Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

BoxingScene.com's Television Picks of The Week

by Cliff Rold

For those with an interest in seeing rising Heavyweights, Christmas is coming early.  Two of the best of the rising hopefuls will be on display in fights they should win, but, hey, someone call Seth Mitchell.

The element that always makes the big boys stand out is the anything can happen element.  When men who weigh over 200 lbs. start slinging leather, it’s bound to hurt and with the right leverage anyone can be hero for a day. 

Lower on the scale, one of the biggest draws in the U.S. market takes on a tough and yet relatively unknown battler for a title at 154 lbs.  Madison Square Garden should be rocking. New York fans of Miguel Cotto hope to find a little early Christmas too.

These are the picks of the week.

Pick It: #2 Miguel Cotto vs. #8 Austin Trout (Saturday, Showtime, 9 PM EST/PST)
               
Cotto (37-3, 30 KO), hot off a competitive loss to Floyd Mayweather, could have gotten away with someone easier.  There are rare occasions where he has been matched to do just that.  It’s not his style in the whole and he gets credit for taking on Trout (25-0, 14 KO).  Trout may have the WBA belt but it is he who is being given the big chance here and there are many leaning in his favor.  Why not?  He’s younger, fresher, and has shown boxing chops.  However, after a dull win over Delvin Rodriguez over the summer, the onus is on Trout to show he really belongs with the big boys.  It’s a fascinating, hard to pick fight on paper and one wonders where Cotton’s motivation will be without another superstar name on the marquee.  It better be high.  Trout, a pro since 2005, is likely to bring the best he’s got.

Pick Wealth Twice: David Price and Tyson Fury (But Not Against Each Other)

As both work towards eventual serious title contention, British Heavyweights David Price and Tyson Fury are growing interest among Heavyweight followers.  Price (14-0, 12 KO) is the smaller man by an inch at 6’8 and is making his progression through British staples.  Last time out it was former Gold Medalist Audley Harrison.  Now it’s journeyman Matt Skelton (28-6, 23 KO) on Wealth TV Friday at 2 PM EST/11 AM PST.  The next day, Tyson Fury (19-0, 14 KO) locks horns with former title challenger Kevin Johnson (28-2-1, 13 KO) is a fight which is pure comparison shopping, a chance to see if Fury can topple a man Vitali Klitschko did not (even if Vitali did win just about every second of that awful encounter).  Fury goes Saturday on Wealth at 4 PM EST/1 PM PST.

Pick Telemundo: Pablo Munguia vs. Antonio Pitalua (Friday, Telemundo, 11:35 PM EST) 
 
Far off the radar, this is a blood and guts special.  Pitalua (53-6-1, 47 KO) is long in the tooth at 42.  Munguia (15-3, 11 KO) doesn’t have much to show for his career so far.  They’ve both been stopped more than once.  Chances are high someone is getting stopped here.  It’s not much, but it’s better than Leno.

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 the Managing Editor of BoxingScene and a member of the Transnational Boxing Ratings Board, the Yahoo Pound for Pound voting panel, and the Boxing Writers Association of America.  He can be reached at [email protected]

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Post a Comment - View More User Comments (0)
Top Headlines Charlo's Trainer, Hatley Argue About Results of Spence Sparring Frank Warren: 1 Mill For Crolla To Face Flanagan, is Hearn Joking? Liam Smith Hopes To Land Miguel Cotto Showdown Thomas Stalker To Return In Leicester, April 22 Gervonta Davis vs. Liam Walsh: Anthony Yarde Added To Card Tony Bellew Admits He May Possibly Fight "Three" More Times Carson Jones: Kell Brook Will Beat Errol Spence! Marcos Reyes Plans Shocker: David Lemieux is NOT Invincible 30 years later, Tim Ryan on Leonard-Hagler and the Golden Age Mikey Garcia: If Gamboa Can Get a Title, I Would Fight Him Miguel Cotto Ring Return Being Positioned For June 24 Jermell Charlo: Hatley Hasn't Fought Near My Level of Competition Kudryashov-Durodola Rematch - WBC Final Eliminator, May 20 Juan Manuel Marquez Files Lawsuit Over Fraud, 2.3 Million Stolen Luis Ortiz: After My April Fight - I Want Wilder, Joshua or Parker! Srisaket Sor Rungvisai Receives Hero's Welcome at Home Arum Tired of Waiting, Gives Pacquiao Deadline To Decide on Horn Sullivan Barrera: Parker Fight is Another Step To a World Title Luis Ortiz vs. Derric Rossy Possible For Berto-Porter Card Froch: We May See The 'Best and Last' of Klitschko With Joshua Photos: Alberto Machado, Juan Jose Martinez - Go Face To Face Mayweather Gets Partial Win Over Ms. Jackson in Court Ruling Fonfara: Training With Virgil Hunter Will Make Me a Better Fighter Francisco Vargas Might Not Return to Ring Until Sometime in 2018 Samuel Clarkson: I'm Ready To Go To War With Dmitry Bivol! Josh Kelly will face Jay Byrne in Pro Debut on Burns-Indongo Luis Ortiz Inks Pact With Al Haymon Frank Warren Hits Golovkin With Deadline To Ink Saunders Deal Canelo vs. Chavez - Movie Theater Information Photos: Marco Huck, Mairis Briedis - Face To Face at Final Presser Joe Cordina To Make Pro Debut on Murray-Rosado Card, April 22 Roach Hopes Cotto Still Gets in Two Fights Before Retirement Mikey Garcia: If I Go Up To 140, I'd Be Interested in Crawford Fight Roach: 'I Would Love' to Have Pacquiao Fight Keith Thurman Roach: I've Changed My Mind, Golovkin CAN'T Beat Andre Ward! Anthony Joshua Reflects on His Roots, Connection To Nigeria Juanma Continues To Motivate as Clash With Entrenadorcito Nears Liam Smith Vows To Use Williams To Make Statement To Critics Video: Freddie Roach on Pacquiao, Cotto, Golovkin, More Amir Khan Not Ruling Out Conor McGregor Fight in UFC or Boxing
Advertisement
Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement