SAN DIEGO – November 10, 2012 – It’s a day full of action for boxing fans. With a fight from Europe in the afternoon warming things up to fine cards on both HBO and Showtime, a fan’s DVR or Tivo will get its own workout.
Which fight should you watch live and which should you watch on delay? Ringside Seat has the rundown and the recommendation.
Wladimir Klitschko vs. Mariusz Wach
Saturday, November 10, O2 World Arena, Hamburg, Germany; EpixHD.com, 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time
IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (58-3, 50 KOs) will be able to look up against 6’7-1/2″ undefeated challenger Mariusz Wach of Poland (27-0, 15 KOs). Wach is the first fighter Klitschko has faced that is taller. BoxingNews24.com reported Klitschko sparring against guys between 6-6 and 6-8 to get ready.
This will be Klitschko’s first bout since the death of trainer Emanuel Steward. He is now trained by a former assistant to Steward, Jonathan Banks. Banks is a fighter himself and has been a sparring partner for Klitschko. This is a test for Banks as a trainer; it will be exciting to see whether he represents the next generation of great boxing trainers.
Wach is a slow, deliberate, bulldozer sort of fighter. He has a powerful right hand and he has the potential to knockout Klitschko. But Klitschko will be patient, let Wach wear himself out, and then Dr. Steelhammer will likely stop Wach without too much trouble.
European fans will turn out in droves no matter what the mismatch with a Klitschko in the ring and there’s no spectacle quite like a fight staged in one of the big European arenas.
EpixHD.com is available via a free trial online – click here to sign up. http://www.epixhd.com/freetrial/ It’s painless and well worth it. Epix’s coverage of brother Vitali’s last fight featured ESPN boxing analyst Dan Rafael and trainer Freddie Roach, a pair I’d like to hear commentating live on a major platform more often.
Abner Mares vs. Anselmo Moreno; Alfredo Angulo vs. Raul Casarez
Saturday, November 10, Showtime, 10 p.m. Eastern
Hardcore boxing heads will love this one. Abner Mares (24-0-1, 13 KOs), the WBC 122-pound champion, is putting his super bantamweight belt up against the WBA 118-pound champion Anselmo Moreno (33-1-1, 12 KOs).
Moreno, 27, has momentum from a lopsided victory over powerhouse Vic Darchinyan last December. How lopsided? One judge had the scorecard 120-107. The last fighter to beat Darchinyan so bad was Nonito Donaire in 2007. Moreno had a win in April as well. Mares, 26, is the winner of the Showtime Bantamweight Tournament and has been improving with each fight.
After Donaire’s win on October 13, many fans have been talking about a Donaire vs. Mares matchup. But he better not take Moreno lightly or he won’t stay undefeated. This is not an easy fight for Mares. Moreno is taller with a greater reach and a good counterpuncher. Mares may have the same problems Donaire had with Toshioko Nishioka presenting the lack of a target. If Mares gets frustrated, he may wear himself out and leave himself vulnerable. But if Mares can get Moreno to engage, it will be exciting to watch.
On the undercard is the long-awaited return of Alfredo “Perro” Angulo (20-2, 17 KOs) taking on Raul “El Tigre” Casarez (19-2, 9 KOs) in a light middleweight fight. Mexico’s Angulo has been dealing with immigration issues, spending eight months in detention in El Centro, California since his fight-of-the-year war with James Kirkland last November. Whether this hurt him, we will find out tonight. Anytime Perro is in the ring you will be entertained with an exciting brawl; Casarez is also an aggressive fighter not afraid to engage. The crowd at the Staples Center and the TV audience will enjoy this one.
Vanes Martirosyan vs. Erislandy Lara; Mikey Garcia vs. Jonathan Barros
Saturday, November 10, HBO, 9:45 p.m. Eastern
Vanes Martirosyan (32-0, 20 KOs) and Erislandy Lara (17-1-1, 11 KOs) are both under pressure to prove themselves tonight. California Martirosyan is undefeated, but critics say his promoters at Top Rank have been shielding him from truly challenging opponents. Lara defected from Cuba in 2008 after an extensive amateur career like many of his countrymen; he was on the same amateur team as Yuriorkis Gamboa and Guillermo Rigondeaux. You have to respect his pedigree, but Lara hasn’t fought much on the world stage. He lost a decision by a razor thin margin to his only quality opponent, Paul Williams.
Martirosyan works with Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach, who could really use a victor after four straight defeats by some of his best fighters including Manny Pacquiao, Amir Khan and Julio Caesar Chavez Jr. Lara trains with Ronnie Shields in Houston.
This is an evenly matched fight that should answer plenty of questions for fight fans about the two boxers. The winner is in theory supposed to be a mandatory challenger for Canelo Alvarez. Alvarez considers these two small fry and is aiming at a big ticket fight with the likes of Floyd Mayweather or Miguel Cotto next year. To get that shot, one of these fighters has to put on a dominant, spectacular show. It should be a good fight but I don’t think anyone looks for a Fight of the Year. I predict a win for Lara here.
The pair gave fans a preview of their fight tonight at their weigh-in Friday from the Wynn Resort in Las Vegas. When they posed on stage for the traditional face off, Martirosyan engaged in some trash talk that pushed Lara into shoving him back. The fighters’ camps didn’t let it go any farther.
The better fight may be the co-event, Californian Mikey Garcia (29-0, 25 KOs) against Argentinean Jonathan Barros (34-3-1) in a featherweight matchup. Garcia is the younger brother of trainer Robert Garcia out of Oxnard, who just notched a big win by his fighter Brandon Rios over Mike Alvarado in what so far is the 2012 Fight of the Year. The Garcia boxing clan says Mikey is the most talented boxer in the family and that’s saying a lot. Garcia won 13 of his last 14 fights by knockout. Don’t get up for a beer during this fight.
My recommendation: Record HBO, watch Showtime – and hurry up and tune in Klitschko-Wach on EpixTV.com
Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a serious boxing fan covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Ringside Seat in the Communities at The Washington Times. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego.
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