Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

BoxingScene.com's Television Picks of the Week

by Cliff Rold

Let’s call it a farewell to arms.  When Abner Mares steps up to Jr. Featherweight officially on Saturday, with Anselmo Moreno already saying he’s likely to follow, the best bantamweight run since the early 1980s is likely to come quietly to a close.

And what could be a jaw dropping good run at 122 kicks into high gear.

These are the picks of the week.

Pick It: Mares & Moreno (Saturday, Showtime, 9 PM EST/PST)

In a better world, we’d be seeing Mares vs. Moreno instead of the two of them sharing a bill, but there’s always room to have something to anticipate.  After all, both men may say they want a piece of Nonito Donaire but a there adversarial promotional companies are likely to impede those hopes.  For now, Mares (23-0-1, 13 KO) goes for a vacant WBC belt at 122 against former Flyweight titlist and U.S. Olympian Eric Morel (46-2, 23 KO).  Morel is years past his prime and was always touch and go as far as excitement.  We’ll see if he has any chance here against a ten years younger, and hotter Mares.  Mares gave up his belt at Bantamweight to carve a new niche and Morel looks the part of obstacle.  Moreno (32-1-1, 11 KO), making what may be his last defense at 118, has the tougher out on paper.  David De La Mora (24-1, 17 KO) may not be getting much of a chance but he has at least a little.  He showed some quality last year in losing a narrow decision on the road to Koki Kameda and got off the floor to do it.  Moreno would overlook De La Mora at his peril.     

Pick Deuce: Adonis Stevenson vs. Noe Alcoba (Friday, ESPN2, 11 PM EST/8 PM PST)

Looking for a 2012 Knockout of the Year candidate?  YouTube the nuclear ending Stevenson (17-1, 14 KO) produced against Jesus Gonzalez in February.  The 168 lb. hopeful is building a following in Montreal and faces another man with some pop in Alcoba (28-1, 20 KO).  Alcoba should probably be the favored man, not having lost since a competitive 2007 title shot against Felix Sturm at Middleweight.  In converse, Stevenson was stopped in his only defeat just four fights ago.  This one could be blazing…or at least bombing between the bells Friday.     

Pick Sho: Taylor & Lara (Friday, Showtime, 11 PM EST/PST)

ShoBox is at its best when it gives fans a look at the future of the sport.  Friday, it’s a little bit of future, a little bit of past, and not too much of the best of either.  The comeback of former Middleweight champion Jermain Taylor continues while Jr. Middleweight Erislandy Lara (15-1-1, 10 KO), finally, returns from kicking the dog stuffing out of Paul Williams last year (and getting screwed with his first defeat for the effort).  Lara gets a rescheduled outing with Ronald Hearns (26-2, 20 KO) while Taylor gets undefeated Caleb Truax (18-0-1, 10 KO).  This doesn’t look like a show to worry about upsets on. 

Back in seven.    

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 Cloud on 04-18-2012

Adonis Stevenson's knockout of Gonzalez was classic. One of the biggest punchers around today. I'm a huge fan.

Comment by TheSpecial on 04-18-2012

erislandy lara

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (2)
Top Headlines Orlando Salido vs. Takashi Miura Finalized, Dec. 17 on HBO Photos: Mike Lee, Chris Traietti - Ready For Chicago Showdown Jorge Linares Update on Hand Injury, Crolla Rematch Clause Petrov vs. Perez WBA Title Eliminator - Photos, Weights Juanma Lopez vs. Wilfredo Vazquez Pushed Back To Oct. 29 Erick De Leon vs. Aldimar Santos, Oct. 28 on UniMas Eddie Hearn Shakes His Head at Lee Selby's Inactivity Adam Lopez vs. Carlos Valcarcel on November 12 in Philadelphia Photo: Victor Ortiz Mugshot Released For DUI Arrest Callum Smith-Luke Blackledge British Title Clash In Play, Nov. 26 Pacquiao Admits Past Drug Use, Backs Prez's Tough Stance UK News: Kassem vs. Murray, Leather Twins, BoxNation Update Artur Beterbiev vs. Isidro Ranoni Prieto Set For December 23 Calzaghe Backing Cleverly To Unseat Braehmer For The Title Dimitrenko: Parker is Looking Past Me, He's Focused on Joshua Terry Flanagan - In-Depth on Crolla, Verdejo, Return, What's Next WBA Prez: We've Asked "Twice" For Tyson Fury's Medical Report! Mikey Garcia Eyes Dejan Zlaticanin Bout in November, December Frank Warren Reacts To Eddie Hearn: Tyson Fury is NOT Done! Hanzel Martinez Vows To Stop Ruiz Inside The Distance Johnny Nelson: Parker is at The Same Level as Anthony Joshua Golovkin's Coach: Jacobs Beat Cancer, He's Not Scared of GGG Eddie Hearn: Joshua-Klitschko Not Done, Negotiations Ongoing UK News: Skeete vs. Singleton, Liam Williams, Osman, More Cotto Could Be in Line For WBO Shot - When Canelo Goes To 160 Cleverly: Braehmer Fight Has Been Five Years in The Making Wladimir Klitschko vs. Anthony Joshua? Yes, Please. Photo: Canelo Alvarez, With Splint, is Back To Putting in Work Victor Ortiz Arrested For Driving Under The Influence Joseph Parker Avoids Social Media as Fight Rumors Swirl Walters Warns Lomachenko: Remember Donaire? I Want a KO! Milan Melindo vs. Fahlan Sakkreerin, IBF Interim on November 26 Mayweather: If McGregor Stole My Blueprint, It's a Good Thing! Lomachenko vs. Walters Made Official For November 26, HBO Ganigan Lopez Injured: Pedro Guevara Will Now Face Tomogdan Robert Helenius To Return on December Date in Helsinki Randy Petalcorin Domintes Donnie Mabao Over Ten Rounds Joseph Parker vs. Andy Ruiz For Vacant WBO Title? Tyson Fury Will NOT Return in 2016, Says Peter Fury Sosa-Smith Winner is Contractually Bound To Face Fortuna Next
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement