The Week’s Boxing Schedule, Featuring Sam Soliman, Jermain Taylor, Andre Dirrell And Carlos Molina

The above video of Jermain Taylor looks like it was made by someone who is definitely not crazy and wouldn’t shoot their cousin… right?

Apart from the former middleweight champ/brain-injury-sufferer, there are a few fights on TV, though they’re nothing to write home about (unless you’re one of the boxers fighting, in which case I think at least an email or text message home would be justified). Let’s get to it in all its relatively unexciting glory.

  • Sam Soliman Vs. Jermain Taylor, Wednesday, ESPN2, Biloxi Miss. Wednesday Night Fights returns on ESPN2, with a pretty gross “world title bout” between Aussie Energiser bunny Soliman (44-11, 18 KO) and the aforementioned definitely-not-crazy Taylor (32-4-1, 20 KO). It’s gross because Taylor suffered a brain bleed in 2009. The injury prompted promoter Lou DiBella to say he would no longer promote Taylor, but he’s obviously had a change of heart/fancies a new in-ground pool. With Taylor’s depleted reflexes and tendency to fade, I don’t see this being remotely competitive. On the undercard, super middleweight enigma Andre Dirrell (22-1, 15 KO) faces Nick Brinson (16-2-2, 6 KO), who was last seen losing to Dominic Wade, who’s a slower, less powerful version of Dirrell. It’s not going to be a competitive fight either.
  • Carlos Molina Vs. Cornelius Bundrage, Saturday, ESPN2, Cancun. Past-it old guy fights mauling, dirty not old guy. What a marketing line, I’m shocked they didn’t use it. What can you say? The 41-year-old Bundrage (33-5, 19 KO) must be cashing in his chips against Molina (22-5-2, 6 KO), a good fighter of the Bernard Hopkins school of slowing fights right down and hugging a lot. The way I see it, Bundrage’s only shot is if Molina’s deportation to Mexico for 12-year-old sex charges has badly affected his mental state.
  • The Rest. Undefeated featherweight Ronny Rios takes on veteran Robinson Castellanos Friday on FS1/Fox Deportes. Castellanos is coming off a KO loss but is something of a live dog… Telemundo has junior bantamweights David Carmona and Martin Casillas headlining from Mexico City the same night… On Saturday Jorge Paez Jr. continues the run of not-that-good sons of Mexican legends on UniMas against Aaron Herrera… Meanwhile over the pond Welsh featherweight Lee Selby gives Aussie Joel Brunker a crack in London.