PPV – Newark, New Jersey
This Thursday, the top Polish heavyweight in the world, Tomasz Adamek, 42-1, 27 KO’s, takes a stay busy fight against the somewhat dangerous puncher, Vinny Maddalone, 33-6, 24 KO’s, in a 12 round bout. Adamek is one of the top heavyweights, in direct line for a title shot against WBC Kingpin, Vitali Klitschko.
The 10 dollar or so pay per view will feature this 12 round bout with the puncher’s chance against the boxing skill of Adamek. Maddalone promises to press Adamek, but may be charging into a minefield with the accurate shots of the Polish heavyweight hitting him as he comes in. What bodes well for Maddalone is that Adamek can be hit, but he’s taken shots from Chris Arreola and Michael Grant and hasn’t wilted. Maddalone, a loser to Brian Minto, Evander Holyfield, and Jean Marc Mormeck is a heavy underdog this Thursday.
The rest of the card is unremarkable but what do you expect for 10 dollars?
ESPN3 – SAP-Arena, Mannheim, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Love them or hate them, you cannot argue that the Klitschko Brothers are doing what champions are supposed to do. They are fighting regularly and against all comers. Unfortunately, they have eliminated most of the recognizable contenders and now must go after the ones that are remaining and somewhat obscure.
Wladimir Klitschko, 55-3, 49 KO’s, defends his IBO/IBF/WBO titles against the unknown challenger, Dereck Chisora, 14-0, 9 KO’s, which will thankfully be showed on ESPN3. Klitschko has won thirteen fights in a row and has been dominant in the destruction of his opposition. He looks unbeatable at this time and even more so when you look at the ranked heavyweights that want a shot.
Wlad showed his improvement by dominating and stopping former WBC Champion, Sam Peter, a guy that gave him a world of trouble in 2005. He is huge, confident, and has improved greatly on his defense over the years. Chisora is a huge underdog, but don’t count him out just yet.
Chisora is edgy with some criminal activity and in ring roughness. The boxing fans like a villain and he is aggressive, something that all recent opponents have failed to be against either Klitschko. If Chisora rolls the dice and goes for the stoppage, he’s got a chance. If he tries to outbox Wlad, he will end up like the others…a mangled heap on the canvas, beaten to death from the outside. This one may be fun while it lasts.
Untelevised – Saint Petersburg, Florida
Former Super Middleweight Champion, Jeff “Left Hook” Lacy, 25-3, 17 KO’s, returns to the ring against Dhafir Smith, 23-19-7, 4 KO’s, with the UBO Super Middleweight Title on the line. Lacy is returning after his defeat in 2009 to Roy Jones, JR., and hopes that the new Lacy will be more like the old Lacy, and start with a destruction of Smith and a belt around his waist.
Showtime – Tacoma, Washington
Building on the success of the Super Six World Boxing Classic tournament, Showtime brings a single elimination bantamweight four man tourney, with the first two match ups taking place this Saturday night.
Vic Darchinyan, 35-2-1, 27 KO’s, taking on Abner Mares, 20-0-1, 13 KO’s, with the IBO Bantamweight Title hanging in the balance. Darchinyan, the “Raging Bull” was a huge name in boxing and a big attraction before losing by stoppage to Nonito Donaire. His career has rebounded but the public interest seems to have slowed down. He hopes to win the tournament and get back on the pound for pound lists, where he once was.
Mares is relatively unknown but pulled a draw with fellow bantamweight Yohnny Perez, in his last fight. Perez is also in the tournament.
The co-feature and other half of this tournament’s beginning is Yohnny Perez, 20-0-1, 14 KO’s, trying to impose his power and keep his IBF Bantamweight Title as he faces the hard punching Joseph Agbeko, 27-2, 22 KO’s. This is a rematch from a bout that Perez won via UD in late 2009. “King Kong” Agbeko plans for revenge.
HBO – Las Vegas, Nevada
The best has been saved for last as Amir Khan, 23-1, 17 KO’s, defends his WBA Light Welterweight Title against the hard punching, Marcos Maidana, 29-1, 27 KO’s, in a grudge match. Khan has been accused by some of avoiding Maidana and really staying away from any fighter with a decent punch. His last fight with Paulie Malignaggi seemed to back up those claims. Malignaggi was no threat to stop him.
Khan’s chin is in question due to his sole defeat to Breidis Prescott in 2008, when he was blitzed in 54 seconds of the first round. He has rebounded nicely, picked up a title, and has a world of boxing skill. Maidana has only lost by split decision and is a relentless aggressor, stopping the talented Victor Ortiz in a thriller recently. His last fight raised some questions, a disappointing decision win over DeMarcus Corley, but he may have looked past him. He got the decision win and comes into this fight with something to prove. An outstanding fight!
The co-feature pits Victor Ortiz, 28-2-1, 22 KO’s, against Lamont Peterson, 28-1, 14 KO’s, in a 12 round bout. Ortiz and Peterson are top light welterweight contenders and it will be the boxer in Peterson versus the puncher in Ortiz in what promises to be another very compelling fight. HBO has put together a great double header.