Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

BoxingScene.com's Television Picks of The Week

by Cliff Rold

Well, we almost had a title fight.  We still have one of the best fighters in the world doing his thing this weekend.

It’s something.

Let’s call this a series of unfortunate events.

In a boxing year where just about everything has gone right, this weekend represents a hiccup.  We have missed weight and a late replacement in two key televised slots.  We also have Daniel Ponce De Leon on tap for the interested (Fox Deportes, 10 PM EST/7 PM PST).

It just misses the cut.

These are the picks of the week.

Pick It: World Champion Andre Ward vs. #7 Edwin Rodriguez (Saturday, HBO, 10 PM EST/PST)

After a 14-month layoff, the Super Middleweight king Ward (26-0, 14 KO) returns and finds himself in a non-title fight.  Rodriguez (24-0, 16 KO) missed weight by a whopping two pounds and can weigh no more than 180 at an additional weight-in before the fight.  It’s hard to believe the fight could be cancelled at the last minute even if he doesn’t, but stranger things have happened.  The day-before weigh-in was supposed to mitigate these circumstances but they are still happening all too often.  The incentive of an extra day’s hydration has way too many fighters squeezing down one extra class to their detriment and, sometimes, the sports.  In Rodriguez’s case, his weight history told him he could make it.  He didn’t.  He’s already come out of pocket for that miscalculation.  It likely won’t get any better in the ring.

Pick Network: Vyacheslav Glazkov-Garrett Wilson (Saturday, NBC, 2:30 PM EST/11:30 AM EST)

This had a good main event, a solid Heavyweight scrap for boxing’s latest baby step back to network television.  Former Light Heavyweight and Cruiserweight champion Tomasz Adamek pulled out sick this week and, so, there’s this.  Glazkov (15-0-1, 11 KO) is a limited but fun Heavyweight who had a chance at a statement.  He at least can still hope for that in the form of a big win over a foe likely to fall.  Wilson (13-6-1, 7 KO) has only been stopped once and been an okay Cruiserweight.  Glazkov is about twenty pounds heavier than his standard foe and should add a second knockout loss to his ledger.  But, hey, it’s network so tune in and get those ratings up so we can get more.

Pick Espanol: Jose Felix vs. Santos Benavides (Saturday, UniMas, 11 PM EST/PST)

Finally, for the late night crew, there is a chance to see a rising force at 122 lbs.  Felix (25-0, 20 KO) enters off consecutive first round knockouts and the Mexican banger has a solid veteran across the ring.  Benavides (23-4-2, 17 KO) should at least provide some rounds.

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, a founding member of the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board, and a member of 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 News: Montgomery Brothers, Ruben Villa, Dutchover, More Demetrius Andrade: Golovkin Beat Canelo - I Want GGG Next! DiBella: Wilder vs. Whyte To Get Joshua is Stupid, Whyte Irrelevant! Photos: Murat Gassiev, Krzysztof Wlodarczyk - Go Face To Face David Haye: If I Beat Bellew, But Scrape Through - I May Retire! Sosa, Castellanos Plan For War on Kovalev vs. Shabrankskyy Card Photos: Joe Joyce, Ian Lewison - Ready For Battle Top Rank on ESPN - Television Ratings, Numbers, Statistics Gabriel Gonzaga Ready For His Pro Boxing Debut Gervonta Davis To Stand Trial on Assault Charge on November 29 Katie Taylor Won't Let Title Opportunity Slip, Hungry To Win Belt David Benavidez: I Wanted Gavril Again To Prove Doubters Wrong Lara: Andrade is Broke, Frustrated & Getting Worse by The Fight Roach: Will Be Hard for Retired Cotto to Resist Canelo-GGG Winner Daily Bread Mailbag: Spence-Thurman, Charlo, Lubin, PEDs, More Joshua Expects Late KO: Takam's Head is a Block of Cement! Steve Collins Granted Licence To Box Again Euro News: Teper-Lazarides, Braekhus-Lauren II, Jamoye Retires Hearn Talks Possibility of Joshua Fighting Overseas in Early 2018 Rob Brant's Promoter Confident Boxer Will Win WBSS at 168 DeGale: Can't Moan Over Canelo-GGG Draw, It Was Close Fight Joshua Backs Bellew To Overcome Haye Again, Win Rematch Burnett-Zhakiyanov: Unification and Foundation Sanchez: If Canelo Rematch Is Made, GGG Won't Fight Before Then Orlando Salido Confident He Has The Tools To Unseat Berchelt Malignaggi: Me vs. McGregor would sell a lot, draw a lot in boxing! Top Rank Prez: Crawford, Horn Will Not Wait For Pacquiao Vargas: Golden Boy Didn't Offer Enough Money to Fight Cotto Photos: Gabe Rosado, Glen Tapia Ready For War in Las Vegas Wlodarczyk: I'm Not Sold On Gassiev; Could've Lost to Lebedev Hearn: I'd Like Wilder To Fight Whyte - Winner Gets Joshua Shot Warren: Saunders Has To Look A Million Dollars Against Lemieux Jezreel Corrales vs. Alberto Machado - Training Camp Notes Rosa vs. Evans Tops ShoBox Quadrupleheader, November 10 Photos: Murat Gassiev, Krzysztof Wlodarczyk - Putting in Work Takam: I'm Not Scared - 80,000 Joshua Fans Means Nothing To Me Lemieux: Saunders About To Get Destroyed, Will Feel A lot of Pain! Hearn: Wilder, Parker Do Not Warrant a 50-50 Split With Joshua! News: Boxing Hall of Fame Update, Isaac Zarate, Marcus Bates Saunders Confident: Lemieux Looks Good Against B-Level Fighters!
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement