Advertisement
Advertisement

BoxingScene.com's Television Picks of The Week

By Cliff Rold

One week after fans were treated to some of the sweetest sweet science of the year so far in Rigondeaux-Donaire, boxing twists its way towards a wildly packed weekend with network TV and a massive unification on showtime.  Throw in an Epix card and an outstanding Jr. Featherweight title clash and…damn…that’s just Saturday. 

Friday night on ESPN2 (10:30 PM EST/7:30 PM PST), fans can also catch rising Featherweight Javier Fortuna (21-0, 15 KO).  On a weekend this packed, it doesn’t make the cut.

These are the picks of the week.

Pick It: Austin Trout vs. Saul Alvarez (Saturday, Showtime, 10 PM EST/PST)

For the first time since Winky Wright-Shane Mosley I, we have a unification clash at Jr. Middleweight clash and it could be a doozy.  There’s always something special about two undefeated young guys who have proved ready for the top but haven’t quite got there yet.  WBC titlist “Canelo” Alvarez (41-0-1, 30 KO) is the draw, the man who is moving the bulk of the 30,000+ tickets sold so far in San Antonio.  The WBA champ Trout (26-0, 14 KO) is the credibility enhancement; the test the potential star in the making has needed to legitimize himself.  Trout won’t care about the Canelo narrative.  After a rousing effort to defeat Miguel Cotto last year, Canelo will know it.  It might not be enough to save him against the skilled man who goes by the moniker “No Doubt.”  There is surely no doubt this is the most anticipated fight of the week.
 
Pick Network: Tyson Fury vs. Steve Cunningham (Saturday, NBC, 4 PM EST/1 PM PST)

Boxing is back on network TV for the third time in less than half a year and a good man is rewarded.  Most people with eyes saw former Cruiserweight titlist Steve Cunningham (25-5, 12 KO) avenge a loss to Tomasz Adamek last year on NBC.  It was a successful return for boxing to NBC and a high quality Heavyweight clash.  Cunningham didn’t get the nod, a reminder of one of the factors that knocked boxing off network TV in the first place.  His reward in securing an NBC return…well, it might not be so rewarding.  Fury (20-0, 14 KO) is a massive man who has slowly developed more game than his early returns indicated.  He brings a boatload of trash talk and a scrappy approach.  This should be another good look for casual viewers who lost track of boxing when they opted not to pay for premium cable.
 
Pick Foreign Fistiana: Quality Shows on Epix and UniMas
 
Not to be outdone, even if they wind up outwatched, both Epix and UniMas have solid shows on tap for Saturday.  Too bad they’ll be competing with the two shows noted above.  Ah, the glory of DVR.  Epix (5 PM EST/2 PM PST has WBO Light Heavyweight titlist Nathan Cleverly (25-0, 12 KO) is in a potentially exciting affair with Robin Krasniqi (39-2, 15 KO).  At Jr. Featherweight, could a future foe for Guillermo Rigondeaux emerge?  Former unified 115 lb. titlist Cristian Mijares (47-6-2, 22 KO) will try to finish his climb back to relevance against solid veteran Victor Terrazas (36-2-1, 21 KO).  Terrazas upset former titlist Fernando Montiel to get into this position.  Can he knock off another name and leave with the vacant WBC belt at stake?

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) Comment by torosboxing75 on 04-18-2013

[QUOTE=ramblingalp;13264883]And...that goes for the judges as well![/QUOTE] Thanks I forgot about those Damn Judges.:banghead:

Comment by ramblingalp on 04-18-2013

[QUOTE=torosboxing75;13262985]I love this month it's pretty good so far. Lets see what this weekend brings for us fight fans. And I don't have a style preference, just give it to me well done. I don't care if your a brawler,…

Comment by ropeadope89 on 04-18-2013

I'm So Excited! (Cat In The Hat Voice)

Comment by torosboxing75 on 04-18-2013

I love this month it's pretty good so far. Lets see what this weekend brings for us fight fans. And I don't have a style preference, just give it to me well done. I don't care if your a brawler,…

Post a Comment/View More User Comments (4)
Top Headlines Photos: Povetkin Getting Jacked, in Beast Mode For Deontay Wilder Estrada's Promoter Questions Chocolatito's Pound For Pound Rank Luis Ortiz Content With Random Testing To Prove He's Clean Bob Arum: I Don't Ever Want To Retire! Why Would I? Robert Garcia Hopes Brother Mikey is Back in First Half of 2016 Tarver's Suspension Upheld, Fined $50K For Positive PED Test Lucas Matthysse-Pablo Cesar Cano Showdown in Talks Bob Arum Continues To Be The Master of Salesmanship Pungluang Sor Singyu Defends WBO Belt Against Pabustan Luis Ortiz Hopes Activity Level Doesn't Slow Down Anytime Soon Chavez Jr. Training Hard For Possible Jack Bout, Says Garcia Lebedev Will Go With Ramirez Unification First, Then Mandatory Mike Tyson Returns For Round 2 at The MGM Grand Antonio Orozco-Miguel Acosta Set For 3/25 at Fantasy Springs David Haye Tells Joshua Not To Risk His '0' Before They Fight McGuigan Believes Frampton vs. Quigg is a Crossover Fight Flanagan-Mathews: Zolani Tete To Face Jose Santos Gonzalez Sullivan Barrera: My Goal is To Knock Andre Ward Out! Blackwell-Eubank Jr. Set For March 26 At Wembley Garcia: Canelo vs. Khan is Going To Be a Pretty Close Fight Ricky Hatton Discusses Several Emotional Topics on Life, Career Loeffler: We Expect Canelo To Defend Against Golovkin Video: Robert Garcia on Brandon Rios, Canelo-Khan, More Sauerland: Abraham Win Could Make Groves Bout Much Bigger Theophane: Mayweather Will Advise Me on How To Beat Broner Golovkin Keeps The Line Moving in Supremacy Quest at 160 Boxing Priest Makes Boxing Comeback After 20 Years Arum Spoke To HBO About Making Golovkin vs. Ramirez Jorge Linares Injury Puts Zlaticanin Title Fight In Jeopardy Omar Narvaez To Face Jesus Vargas on February 19th Roach Says Gomez, Ramirez on Board To Help Manny Pacquiao Roy Jones Jr. Rejects Retirement Talk, Return is Not Ruled Out Dmitry Kudryashov is Now Training With Joe Goossen Gonzalez, Negrete, Delgado, Gramajo on LA Fight Club, March 4 Loeffler on Working With Haymon Side To Finalize Golovkin-Wade Ward: Barrera Not Stronger, Hasn't Seen This Speed, Conditioning Cletus Seldin Returns To Action on March 5th in Long Island Browne Gets Advice From Larry Holmes For Chagaev Bout Photos: Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley 3 Undercard Presser 50 Cent Erupts, Rips Apart Ungrateful "Sh*thead" Billy Dib
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement