Ahhh, FIGHT DAY! It's been over a month since we had a major fight to cover, and all I can say is, "Welcome back, Kotter." It doesn't hurt that this fight is a guaranteed winner, either.
We will be here with round-by-round coverage, analysis, scoring, and BSing for the big Boxing After Dark card. If you've been living under a rock or can't look left, the main event features lightweight bangers Juan Diaz and Michael Katsidis, and the opening bout on the telecast pits Rocky Juarez and Jorge Barrios at 130 pounds.
Some quotes for Diaz-Katsidis:
"I believe this will be one of the greatest fights. It could be the start of a trilogy. This has nothing but a great fight written on it. But we come to win. Michael is a dangerous man at this moment. I believe this fight will be brutal. I wish Juan Diaz a safe journey and recovery from the fight." -- Brendon Smith, Katsidis' trainer/manager
"A lot of times the people in the sport dismiss you just because you have one or two losses. hey want you to be undefeated to be considered a superstar. In football, teams lose and still make it to the Super Bowl. Just because you lose a couple of fights doesn't mean you can't give good fights and still win a big fight. We're exciting fighters." -- Diaz
"I see more motivation in Juan than I have ever seen before." -- Willie Savannah, manager of Diaz
"All I know is I've got a big fight coming up. The only thing that concerns me is that there's a great potential for one of us to get seriously hurt on Saturday night. So there is no crossroads if one of us gets hurt. I am only thinking about winning. I'm not looking at it any deeper than that." -- Katsidis
The card goes live on HBO at 10:15 ET tonight, and in my view is a can't-miss, a must-see (same diff, huh?). For those that don't carry HBO on their cable/satellite bill, this is HBO's free preview weekend.
This one is gonna rock, to be someone's mom about it.