TV pick of the week – December 11

Pick it: TBRB #2 Vasyl Lomachenko vs #6 Richard Commey (Saturday, ESPN, 9:00 PM EST)

The 33-year-old former three-timer Vasyl Lomachenko (15-2, 11 KOs) has his second game since an uncomfortable loss to Teofimo Lopez. 34-year-old former lightweight athlete Richard Commey (30-3, 27 KOs) is doing the same thing in red hot lightweight.

This is the fourth fight between the ten lightest consensus in the past three weeks and comparisons with every finished bout will be inevitable. Lomachenko and Commey are aging at a time when the division is vibrant and youthful so the winner won’t have any easy tasks ahead. Heavyweight Jared Anderson and middleweight Xander Zayas of Jr., both promising high hopes, will also participate. The tag-less action begins on ESPN+ at 5:25 EST.

Additional shows to watch

Saturday – Kunkabayev vs Ward (ESPN+, 9:00 AM EST)

A full day of boxing begins with fights in the cruiser division. Kamshybek Kunkabayev (3-0, 3 KOs), the bronze medalist at the last Olympics, is making a rapid move. He will face Steven Ward of Great Britain (13-1, 4 KOs) to claim the title sooner.

Saturday – #2 Edwards vs Mama (AXS, 11:00 AM EST)

Flyweights get the spotlight in this main event. Sunny Edwards, 25 years old (16-0.4 KOs) has her first IBF defense against 24-year-old Jayson Mama (16-0.9 KOs). Senior fourth-place champion Donnie Nietes will also compete in the Jr.

Saturday – #1 Bivol vs Salamov (ESPN+, 11:00 AM EST)

30-year-old WBA light heavyweight player Dmitry Bivol (18-0, 11 KOs) has one of the deeper resumes in the league right now but his career has stalled for most of the past few years . 27-year-old Umar Salamov (26-1, 19 KOs) is a challenger and can provide the kind of challenge that makes people talk about Bivol more. A match of the top 10 middleweight contenders of TBRB Jr. will also be on the show. Former 31-year-old Patrick Teixeira (31-2, 22 KOs, #7) faces 26-year-old Magomed Kurbanov (22-0, 13 KOs, #9) in a thrilling match.

Saturday – Benn vs Algieri (DAZN, 1:00pm EST)

This is one of those things we won’t see every day: DAZN will reprogram itself tomorrow with overlapping tags. The son of one of the most exciting boxers of all time, Nigel Benn, continues his ascent. Conor Benn, 25 years old (19-0, 12 KOs) had a tough test here against former weightlifter Jr. 37 years old Chris Algieri (25-3, 9 KOs). 35-year-old lightweight queen Katie Taylor (19-0, 6 KOs) was also defending against 27-year-old Firuza Sharipova (14-1, 8 KOs). Sharipova’s only loss came from the decision on her professional debut.

Saturday – #2 Donaire vs. Gaballo (Showtime, 10 p.m. EST)

39-year-old WBC bantamweight player Nonito Donaire (41-6, 27 KOs) isn’t ready to leave the ring yet. He showed it with Nordine Oubaali earlier this year and has a younger, undefeated man up front here. Reymart Gablo, 25 years old (24-0, 20 KOs) came with a controversial decisive victory over former player Emanuel Rodriguez. It will be, including his dramatic loss to Naoya Inoue, Donaire’s third straight foe without losing. Rising stars in the Jr. (Brandun Lee) and middleweight (Kudratillo Abdukakhorov) will also participate.

Cliff Rold is the Executive Editor of BoxingScene, a founding member of the Transnational Boxing Rating Board, a member of the International Boxing Research Foundation, and a member of the Boxing Writers Association of America. He can be reached at–162671 TV pick of the week – December 11

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