Saturday, August 29
SHO, 11:00 pm EST, Trevor Bryan vs Derric Rossy, Juan Ubaldo Cabrera vs Decarlo Perez, Natu Visinia vs Joey Dawejko. Instead of promoting a Ricardo Mayorga fight this weekend, Don King has this ShoBox card lined up at "The D" in Las Vegas, whatever the hell that is. That Showtime has been reduced to basically promoting Floyd Mayweather PPVs and ShoBox is a sad state of affairs. Showtime would not like to thank Al Haymon. BLH will have live coverage unless I get gassy after a big meal or there's a particularly hilarious "Family Guy" repeat on TBS.
(I feel like I should note here that I don't like the TV show "Family Guy," in case there's any confusion.)
Saturday, August 29
ESPN, 10:00 pm EST, Leo Santa Cruz vs Abner Mares, Hugo Ruiz vs Julio Ceja. This edition of PBC on ESPN gets a later than normal start because The Worldwide Leader has a commitment to the prestigious Arena Football League championship. I say that like how people would get all mad that mid-major college basketball or tennis would push FNF past its normal start time, like it was some great offense that boxing, a long marginalized sport, was not getting preferential treatment. In the end we're talking about niche audiences either way. Anyway, this is a good main even, and the co-feature is a nice matchup, too. Here's a PBC card where there's really nothing bad to say going in, other than maybe you think Mares is washed up. I don't know. You do you. Connor will have the call for this one. BLH will have live coverage.
PPV, 10:00 pm EST, Shane Mosley vs Ricardo Mayorga, Yulihan Luna vs Maureen Shea, Joel Diaz Jr vs Luis Arceo. Well, this is happening. I'll be watching it on the pay-per-view and everything. I'm cautiously optimistic that even though it's a couple of shot fighters in the main event in a rematch that doesn't mean much of anything at all, quite frankly, it could still be a pretty entertaining fight. Mayorga's resolve has really lessened since Oscar De La Hoya beat the stuffing out of him, and that was over nine years ago now. Mosley hasn't fought in almost two years and looked pretty lousy against Anthony Mundine before he was stopped on an injury after six rounds. He's won just one time since beating Antonio Margarito in January 2009. So this is a show headlined by a guy who's won a single fight in the last six and a half years and a guy who hasn't fought a real opponent in four and a half years (when Miguel Cotto wiped out Mayorga). There are no stakes here, really, but if they bring the action, that's all anyone will care about. BLH will have live coverage.