SAN DIEGO, April 26, 2013 – Boxing fans need to clear their schedules and turn off their phones on Saturday, April 27. It’s an action packed weekend lineup of bouts from three countries in two hemipheres for fans to enjoy. So get all your errands out of the way and stock that refrigerator now.
You will need all the tools of the trade: a DVR, TiVo or the like with plenty of space; a remote with fresh batteries and multiple screens. Throw in your tablet or laptop to participate in our Communities live chat and you’re set.
HBO World Championship Boxing starts the evening off at 8:30 p.m. ET. The warm-up act comes from Ontario, California, with two heavyweights squaring off for a shot (in theory) at champion Vitali Klitschko, although it’s far from certain he plans to continue boxing. Chris Arreola takes on Bermane Stiverne. This is a home town fight for Arreola, who is the “Fighting Pride of Riverside.” Arreola is far more entertaining outside the ring, with a habit of saying whatever comes to mind. These two should put on a nothing fancy big man’s brawl. If you like this sort of thing, enjoy.
HBO then features its first fight ever from Buenos Aires, Argentina. It’s sure to be an exciting atmostphere as native son Sergio Martinez (50-2-2, 28 KO) fulfills his promise to fight in his home country, facing Britain’s Martin Murray (25-0-1, 11 KO) in a middleweight contest. This is Martinez’ first fight in Argentina in 11 years. Martinez was looking for someone willing to take the fight on his home turf and Murray was game.
The pair both made weight, with Martinez at 159.4 pounds and Murray at 159.9 pounds. Murray will rehydrate bigger than Martinez, a naturally leaner middleweight.
The undefeated Murray is a huge underdog but every fighter always has a chance. The fight is likely to be a repeat of Martinez’ St. Patrick’s Day 2012 fight against another man from the UK, Matthew Macklin of Ireland. Martinez’ power and skill overwhelmed determination as he stopped Macklin at the end of the 11th round with a pair of tremendous straight left hand shots to the head.
Like Macklin, Murray would be smart to press the action and try to wear the older Martinez out with body shots, hoping to avoid the punishing power of the Argentinean. But Martinez is a “young” 38 year old fighter. He recently had knee surgery, which bears watching for any lingering effects.
Also on the card is a bout between another Argentinean, welterweight Luis Carlos Abregu, against Antonin Decarie.
Meanwhile over on Showtime, we will enjoy a lineup from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York starting at 9 p.m. Eastern Time/6 p.m. Pacific Time.
Philadelphia’s Danny Garcia (25-0, 16 KO) faces Zab Judah (42-7. 29 KO) in a junior welterweight contest. The fight was originally scheduled in February, but Garcia cancelled due to a reported rib injury. The Judah camp accused Garcia of delaying the fight because he wasn’t in shape; Garcia denies it.
There is bad blood between the two fighters, although it’s mainly between Judah and Garcia’s outspoken father, Angel. The younger Garcia says his father talks trash about his opponents, and then he has to back it up in the ring. This time Angel Garcia took on the hot tempered Judah who is more than a match in the trash talk department. The accusations have flown for months; we won’t repeat them here. They’re easy enough to look up.
This time, the senior Garcia’s trash talk might be useful. Judah does let his emotions get to him sometimes, and not in a good way. He is an erractic fighter. He’s had brilliant fights and horrible fights. He’s 10 years older than Garcia (35 vs. 25). Garcia had a terrific 2012 with victories over Amir Khan and veteran Erik Morales and he’s on a roll. The entertainment factor for fans depends on which version of Judah shows up.
Khan (27-3, 19 KO) is also in action Saturday. American fans will see his fight after Garcia vs. Judah on tape delay, held earlier in the day at Sheffield, England. It’s a catchweight 143 pound contest (three pounds over junior welterweight) against Julio Diaz (25-0-1, 11 KO) of Mexico.
Khan is a talented fighter whose career has been derailed by stunning losses to Garcia and to Lamont Peterson. He recently left trainer Freddie Roach to work with Virgil Hunter. Khan hopes to build his defensive skills with Hunter. His speech and punching skills aren’t in question, but Khan needs to figure out how to avoid getting hit. He has developed a reputation for having a weak chin. Once is an isolated event. Twice is a coincidence. Three times and you’ve got a pattern; Khan needs to avoid a pattern.
If that isn’t enough, there are the Showtime undercards featuring Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin vs. Fernando Guerrero; and on the Khan-Diaz undercard, undefeated Olympic bronze medalist Deontay Wilder vs. 41-year-old Audley Harrison. Wilder is 6-foot-7 and is sheer raw force. No finesse here, but he gets the job done.
We will follow all the action here on Communities with a live chat covering all the cards, starting at 8:15 p.m. ET/5:15 p.m. PT. Watching or not, boxing head or newcomer, all are welcome to join us ringside and enjoy the evening with Communities. We’ll give you the inside information and post photos as they are available for those not able to watch.
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. Gayle can be reached via Google +.
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