Thursday, December 10
Canal+ Sport (France), 3:45 p.m. Eastern, Thierry Karl vs. Djamel Selini; Hassan N'Dam N'Jikam vs. Sergio Jose Sanders; Hussein Bayram vs. Jeferson Luis Goncalo. Karl vs. Selini is the finals of the light leavyweight version of Le Grand Tournoi.
Friday, December 11
Sky Sports (UK), 3:00 p.m. Eastern, Lee Haskins vs. Don Broadhurst. This is for the BBBoC Super Flyweight title.
ESPN360.com, 9:00 p.m. Eastern, Jean Pascal vs Adrian Diaconu, David Lemieux vs. Delray Raines. The first fight between these two was a good one, albeit a bit lopsided in favor of Pascal. The winner will likely get to face interim titlist Chad Dawson next. On the undercard, former super middleweight titlist Eric Lucas is also making a comeback. This is also available on PPV in Quebec. Unfortunately, while ESPN has picked up the fight for ESPN360, its online channel that is only available to subscribers of certain internet providers, it has not seen fit to push coverage of a rodeo off of ESPN Classic to air the fight on TV live. Fortunately, they will be airing the fight on tape delay at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday on ESPN Deportes. In addition, the fight is available for purchase live at 8:00 p.m. Eastern at Secondsouttv.com for (UK)3.99.
NESportsTV.com, 10:00 p.m. Eastern ($14.95), Oleg Maskaev vs. Nagy Aguilera. If Maskaev wins this fight, he will likely have a title eliminator against Ray Austin to become Vitali Klitschko's mandatory. If the thought of Maskaev or Austin getting another title shot doesn't get your blood pumping, I don't know what will.
Saturday, December 12
Showtime, 9:00 p.m. Eastern, Timothy Bradley vs. Lamont Peterson; Vic Darchinyan vs. Tomas Rojas. Part of this is running at the same time at the HBO card, but there should be coverage of this one as well. For the junkies, you can have about five hours of consecutive boxing, starting with Pascal-Diaconu II on ESPN Deportes at 8, followed by this card on Showtime, followed by the HBO card.
HBO, 10:30 p.m. Eastern, Vitali Klitschko vs. Kevin Johnson; Juan Diaz vs. Paulie Malignaggi; Victor Ortiz vs. Antonio Diaz. Bad Left Hook will have live round by round coverage.
Note from SC: We will be covering Klitschko-Johnson LIVE as it airs overseas, at about 3pm ET. We will not put up anything about the results until later in the night, after it has aired on US TV, but apparently Klitschko-Johnson is airing on HBO AFTER the two fights from Chicago, and that's pretty late to stay up for Klitschko-Johnson. So we'll have live coverage, but if you avoid that thread and are looking to wait until the U.S. airing, you won't be spoiled here.
Televisa (Mexico), 11:30 p.m. Eastern, Cristian Mijares vs. BJ Dolorosa, George "Monk" Foreman III vs. TBA. Mijares is back in action only three weeks after his last fight. It's another light touch, but it can't hurt to build up confidence after three consecutive losses.
Elsewhere in the world of boxing...
- Isaac Hlathswayo will make the first defense of his welterweight paper title in South Africa against Jan Zaveck. Zaveck recently lost to newly-appointed mandatory Rafal Jackiewicz. I don't get how Zaveck gets to cut the line by losing either, but it's happened a few times lately. Maybe the sanctioning bodies should reconsider how far down a fighter gets pushed after a loss, or at least temporarily dropping them for a time period.
- On the Klitschko-Johnson undercard, giant and former kickboxer Alexander Ustinov will be taking a step up against now-perennial trial horse Monte Barrett. Johnathon Banks will also be staying busy, still at heavyweight, against Marcel Zeller, who was knocked out by Tyson Fury in Fury's second pro fight.
- Golden Boy has completely loaded up the undercard of the Diaz-Malignaggi card with prospects. Guys in action: Erislandy Lara, Hylon Williams Jr., Argenis Mendez and Ronald Hearns. Also on the undercard, Randall Bailey tries to bounce back from his loss to Juan Urango in a welterweight bout against Germaine Sanders, and Dominick Guinn stays busy in a six-rounder, hoping to take the Shannon Briggs path to a title shot.