Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

BoxingScene.com's Television Picks of The Week

By Cliff Rold

The world is still on its axis.  Mayan apocalypse is not upon us.  Juan Manuel Marquez shook up the boxing world. 

The rest of the planet remains intact.

Now, one week after what was surely the Fight of the Year and a fight for the ages, boxing gets back to the grind of regularly scheduled events and has some good stuff on tap.  On HBO, an undercard showdown holds all the intrigue.  On Showtime, some rebuilding begins.  Wealth TV gets a shot out for the return of former Light Heavyweight champion Jean Pascal on Friday but can’t quite crack the picks.  Why?

Ladies and gentlemen, boxing comes back to network TV.

These are the picks of the week.

Pick It: Leo Santa Cruz vs. Alberto Guevara (Saturday, CBS, 4:30 PM EST/1:30 PM PST)
               
Main Events briefly had a show on NBS a few years back focused on prospects but this is the real comeback.  This is title fight action in the afternoon on network TV.  It’s back baby.  To keep it back, it needs eyes.  If you watch only one card this weekend, particularly if you have a Nielsen box, this must be it.  The most exciting young fighter in the sport might be IBF Bantamweight titlist Leo Santa Cruz and he now has the best platform possible to show it.  It’s actually part of the same card as the Showtime show but hours before the main event, making it both a spotlight and a commercial.  Santa Cruz (22-0-1, 11 KO) gets an undefeated challenge in Guevara (16-0, 6 KO).  Don’t miss it.    

Pick Double: Nonito Donaire vs. Jorge Arce (Saturday, HBO, 9:30 PM EST/6:30 PM PST)

Barring a shocker, this main event looks like a pagan sacrifice, the latest round of feeding Jorge Arce (61-6-2, 46 KO) to a better fighter after his usual tour of stiffs and shot guys he wouldn’t have fought in their prime.  His upset over Wilfredo Vazquez in May 2011 not withstanding, that pattern has held for years.  It makes for good TV most of the time.  It should make for nasty TV Saturday against the more talented, and just flat better, Donaire (30-1, 19 KO) who defends the IBF, WBO and lineal World crown at 122 lbs.  What this show has to make it a big must-see is a fascinating support bout.  WBA 122 lb. titlist Guillermo Rigondeuax (11-0, 8 KO) has arguably the best foe of his career in former WBA titlist Poonsawat Kratindaenggym (48-2, 33 KO).  The Thai challenger has the style for force a fight, and to potentially give the Cult of Rigo the moment they’ve been waiting for: a high quality, crowd pleasing win that makes a showdown with Donaire something that more than the cult cares about. 

Pick Comeback: Amir Khan vs. Carlos Molina (Saturday, Showtime, 10:30 PM EST/PST) 
 
After two thrilling fights, both losses, in a row, Amir Khan (26-3, 18 KO) is back with someone one would assume can’t stop him.  Molina (17-0-1, 7 KO) isn’t a big puncher and Khan needs a win in a big way.  Khan is rarely dull and always welcome on screen.  Fans on site for the show have a long day to look forward to. 

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 Buster Douglas: Canelo Did Not Beat The 'Champ' - Created Draw Chantelle Cameron Fights For Belt on Josh Taylor vs. Vazquez Bill Anthony Joshua's Muscle Not Limited To In-Ring Success Alberto Melian, Two-Time Olympian, Inks With Sampson Boxing Saunders Predicts Massacre: Lemieux Will Beg Me To End It! Valera: I'll School Sullivan Barrera, Then I Want Sergey Kovalev Lemieux: I'll Chase Saunders, Go Toe To Toe, I'll Take That Title! Antonio Moran vs. Salvador Briseno Tops Telemundo Card Joshua Vows That He Won't Go Broke Like Tyson, Bowe, Holyfield Photos: Billy Joe Saunders, David Lemieux - Tense Face To Face Terry Flanagan: Jorge Linares Deal 'All But Done' Nico Hernandez Back on December 2 at Hartman Arena Amir Khan: I Have Something Mayweather Has Not Faced - Speed! Berchelt With Right Hand Issue, Pulled From Salido Fight Callum Johnson Out Of Buglioni Clash, Replaced By Craig Richards Arum Plans Big Year For Murata - Eyes Golovkin, Canelo as Foes Hasim Rahman Jr. Slated to Fight Nov. 4th after Durham Fiasco Saunders Tells David Lemieux: "I'll Put You Out Like A Candle!" Leo Santa Cruz, Abner Mares Ordered To Reach Deal By Nov. 6 Dillian Whyte: Takam is Too Small, Easy Fight For Anthony Joshua Julian Williams vs. Ishe Smith Set For November 18 in Las Vegas Jeff Horn's Promoter Nearly Fell Asleep Watching 'Boring' Skeete Anthony Yigit vs. Joe Hughes For Euro Belt on December 2 Kal Yafai Aims To Make Statement, Land on Next Superfly Card Weekend Review: Murata, Machado, Gassiev, Burnett, More Stiverne: Wilder is Scared of Me, I Ate His Punches Like Breakfast! Sanchez: Canelo Facing GGG’s Leftovers Would Be Sad For Boxing Hearn on Burnett's Options: Butler, Tete, McDonnell-Solis Winner Lucian Bute Mulling Over Decision - Ring Return or Retirement Corcoran: Pacquiao Did Not Do Enough, Horn Deserved To Win Helenius: I'll Knock Dillian Whyte Out, He Will Never Reach Wilder! Pacquiao Has Bad News - Horn Rematch Secured By Brisbane Photos: Jeff Horn, Gary Corcoran - Go Face To Face in Brisbane Adonis Stevenson-Eleider Alvarez May Land on January 26 or 27 Povetkin vs. Hammer Close To Done, To Be WBO Eliminator? Murat Gassiev May Be Abel Sanchez's Latest Masterpiece Team Horn Warn Thurman: Shut Mouth or Suffer Pacquiao's Fate! Dmitry Bivol Salivates Over Expected Gassiev vs. Dorticos Clash CompuBox: Fox Landed '52' Punches in 12 Rounds With Andrade Stiverne: I Guarantee That I'll Beat Deontay Wilder in Rematch!
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement