Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Erislandy Lara Unslicks Willie Lee in One, Yordanis Despaigne Scores Wide Decision Over Frank Paines

Wednesday Night Fights was the 2006 successor to what wound up being ESPN2's seasonal mid-week boxing program, Tuesday Night Fights. Unfortunately for fans, ESPN2 cut back their boxing programming to Friday Night Fights, thus any televised pre-Friday boxing has come to be a nice surprise. 

ESPN2 aired what they called their "ESPN Boxing Special" earlier this evening, featuring Cuban standouts Erislandy Lara and Yordanis Despaigne. 

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Jean Pascal Dethrones Chad Dawson in Montreal

The same city to host the great light heavyweight classic between Yvon Durelle and Archie Moore over 50 years ago again held a surprising matchup at 175 lbs. Only this time, Canada came out on top.

Recent light heavyweight kingpin "Bad" Chad Dawson snoozed his way to losing his undefeated record and Ring Magazine title to former super middleweight contender Jean Pascal on Saturday night. The 3-1 underdog Pascal stole the show en route to an 11th round unanimous technical decision win, with the fight being stopped due to a cut over Dawson's right eye that was caused by an accidental headbutt. 

Pascal, now 26-1 (16), just happened to also be defending the WBC belt that Dawson dropped in 2008 to face former champ Antonio Tarver, though Dawson was widely regarded as the best light heavyweight in the world until tonight.

Dawson, an amateur standout and Pound-for-Pound list entrant as a pro, fell to 29-1 (17), with 1 No Contest. 

Friday, August 6, 2010

Breidis Prescott Decisions Harrison Cuello, Patrick Lopez Halts Prenice Brewer

Photo: John Gichigi - Bongart/Getty Images

Tonight from the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, ESPN2 attempted to showcase Colombian banger Breidis Prescott and young prospect Prenice Brewer, and things didn't go precisely as planned. 

Following a 15-minute delay for the ever-important Legg Mason Tennis Classic, fans were treated to the last few words of what sounded like an interesting studio lead-in from Brian Kenny. But the world will never know. 

At least we got to see David Nalbandian preach truth, his tennis racket a bullhorn of mullet-sporting excellence. Right? Gilles Simon didn't stand a chance in those colors.