Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Good fights dot TV schedule
By Dan Rafael
Lucian Bute returns to the ring after a disappointing defeat against Carl Froch in May.
A few fights here and there have been added to the upcoming TV schedule. Here's a look:
• WealthTV announced that it has picked up the American rights to a pair of interesting fights. On Nov. 3, it will air live coverage of former super middleweight titlist Lucian Bute's comeback bout in Montreal against Denis Grachev. Bute will be fighting for the first time since Carl Froch knocked him out and took his title in May.
WealthTV also has the U.S. rights to the Nov. 17 flyweight unification fight between Brian Viloria and Hernan "Tyson" Marquez, which will take place at the Los Angeles Sports Arena. This is a fantastic matchup, a fight that deserved interest from premium cable networks HBO and Showtime.
It looks like WealthTV is diving into boxing in a big way. It has output deals with Canadian promoter Yvon Michel and British promoter Mick Hennessy but hasn't limited itself to their fights. Last weekend WealthTV provided live coverage to U.S. viewers of three international fights: Adonis Stevenson's 12th-round knockout of Donovan George in a super middleweight eliminator in Montreal (a Michel fight); heavyweight prospect David Price's first-round destruction of Audley Harrison in Liverpool, England (a Frank Maloney fight); and James DeGale's European super middleweight title defense against Hadilla Mohoumadi on another card in England (a Hennessy fight).
• In addition to live coverage of heavyweight champ Wladimir Klitschko's Nov. 10 defense against Mariusz Wach from Hamburg, Epix's show will be a split-site doubleheader. In addition to the Klitschko fight, there will also be coverage of the return from injury of heavyweight contender Robert Helenius (17-0, 11 KOs). He will fight at home in Helsinki, Finland, likely against Finnish southpaw Jarno Rosberg (14-0, 4 KOs).
• "Friday Night Fights" doesn't return to ESPN2 (and ESPN3) until January, but there will be a Thursday night boxing special from the Mirage in Las Vegas on Dec. 6 as part of the festivities surrounding Manny Pacquiao-Juan Manuel Marquez IV fight week. The card isn't set, but lightweight Raymundo Beltran (26-6, 17 KOs) is due to headline against an opponent to be determined. Beltran, who is one of Pacquiao's sparring partners, is coming off a July upset of Hank Lundy on FNF.
• It's not a fight, but HBO announced its next installment of the "2 Days" documentary series. The 15-minute show will focus on heavyweight prospect Seth Mitchell and debut Oct. 27 at 10 pm ET/PT. The show follows Mitchell in the 48 hours before his most recent fight, against Chazz Witherspoon. Mitchell will return to the ring on an HBO undercard on Nov. 17 against Johnathon Banks. The "2 Days" show precedes a live tripleheader from Turning Stone Casino in Verona, N.Y., featuring welterweight prospect Thomas Dulorme against Luis Carlos Abregu, junior welterweight Karim Mayfield against Mauricio Herrera and lightweight titlist Miguel Vazquez in a mandatory defense against Marvin Quintero.