Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

BoxingScene.com's Television Picks of the Week

by Cliff Rold

As fight fans recover, or at least continue to rewatch, some of the insane action from last weekend, the sport rolls on.  There are two shows on US TV of note and an excellent Bantamweight title fight in Japan which might be worth seeking out.

In the meantime, anyone who wants to kill time re-watching last weekend’s Showtime hat trick of epic violence can continue on.

These are the picks of the week.

Pick It: Main Events Triple (Saturday, NBC Sports Net, 10:30 PM EST/7:30 PM PST)

Anyone looking for something akin to the action of a week ago might find it on this show.  Saul Roman (37-9, 31 KO) engaged in the most under the radar contender for Fight of the Year in March in a savage affair with Jose Pinzon.  They traded five knockdowns before the finish.  Look it up on YouTube.  Curtis Stevens (24-3, 17 KO) might walk right through Roman but, if not, this could be a doozy.  Also on the card, former Heavyweight title challenger Eddie Chambers (36-3, 18 KO) makes the move to Cruiserweight against Thabiso Mchunu (13-1, 10 KO) and former Light Heavyweight and Cruiserweight champion Tomasz Adamek (48-2, 29 KO) keeps busy with late replacement Dominick Guinn (34-9-1, 23 KO).  The latter looks like an easy win for Adamek but the Pole has shown wear and Guinn might have just enough left to play spoiler.  It’s unlikely, but merits keeping an eye on.

Pick Deuce: #8 Javier Fortuna vs. Luis Franco (Friday, ESPN2, 9 PM EST/6 PM PST)

It might not be true that any fighter with talent who doesn’t have a WBA belt isn’t trying, but it feels that way sometimes.  Case in point the talented Featherweight Mr. Fortuna (22-0, 16 KO).  He holds the WBA interim belt, while Nicholas Walters has the regular belt and Chris John holds the Super belt.  All in the same weight class.  World Boxing Association?  More like We Be Ass.  But, whatever, Fortuna is pretty good and the Cuban Franco (11-1, 7 KO), a narrow loser last time out, might be a good check on where Fortuna really is.

Pick YouTube: #7 Paulus Ambunda vs. Tomoki Kameda (Thursday, Philippines, ?)

By the time most are reading this, the results may be in from what appears the most evenly matched fight of the week.  The youngest of the big drawing Kameda clan gets his first title shot and a chance to join older brother Koki as a titlist in the 118 lb. ranks.  Tomoki (27-0, 18 KO) challenges Namibia’s Ambunda for the WBO belt as Ambunda attempts his first defense.  He has a tall order and one wonders: if Tomoki wins, will either he or his brother face the best Bantamweight in Japan, WBC titlist Shinsuke Yamanaka, in a unification bout down the road?

For BoxingScene’s latest full divisional ratings, log on to: https://www.boxingscene.com/forums/view.php?pg=boxing-ratings

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]

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Post a Comment - View More User Comments (0)
Top Headlines Hatton: Mayweather-McGregor in MMA Makes Me F***ing Furious Zolani Tete: Belfast Fans Know I'm The Man To Beat Ryan Burnett Frank Warren Talks Anthony Yarde, Daniel Dubois York Hall Card Coldwell To Eubank Jr. - Beg Adam Booth To Take You Back! Porter: I Think Right Now Thurman is Better Than Errol Spence Bivol Aims To Use Some of Andre Ward's Tactics on Barrera How To Fix The 147-Pound Logjam Of Talent With a Tournament Gonzalez, Cintron, Vargas Wins Bouts in Kissimmee, Florida Hearn Open To Do Joshua-Wilder Twice - One in U.S., One in UK Robert Garcia: Mikey is Special Fighter Like Mayweather, Pacquiao Rances Barthelemy: I Want Mikey Garcia in My Next Fight Estrada: I'm Looking To Knock Sor Rungvisai Out, Leave No Doubt Lemieux vs. O'Sullivan on The Canelo-Golovkin Card? Sadam Ali vs. Liam Smith Deal Getting Close, Says Frank Warren Loeffler's 360 Promotions Club Series To Begin on March 27 Photos: Cuadras-Arroyo, Nietes-Reveco, Viloria-Dalakian Weights Photos: Sor Rungvisai, Estrada - Ready For Superfly War Juanma Lopez, Jayson Velez on Point at Final Pre-Fight Weigh-In Horn Suffers Camp Setback For Crawford After Robinson KO Andre Dirrell on Training With Virgil Hunter For Uzcategui Rematch Jermall Charlo vs. Hugo Centeno Pushed Back To April 21 Hobson Wants To Secure Eubank Jr. For Liam Cameron Bellew is Convinced That He Can Put Usyk To Sleep De La Hoya Sure Canelo-Golovkin Rematch Will End in Knockout Dale Evans Decides To Retire From Boxing Max Schmeling Gym Might Close, Culcay, Turchi-Nielsen, More Photos: Callum Smith, Nieky Holzken - Ready For WBSS Showdown Daniel Jacobs: Sulecki Will Fight, Not Try To Survive Like Arias Deontay Wilder on Luis Ortiz: Once a Cheat, Always a Cheat Charlo: I Don’t Give a Sh*t What Centeno Did; I'm No Aleem! Adonis Stevenson: Kovalev Not Ready, They Are Trying To Save Him Bellew Backs Callum Smith To Beat George Groves, Win Ali Trophy David Haye: If I Beat Tony Bellew and Struggle - I Will Retire Hearn: Eubank Jr. is a Star - But Any World Class Boxer Beats Him Robert Helenius Returns on March 17, Faces Yury Bykhovtsev Amir Khan: I Just Could Not Retire After The Canelo Loss Porter: Thurman Needs To Step Up - Stop Babying His Elbow! Joseph Diaz Warns Gary Russell - You're Next, I Want That Belt! Mikhalkin's PED Suspension Nearly Made Him Quit Boxing in 2016 Joseph Diaz Drops Terrazas Three Times, Crushes Him in Three
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement