Live online boxing chat Saturday, 9:30 p.m. EST: HBO BAD in NYC

The fighters are ready to go, and so is your hard-hitting Communities team for tonight's live online boxing chat. Join us! Photo: Mikey Garcia and Orlando Salido-Chris Farina, Top Rank

SAN DIEGO January 19, 2013 – Fight fans turn their attention tonight to New York City and Madison Square Garden for the first significant bouts of 2013 as HBO’s Boxing After Dark series returns with a tripleheader at 9:45 p.m. EST.

Expect hard-hitting action from these athletes, who have 123 knockouts among them. All made weight on Friday, look to be in great shape and ready to go. We will follow it all with a live online chat here on Communities at Washington Times. Ringside Seat columnist Gayle Falkenthal will be your host, providing insight and play-by-play, along with our entire Communities team and with all boxing heads invited to join the conversation.

The three fights tonight feature:

Orlando Salido vs. Miguel Angel “Mikey” Garcia, featherweights

Orlando Salido and Mikey Garcia will test each other’s limits tonight. Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Mexican featherweight champion Orlando Salido (39-11-2, 27 KOs) defends his belt against Miguel Angel “Mikey” Garcia (30-0, 26 KOs), younger brother of trainer Robert Garcia of Oxnard, California. At Friday’s weigh-in, Salido came in at exactly 126 pounds, and Garcia at 125.6 pounds.

Gennady Golovkin vs. Gabriel Rosado, middleweights

Gennady Golovkin will show whether he’s a flash in the pan or not when he faces the determined Gabriel Rosado. Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Fans are eager to see the hard hitting man from Kazahkstan via Germany known as “Triple G,” Gennady Golovkin (24-0, 21 KOs) in only his second U.S. appearance against Gabriel Rosado (21-5-0, 13 KOs), a no-nonsense, solid junior middleweight contender from Philadelphia. Golovkin weighed in Friday at the 160 pound limit; Rosado was a pound less at 159.

Rocky Martinez vs. Juan Carlos Burgos, super featherweights

Rocky Martinez and Juan Carlos Burgos will start the televised card off with plenty of action and might make an early exit with a knockout. Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank

The third fight of the evening is a classic Puerto Rico vs. Mexico matchup: junior lightweight titleholder Rocky “Mini” Martinez (26-1-1, 16 KOs) of Puerto Rico against “King” Juan Carlos Burgos (30-1, 20 KOs) of Mexico. Martinez, age 29, is a crowd-pleasing WBO champion who brings the action. The fans love him for it. Martinez and Burgos should provide a good start to a great evening of action. Martinez hit the scales Friday at 129.5 pounds; Martinez a half-pound less at 129 pounds.

HBO’s World Tripleheader on Boxing After Dark airs on Saturday, January 19, at 9:45 p.m EST. Get in your seat, get set, and let’s chat tonight!

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Gayle Falkenthal

Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, MS, APR, is President of the Falcon Valley Group, a San Diego based communications consulting firm. Falkenthal is a veteran award winning broadcast and print journalist, editor, producer, talk host and commentator. She is an instructor at National University in San Diego, and previously taught in the School of Journalism & Media Studies at San Diego State University.

 

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