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 Last update:  3/27/2012       Read more by Cliff Rold            &'s Television Picks of The Week
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by Cliff Rold

If you’re looking for good fights on U.S. TV this week, it’s going to be a struggle.  After a weekend with more boxing than the DVR could handle, fight fans are treated to a lull. 

Final Four?  Check.

Wrestlemania?  Check.

Big time boxing on U.S. TV?  See ya’ mid-April.

Thank goodness boxing is a global sport.  For the diehard faithful, there are some treats.

These are the picks of the week.

Pick It: Hank Lundy vs. Dannie Williams (Friday, ESPN2, 9 PM EST/6 PM PST)

He may never be a championship level guy, but Lightweight’s Lundy (21-1-1, 11 KO) is worth tuning in for.  He brings good smack and he makes solid fights.  Coming off a retiring of former Olympian and pro titlist David Diaz, Lundy is riding high on a three fight win streak.  This week, he’s paired with a Williams (21-1, 17 KO) whose only loss came on a decision to eventual 130 lb. title challenger Eloy Perez in 2009.  Williams has won three in a row by stop and four of his last five.  Lundy’s only loss was by stoppage.  This should be a solid main event on Friday Night Fights…plus, we get to hear Teddy Atlas rail on the end of Carlos Molina-James Kirkland.  Book it.

Pick 115: #4 Suriyan Sor Rungvisai vs. Yota Sato (Tuesday, Japan, ?)

Since a narrow decision loss in a title try at then Flyweight king Pongsaklek Wonjongkam in 2010, Sor Rungvisai (20-4-1, 7 KO) has emerged as one of the best at 115 lbs.  He’s won six in a row, to include a title win versus veteran Tomas Rojas and a defense against former titlist Nobuo Nashiro in his last two outings.  He’ll put the WBC belt on the line, on the road, against a Sato (23-2-1, 12 KO) who has not tasted defeat since 2005.  This has the makings of an interesting clash with upset possibilities.  YouTube might give those outside Asia a look sometime later in the week.

Pick 105: #1 Nkosinathi Joyi vs. #10 Katsunari Takayama (Friday, South Africa, ?)

In another YouTube special, this repeatedly rescheduled rematch appears finally to be a go.  It’s certainly taken long enough.  Their first clash came in January 2011 and they’ve been on the shelf since.  In that one, an accidental clash of heads drew a “No Contest” at the end of three.  Now, the talented Joyi (21-0, 15 KO) seeks to make only his second defense since winning the IBF belt at Strawweight in 2010 with a crafty decision over Raul Garcia.  Takayama (24-4, 10 KO), a former titlist in class, may be in last chance mode here and he’s on the road.  This could get heated in short order.  Just watch the heads.  

Back in seven.    

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

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