Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

BoxingScene.com's Television Picks of the Week

By Cliff Rold

After a week when two of the games premier talents, Middleweight Champion Sergio Martinez and multi-division mega-draw Miguel Cotto, were on entertaining display, the game actually picks up the pace in terms of the sheer volume of shows.  In the U.S., between English T.V., Spanish T.V., and the www, six shows come calling for viewers.

More is not always more.

Not one of them, on paper, has the look of drop everything, must-see stuff.  That doesn’t mean there won’t be gems. 

There will surely be body mass.

These are the picks of the week, the three shows most deserving of viewing but of course feel free to watch them all.

Pick Epix: #1 Vitali Klitschko vs. #10 Odlanier Solis (Saturday, Epix, 6 PM EST/3 PM PST)

This is the pick of the week because it is the most significant contest on the docket.  If it is watchable, that might in and of itself be a mild upset.  If one is not a hardcore Klitschko fan, the irony of this contest being the maiden voyage of a channel called ‘Epix’ is not lost.  The WBC Heavyweight beltholder Vitali (41-2, 28 KO) will be 40 later this year and that might matter if not for his great professionalism.  Vitali never fails to show up in shape.  It serves him well in a sea of tubbies.  His decade younger WBC mandatory Solis (17-0, 12 KO), a former Gold Medalist from Cuba, should be worth getting excited about.  Instead, in even more sorry fashion than previous Vitali challenger Chris Arreola, one wonders if Solis will show up having paid the full price of a champion in the gym.  He’s not even 6’2 and has weighed in the 270’s already.  That’s an epic joke…pun intended.  Add in that Solis has looked mediocre against mediocrities, that his best win might be Monte Barrett, and it just looks like another ho-hum victory for Klitschko.  Maybe something better happens, maybe a fight breaks out, maybe Solis lives up to his promise and begins shocking the world on the scale on Friday.  We’ll see.  For now, it’s enough to get excited about a new network throwing their hat in the ring.  For those without Epix access, the fight will also be streamed online at http://www.epixhd.com/.     

Pick Deuce: Brad Solomon vs. Demetrius Hopkins (Friday, ESPN2, 9 PM EST/6 PM PST)
 
Hopkins (30-1-1, 11 KO), the nephew of a certain living legend, is a former title challenger who wants another crack.  Solomon (16-0, 7 KO) is still trying to get to his first opportunity for a strap.  Neither man is a one-punch firecracker but, sometimes, such matches make fireworks anyways.  Without a knockout to fear, the leather can fly.  ESPN2 has been a fairly consistent outlet since early 2010 as far as action fights and it would be fair to bet their favor.  On the undercard, Cuban émigré Yan Barthelemy (11-2, 4 KO) scraps for his professional life against a Chris Avalos (18-1, 15 KO) still rebuilding form his first loss.  This could sneak up and be the fight of the weekend.  

Pick the Super 7th: #3 Lucian Bute vs. Brian Magee (Saturday, Showtime, 10 PM EST/PST)

Finally, there is this.  Bute (27-0, 22 KO) is the IBF titlist at Super Middleweight and might be the most talented man in a stacked class.  Unlike contemporaries Andre Ward, Carl Froch, and Mikkel Kessler, Bute has lacked for the competition that can more fully define him.  The match with Magee (34-3-1, 24 KO) had caught some flack.  It shouldn’t.  This could be a nice fight in the ring.  His win over Mads Larsen is underrated and all of his losses are of quality.  He was competitive with Froch before being stopped, was nip/tuck with former titlist Robin Reid, and could easily have had the nod in a split decision with tough Vitali Tsypko.  At 35, this is the best shot Magee is ever going to have.  No, he probably can’t win.  That’s ok.  He should make a good show and Bute will be a step closer to the defining fights his talent deserves.

For BoxingScene’s latest full divisional ratings, log on to: http://www.boxingscene.com/forums/view.php?pg=boxing-ratings

Cliff Rold is a member of the Ring Magazine Ratings Advisory Panel and the Boxing Writers Association of America.  He can be reached at [email protected]

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by choelzle on 03-15-2011

lets not confuse talented with flashy...Bute is really good, he is not more talented than andre direll

Comment by stefanc on 03-15-2011

Solis is gonna get knocked out later rounds

Comment by southpaw_07 on 03-15-2011

[quote=PRBOXINGCOTTO;10236180]solis will steal the show saturday and ko Vitali [/quote] Corrected :boxing:

Comment by PRBOXINGCOTTO on 03-15-2011

Vitali will steal the show saturday and ko solis

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (4)
Top Headlines Kermit Cintron vs. Tyrone Brunson Set For June 24th Kell Brook vs. Errol Spence - Extra Security Measures in Place Photos: Kell Brook, Errol Spence - Ripped and Ready For War! Warren Admits: If Saunders is Not 100%, Khurtsidze Will Beat Him Joe Smith's Promoter on LA Return, Possibility of Monaghan Bout Salido Returns, Looks Forward To Vasyl Lomachenko Rematch Kell Brook Weighs in at 146½ ; Errol Spence Comes in at 146¼ Abel Sanchez: Golovkin-Canelo Should 'Revive Our Industry' George Groves Thought Hard Before Fully Trusting McGuigan Brook: I Want Spence To Taste Every Bit of That Sugar in There! Hank Lundy is Gunning For Terry Flanagan, Robert Easter Fortune Calms Down Pacquiao Fans, Says No Reason To Panic Mike Tyson Explains Where His Money Went in Historic Career Kell Brook: When I Beat Spence - I'm The Man, Number One at 147 Malignaggi Breaks Down Why Brook-Spence Will Be Special Fight Photos: Hatton Pays Tribute To Victims of Manchester Tragedy Cotto: Marquez Has To Get Things Done or Keep His Mouth Shut! Johsua Return To Be Revealed in 3-4 Weeks, Likely Klitschko Oscar Valdez To Fight in Summer and Then The Fall, Says Arum Egis Kavaliauskas, Alex Saucedo - Both Eager For Bigger Things Photos: Orlando Salido vs. Aristides Perez - Final Press Conference James DeGale: Let's Make This Clear - Badou Jack is a P*ssy! Photos: Michael Conlan, Saucedo, Mike Alvarado - Official Weights WBA Turns Back on Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor Fight N'Dam-Murata, Barthelemy-Relikh Rematches Ordered By WBA Kell Brook Predicts Thriller, Knockdowns By Him & Errol Spence De La Hoya to Boxing Fans: Don’t Support Mayweather-McGregor Adrien Broner-Mikey Garcia in Works for 7/29 at Barclays Center Brandon Rios Vows To Impress: I'll Be Better Than Ever IBF Reveals Silk Road Championship Tournament Miguel Cotto Says Golden Boy Pact May Extend Beyond 2017 Randy Caballero vs. Oscar Negrete - Golden Boy on ESPN, June 30 Photos: Kell Brook, Errol Spence - Face To Face at Final Presser Video: Kell Brook vs. Errol Spence - Final Press Conference Video: Brook vs. Spence - Chocolate Brownie vs. Man Down Porter Wants Rematch: Brook Can't Beat Me Twice, I'll Box Him Ruben Guerrero: Everyone Avoided Having Rematch With Robert Video: Kell Brook, Errol Spence - Face To Face at Final Presser Spence: This is My Era, Time to Unify the Welterweight Titles Roc Nation Boss: Team Ward Disgusted By Kovalev's Racist Remarks
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement