By Cliff Rold
Faster than Peter Quillin can score another knockdown on Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam, boxing swings back into action with multiple shows to tide over the masses until things get thick in the month of November.
There’s nothing on tap that looks as good as Quillin-N’Jikam did (and that turned out even better than expected), but there is plenty to turn an eye. Some of the best of it is about new, young faces and whether they can become part of the establishment. Along with the picks below, Azteca, Telefutura, Wealth TV, and Integrated Sports PPV also have shows.
Check local listings.
Narrowed to three, these are the picks of the week.
Pick It: B.A.D. Triple (Saturday, HBO, 10:15 PM EST/PST)
It doesn’t look like a can’t miss show but it should be watchable and that’s good enough for a week between. The main event at Welterweight pits youth against rugged veteran grit. Dulorme (16-0, 12 KO) looks like a comer in Puerto Rico. Luis Abregu (33-1, 27 KO) has only lost to Timothy Bradley. Can he take the kid into deep waters? The best fight of the night might be one class lower. Karim Mayfield (16-0-1, 10 KO) faces the same Mauricio Herrera (18-2, 7 KO) who gave Mike Alvarado an entertaining challenge earlier this year, and it will be interesting to see how Mayfield follows wins over Steve Forbes and Ray Serrano. Lost in the shuffle a bit, and in need of more attention, might be the best Lightweight around right now. IBF titlist Miguel Vazquez (31-3, 13 KO) has a lot of tricks and more pure boxer in him than usually the case coming out of Mexico. He also now has three title defenses. Will Marvin Quintero (25-3, 21 KO) be number four.
Pick Fox: #10 Sergio Thompson vs. Luis Juarez (Saturday, Fox Deportes, 10 PM EST)
The Jr. Lightweight Thompson (24-2, 22 KO) is unheralded in most circles but he shouldn’t be. He’s becoming one of the game’s dependable punchers. He’s stopped eight in a row, including Jorge Linares, and nine of ten in a win streak that dates to a 2010 split decision loss to Alisher Rahimov. Juarez (16-5-2, 4 KO) looks like a victim, but that’ the fun of a burgeoning knockout artist. This card also features undefeated prospects Tomoki Kameda (24-0, 15 KO) at Bantamweight and Roberto Ortiz (26-0, 22 KO) at Jr. Welterweight.
Pick if Found: Rafael Marquez vs. #10 Cristian Mijares (Saturday, Mexico, ?)
No U.S. T.V. listings were found so this didn’t get top pick, but it is definitely the must-see fight of the week and a big time YouTube special. The former Bantamweight titlist and former World 122 lb. champion Marquez (41-7, 37 KO) is back at Jr. Featherweight against a resurgent former unified 115 lb. titlist Mijares (46-6-2, 21 KO) in a fight both men need to stay viable. This is a fine crossroads fight of decorated Mexicans, in Mexico City. Marquez has fought only once since a loss to Toshiaki Nishioka. Mijares has won ten in a row since a three-fight losing streak begun with a knockout loss to Vic Darchinyan. The winner is strongly positioned by the WBC to challenge the Abner Mares-Anselmo Moreno winner. Marquez is already rated second there and this fight resulting in a mandatory would be no shock. Keep an eye on this one.
Back in seven.
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Cliff Rold is a member of the Ring Magazine Ratings Advisory Panel and the Boxing Writers Association of America. He can be reached at [email protected]