Advertisement's Television Picks of the Week

By Cliff Rold

After two strong weeks in the ring, albeit with some head scratching officiating in spots, we get a lull.

A serious lull.

The best Heavyweight in the world defends his crown but it’s in as showcasey a showcase fight as can be.  That’s not all bad. 

Big knockouts always make for big highlights.    

These are the picks of the week.

Pick It: World Champion Wladimir Klitschko vs. Jean Marc Mormeck (Saturday, Epix, 4:30 PM EST/1:30 PM PST)

Mormeck (36-4, 22 KO) is a former lineal Cruiserweight king and could at times be a beast in that class.  His vulnerability was his beard, dented by both O’Neill Bell and David Haye.  The latter was in 2007.  In the years since, he’s won three times, the last a split decision over the very average Timur Ibragimov.  Now he gets Wladimir (56-3, 49 KO).  Yeah.  This fight looks about as competitive as Larry Holmes-Marvis Frazier.  Mormeck is almost forty and not quite six-feet tall.  The only upside to this farce is that Klitschko should look like a frightening monster for the first time in a while.  This is what happens during periods of dominance sometimes, especially when the smattering of worthy foes is getting split two ways.  Wladimir has a right to stay active.  Sometimes, given the length of his reign, there’s going to be challengers that aren’t challenges.  The resulting knockouts can be worth the price of admission.  We’ll see if that’s the case in a few days.     

Pick Deuce: Joan Guzman vs. Jesus Pabon (Friday, ESPN2, 9 PM EST/6 PM PST)

When the top coulda’ beens of this era are discussed some day, and everything gets discussed somewhere on the interweb, Joan Guzman (31-0-1, 18 KO) will come up.  He lacked discipline, was short on opportunities, but everone who has seen him at his best knows Guzman could have been something special.  He won belts in two weight classes with wins over some solid guys and yet still accomplished so much less than his talent allowed.  At 35, he still hasn’t found a man to beat him.  Pabon (17-2, 11 KO) isn’t the man for the job.  Friday will be a reminder of what might have been.          

Pick Solo: Vicente Escobedo vs. Lonnie Smith (Sunday, Telefutura, 12 AM EST/PST)

While he has never quite gotten over the hump, former Olympian Escobedo (24-3, 14 KO) is sort of the anti-Guzman.  He’s worked hard to get the most out of less physical talent and been the best he could be.  He makes for fun fights win or lose.  Late Sunday, long after Mormeck wakes up, Escobedo should give fans another against Smith (14-2-2, 10 KO). 

Back in seven.    

For BoxingScene’s latest full divisional ratings, log on to:

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 jpowerspotter on 02-29-2012

It seems that the only time you read something about Marvis Frazier on a boxing website it's a crack about one of his only two losses as a professional. Why aren't any of his 19 wins ever mentioned?, or his…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (1)
Top Headlines Canelo Eager To Prove WBO Prez's Prediction of Mayweather KO Vences: A Win Over Casey Ramos Will Open A lot of Doors For Me Photos: Juanma, Vazquez Explode in Very Tense Final Presser Ustinov's Manager Expects WBA To Order Klitschko Title Fight Premier Boxing Champions Reveal Season 3 Schedule Helenius Faces Basile on 12/17, Chisora Rematch Eyed For March Arthur Abraham Shelved For Three Weeks Due To Elbow Injury SHO's Espinoza: Mayweather Won't Even Joke About Ring Return Curtis Stevens-De La Rosa Added To PPV Portion of Kovalev-Ward Briggs Claims Haye Used His Name: He Backed Out of Our Deal Cuellar Vows To Take Mares Out - Targets Frampton, Santa Cruz Klitschko: No Retirement, Joshua Fight Will Be Biggest in Years Wilfredo Vazquez Jr: Juanma Repulses Me, I Will Knock Him Out! Jarrett Hurd vs. Jo Jo Dan Set, Jorge Cota is Now Out Badou Jack Thinks Ward-Kovalev is 50-50, Leans Ward With Pick De La Hoya Not Concerned With The Return of Richard Schaefer Andre Ward: Kovalev Won't Bully Me - He Tires, He Gets Frustrated Arum: Trump Thought of Andy Ruiz When He Said 'Bad Hombre' Tino Avila Wants To Dominate Ramirez, Fight For Title in 2017 Molina: Look at My Wilder Fight, I'll Raise Hell Against Joshua! David Haye: In 2017 I Will Be Heavyweight Champion - I Know It! De La Hoya To Critics: I Strongly Feel Canelo-Golovkin Will Happen Taras Shelestyuk Aims To Follow Gold Path of His Olympic Mates Brandon Rios a Free Agent, No Longer a Top Rank Fighter Katie Taylor Mulling Pro Move, Heading To Eddie Hearn? Fenech: Mundine-Green II is Bullsh*t Fight - Must Be Stopped! Nonito Donaire: I Want The Frampton vs. Santa Cruz Winner Next! Jack Doesn’t Take Much From DeGale’s Tough Fight with Medina Joshua's Fight Will Land on Showtime - Price, Jennings or Molina Keith Thurman vs. Danny Garcia Could Air on CBS in Prime Time George Foreman: Joshua Could Be Become an All-Time Great Andy Lee Wants Tough Fight, Gennady Golovkin Showdown Carl Frampton: I'll Beat Leo Santa Cruz Even More Convincingly! Jack: DeGale is Very Tough, I’ll Win and Be Best at 168 Arthur Abraham Out Of Martin Murray Rematch In Monte Carlo Craig Cunningham Heading To 154 After Shocker Over Ogogo Photos: Juanma Grinds Hard For Wilfredo Vazquez Grudge Fight Denis Shafikov vs. Richard Commey Set, Heading To Russia Broner vs. Granados on Feb. 11, Thurman vs. Garcia on March 4 Badou Jack vs. James DeGale Unification Set For January 14

Latest Active Forum Threads