BoxingScene.com's Television Picks of the Week
by Cliff Rold
With seven, yes seven, televised cards in the U.S. this weekend (including an Anthony Mundine-Bronco McKart pay-per-view it’s hard to rationalize purchasing), fight fans have a full plate with plenty of options.
Heavyweight grudge match? Check. Unification (of sorts) at Jr. Welterweight? Check. And, on Friday, we have a veteran trying to hang on along with a look at the week in fight news.
These are the picks of the week.
Pick Brit: #4 David Haye vs. #7 Dereck Chisora (Saturday, Epix and EpixHD.com, 4:30 PM EST/1:30 PM PST)
This should be something. The word ‘fun’ is sought, but one never knows how former Cruiserweight king and WBA Heavyweight titlist David Haye (25-2, 23 KO) will engage. One thing is certain: Chisora (15-3, 9 KO) will do his best to make him. After giving Vitali Klitschko his toughest fight since Corrie Sanders in 2004, Chisora is back to avenge a ‘glassing.’ Fans will recall the brawl between Haye and Chisora at the Klitschko-Chisora post-fight presser. Some blanched at the display. Whatever. Boxing has seen worse and we got a fight. If Chisora wins, there is more. No matter his expressed disregard, Wladimir Klitschko loves a good payday and recalls getting water spit in his face by Chisora before the Vitali fight. There is no bigger payday for the Heavyweight king than a Chisora coming off a Haye win. Haye will have something to say about it. Ring the bell.
Pick 140: #2 Amir Khan vs. #3 Danny Garcia (Saturday, HBO, 11 PM EST/8 PM PST)
A sign of a strong division is when it loses a big part and doesn’t miss a beat. Jr. Welterweight has been strong for a few years. It stays that way despite the exit of Timothy Bradley to Welterweight and despite the tentative place of PED-popped Lamont Peterson. Peterson was supposed to face Khan (26-2, 18 KO) but that fell apart and Khan did what Khan does: he went to a tough foe. He makes a habit of it. The WBA has relieved Peterson of their “Super” title (sans cape) and Garcia (23-0, 14 KO) will put his WBC belt on the line. Garcia looks a wee bit green for a Khan, but everyone looks green until they ripen with challenges. Can steady beat sometimes spectacular? There are twelve rounds scheduled to answer the question.
Pick Road Warrior: #4 Glen Johnson vs. Andrej Fonfara (Friday, ESPN2, 10 PM EST/7 PM PST)
Still rated at Super Middleweight, former Light Heavyweight leader Glen Johnson continues his battle with father time. Hinting defeat could force retirement, Fonfara (21-2, 12 KO) has a chance to end one of the more fan-friendly tenures of this era. Johnson has fallen short against top foes recently, but the Fonfara level has been one he continued to dominate. This could be a good gauge of how many more punches he need take. Look for solid weekend previews and recaps as is typically the case on ESPN2.
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]