Advertisement's Television Picks of the Week

by Cliff Rold

It was everything we ask for in a big confrontation.

The build was excellent, the seats were filled, both men showed up in peak form, and the ending was sudden and crushing.

That’s right.

We smell what the Rock was cookin’…but enough about Wrestlemania.  Believe it or not, fight fan, but there be fights on the horizon this week.  Look for them or they could be easy to miss.

These are the picks of the week.

Pick It: #4 Edgar Sosa vs. Wilbert Uicab (Saturday, Fox Deportes, 10 PM EST/PST)

This might not be the best fight in the sport this week, but it’s the best on U.S. television on paper.  Sosa (44-7, 27 KO) is still hanging in there as one of the best at 112 lbs.  A loss to Pongsaklek Wonjongkam last year may have been the twilight highlight for the Thai great.  What did it mean for Sosa?  Fellow Mexican Uicab (33-6-1, 18 KO) will try to rebound from a defeat of his own to ask the question this weekend.  Fight fans who don’t speak Spanish, here’s a tip: if you get Fox Deportes, you can play with your language settings to switch to English commentary. 

Pick Solo: Ronnie Rios vs. Guillermo Sanchez (Saturday, Telefutura, 11 PM EST/PST)

The choice for DVR, if a choice is made, will be this week’s edition of Solo Boxeo (just in case the Fox main bleeds into the Solo main).  Rios (17-0, 8 KO) is creeping up on contention at 130 lbs. and Sanchez (13-5-1, 5 KO) isn’t likely to stop him.  It’s not much, but at least it’s on.

Pick YouTube: #4 Vic Darchinyan vs. #10 Shinsuke Yamanaka (Friday, Japan, ?)

All due respect to Bantamweight titlist Koki Kameda and Jr. Bantamweight titlist Tomonubu Shimizu, who are both in defense on the fourth, this is the best fight of the week on paper.  Darchinyan (37-4-1, 27 KO) has come up short in two previous title tries at Bantamweight.  Now he hope third time’s the charm.  Darchinyan’s previous tries, against Joseph Agbeko and Anselmo Moreno, were by no means easy marks and defeat was always possible.  This time carries more elements of the unknown.  Yamanaka (15-0-2, 11 KO) looked good in beating Christian Esquivel for a vacant WBC belt last year.  He gets the home court on Friday in his hometown of Tokyo.

But Yamanaka has never been in with anyone like Darchinyan.  There is always a first time.  IT won’t air in the U.S. but is likely to be found on YouTube sometime over the weekend.

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 [email protected]

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