Friday Night Fights and ShoBox make for a nice back-to-back boxing Friday with solid main events at lightweight and super bantamweight, and Golden Boy starts their run in Sunrise, Florida, on Saturday.
Friday, January 11
TyC Sports (Argentina), 8:00 pm EST, Pablo Barboza vs Sergio Gonzalez.
ESPN2, 9:00 pm EST, John Molina vs Dannie Williams, Brandon Gonzales vs Don Mouton. Molina and Williams are both in a position needing to prove something, each having lost their last notable fight. Molina was blitzed in one by Antonio DeMarco in September, while Williams was outclassed by Hank Lundy last March. Lundy has fought once and won since then, but it was a gimme. Gonzales is a Virgil Hunter fighter who isn't going to remind you of Andre Ward any time soon, but he's got talent. Bad Left Hook will have live coverage.
SHO, 11:15 pm EST, Ronny Rios vs Rico Ramos, Daquan Arnett vs Brandon Quarles. The first ShoBox of 2013 has a solid main event, with unbeaten Rios (19-0, 9 KO) against former titlist Ramos (21-1, 11 KO). If I'm being 100% honest, neither fighter has ever particularly impressed me as a prospect, but Rios keeps winning, and Ramos can actually be quite fun to watch on the nights where he doesn't stand around forgetting to throw punches. Arnett (9-0, 6 KO) is a 20-year-old junior middleweight prospect from Winter Park, Florida who will face unbeaten Quarles (9-0-1, 2 KO) of Virginia. Though neither fighter has lost, it's quite clear this is supposed to be a showcase for Arnett. Bad Left Hook will have live coverage.
Saturday, January 12
TyC Sports (Argentina), 8:00 pm EST, Emilio Zarate vs Hector Avila.
Fox Deportes, 10:00 pm EST, Johan Perez vs Steve Forbes, Thomas Williams Jr vs Damar Singleton. Golden Boy cut a deal with the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida, to run shows there. This is the first. And what a doozy! Forbes (35-11, 11 KO) still knows what he's doing in the ring and hasn't started embarrassing himself or anything, but the former IBF super featherweight titlist is now just a welterweight professional opponent. Perez (15-1-1, 12 KO) lost his first fight under the GBP banner last July to Pablo Cesar Cano (TD-7), but the 29-year-old Venezuelan should win here. Should.
Televisa (Mexico), 10:00 pm EST, Dante Jardon vs Adrian Verdugo, Juan Jose Montes vs Martin Casillas.
TV Azteca (Mexico), 10:30 pm EST, Adrian Hernandez vs Dirceu Cabarca, Ricardo Dominguez vs Luis Antonio Arceo.