Donaire vs Rigondeaux, Braekhus vs St John, ShoBox, Friday Night Fights, more: Boxing TV schedule for April 12-13

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Nonito Donaire and Guillermo Rigondeaux headline this weekend from Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

Friday, April 12

TyC Sports, 8:00 pm EDT, Daniela Romina Bermudez vs Guadalupe Martinez.

SHO, 10:00 pm EDT, Angelo Santana vs Bahomir Mamadjonov, Ryan Coyne vs Marcus Oliveira. This is a Don King show, and Santana may be his actual last best hope, but really, how big of a hope is the 24-year-old Cuban lightweight? He's a good-looking fighter for sure, but how far can you go when you're Cuban, a lightweight, not a phenom-level talent, and worst of all, your promoter is Don King in 2013? BLH will have live coverage.

ESPN2, 11:00 pm EDT, Rico Ramos vs Oscar Gonzalez, Farah Ennis vs Francisco Sierra. BLH will have a live thread, at least.

Saturday, April 13

3+ (Denmark), 5:00 pm EDT, Cecelia Braekhus vs Mia St John, Mateusz Masternak vs Sean Corbin, Erik Skoglund vs Luke Blackledge. Braekhus is the best female boxer on the planet right now, whereas St John is a 45-year-old has-been who really never was the equal to her fame, and lost her last fight in November, so you can see why she's getting this shot. As Nick Nolte said in Blue Chips, "It's about money! Goddamn money!" Honestly, and I know this will sound just awful to those of you who have knee-jerk reactions, fights like this are the reason that I can't get into women's boxing. If there's the rare truly legit matchup between two fighters who are actually good, then sure, I'll happily watch it, but the interesting level of competition is just not there. I get enough shitty "world title fights" on the male side. This is why we have dudes like Ryan Bivins, who would watch a jaguar fight a bull if they had boxing gloves on their feet. I mean that in the best way. The other two fights are what you think they are.

TyC Sports (Argentina), 8:00 pm EDT, Debora Anahi Dionicus vs Gabriela Bouvier.

Televisa (Mexico), 10:00 pm EDT, Juan Jose Montes vs Julio Cesar Miranda, Marcos Reyes vs Eric Mitchell, Tomas Rojas vs Jaderes Padua, Noe Bolanos vs Jesus Gurrola, Ana Arrazola vs Nancy Franco. Or some combination of these fights, anyway.

HBO / BoxNation (UK), 11:00 pm EDT, Nonito Donaire vs Guillermo Rigondeaux. The weekend's lone truly significant fight is a good one, as Nonito Donaire steps out of his comfort zone a bit and faces a fighter who has a few more believers in his chances than his immediate family. Rigondeaux can fight, but we've seen him have some minor brushes with trouble against much lesser foes. Donaire can fight, and, well, he's pretty much smoked everyone since 2007. Will the amateur legend deliver against his first true top of the line pro opponent, or does Donaire march on and make his P4P case stronger again? BLH will have live coverage.

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