Saturday, 08 June 2013 20:11

Boxing Tonight on TV: HBO, Showtime and BoxNation

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Saturday night is action-packed as 5 big fights will take place with three showcasing heavy-handed knockout artists, Marcos Maidana, Alfredo Angulo and Adonis Stevenson.
Although not all three fighters are favored to win, they have a combined record of 75 wins 6 losses with 65 knockouts.

Yes, they have a knockouts-to-fights ratio of over 80% among them.

Huck vs Afolabi 3

Time: 2:30 pm ET (19:30 UK/20:30 Deutschland)


Max Schmeling Halle, Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin, Deutschland

Broadcast: BoxNation (UK)

Division: Cruiserweight

Title: WBO (Huck defending)

After two closely-contested action-packed battles in 2009 and 2012, Marco Huck (35-2-1, 25 KO) and Ola Afolabi will meet again, each believing they have a score to settle.

In their first bout, Marco Huck was awarded a close unanimous decision while the second was a draw. Both matches were sizzling.

Huck will enter as RING Magazine's No. 1 cruiserweight contender while Afolabi, a 1.6-to-1 betting underdog, is ranked No. 3 by the same publication. Yoan Pablo Hernandez is the lineal/RING Magazine Cruiserweight Champion.

Lara vs Angulo
Time: 10 pm ET
Broadcast: Showtime (US) / BoxNation (UK) / Main Event PPV (Australia) / RPC 4 (Panama)
Location: Carson City, CA, USA
Division: Jr Middleweight
Title: Interim WBA

It doesn't get much better than this as Cuban Erislandy Lara (17-1-2, 11 KOs) and Mexican native Alfredo "El Perro" Angulo (22-2, 18 KOs) attempt to position themselves for a legitimate world title shot, possibly against Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez.

Will Lara's polished skills and southpaw style give Angulo fits? Or will the Mexican's devastating power silence the Cuban?

Undubtedly, the crowd-pleasing Angulo wll try to make this bout a slugfest but the finely-tuned Lara may have other ideas.

Maidana vs Lopez

Time: 10 pm ET
Broadcast: Showtime (US) / BoxNation (UK) / Main Event PPV (Australia) / RPC 4 (Panama)
Location: Carson City, CA, USA
Division: Welterweight
Title: (Minor)

The gritty, always-entertaining Marcos Maidana 33-3 (30 KOs) faces a tough, underrated Josesito Lopez 30-5 (18 KOs) who will enter tonight's fight as a 1.95-to-1 betting underdog.

Maidana is 4-2 in his previous six with points losses to Amir Khan (then 23-1) in December 2010 and Devon Alexander (then 22-1) last year.

Lopez enters with a record of 1-2 in his previous three bouts with a tight, split decision loss to Jessie Vargas (then 16-0) and a pulverizing fifth-round TKO loss to Saul Alvarez (40-0-1). Josesito, of course, launched into boxing prominence by stopping heavy-favorite Victor Ortiz (29-3-2) last year, shattering the latter's jaw.

The 29 year old Maidana, who is very entertaining, sports a whopping 83% knockouts-to-fights ratio can take a serious punch. Although he is more powerful than the 28 year old Lopez, the latter isn't a fighter to be taken lightly. Just ask Victor Ortiz.

Will Lopez redeem himself after losing to Vargas or be just another stepping stone on Maidana's ascension to boxing glory?

Gamboa vs Perez

Time: 10 pm ET
Broadcast: HBO Boxing (US)
Location: Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Division: Lightweight

Yuriorkis Gamboa (22-0, 16 KO) vs. Darley Perez (28-0, 19 KOs) may be a sizzler. Perez isn't a known commodity but he certainly is confident.

The 29 year old told BoxingScene:

"Yuriorkis Gamboa is in for the fight of his life. The world will be stunned on June 8; so too will Gamboa. I warned him to prepare for me like I've prepared for him. I hope he's ready because I know I am."

Unbeaten in 28 fights, the Colombian has yet to fight a name opponent but insists he won't be intimidated by the ultra-skilled Gamboa who reeked havoc on the featherweight division before all of his promotion-related drama. Gamboa was previously promoted by Bob Arum's Top Rank promotions but severed relations with the promotional outfit and is now with 50 Cent's TMT Promotions.

Prior to his promotional mess, which kept him out of action for awhile, the phenom from Guantanamo, Cuba was quickly becoming one of boxing's hottest fighters and looked like a genuine force of nature and potential top-pound-for-pound star.

Will Gamboa's freakish speed and amazing skills prove too much for the unheralded Perez?

Dawson vs Stevenson

Time: 10 pm ET
Broadcast: HBO Boxing (US)
Location: Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Division: Light Heavyweight
Title: Lineal/RING Magazine, WBC (Dawson defending)

In a battle of soutpaws, "Bad" Chad Dawson (31-2, 17 KO), following his September loss to Andre Ward, returns to defend his Lineal/RING Magazine and WBC light heavyweight title against Adonis "Superman" Stevenson (20-1, 17 KO).

And yes, Chad Dawson is still THE Man in the light heavyweight division as the beatdown by Andre Ward was at Super Middleweight.

Since that fight, Dawson changed trainers once again, firing John Scully for the second time and hiring his former trainer Eddie Mustafa Muhammad for the second time. And in case you're not keeping score, Eddie marks Dawson's 10th trainer change.

But Chad Dawson has beat some major players in his 11 ½ year career, including Bernard Hopkins, Antonio Tarver (twice), Tomasz Adamek and Glen Johnson (twice).

How will he fair against the hard-punching Stevenson, a fella with a 81% knockouts-to-fights ratio?

The 35 year old Super Middleweight puncher is a 1.6-to-1 betting underdog and is fighting at 174 1/4 lbs., the heaviest weight of his professional career to date.

Tonight will serve as Stevenson's sixth consecutive bout at Belle Centre and will be Dawson's third appearance there.

Other Fights on TV 

WealthTV, 4:30 pm ET
James DeGale vs Stjepan Bozic, Kid Galahad

ESPN2, 10 pm ET
John Molina vs Andrey Klimov, Farah Ennis vs Anthony Hanshaw

SHO Extreme, 8 pm ET
Yoshihiro Kamegai vs Johan Perez
Gerald Washington vs Sherman Williams

SHO / BoxNation (UK), 10 pm ET
Jermell Charlo vs Demetrius Hopkins

Televisa (Mexico), 11 pm ET
Humberto Soto vs Hiroshi Nakamori
Luis Ceja vs Jose Alfredo Zuniga

TV Azteca (Mexico), 11:30 pm ET
Jorge Paez Jr vs Juan Urango
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