Friday, July 13
Fox Sports 2 (Australia), 6:00 a.m. EDT, Billy Dib vs Juan Antonio Rodriguez. Dib isn't defending his IBF featherweight title here, it appears, and this is pretty much a nothing fight for him. Rodriguez (21-3, 19 KO) doesn't have too bad a record at a glance, but he's never fought anyone. BoxRec rankings have their problems, but as we've said many times, they're good to get a general feel for someone unknown, and the system figures Rodriguez is the 84th best super featherweight in the world. Or the 17th best Mexican super featherweight. Whichever sounds better to you, I guess.
ESPN2 / ESPN3.com (US), 10:00 p.m. EDT, Glen Johnson vs Andrzej Fonfara, Jose Luis Castillo vs Ivan Popoca. 43-year-old Johnson returns to the ESPN airwaves for a fight in Chicago against 24-year-old Fonfara (21-2, 12 KO), a Polish-born fighter who now lives in the Windy City. Johnson (51-16-2, 35 KO) is moving back up to light heavyweight for this one, and is hinting that he's on his final run in the sport. Recent history would say he'll win this fight, and probably do so impressively, which will give some the idea that he's still a major threat to top fighters. But recent history also suggests he's not that guy anymore, and won't be again. In his last six fights, he's 2-4, with wins over Allan Green and Yusaf Mack. He's lost to Chad Dawson (twice), Carl Froch, and Lucian Bute. Now those are good names to lose to, but he was only really competitive -- as in, had an argument for winning -- against Dawson the first time, and in his last fight against Bute, he gave a pathetic non-effort.
The co-feature, which has a 60-40 chance of getting scrapped when guess who can't make weight, pits 38-year-old Jose Luis Castillo against another Chicago favorite, Ivan Popoca. Castillo (63-11-1, 54 KO) hasn't looked good in the ring in years, really since his win over Rolando Reyes in 2006. Popoca (15-1-1, 10 KO) is a decent fighter, but was trucked last time out by Ruslan Provodnikov, just badly outclassed in that one. Frankly, I'm really disappointed in the ESPN quality control with the Castillo fight, and I just hope for Popoca's sake that Castillo actually manages to make it to fight night and the kid doesn't get jerked around. I'm actually going to be hosting a BBQ on Friday night, so I'll probably have this on the TV, but I probably won't be watching attentively to give RBR coverage. There will be a thread for you FNF regulars though.
Canal 6 (Nicaragua), 10:00 p.m. EDT, Walter Castillo vs Moises Solis.
Telemundo, 11:35 p.m. EDT, Edgar Jimenez vs Julian Rivera.
Saturday, July 14
SportItalia 2 (Italy), 1:00 p.m. EDT, Leonard Bundu vs Stefano Castelluci.
BoxNation (UK) / Epix and EpixHD.com (US), 2:30 p.m. EDT, David Haye vs Dereck Chisora, Liam Walsh vs Domenico Urbano, Matthew Hall vs Gary O'Sullivan. Yes, there is an undercard. Epix will be going live at 4:30, and you can expect the main event around 5 p.m. EDT, I'd suspect. I'm really jazzed up for this fight, because it's so different and so over the top. Bad Left Hook will have live round-by-round coverage.
TyC Sports (Argentina), 8:00 p.m. EDT, Cesar Cuenca vs Claudio Olmedo. A contrast in records, as Cuenca (42-0, 1 KO) takes on Olmedo (26-3, 25 KO) for the interim WBO Latino junior welterweight title. Rather hilariously, Olmedo holds the interim title right now, and Cuenca, all of two fights ago, won the "full" WBO Latino junior welterweight title. He never lost it, obviously. Currently, guess who holds the WBO Latino junior welterweight title? The very Latino Mike Dallas Jr, of course, who won it "from" Javier Castro, who had held the ... interim WBO Latino junior middleweight title. Boxing is fucking dumb.
Wealth TV PPV (US, $34.99) / Main Event PPV (Australia, $49.95), 9:00 p.m. EDT, Anthony Mundine vs Bronco McKart, Dmitry Sukhotsky vs Cornelius White, Ahor Muralimov vs Andrae Carthron. Well, it's the lowest-priced boxing PPV in recent memory, I can say that much for it. Actually, Sukhotsky (18-1, 13 KO) vs White (19-1, 16 KO) is a pretty good fight. You might remember Andrae Carthron as the guy the CSAC brought in to spar with Dewey Bozella for his physical.
Televisa (Mexico) / Fox Deportes (US), 10:00 p.m. EDT, Jose Salgado vs Jean Piero Perez, Jesus Silvestre vs Edwin Diaz.
TV Azteca (Mexico), 10:30 p.m. EDT, Tyson Marquez vs Fernando Lumacad, Tomas Rojas vs Manuel Herrera. Marquez will be moving up to 115 with this fight, and Rojas takes another stay-busy fight in the co-feature.
HBO (US) / Sky Sports (UK), 9:00 p.m. EDT (Sky) / 11:00 p.m. EDT (HBO), Amir Khan vs Danny Garcia. This is starting so late because HBO has a George Lopez comedy special to get to first. That's not really anyone's fault -- there wasn't even supposed to be a fight on July 14, but HBO made room on the schedule for Khan when the Lamont Peterson rematch fell apart. Lopez's show was booked well in advance. Sky are going live at 9 p.m. EDT, and will probably be showing some undercard action, so we'll actually be here early for live coverage of the undercard, too. Fernando Guerrero, Jamie Kavanagh, Phil Lo Greco, and J'Leon Love are all scheduled to be in action. Bad Left Hook will have live round-by-round coverage.
Telefutura, 11:00 p.m. EDT, Marco Antonio Periban vs James Parison. Periban (17-0, 11 KO) is a super middleweight prospect with what seems to be pretty limited upside.