Andre Ward vs Chad Dawson leads a busy boxing weekend. (Photo by Alexis Cuarezma - Goossen Tutor)
Friday, September 7
Fox Sports (Australia), 8:00 a.m. EDT, Solomon Haumono vs Franklin Egobi, Daniel Ammann vs Pieter Cronje.
BoxNation (UK), 2:30 p.m. EDT, BoxAcademy - Tony Conquest vs Ian Tims.
Sport1 (Germany), 4:15 p.m. EDT, Francesco Pianeta vs Frans Botha, Christina Hammer vs Yahaira Hernandez.
Saturday, September 8
Wealth TV (US) / Polsat Sport PPV (Poland), 3:00 p.m. EDT, Tomasz Adamek vs Travis Walker, Bryant Jennings vs Chris Koval, Steve Cunningham vs Jason Gavern. You might have forgotten that this card was happening. I did, actually. But it is, it's happening, and whatever. Every fight is designed for Side One to win pretty easily, and eventually Main Events will want to put all these guys into fights with each other, or at least a couple of them, and the beauty is that you could do, say, Adamek-Cunningham II, and if Cunningham lost that fight, he could still fight Jennings and give him the rub, in theory.
Sky Sports (UK), 3:30 p.m. EDT, Tony Bellew vs Edison Miranda, Lee Purdy vs Gumersindo Carrasco. Bellew vs Miranda could be a solid fight, and it's kind of a trap fight for Bellew, or could be. If he wins, it's not that big of a deal in reality -- though I'm sure the Sky team have hyped this as World Class Miranda taking on the local hero and all that crap -- because Miranda is not a light heavyweight, first of all, and isn't all that good anyway. But if he loses or even struggles with the gatekeeper, it looks bad for him going forward.
BoxNation (UK) / RTL (Germany) / Rossiya-2 (Russia) / HBO (US, Tape Delay), 2:30 p.m. EDT, Vitali Klitschko vs Manuel Charr. HBO will be airing this as part of their card on Saturday night, which I'm hoping they put on last on TV because it's a junk matchup and I think they've only bought the fight because someone got excited about airing that fluffernutter documentary, Klitschko. I don't know if Epix's plan to take over the world with largely mediocre heavyweight fights has been shot down -- maybe that's why HBO picked this up. To take down Epix and their Roku subscribers. The undercard to this is a hunk o' junk. We're going to do live coverage because it's the afternoon card that matters most, since Vitali Klitschko matters, so don't be all thinking you can "avoid spoilers" here on Saturday. You cannot. Bad Left Hook will have live round-by-round coverage.
Showtime Extreme, 7:00 p.m. EDT, Ishe Smith vs Irving Garcia, Daquan Arnett vs Jesus Tavera. Smith is a veteran trying to get his career back with GBP, and Garcia is a veteran who is probably a little better than his record, kind of like Ishe himself. It's not a bad fight at all. Arnett is a 19-year-old junior middleweight prospect with six pro fights under his belt, and he ought to wipe the mat with Tavera. Bad Left Hook will have live round-by-round coverage.
TyC Sports (Argentina), 8:00 p.m. EDT, Fernanda Alegre vs Darys Pardo.
Showtime, 9:00 p.m. EDT, Lucas Matthysse vs Ajose Olusegun. This was supposed to be the Alexander vs Bailey show, but Bailey got hurt and that's off. This is the better fight and all, but it's impossible to argue that the card didn't lose a lot of its value when that went down. J'Leon Love and Daquan Arnett and Ishe Smith are on the undercard, and I think it's Love who will get the TV spot. Bad Left Hook will have live round-by-round coverage.
HBO (US) / Sky Sports (UK) / Space (Mexico), 9:45 p.m. EDT, Andre Ward vs Chad Dawson, Antonio DeMarco vs John Molina. Well, it's here. We'll have more on this fight in the coming days, of course, and it's worth noting that DeMarco-Molina should be a good fight, and while DeMarco is certainly the favorite, he's not a world-beater, and it could wind up more competitive than expected, too. Bad Left Hook will have live round-by-round coverage.
FSN / FSN Deportes, 10:00 p.m. EDT, Luis Ramos Jr vs Noe Bolanos, Deontay Wilder vs Damon McCreary. This week's promotional gimmick: Deontay Wilder Is The World's Busiest Heavyweight.
TV Azteca (Mexico), 10:30 p.m. EDT, Daniel Rosas vs Julio Cesar Miranda. Rosas, 22, takes a step up a bit against former flyweight titlist Pingo Miranda, who is coming off of a loss to Rodel Mayol.
Telefutura, 11:00 p.m. EDT, Ivan Morales vs Luis Maldonado. Morales, 20, is Erik's younger brother, and recently signed a deal with Golden Boy. Maldonado, 34, is washed-up but is the right sort of step for the kid at this point.
Televisa (Mexico), 11:30 p.m. EDT, Marco Antonio Rubio vs Carlos Baldomir.