January 2013 boxing schedule gets year off to knockout start

Ready to rumble this month: Salido vs. Garcia; Golovkin vs. Rosado; Matthysse vs. Dallas; Aydin vs. Soto Karrass Photo: Tom Casino/Showtime

 DIEGO January 5, 2013 – Boxing heads, if you resolved not to miss any action in the ring in 2013, Ringside Seat will help you keep that resolution. We anticipate a great year of exciting fights in 2013, starting with this rundown of the highlights of the schedule for January. 

Saturday, January 19

Orlando Salido vs. Miguel Angel “Mikey” Garcia; Gennady Golovkin vs. Gabriel Rosado; Rocky Martinez vs. Juan Carlos Burgos
HBO Boxing After Dark, 9:45 p.m.
Madison Square Garden, New York

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. Salido won an exciting, action packed fight against Juan Manuel Lopez last March, then knocked out Moises Guitierrez in a July fight in Mexico. Garcia will have his hands full with Salido, who can take it just as well as he dishes it out. Garcia won an eighth round TKO victory against Jonathan Barros in November in Las Vegas.

While there may not be a Pacquiao, Mayweather, or Alvarez in the ring this January, there will be plenty of action for boxing heads including this bill on HBO January 19. Photo: HBO

Fans may be more eager to see the hard hitting man from Kazahkstan via Germany, Gennady Golovkin (24-0, 21 KOs) in only his second U.S. appearance against Rosado (21-5-0, 13 KOs), a no-nonsense, solid junior middleweight contender from Philadelphia who should have plenty of fans in the Garden. Golovkin had a spectacular American debut in September, decking Grzegorz Proksa in impressive fashion for a fifth round TKO. It’s a big jump from an upstate New York casino to Madison Square Garden. Let’s see how Golovkin handles it. 

Also on the card, a classic Puerto Rico vs. Mexico matchup; junior lightweight titleholder Rocky Martinez (26-1-1, 16 KOs) of Puerto Rico against Juan Carlos Burgos (30-1, 20 KOs) of Mexico.

Saturday, January 26

Lucas Matthysse vs. Michael Dallas Jr; Selcuk Aydin vs. Jesus Soto Karrass; Jermell Charlo vs. TBA
Showtime, 10 p.m. Eastern
The Joint, Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada

It’s a tripleheader at the Hard Rock, with Argentinean Lucas Matthysse (32-2, 30 KOs) in the main event against 26-year-old Michael Dallas of Bakersfield, California. Dallas is coming off two wins in 2012, but in 2011 he lost to Josesito Lopez by a seventh round KO, and a decision to Mauricio Herrera. Matthysse is also coming off two victories but of far greater significance against Humberto Soto and Olusegun Ajose, both knockouts. Matthysse has never been knocked out; his only losses were extremely questionable split decisions. The 30-year-old Matthysse punches people like a jackhammer into concrete. Dallas will be lucky to walk out of the ring on his own power at the end of the fight.

Turkish fighter Selcuk Aydin (23-1, 17 KOs) is coming off his first defeat by Robert Guerrero; Soto Karass of Mexico (26-8-3, 17 KOs) is also coming off a loss to Marcos Maidana. These welterweights both want redemption in their crowded division, and they will be motivated to give it everything they’ve got.

Junior middleweight prospect Jermell Charlo (19-0, 9 KOs) of Houston will face an opponent to be determined.

Also coming up this month:

Friday, January 11

John Molina Jr. vs. Dannie Williams; Brandon Gonzalez vs. Don Mouton
ESPN2/ESPN Deportes, 9 p.m. Eastern
Indian Springs, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Friday, January 11

Ronny Rios vs. Rico Ramos; Daquan Arnett vs. Brandon Quarles; Randy Caballero vs. TBA
Showtime, 11:15 p.m. Eastern
Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California

Saturday, January 12

Johan Perez vs. Steve Forbes; Thomas Williams vs. TBA
Fox Deportes/Fox Sports Network, 9 p.m. Eastern
BB&T Center, Sunrise, Florida

Saturday, January 19

Sergio Thompson vs. TBA; Manuel Charr vs. TBA
Fox Deportes/Fox Sports Network and Televisa, 9 p.m. Eatsern
Convention Center, Villahermosa, Tabasco, Mexico

Friday, January 25

Gabriel Campillo vs. Sergey Kovalev; Elvin Ayala vs. Curtis Stevens
NBC Sports Net, 9:30 p.m. EST
Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, Connecticut

Friday, January 25

Sergiy Dzinziruk vs. Brian Vera; Miguel Gonzalez vs. Tony Luis
ESPN2/ESPN Deportes, 9 p.m. EST
Turning Stone Casino, Verona, New York

Friday, January 25

Demetrius Andrade vs. Freddy Hernandez; Raymond Serrano vs. Emmanuel Taylor
Showtime, 10 p.m. Eastern
Paramount Theater, Huntington, New York


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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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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