This one's probably the worst week of the year.
Friday, October 8
Telefutura, 11:30 p.m. Eastern, Danny Garcia vs. Mike Arnaoutis. The only fight on American TV this weekend is better than the standard Solo Boxeo fare, but still pretty underwhelming overall. Garcia seemed to be a prospect on the fast track until he struggled with Ashley Theorphane a few fights back, showing he still has a lot to learn. Arnaoutis was a longtime contender who's become somewhat of a stepping stone lately and has lost much of the aggressiveness that once made him someone to watch. He's lost 4 of his last 5, albeit to good competition, and his loss to Tim Coleman is almost universally regarded as a robbery. On the undercard. Nazeem Richardson's nephew and 2004 Olympian Rock Allen will fight for the first time in 2010 against the almighty TBA. While he's flashed promise, his career has largely been derailed by injuries.
Saturday, October 9
Sky Sports (UK), 3:00 p.m. Eastern, Prizefighter Heavyweights. This edition of Prizefighter features three guys who were names but are now completely shot - Kevin McBride, Michael Sprott and Matt Skelton - and fight guys who have no real name but might have a shot of winning.
TV Azteca (Mexico), 7:00 p.m. Eastern, Francisco Arce vs. Isidro Garcia. For the last few years, Panchito has mostly made a living off of being Jorge Arce's brother and losing to just about every name fighter in the 115 - 118 pound range. Garcia hasn't fought in over a year since getting knocked out by....Francisco Arce....so the result is probably a foregone conclusion.
TyC Sports (Argentina), 8:00 p.m. Eastern, Jonathan Victor Barros vs. Gustavo David Bermudez. Barros lost a lopsided decision to Yuriorkis Gamboa earlier this year.
Televisa (Mexico), 10:00 p.m. Eastern, Hugo Cazares vs. Alberto Rossel. Cazares gets another relatively easy one in his second defense of his super flyweight title. Rossel is probably the best Peruvian fighter in recent memory, but he's still only 24-7, and while he's rattled off seven wins in a row, they've mostly come to pretty substandard competition. Much of his career, he's served as a trial horse for guys like Nonito Donaire, Ivan Calderon and Vusi Malinga back when they were still just prospects.
- On Friday morning, Pongsaklek Wonjongkam will attempt the first defense of his second title reign as flyweight champion against Suriyan Por Chokchai. Chokchai is a woefully inadequate challenger, with his career highlight to this point being a draw with Fernando Lumacad.
- On Sunday in the Philippines, Gerry Penalosa will be making his farewell fight against Yodsaenkeng Kietmangmee. You have to give Penalosa some credit for chutzpah - his recent layoff isn't because he was retired (he's been planning one more fight all along) - instead he was trying to go out as a champion, so he was trying to set up one last title fight, but couldn't do so. Jimrex Jaca and Michael Farenas will also be fighting on the card. Reportedly, the proceeds of this card will be used to help fund Z Gorres's medical care.
- WBA light middleweight "regular" titlist Nobuhiro Ishida will take on Saul's older brother, Rigoberto Alvarez. While Alvarez has the better record on paper, suffering only two losses (to Marco Antonio Rubio and William Gare), Ishida is probably the better fighter at this point, and the awkward southpaw hasn't lost since dropping a tight decision to Crazy Kim in 2004. The winner will likely need to face Austin Trout next. Victor Terrazas and Jesus Jimenez will also take on journeyman opponents for fringe titles on the undercard.
- Also taking smaller fights this weekend: Nobuo Nashsiro, Daniel Dawson, Naoufel Ben Rabah, Thomas Ulrich, Nadjib Mohammedi, Affif Belghecham, Caleb Truax, Ryan Coyne, Daniel Ammann, Gabriel Bracero, Tor Hamer, Mike Dallas Jr. and Shawn Estrada.