Advertisement
Advertisement

BoxingScene.com's Television Picks of The Week

By Cliff Rold

So, the old man still has it against the right foes.

We already knew that.  It was still something to see last week.  Bernard Hopkins’s knockdown of Beibut Shumenov in round eleven was a memorable moment to punctuate the evening.  Will we get some proper punctuation this weekend?  Note, there will be a Thursday night edition of Friday Night Fights this week (Josesito Lopez-Aron Martinez, 9 PM EST/6 PM PST) as well as a Unimas show late on Saturday (Jose Zepdea-Rob Frankel, 11 PM EST/PST).  Beyond those two shows…

These are the picks of the week.

Pick It: World Champion Wladimir Klitschko vs. Alex Leapai (Saturday, ESPN, 5 PM EST/2 PM PST)

After the steaming turd that was his successful defense against Alexander Povetkin, why would a fight against a fighter who really has no business with a mandatory slot be the pick of the week?  It’s all about network location.  Over the next two weeks, ESPN is investing in the Heavyweight division and increasing their overall investment in boxing by doing so.  If the ratings are strong, we can hope for more.  HBO and Showtime are fine but the audience mass available through ESPN is substantially better.  It’s the next best thing to network TV.  If ESPN can get some momentum going in what is classically the easiest division to mainstream, boxing can only benefit.  Combine that with this: Klitschko (61-3, 51 KO) is sometimes more watchable against the hapless.  Leapai (30-4-2, 24 KO) may or may not fit that description.  It certainly looks that way on paper. 

Pick Fly: #1 Juan Francisco Estrada vs. Richie Mepranum (Saturday, Azteca America, 10 PM EST/PST)

In 2013, Estrada (25-2, 18 KO) won two of the major titles at Flyweight with an excellent upset of Brian Viloria.  He followed with an exciting, validating title defense against legitimate contender Milan Melindo.  Both of those bouts stole the show on HBO2 shows from Macau.  His reward?  It isn’t an upgrade to HBO prime time.  The urge is typically not to recommend Azteca shows because one never knows whose Azteca America listings will actually show frigging fights.  Estrada vs. Mepranum (27-3-1, 6 KO) might air in your locale.  If it does, watch it.  Estrada is one of the best Mexican fighters going today.  He’s also a standout in arguably the most exciting, maybe even best period, weight class in boxing today.

Pick Showtime: Tripleheader (Saturday, Showtime, 9:30 PM EST/PST)

So this is one of those cards that everyone seems ready to drown in antipathy.  In a year where the two flagship networks are struggling to provide subscribers the quality they should expect, we have three fights with prohibitive favorites in every bout.  Welterweight Keith Thurman (22-0, 20 KO) faces former Lightweight titlist Julio Diaz (40-9-1, 25 KO).  Lucas Matthysse (34-3, 32 KO) returns from a loss to Danny Garcia against John Molina (27-3, 22 KO).  Rising Lightweight Omar Figueroa (22-0-1, 17 KO) tackles Jerry Belmontes (19-3, 5 KO).  None of the men in position of opponent are so terrible as to be without any chances, but those chances are mighty slim.  This seems like a night designed to make the desired victors come out looking like beasts.  We’ll see how it goes.

We’ll find out amidst what is really a pre-fight show for Saturday.  

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 Lucas Browne Enters WBC's VADA Drug Testing Program Frankie Gavin vs. Sam Eggington Looms For October Clash Luke Campbell Focused, Aims To Do a Job on Argenis Mendez Otto Wallin Faces Osborne Machimana on September 10th Liam Walsh to meet Andrey Klimov in IBF final eliminator Leo Santa Cruz Fearful Frampton Won’t Come To Fight Saturday Loeffler on GGG-Brook: The Best at 147 Facing The Best at 160 Bradley Warns: Crawford Can Win, But Pacquiao is NO Postol HBO Sports Head: We Want To Match The Best Fights Possible Olympic Boxers, Now Without Headgear, Worry About Cuts Dimitrenko Confident of Beating Parker, Derailing Joshua Fight Marlon Tapales Shocks Pungluang Sor Singyu, Wins WBO Belt Paul Smith Set For September Return, Won't Be on Liverpool Bill Abel Sanchez: Manny Pacquiao Should Fight Keith Thurman Photos: Robert Guerrero, Alfredo Angulo, Gausha Presser Paulie Malignaggi’s Master Plan: This is Just Step One Loeffler: Golovkin Will Have 3 Fights Prior To Canelo Fight Alfredo Angulo Eyes Gold: I Want a World Title Shot in 2017! Video: Timothy Bradley Talks Pacquiao vs. Crawford, More Video: Loeffler Talks Golovkin vs. Brook HBO Tripleheader Robert Guerrero Aims For Rematch With Danny Garcia Leo Santa Cruz Says Having Dad in NYC Brought Him To Tears Photos: Joseph Diaz, Nick Arce, Roy Tapia Putting in Work Gamboa's Coach: One or Two More, Then Bring on Lomacheneko! Ruben Villa Inks Promotional With Banner and Thompson HBO Sports Head: Chocolatito Has Gotta Perform With Cuadras Tapales Struggles To Make Weight For Sor Singyu WBO Title Fight Photos: Carl Frampton, Leo Santa Cruz Face To Face in NYC WBC Prez on Crawford: One Voluntary, Then Mandatory Fight Jonathan Guzman Robbed of $70,000 Purse at The Airport Prince Naseem Backs Frampton To Get Job Done With Santa Cruz WBC Prez: Povetkin-Wilder Situation To Be Resolved Soon Noel Gevor vs. Mirko Larghetti on October 14 in Hamburg HBO Sports Hopeful of 3 Fights for Golovkin, Canelo in 2016 Andre Ward-Alexander Brand Full Undercard Announced Cuadras To Chocolatito: The Title is Coming Back To Mexico Jose Ramirez Targets World Title Shot, Returns on December 10 Parker To Have Two More Fights Before Anthony Joshua Clash Loeffler: As Soon as Golovkin Has a Fight, Everyone Wants Him! Roach Admits: I Don't Think I'll Accept Crawford For Pacquiao!
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement