“Boxing is like jazz, the better it is, the less people appreciate it.” George Foreman
What’s up fight fans,
Last week we saw the end Miguel Cotto’s Hall of Fame career. And this week we get to see two guys square off who probably will be Hall of Famers, although if feels rediculous to say that in any other circumstances about a man with 10 fights and a man with 17 fights. Just saying.
Also I have absolutely no clue who’s got the edge tomorrow night.
Who am I talking about? Vasyl Lomachenko and Guillermo Rigondaeux.
Don’t know who these guys are? I’m actually not going to fault you for that.
But read this article all about tomorrow’s match up.
In the featured article from Boxingtldr.com “Da Mystery of Chessboxin’: Why Lomachenko Rigondaeux Isn’t for everyone”, Trevor Sambrano goes into detail about the craft of these two boxers and the significance of a fight between two of the sport’s most skilled technicians, although maybe not culturally famous, of our era.
Rest of Saturday Lomachenko – Rigondaeux December 9th card
Madison Square Garden Theater on ESPN
- Michael Conlan vs. Luis Fernando Molina, 6 rounds, featherweights
- Christopher Diaz vs. Bryant “Pee Wee” Cruz, 10 rounds, junior lightweights
- Shakur Stevenson vs. Oscar Mendoza, 6 rounds, featherweights
- Bryant Jennings vs. Donnie Haynesworth, 8 rounds, heavyweights
- Mikaela Mayer vs. Nydia Feliciano, 4 rounds, female lightweights
I’m pretty sure if you’re an avid reader of my newsletters or a friend of mine you already know how I feel about this card and how it’s stacked with some of my favorite talent from the Top Rank stable. I’ve written much about these athletes. Michael Conlan (yuge fan), Shakur Stevenson (bullish on the promising American talent), Mikaela Mayer (set to be a star and take female boxing to the next level + *heart eyes emoji* )
The Loma-Rigo card is the Boxing TL;DR endorsed suggestion of the weekend. There’s a few reasons for this. It’s the main event with the best fighters and most competitively matched. It’s loaded with a staked undercard with Top Rank stars in the making. And it’s the one that’s on ESPN so I know you guys actually have a decent chance of seeing it this weekend. Saturday. Tune In.
But there are a few other fights this weekend to check out
Friday Dec 8th At Hialeah, Fla. (Fox Sports 1/Fox Deportes):
- Jean Pascal vs. Ahmed Elbiali, 10 rounds, light heavyweights
- Stephen Fulton vs. Adam Lopez, 8 rounds, featherweights
- Bryant Perrella vs. Alex Martin, 8 rounds, welterweights
PBC card, this one is a pass for me. If you were going to pick one night to watch, go with the Loma-Rigo card on ESPN Saturday night.
And if you’re really down you can watch two cards on Saturday night. There’s a good on on HBO tomorrow night as well and one on Showtime. I swear the boxing powers that be need to schedule these things without the cannibalistic clashes of time slots.
Saturday Dec 9th At Las Vegas (HBO):
- Orlando Salido vs. Mickey Roman, 10 rounds, junior lightweights
- Tevin Farmer vs. Kenichi Ogawa, 12 rounds, for vacant IBF junior lightweight title
- Francisco Vargas vs. Stephen Smith, 10 rounds, junior lightweights
Orlando Salido is the one guy to have beaten Lomachenko. For Loma’s second professional bout, he took a world title fight against Salido. Completely unheard of but trust me we’re dealing with a different beast. Tevin Farmer is a great story. Lost his pro debut and after 5 fights had a record of 2-2-1. Still somehow swimming upstream in the world of professional boxing he’s managed to come up with a brilliant record of 25-4-1 and is fighting for a world title. Pretty great in my opinion. And Francisco Vargas, well that’s my old roommate. Cheer him on for me.
At London (Showtime YouTube/Facebook):
- James DeGale vs. Caleb Truax, 12 rounds, for DeGale’s IBF super middleweight title
- Lee Selby vs. Eduardo Ramirez, 12 rounds, for Selby’s IBF featherweight title
Very British card there. I’m gonna pass on this one but DeGale and Selby are names to watch in the game right now no doubt. Check out that broadcast platform this card is on. The Showtime YouTube/Facebook accounts? Maybe something like this belongs in my write up from October “Boxing on TV, what’s the model moving forward?” Now idea if something like YouTube/Facebook streaming has a role to play in this space, but I’d welcome it. https://boxingtldr.com/blog/new-page-11
Alright that’s all for me today. Watch some boxing this weekend. See you again next week folks.