By Karl Freitag
The last quarter on 2013 has been one to remember with major televised boxing events every weekend. This weekend is no exception as both HBO and Showtime go head-to-head with world championship boxing, plus Friday night boxing returns with two televised cards.
After dominating Saturday night boxing with ten telecasts over the last eleven weeks, HBO will wrap up its year with a tripleheader featuring the return of WBA/WBO junior featherweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux against former champion Joseph “King Kong” Agbeko. It’s Rigondeaux’s first fight since shocking Nonito Donaire in April. The undercard features a very interesting jr middleweight clash with unbeaten Glen Tapia in tough against James Kirkland, plus middleweight Matthew Macklin vs. Lamar Russ.
Meanwhile, flip the channel to Showtime, which largely conceded the prime boxing months of October and November to rival HBO. CBS-owned premium network finally returns to the airwaves with a quadrupleheader topped by an all-Brooklyn welterweight clash between former champions Paulie Malignaggi and Zab Judah. The undercard features three world title fights. IBF welterweight titlist Devon Alexander defends against Shawn Porter, Erislandy Lara and Austin Trout meet for a vacant WBA interim super welterweight belt, and WBC super middleweight beltholder Sakio Bika defends against Anthony Dirrell.
Also Saturday night, UniMas will air a “Solo Boxeo Tecate” telecast featuring Roberto Marroquin in a rematch against Daniel Diaz. Marroquin is looking for revenge after losing to Diaz in a split decision earlier this year.
On Friday night, espn3.com will stream WBC cruiserweight champion Krzysztof Wlodarczyk’s title defense against Giacobbe Fragomeni. Wlodarczyk is coming off a spectacular KO win over Rakhim Chakhkiev in his only 2013 appearance. 44-year-old ex-champ and mandatory challenger Fragomeni is looking for his first win against Wlodarczyk in three tries.
Showtime’s Friday night ShoBox series, also missing in action since September, returns with a tripleheader featuring Mayweather Promotions fighters J’Leon Love, Badou Jack and Mickey Bey in showcase fights.