HBO, 9:45 p.m. EDT, Gennady Golovkin vs Grzegorz Proksa, Serhiy Dzinziruk vs Jonathan Gonzalez. A good main event, and a possibly good opening bout. We'll have more on this one, but I'll say now, if Golovkin-Proksa really breaks right, we're looking at a slugfest and a hell of a fight here. Golovkin gets talked up more than I think his talent can back, but he can also be great fun to watch, and he hits like all hell. Proksa ain't Kassim Ouma, though, and if Golovkin allows himself to be as easy to hit as he sometimes does, we could be looking at an "upset." Bad Left Hook will have live round-by-round coverage.
Televisa (Mexico), 10 p.m. EDT, Nkosinathi Joyi vs Mario Rodriguez, Julio Ceja vs Genaro Garcia, Nery Saguilan vs Alberto Garza, Jessica Nery Plata vs Kareli Lopez. Joyi is the best 105-pound fighter in the world, probably -- him or Kazuto Ioka. He's really, really talented. Rodriguez is a fairly well-regarded fighter right now, too, but you never really know with these dudes. Anything can happen in the WWF.
Azteca (Mexico), 10:30 p.m. EDT, Luis Serrano vs Rogelio Medina, Mikey Garcia vs Mauricio Pastrana, Adrian Young vs Raul Hirales. Serrano (13-1, 10 KO) and Medina (28-2, 22 KO) are nowhere near true contention at 160 pounds, but this fight is for the vacant WBC silver title anyway. Let's really break this down: BoxRec rankings are what they are, but they generally have guys in the right area, if not the exact right place. I mean, if someone is ranked 12th, they're really anywhere between 5th and 20th, maybe. Medina is ranked 63rd in the world at BoxRec, and got whomped by Yori Boy Campas last year. Serrano is ranked 382nd, lost to a guy making his pro debut a year ago (that guy's not any good either), and has rarely beaten anyone who had a win on his record. So yeah, take the WBC silver title seriously. It means a lot! Garcia's important, though, and is getting what should be a very easy tune-up before facing Orlando Salido later this year.