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Televised fight schedule - Weekend of March 19, 2010

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Jhonny Gonzalez takes on Antonio Davis in a title eliminator this weekend that airs via free live stream on
Jhonny Gonzalez takes on Antonio Davis in a title eliminator this weekend that airs via free live stream on

Thursday, March 18

Fox (Australia), TVNZ (New Zealand), 5:00 a.m. Eastern, John Hopoate vs. Shane Cameron.  Cameron is coming off his drubbing at the hands of David Tua, while Hopoate is somewhat of a journeyman who happens to also be Australian heavyweight champion.

TV Max-9 (Panama), 9:00 p.m. Eastern, Rafael Concepcion vs. Sergio Gomez, Alberto Mosquera vs. Jose Miranda.  A live legal stream of this channel is usually running here. Concepcion-Gomez looks exciting on paper, even if neither fighter is really world class.

Friday, March 19

Sky Sports (UK), 6:00 p.m. Eastern, Martin Lindsay vs. Jamie Arthur, David Price vs. Martyn Grainger.  Undefeated Lindsay is looking to make the second defense of his British title against Arthur. Price is a 4-0 Olympian for the U.K., although it's questionable how well his style will translate to the pro game.  Grainger is another light touch to start out his career. 

ESPN2, 10:00 p.m. Eastern, Deandre Latimore vs. Sechew Powell, Carson Jones vs. Delray Raines.  Latimore and Powell rematch what was a very even (but fairly unexciting) fight a few years back when Latimore forced a stoppage seemingly out of nowhere.  Jones has to be disappointed.  After beating Tyrone Brunson, he was supposed to fight Tony Margarito on the televised Pacquiao-Clottey undercard.  Instead he gets Raines, who has a pretty record but who has lost to every decent fighter he's faced.

Telemundo, 11:30 p.m., Oscar Ibarra vs. Darwin Zamora.

Saturday, March 20, 4:00 p.m. Eastern ($14.99), Wladimir Klitschko vs. Eddie Chambers, Johnathon Banks vs. Travis Walker.   Well, you can't say Chambers didn't earn this shot, but it almost seems like any Klitschko fight has a foregone conclusion these days.  Bad Left Hook will be providing live round by round coverage of this fight.

FSN / Fox Sports Espanol, 10:00 p.m. Eastern, Odlanier Solis vs. Carl Davis Drumond, Damian Frias vs. Brad Solomon.  Solis is another promising but undisciplined heavyweight prospect, sort of like Cris Arreola only with a top notch amateur background.  He was rumored to be fighting Vitali Klitschko next until Klitschko's team announced he would fight the far less qualified Albert Sosnowski.  Drumond is ranking fodder, and might get Solis rounds as he's never been down.  He acquited himself well in a title fight against Ruslan Chagaev, but lost badly in a subsequent fight with Derric Rossy that made Kevin Johnson look aggressive.  If Drumond has a monster chin, this one could get ugly. 

Azteca America, 10:00 p.m. Eastern, Francisco Leal vs. Robinson Castellanos, Carlos Yanez vs. Jorge Cardenas., 11:30 p.m. Eastern, Jhonny Gonzalez vs. Antonio Davis, Marco Antonio Rubio vs. Jaison Palomeque.  Gonzalez has been a very good fighter for a very long time, but he's never quite gotten over that hump, and at this point his chin is starting to fade fast.  Davis is a fringe contender and multiple time title challenger (hey, Top Rank's fighters need to defend against someone!) who Gonzalez shouldn't have much trouble with if he has anything left in the tank in his third fight at featherweight.  This is a free, legal stream outside of Mexico.

Elsewhere in the world of boxing...

  • Hassan N'Dam N'Jikam will take a step up this weekend as he faces former title challenger Elvin Ayala.  The fight will put the winner in position to fight for the WBA title, down the line.  N'Jikam is one of a number of very talented middleweight prospects at the moment, so this should be a good test.
  • In Belgium, Randall Bailey will face Jackson Bonsu.  This one is Bailey's debut at 147, after getting brutally knocked out by Juan Urango in his last bout.  Both guys are actually very similar - lowish output fighters with huge punches and sketchy chins.  This is an IBF eliminator for their #2 spot, further ensuring that a top 10 fighter isn't going anywhere near that belt for years.