by Cliff Rold
It could be a memorable weekend. When the promise of the knockout looms, memories are always waiting to be forged. From Atlantic City to Moscow, boxing has several solid matches on the docket.
While it won’t be on US TV, Friday’s Moscow card might be worth a look should it show up on YouTube afterwards. Alexander Povetkin-Andrzej Wawrzyk at Heavyweight, and the overdue Denis Lebedev-Guillermo Jones at Cruiserweight, are question mark fights. Is Wawrzyk really ready for the elite level? Is Jones finally too old? The results and reports will indicate how worthy a card this is. US fans can also check out Olympic Gold Medalist James DeGale of Britain on Wealth TV (7 PM EST/4 PM PST) Friday.
Those are the FYI’s.
These are the picks of the week.
Pick It: #2 Lamont Peterson vs. #3 Lucas Matthysse (Saturday, Showtime, 9 PM EST/PST)
A golden age at Jr. Welterweight continues with yet another high quality match in a division that has churned them out for several years now. The IBF titlist Peterson (31-1-1, 16 KO) and interim WBC titlist Matthysse (33-2, 31 KO) have opted to compete in a non-title affair, the winner to face WBC/WBA Super/Ring Magazine champion Danny Garcia in the fall. Garcia might be licking his chops if Peterson and Matthysse inflict the damage on each other some think they might. This could be a war. In support, IBF Welterweight titlist Devon Alexander (24-1, 13 KO) will make his first defense against Lee Purdy (20-3-1, 13 KO). Is he fighting for a chance at unification against Floyd Mayweather? Mayweather mentioned him as a possible foe earlier this year. If he wasn’t kidding, Alexander needs to bring it.
Pick Sugar: Shane Mosley vs. Pablo Cesar Cano (Saturday, Fox Deportes, 9 PM EST/6 PM PST)
The end of once prominent fighters is rarely pretty. Shane Mosley (46-8-1, 39 KO) was once a joy to watch. Now he’s a 41-year old fighter who doesn’t know when to quit. Cano (26-2-1, 20 KO) wouldn’t have stood a chance in Mosley’s prime. Now he looks capable of writing a final chapter. Can Mosley keep father time at bay for another day? Sad as it might be, it’s hard to look away.
Pick Fly: #4 Edgar Sosa vs. Giovanni Segura (Saturday, Mexico, ?)
This one doesn’t appear to be on US TV on Saturday night, but one never knows what might show up on Azteca America. Their broadcasts are too unpredictable to warrant a mention. Sosa (48-7, 29 KO) enters off a sensational revenge knockout of Ulises Solis and with a potential mandatory crack at WBC and lineal 112 lb. champion Akira Yaegashi imminent. Segura (29-2-1, 25 KO) has fought, and won, only once since a devastating loss to Brian Viloria. The younger man, can he stop Sosa’s last ride in its tracks? Like the first fights mentioned this week, reports will indicate how significant this fight will be on the Sunday YouTube checklist. Chances are it will rate high.
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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]