Boxing coast-to-coast in Saturday trifecta of fights on HBO, Showtime

Catch Matthysse vs. Provodnikov in New York, Crawford vs. Delorme in Texas, and Chavez Jr. vs. Fonfara in California.

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Lucas Matthysse (left) and Ruslan Provodnikov get into fierce mode at Friday's weigh-in in New York. Photo: Ed Mulholland, HBO
Lucas Matthysse (left) and Ruslan Provodnikov get into fierce mode at Friday's weigh-in in New York. Photo: Ed Mulholland, HBO

SAN DIEGO, April 17, 2015 – If you have an appetite for boxing, fill your plate with a series of tasty fight dishes Saturday coming from all over the United States on both of the premium cable networks, HBO and Showtime. We put together a quick preview all in one place to get you prepped.

In New York, expect the best contest of the night with nothing held back. Knockout artist Lucas Matthysse of Argentina (36-3-0, 34 KOs) goes up against the Siberian Rocky, Ruslan Provodnikov (24-3-0, 17 KOs), in a super lightweight division fight.

John Molina (left) and Lucas Matthysse gave fans in Carson, California everything they had on Saturday.
John Molina (left) and Lucas Matthysse gave fans in Carson, California everything they had. Photo: Esther Lin, Showtime.

In 2014, Matthysse’s 11th round TKO win over John Molina won Fight of the Year honors among many boxing writers. In 2013, it was Provodnikov in the Fight of the Year as he lost a narrow decision to Timothy Bradley, Jr. Odds are extremely good this highly anticipated fight by serious fans will get on the FOTY shortlist again. These two like to bang and brawl, and their toughness matches their aggression. Provodnikov is working his way back from an unlikely decision loss to Chris Algieri last June. Matthysse has been on a roll since a decision loss to Danny Garcia in 2013. The fight airs at 9:45 p.m. Eastern as the main event on HBO.

Terence Crawford (left) and Thomas Delorma face-off in Arlington, Texas on Friday. Photo: Will Hart, HBO
Terence Crawford (left) and Thomas Delorma face-off in Arlington, Texas on Friday. Photo: Will Hart, HBO

Following this bout, undefeated Terence Crawford (25-0, 17 KOs) steps up to super lightweight for the first time against Thomas Dulorme (22-1-0, 14 KOs) for the vacant WBO super lightweight title at the University of Texas in Arlington. Since it’s just down the road from Crawford’s hometown of Omaha, Nebraska, perhaps his biggest fan, the Oracle of Omaha Warren Buffett will make it a road trip. This is a test for Crawford to see how he performs in the higher weight division. If he breezes through the fight as expected, he will have a wide array of names to work with along with some nice paydays to match.


What is it about the StubHub Center in Carson, California? It hosted the 2012 Fight of the Year (Rios-Alvarado I) 2013 FOTY (Bradley-Provodnikov) 2014 FOTY (Matthysse-Molina). Expectations can’t help but be high when you walk through those gates.

Julio Caesar Chavez Jr. (left) and Andrzej Fonfara face off at their weigh-in Friday in Carson, California. Photo: Courtesy Showtime Boxing
Julio Caesar Chavez Jr. (left) and Andrzej Fonfara face off at their weigh-in Friday in Carson, California. Photo: Courtesy Showtime Boxing

It would be surprising to see Julio Caesar Chavez Jr. and Andrzej Fonfara get on the short list for 2015, but don’t dismiss the idea entirely. Chavez Jr. (48-1-1. 32 KOs) and Fonfara (26-3, 15 KOs) fight at a catchweight of 172 pounds for 12 rounds on Showtime at 10 p.m. Eastern.

Chavez Jr. frustrates boxing fans. He shares his name and raw talent with Mexico’s most revered living boxer, his father. But he lacks the drive, work ethic and mental toughness, and his training regimen has been suspect leading up to many of his bouts. He often fails to make weight. But there remains the potential for greatness, so Chavez Jr. is still a draw. He comes off a 13 months layoff and three lackluster performances to face the Poiish born Fonfara. Fonfara, a true light heavyweight, held his own but lost a decision last May to Adonis Stevenson, then came back to take a decision against Doudou Ngumbu of France.

Chavez Jr. is the favorite but Fonfara will not make it easy for him, especially if Chavez Jr. decides to engage in a close quarters battle with the tough Fonfara. Fonfara says he is a much smarter fighter after his experience fighting Stevenson, and he has an edge in height. But if Chavez Jr. moves well around the ring and has gotten into any sort of decent condition after working with new trainer Joe Goossen, he seems to have a way of snagging the victory when the fight goes the distance.

There is also a familiar name on the undercard of Chavez Jr. vs. Fonfara: Fabian Maidana, the 22 year old younger brother of Marcos Maidana, fights a six round welterweight bout against Cory Vom Baur (2-2) of Tacoma, Washington. The younger Maidana is 5-0 with four knockouts, and he’s reported to be as good as his famous brother.

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 Communities Digital News. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego. Gayle can be reached via Google +

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