Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Arum on HBO Double: Event That Truly Spans The Globe

By Jake Donovan

Yet another reminder that boxing is a global sport comes this weekend, when HBO presents a live doubleheader from the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.

All of the televised action takes place in the 122 lb. division, but consists of four fighters from four separate nations around the world. It’s boxing the way it once was and the way it ought to be, if you ask the event’s handlers.

“Years ago, there was a big program on ABC called ‘Wide World Of Sports’,” recalled Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum, in his opening remarks during Wednesday’s press conference in Houston. “It showed that people all over the world participated in sports.

“What we’re seeing here on this card is participation from all over the globe.”

The main event pits reigning 122 lb. king Nonito Donaire – from California by way of the Philippines – against a potential future Hall of Fame fighter, Mexico’s own Jorge Arce. In the co-feature, Guillermo Rigondeaux – born and raised in Cuba, but now representing Miami, FL – puts his unbeaten record and alphabet title on the line against former champ Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym of Thailand.

Both bouts air on HBO (Saturday, 9:30PM ET), with the live action preceded by an exclusive replay of Juan Manuel Marquez’ knockout win over Manny Pacquiao in their epic fourth clash last weekend.

“Think about it,” Arum challenged the assembled media on hand. “You have a reigning champion and two-time Olympic Gold medalist from Santiago, Cuba (Rigondeaux). He is facing a former champion from Thailand (Kratingdaenggym).

“In the main event, a former champion from Mexico (Arce) faces off against the current champion (Donaire) who comes from General Santos City in the Philippines and now lives in San Leandro, California. This is absolutely an event that spans the globe.”

All four fighters on the telecast are fighting for the fourth time each this year. Of the four, Donaire (31-1, 19KO) is the only one to have his entire 2012 campaign air exclusively on HBO.

Rigondeaux (11-0, 8KO) appeared on Showtime’s Shobox series to begin the year, winning his belt from Rico Ramos on the telecast. He also appeared on the undercard of a June pay-per-view Pacquiao’s controversial points loss to Tim Bradley.

Arce (61-6-2, 46KO) was also on the card, though his airtime was brief as his bout with Jesus Rojas was cut short after two rounds due to a foul that left the Mexican legend unable to continue.

Saturday will mark the first glimpse of US coverage for Kratingdaenggym (48-2, 33KO), who has never before fought in the states. Only four of his previous 50 contests have taken place outside of his native Thailand, including a 2009 title winning effort over Bernard Dunne on the road in Ireland.

The worldwide representation on hand was never more evident than when the fighters took turns behind the microphone to speak to the crowd. Translators were on hand for Kratingdaenggym, Rigondeaux and Arce, while Donaire spoke in English and concluded in Tagalog upon demand from his Hall of Fame promoter.

“This is great, I bring the fighters up here to talk and neither one of them can understand each other,” Arum quipped in between introductions and comments for Kratingdaenggym and Rigondeaux.

Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of Boxingscene.com. Follow Jake on Twitter: @JakeNDaBox

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Bermuda on 12-13-2012

[QUOTE=rey guey;12809489]Arce has the same guy who roided up Marquez, I think he'll be fine. Arce might even win if he is as juiced up as Marquez was.[/QUOTE] no amount of heredia peds is going to help arce beat donaire...

Comment by Hougigo on 12-13-2012

[QUOTE=rey guey;12809853]Donaire can be hit and if Arce is juiced up, I'd put some money on Arce by KO. it's like 100-1 odds. I'd just have to see what he looks like tomorrow at the weigh in if he has…

Comment by rey guey on 12-13-2012

[QUOTE=hougigo;12809627]Good thing they fight the same way right?[/QUOTE] Donaire can be hit and if Arce is juiced up, I'd put some money on Arce by KO. it's like 100-1 odds. I'd just have to see what he looks like tomorrow…

Comment by Hougigo on 12-13-2012

[QUOTE=rey guey;12809489]Arce has the same guy who roided up Marquez, I think he'll be fine. Arce might even win if he is as juiced up as Marquez was.[/QUOTE] Good thing they fight the same way right?

Comment by rey guey on 12-13-2012

[QUOTE=ddangerous;12809458]Having a bad feeling Arce is going to get hurt. I hope my intuition is wrong.[/QUOTE] Arce has the same guy who roided up Marquez, I think he'll be fine. Arce might even win if he is as juiced up…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (7)
Top Headlines Deontay Wilder's Coach: We Want Unification as Soon as Possible Katsidis Slams Jeff Horn: Who Are You To Call Out Pacquiao? Video: Tony Bellew Explains What Made Haye Fight Personal Wilder Explains in Detail, His Version of Scuffle With Breazeale Juan Hernandez is Pumped as WBC World Title Fight Nears Video: McGuigan, Coldwell Talk David Haye vs. Tony Bellew Video: Martin Murray Ready For a War With Gabe Rosado Canelo: Nacho Can't Change Chavez, I've Fought Smarter Fighters Luis Arias Back on April 1 at the Aldrich Arena in Maplewood Adonis Stevenson vs. Eleider Alvarez - Purse Bid Set For March 24 Haye Vows To Bellew: I'm Going To Smash Your F***ing Head In! Manny Pacquiao vs. Amir Khan is NOT Official, Says Bob Arum Photos: David Haye vs. Tony Bellew Final Press Conference Video: David Haye Rips Tony Bellew's "Retard" Fans at Presser Video: Haye, Bellew in Tense Face-Off at Final Press Conference De La Hoya: Amir Khan Has a "Great Chance" To Shock Pacquiao! 30 Day Weights: Jorge Linares 144.8, Anthony Crolla 144 Mario Barrios, Lipinets Ready For Action on Thurman vs. Garcia Photos: Martin Murray vs. Gabe Rosado - Presser To Announce Bout Chavez Jr: This Fight Will Show Canelo To Stay in His Weight Class British Board Tackling Issue of Foreign Fighters Falsifying Records Mikaela Lauren vs. Ewa Piatkowska For WBC Title on April 22 Deontay Wilder's Surgically Repaired Right Hand Feels 'Wonderful' Bellew: Haye Sh*t Himself With Klitschko, His Best Win is Mormeck! Virgil Hunter: Khan-Pacquiao is 50-50; Manny Can Still Fight Luke Campbell: I Want Mendy Rematch, Want To Make Him Suffer David Allen May Return On Haye-Bellew; Yafai Will Box In Germany Shakhnazaryan vs. Rivera, Sargsyan vs. Pavko, 3/17 in Moscow Dmitry Bivol Eyes American Return, Nathan Cleverly's WBA Title Anthony Joshua on Rumors He Was Knocked Out in Sparring Ward vs. Kovalev Rematch Talks Finally Underway - For June 17? "Fighting Words" - Wilder’s Equalizer Makes Up For His Minuses Pacquiao vs. Khan Will Happen in UAE, Says Michael Koncz Deontay Wilder Fears His Power Might Kill Someone in The Ring Joseph Parker vs. Hughie Fury To Land on May 6th Carlos Adames Stops Jean Carlos Prada in Two Rounds Photos: Krzysztof Zimnoch Gets Revenge, Stops Mike Mollo Deontay Wilder vs. Bermane Stiverne Rematch Ordered By WBC Junior Fa is Pumped After U.S. Debut on Wilder-Washington Video: Canelo vs. Chavez Jr. - Face To Face at HBO Promo Taping
Advertisement
Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement