Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

BoxingScene.com's Television Picks of The Week

by Cliff Rold

Don’t go thinking it’s over yet.

The hot streak boxing has been on the last few weeks? 

It appears well on its way to continuing.

This Saturday, HBO will distribute a show from Macau that has two potential wars.  Next Monday, in Japan, there is a tripleheader on tap with at least memorable clashes possible.  It’s a good time to be a boxing fan  

These are the picks of the week.

Pick It: #1 Brian Viloria vs. #10 at 108 Juan Estrada (Saturday, HBO2, 2 PM EST/PST)

Note the special start time for this rare foray into the Flyweight division on an HBO network.  To be precise, this won’t be the normal HBO crew, and is on HBO2, but it will feature a return by the great Larry Merchant.  It will also feature the return of the red hot Viloria (32-3, 19 KO), now a unified Flyweight titlist.  He is set to defend against a man who made his name on the undercard of Viloria-Tyson Marquez last year.  Estrada (22-2, 18 KO) didn’t beat Roman Gonzalez that night but he made a war of it and, if that fight was who Estrada really is, Viloria could have his hands full in Macau.  The main event is only part of the deal. In what should be a corker at 130 lbs., titlist Roman Martinez (26-1-2, 16 KO) defends against undefeated Diego Magdaleno (23-0, 9 KO) Chinese Olympian Zou Shiming makes his pro debut as well.  This is a can’t miss card.
 
Pick Deuce: Jonathan Maicelo vs. Rustam Nugaev (Friday, ESPN2, 9 PM EST/6 PM PST)

The Peruvian Lightweight Maicelo (19-0, 11 KO) might or might not get a test from Nugaev (22-6-1, 12 KO).  Friday Night Fights has been a little hit and miss this year so we’ll see.  Regardless, they’ll surely be reviewing the hell out of Mike Alvarado-Brandon Rios II and that’s all the reason one needs to watch.  After all, the Final Four isn’t until Saturday evening and Wrestlemania will still be two days away.
 
Pick Japan: Tripleheader (Monday, Japan, ?) 
 
This YouTube special technically happens early next week, but it’s close enough to Sunday to make sure it’s highlighted.  This could be a sensational card as three WBC beltholders go to scratch.  In the main event, Bantamweight titlist Shinsuke Yamanaka (17-0-2, 12 KO) defends against former lineal Flyweight champion Malcolm Tunacao (32-2-3, 20 KO); Tunacao has not lost only once since losing the 112 lb. title in 2001.  At Flyweight, current lineal champion Toshiyuki Igarashi (17-1-1, 10 KO) defends against the winner of the 2011 BoxingScene Fight of the Year, former 105 lb. titlist Akira Yaegashi (16-3, 9 KO).  Also in action, unlikely Featherweight titlist Gamaliel Diaz (37-9-2, 17 KO) defends against local talent Takashi Miura (24-2-2, 18 KO).  Diaz was the first man to defeat Robert Guerrero once upon a time.      

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 Rankings 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 Gavin McDonnell: I'll Do Whatever it Takes To Beat Rey Vargas Izu Ugonoh Aims To Make a Statement in Big Career Showcase Liam Williams on Liam Smith: This Is A Real Fight, It'll Be Good Cecilia Braekhus' Former Coach Ready To Help Svensson Win Angulo: Canelo Lacking The Heart and Balls To Face Golovkin Mayweather Sr: I Would Beat Conor McGregor's Ass - And I'm 63! Adam Bashanov Set To Turn Pro on Ceylan vs. Lowe Card WBA, AIBA Hold a Second Meeting in Taipei To Further Relations Jhonny Gonzalez Back on March 25, To Face Sergio Estrella Jarrett Hurd: I'm Turning A lot of Non-Believers into Believers Dat Nguyen Shocks Miguel Flores, Blasts Him Out in Six Rounds Video: Canelo Alvarez Talks Chavez, Golovkin, More Hunter: Ward Mistreated By Media, HBO - Why Wouldn't He Retire? Daniel Franco Training, Set To Return on March 23 in LA Canelo is Confident That He Can Put Chavez Jr. To Sleep Video: Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Discusses Canelo, Weight, More Photos: Lucian Bute, Eleider Alvarez - Go Face To Face at Presser Canelo: Mayweather-McGregor Would Be a Black Eye For Boxing De La Hoya: Canelo-Chavez Will Be a War - There is No Favorite Orlando Salido Being Considered for Canelo-Chavez Co-Feature Rey Vargas vs. Gavin McDonnell To Be Carried By KlowdTV Photos: Canelo, Chavez Jr. - Go Face To Face in New York City Floyd Mayweather Plans Big 40th Birthday Bash in California Garcia On Dad's Tirade: Free Speech, He Can Say What He Wants De La Hoya: GGG Can Fight Canelo or Keep Making What He Makes! Pacquiao's Adviser Aims To Finalize Fight, Venue By Next Week Lee Selby To Return On Haye-Bellew, Will Face Andoni Gago Photos: Caleb Plant Putting in Work For Ring Return Otto Wallin Very Excited To Headline Hometown Card on April 22 Frank Buglioni Injured In Sparring, Out Of Ricky Summers Defence Photos: Gennady Golovkin in Top Form, Putting in Work For Jacobs Caleb Plant on Sparring George Groves, Future Plans Bellew Warns Haye: Try Something - I'll Smack Your F***ing Face! Wilder: Would've Been 'Stupid' to Face a 'Killer' in This Fight Lomachenko: I'll Be No. 1 P4P Once I Beat Two Lightweight Champs Hughie Fury’s Trainer: He Must Rip Title Away From Joseph Parker Frank Buglioni Joins Matchroom Ahead Of March 4 Return Andy Townend, With 3/4 Win, To Face Jon Kays For Commonwealth Danny Garcia: I'm a More Patient, Balanced Fighter Than Thurman Jacobs Feels Golovkin's Hype is Built on Calculated Matchmaking
Advertisement
Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement