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BoxingScene.com's Television Pick of The Week - October 19

By Cliff Rold

Pick It: TBRB #7 Emanuel Rodriguez vs. Jason Moloney (Saturday, DAZN, 8 PM EST)

Last weekend was arguably the first real dud in any of the World Boxing Super Series events. Tete-Aloyan and Tabiti-Fayfer are unlikely to be on anyone’s replay list. This looks like a more dependable source of action this week. Staying in the bantamweight and cruiserweight divisions, the actions comes west for this Florida card.

Puerto Rico’s 26-year old Rodriguez (18-0, 12 KO) attempts his first defense of the IBF title against Australia’s 27-year old Jason Moloney (17-0, 14 KO). Someone’s ‘0’ will go; the man who keeps his will move on to face Naoya Inoue in the semi-finals. In the cruiserweight quarterfinal, 32-year old previous WBSS semi-finalist and former WBA titlist Yunier Dorticos (22-1, 21 KO) makes his first start since losing one of 2018’s best fights to Murat Gassiev. The Cuban faces 31-year old Pole Mateusz Masternak (41-4, 28 KO). Masternak has won five in a row since losing a competitive affair to Tony Bellew in 2015.  

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Additional Shows to Watch For

Friday – TyC (10:30 PM EST): Acuna vs. Rivas

It’s women’s title action in Argentina in the main event here. 42-year old IBF 122 lb. titlist Marcela Acuna (47-7-1, 19 KO) regained the title in her last bout. Venezuela’s 30-year old Mayerlin Rivas (15-3-2, 10 KO) is unbeaten in her last eight fights, entering off a draw in her last outing.

Saturday – DAZN (5 PM EST): #9 Andrade vs. #10 Kautondokwa

The card starts early, has almost a dozen fights, and will feature title defenses by Katie Taylor and Tevin Farmer. That it still has a main event was the luck of a quick salvage. Billy Joe Saunders lost the WBO middleweight belt to a failed PED test. 30-year old former Jr. middleweight titlist and US Olympian Demetrius Andrade (25-0, 16 KO) can try to snare that now vacant belt against Namibia’s 33-year old Walter Kautondokwa (17-0, 16 KO).

Saturday – ESPN+ (10:30 PM EST): #7 Murata vs. Brant

32-year old 2012 Olympic gold medalist Ryota Murata (14-1, 11 KO) has the lesser WBA belt and his first big date outside Japan in over two years. Could this be an audition for a showdown with Gennady Golovkin in 2019? 28-year old Rob Brant (23-1, 16 KO) would like to put his loss in the WBSS last year behind him with a big upset here.

Saturday – TyC (10:30 PM EST): Cusolito vs. Aristule

Fans without access to the myriad app options, and the right cable package, can find some extra fisticuffs here. 30-year old Jr. featherweight Luis Cusolito (27-2, 21 KO) has won six in a row since a stoppage loss to Moises Flores. 35-year old Julian Aristule (33-9, 17 KO) enters off a win following three straight losses, including a knockout defeat to reigning titlist Isaac Dogboe.

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) Comment by 1hourRun on 10-19-2018

Keith Tapia vs. Mike Perez on the undercard of Rodriquez vs. Moloney is interesting. Antonio Demarco is back vs. Russian prospect Maxim Dadashev on Murata-Brant, Dadashev is moving fast up the rankings at 140 ; currently top ten for the…

Comment by miked85 on 10-19-2018

Big deal for Canelo, steady work for goldenboy, I’m not sure if it’s the best thing for boxing fans Bad for Charlo and his loyalty to Haymon since the middleweight roster is on lock with DAZN But then again that’s…

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