The picture above is of my face when there are no “Premier Boxing Champions” cards on TV all week. There’s only an HBO fight, a Golden Boy offering and (whaddayaknow) a ShoBox card on Showtime. Let’s party like it’s 2014!
- Terence Crawford vs Dierry Jean, Saturday, HBO, Omaha Neb. Former lightweight champ turned top junior welterweight contender Crawford (26-0, 18 KO) takes on Montreal’s Jean (29-1, 20 KO) in a hometown showcase. That might sound harsh (because Jean is a legit contender with fast hands and decent power), but Crawford is something special. He’s cool, smart, skilled and at times downright mean. Newly thinned-down heavyweight prospect Andy Ruiz (25-0, 17 KO) fights trial horse Raphael Zumbano Love (37-11-1, 30 KO) on the undercard, Ruiz’s second fight in a month (a promising sign). If you can’t get enough of French Canadians being beaten up, Gennady Golovkin’s savage victory over David Lemieux will be replayed before this broadcast.
- Rob Brant vs Louis Rose, Friday, Showtime, Phoenix. World Series of Boxing alum Brant (17-0, 11 KO) is just all round better than Rose (13-2-1, 5 KO), who is really a bit slow and hasn’t acquitted himself particularly well, even against the middleweight division’s lower orders.
- Joseph Diaz, Jr. vs Ruben Tamayo, Friday, Estrella TV/Ringtv.com, Indio Calif. Lanky featherweight journeyman Tamayo (25-6-4, 17 KO) must be making it his mission to fight every 2012 Olympian. Coming off a fight with Mexico’s highly regarded Oscar Valdez, he’s in with American Diaz (17-0, 10 KO). A tall southpaw, Tamayo’s probably good enough to teach Diaz a few things and make him look bad in spots, but not good enough to win.
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