Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

BoxingScene.com's Television Picks of The Week

By Cliff Rold

It’s finally here.

The week everyone who really loves boxing has been waiting for is here.  A superlative match at 122 lbs. is supported by what most think, and certainly hope, will be one of the more savage encounters of the year.

It will surprise some to learn it’s not the only action on the slate.  Boxing shows up on three networks this week, twice on one that most people don’t have.    

These are the picks of the week.

Pick It: Nishioka-Donaire & Alvarado-Rios (Saturday, HBO, 10 PM EST/PST)       

How this show didn’t get a 24/7 treatment is head scratching.  It’s a fan maker card of the highest order.  The two best fighters at 122 lbs., #1 Toshiaki Nishioka (39-4-3, 24 KO) and #2 Nonito Donaire (29-1, 18 KO), battle for Donaire’s WBO and IBF belts along with the vacant lineal crown in the class.  Nishioka is unbeaten since ending his epic four-fight rivalry (two losses and two draws) with the excellent Veraphol Sahaprom at Bantamweight.  He should be the WBC titlist at 122 lbs. still.  Donaire has defeated current/former/future world champions in seven consecutive fights over three weight classes.  This is as good as it gets.  And then it might get better in term of action.  Nishioka-Donaire might find an exhausted crowd if the Jr. Welterweight televised opener meets the hype.  #7 Mike Alvarado (32-0, 23 KO) faces former WBA Lightweight titlist Brandon Rios (30-0-1, 22 KO) in a sure head-first war.  In some sense, Rios’s immediate career is on the line.  His record doesn’t say it, but he enters off a loss to Richard Abril and two fights in a row where he blew weight.  Will moving to 140 cure that ill?  Rios is one of the most talented fighters in the world under 30 and in his best shape this could be special.  Is it Saturday yet?

Pick Sho: Eyes on Middleweight (Friday, Showtime, 11 PM EST/PST)

This ShoBox broadcast has two looks at the future and a peek at the past.  Former Middleweight champion Jermain Taylor is on the show, but reportedly only for highlights.  Taylor looks like a disaster waiting to happen.  Hopeful eyes focus on the young Dominican Middleweight Jose Pedraza (10-0, 6 KO) as he takes another baby step forward against Tevin Farmer (7-3-1, 1 KO).  Another Dominican Middleweight hopeful, Jonathan Cepeda (12-0, 11 KO) appears matched a little tougher with Lamar Russ (10-0, 6 KO).

Pick Wealth: Friday and Saturday Shows on WealthTV

Who doesn’t like Wealth?  That’s hard to answer considering most people don’t have WealthTV.  Those who do get two shows this week.  On Friday, it’s Super Middleweight action, emphasis on the word action.  Punchers Adonis Stevenson (18-1, 15 KO) and Don George (23-2-1, 20 KO) will be bombs away and looking to send someone to the showers early.  At Heavyweight on Saturday, one of the division’s more promising new lights, David Price (13-0, 11 KO), gets disappointing former Olympic Gold Medalist Audley Harrison (28-5, 20 KO).  It ain’t much but it’s good enough to kill time on Saturday until the fireworks start.

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 roldboxing@hotmail.com

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by IIG on 10-09-2012

Wait, Jermain Taylor's fight won't be televised?

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (1)
Top Headlines NSAC Head: McGregor is Younger, Stronger, Longer, Big Puncher Terence Crawford-Julius Indongo: Post-Undisputed Report Card McGregor's Trainer: No Doubt Mayweather Gets Knocked Out! Estrada Training Hard, Expects High Drama With Carlos Cuadras Euro News: Virgilijus Stapuliones, Frenois vs. Dib, More Ellerbe: Mayweather Brought Boxing Back, People Talking Again! Malignaggi: The Boxing World is Laughing at McGregor! Roy Jones Jr. and BeIN Sports Ink Television Deal For Events Harmonito Dela Torre Furious Over Saul Rodriguez Withdrawal McGregor KO Would Resonate Far Beyond Weekend in Vegas De La Hoya: Canelo Took Mayweather Fight Too Soon, Better for It Cleverly Expects Mayweather To Stop McGregor Inside of Six Retirement Crosses Canelo's Mind, But Not Ready to Walk Away McGregor Motivated By Dismissive Boxing Fans, Vows to 'Educate' Samuel Vargas Edges Ali Funeka Over Ten Rounds Mayweather-McGregor: Camps Warned To Avoid Confrontations Photos: Payano vs. Santiago, Herring vs. Miller - Official Weights IBF Abolishes Second Weigh-in For Unification Bouts Arum Discusses Crawford's Future, Facing Pacquiao-Horn Winner Joshua: Mayweather Will Beat McGregor in Landslide, Can't Compete Marcos Hernandez Camp Notes For Kevin Newman Bout Arum Gives Latest on Lomachenko vs. Rigondeaux Fight Jeff Horn: I Can Beat Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor! Haye Feels Mayweather Has Zero Fear of McGregor Landing Shots Anthony Joshua: I’d Try MMA, But I Would Probably Get Beaten Saunders: I'd Jump at Chance To Face Daniel Jacobs in December! Carl Frampton Makes it Official: Leaves Barry McGuigan, Cyclone McGregor: No Fan of Canelo, Golovkin - I Want Lomachenko-Rigo Chris Algieri: McGregor Loses, Took Me 10-15 Fights To Transition McGregor: Horn Mauled Pacquiao - That Was No Robbery Daily Bread Mailbag: Crawford-Spence, Fantasy Matches, More DeGale: Mayweather-McGregor a Mismatch, But a Great Event Damon Jones vs. James Metcalf, British Eliminator Set, 10/21 Usyk vs. Huck: Otto Wallin vs. Timur Stark Added To The Card Euro News: Braehmer-Brant, Pawel Stepien, Pierre Madsen, More Andre Ward: We Could See Mayweather Win With BIG Knockout Pacquiao-Horn Funding Issue Resolved: Manny Plans To Fight Lomachenko-Rigondeaux Close For December 9 on ESPN Golovkin-Canelo and The Right Amount of 'Marinate' Andre Ward Warns Tony Bellew: This Ain't a Movie, This is Real!
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement