June 9th, 2011 By John Signorella
New York, NY – To even the most “die hard” fan, this forthcoming weekend mainly consists of unknown “up and comers” looking to do there thing and make some noise. On the bright side, the hunger and desperation instilled within such fighters in these type of affairs usually result formula for fireworks. Let’s take a chronological look at the line up.
ESPN STARTS THE FIRE
As per usual, the popular fight series “ESPN Friday Night Fights” kicks off the boxing weekend. Each installment of the decorated series features news, analysis of upcoming bouts, interviews, celebrity guests offering insight into the world of boxing, and competitive scraps. This week’s card showcases heavy handed record padded Puerto Rican charge Kenny Galarza (14-1, 14 KOs) pitted against hapless scrapper and loser of three straight Irving Garcia (17-6-3, 8 KOs) over 10 or less rounds of jr middleweight (154) combat at the Roseland Ballroom in New York, NY, Friday at 9 PM ET on ESPN 2.
SHOWTIME OWNS THE WEEKEND WITH TWIN DOUBLE HEADERS
The critically acclaimed series “Shobox” delivers two explosive cards this weekend. First up: power punching madman Lateef Kayode (16-0, 14 KOs) takes on vastly experienced cruiserweight (200) journeyman Matt Godfrey (20-2, 10 KOs) over 10 proposed rounds of throw down from the Chumash Casino & Resort in Santa Ynez, California. Televised action begins with talented bantamweight (118) Chris Avalos (18-1, 15 KOs) taking on unbeaten pug Khabir Suleymanov (11-0, 5 KOs) Friday at 11 PM ET. Action continues the next day as undefeated ruthless banger Luis Orlando Del Valle (12-0, 10 KOs) looks for his 8th straight knockout
when he faces light fisted featherweight (126) Dat Nguyen (17-1, 6 KOs) in a slated 10 rounder. The broadcast opens with devastating striker Jonathan Gonzalez (13-0, 13 KOs) squaring off against battle tested but (of late) often bested vet Richard Gutierrez (26-6-1, 16 KOs) in a scheduled 10 round middleweight (160) tilt from the Roseland Ballroom in New York, New York, Saturday at 10:35 PM ET. All aforementioned bouts in this paragraph will be seen on Showtime.