Top boxing card of the weekend features Saul Alvarez

Let it be said, that as a professional athlete, James Toney is now officially overweight.

If you’re not busy tonight, you can watch Fight Night in America on Fox Sports Net. They’ll be airing last week’s match between the pudgy James “Lights Out” Toney, 72-6-3,44 KOs versus Damon “Not so dangerous” Reed 45-14 with 32 KOs and on the undercard they should also have that upset featuring Angel Estrada (5-1-1, 2 KOs) of San Diego versus Alfredo Rivera (1-7-0) of Los Angeles. Our very own Benny Ricardo of San Marcos, CA. joined Barry Tompkins on that telecast.



It appears everyone of Mexican extraction is on this guy's bandwagon.

Tomorrow night at the Honda Center in Anaheim, it’s Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (35-0-1, 26 KOs) of Juanacatlán, Jalisco, Mexico, taking on Matthew Hatton (41-4-2, 16 KOs) of Manchester, Lancashire, UK for the WBC light-middleweight world title.


At today’s weigh-in, Alvarez weighed in over the agreed upon 150 pound catchweight limit for Saturday night’s fight. His first visit had him 1.8 pounds over and his second visit 90 minutes later saw him shed a paltry four ounces. It has been the rule that when a boxer doesn’t make that catch weight, they forfeit 20 percent of the purse.

The mad skills and the age difference should help Adrien Broner get the win.

Also, the former super bantamweight champ, 30 year-old Daniel Ponce De Leon (41-2-0, 34 KOs), a southpaw from Huntington Park, CA. taking on 21 year-old, righty Adrien Broner (19-0-0, 16 KOs) from Cincinnati, Ohio.

You also have hard-hitting James Kirkland (25-0-0, 22 KOs) from Austin, Texas taking on Ashandi Gibbs (10-2-0). You may recall Kirkland was a fast-rising prospect who derailed his career twice by criminal arrests.




Daniel Jacobs (r) should have no problem with a boxer who has lost 8 of his last 10 matches.

Not to stop there, they added Daniel Jacobs, the NABO and NABA middleweight champ. Jacobs is being challenged by journeyman Robert Kliewer (11-12-2, 5 KOs) who has lost 8 of his last 10 bouts. They also added a heavyweight bout. Seth Mitchell, who is 6’2″ tall and has a record of (20-0-1, 14 KOs) will be battling a journeyman by the name of Charles Davis (19-21-3, 4 KOs) in a 10 rounder. Davis, a southpaw, is just 25 days shy of his 39th birthday.


Some people have been calling Ronny Rios a Momma's boy...but not to his face.

Friday, March 18, at the Hangar at the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa, promoter Roy Englebrecht has his new series “Fight Club OC” featured. On that show, unbeaten lightweight Luis Ramos Jr. (17-0-0, 8 KOs) from Santa Ana, CA. is scheduled to face one of the over 100 journeymen boxers with the name Jose Hernandez or possibly face David Armstrong (20-11-2, 12 KOs) from Cape Coral, Florida. In the Co-main event, super featherweight Ronny Rios (13-0-0, 6 KOs) of Santa Ana, CA. is set to face Alejandro Perez (14-2-1, 9 KOs) from Salinas, CA. Both bouts are scheduled for eight rounds. Rios, a former bantamweight, is now fighting as a super-featherweight.

A week later, All Star Boxing Promotions will present a crossroads bout between two fighters hoping for another crack at a title. Former world title challenger Jose “Shibata” Flores (45-10-0, 26 KOs) of Los Angeles, now 38, will take on 30 year old Roberto Garcia (28-3-0, 21 KOs) from Weslaco, Texas, at the Commerce Casino in Commerce, CA. Flores has won his last two bouts after returning from giving the music business a shot. Garcia’s last fight was a 10 round unanimous decision loss to a fellow by the name of Antonio “The Express Train” Margarito in Aguascalientes, Mexico.

At the end of March, we’ll be back at the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel in San Diego for another exciting boxing card presented by Bobby D Presents in association with Jorge Marron Productions. The scuttlebutt going around has Denis “the Pirate” Grachev (9-0-1) of City Boxing of San Diego in the main event.

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