Premium cable has two cards, but it's a rare weekend where the biggest fight of the weekend happens on ESPN Friday Night Fights, plus we'll see the returns of David Price, Jhonny Gonzalez, and more.
Thursday, February 21
FOX Sports 2 (Australia), 3:30 am EST, Addisu Tebebu vs Czar Amonsot, Fred Tukes vs Samuel Colomban.
Friday, February 22
Eurosport (UK), 3:00 pm EST, Alexander Alekseev vs Garrett Wilson, Manuel Charr vs Yakup Saglam, Christian Hammer vs Oleksiy Mazikin.
TyC Sports (Argentina), 8:00 pm EST, Alejandra Marina Oliveras vs TBA.
ESPN2, 9:00 pm EST, Lamont Peterson vs Kendall Holt, Roman Morales vs Jesus Antonio Hernandez. And so it's here, the Friday Night Fights main event so momentous that ... well, it's on Friday Night Fights. Peterson-Holt is a good fight, but it's here because it was cheap and fit nowhere else, not because ESPN is about to suddenly stop giving you Rodriguez-Tahdooahnippah main events. They kind of lucked into this one. It's a pick'em, I think, with Peterson having a very long layoff, and Holt being a huge wild card every time out. It should be good. BLH will have live coverage.
TV Publica (Argentina), 9:00 pm EST, Ricardo Marcelo Ramallo vs Richard Vidal.
SHO, 11:00 pm EST, Art Hovhannisyan vs Alejandro Perez, Tureano Johnson vs Willie Fortune.
TV Azteca (Mexico), 10:30 pm EST, Juan Kantun vs Jose Cen Torres.
Telemundo, 11:35 pm EST, Jose Nieves vs Danny Flores.
Saturday, February 23
WealthTV / BoxNation (UK), 3:00 PM EST, David Price vs Tony Thompson, Kevin Satchell vs Luke Wilton. Price looks to take another half-step toward possible world title contention, as he faces 41-year-old American Tony Thompson, who has twice challenged Wladimir Klitschko and been stopped both times. Maloney & Co. are hyping this as some massive step up, much as Hennessy & Co. did with Tyson Fury vs Kevin Johnson, but the matchmakers know exactly what they're doing. You talk about how the American (American! He MUST be important and good!) lost to a Klitschko, sure, but who doesn't lose to a Klitschko? This fellow is crafy and technically sound and blah blah blah. The truth is, Price struggling in this one would be an upset; Thompson looked his age and then some last time out with Wladimir, offering barely more resistance than Jean-Marc Mormeck had a few months prior. Price is a murderous puncher who has steamrolled everyone in his path thus far, his star is on the rise, and his promoters have matched him with an opponent in his 40s for the third straight fight now. It's nothing against Price, a heavyweight prospect that genuinely excites me, but it's not the massive challenge they're selling it as. They sold Audley Harrison the same way, and Matt Skelton was supposedly dangerous, too. Price took a combined 7:18 to finish those guys. BLH will have live coverage.
Sky Sports (UK), 4:00 pm EST, Prizefighter: Heavyweights. Contestants in this blockbuster will be Audley Harrison, Martin Rogan, Travis Walker, Albert Sosnowski, Timo Hoffmann, Derric Rossy, Claus Bertino, and Ian Lewison. Also on the card, 2012 Great Britain captain Thomas Stalker makes his pro debut.
SHO / BoxNation (UK), 9:00 pm EST, Cornelius Bundrage vs Ishe Smith, J'Leon Love vs Derrick Findley. This was supposed to be Alexander-Brook, but instead it's a "special Showtime Boxing," just like Matthysse-Dallas Jr and just like their next card, Bogere vs Abril. Showtime has been absolutely hammered by injuries, with Alexander-Brook postponed twice and creating two subpar main events to start the year, and Garcia-Judah getting pushed back, too. The good news is that Malignaggi-Mosley won't happen. Findley is a late sub for Bronco McKart, and is your typical club fighter who signs up for bouts on 10 days notice. BLH will have live coverage.
Televisa (Mexico), 10:00 pm EST, Jhonny Gonzalez vs Eusebio Osejo, Jessica Chavez vs Irma Sanchez.