This weekend is completely barren of televised major title fights, but is that any reason to ignore what we do have to watch? I think not! Friday is going to be the night to watch, with two card being televised. Here’s what we get to look forward to fellow boxing heads!
Friday night, BET is set to televise a card from the D.C. Armory in Washington, D.C. This will be a card filled with up and coming prospects, headlined by D.C.’s Dusty Hernandez-Harrison. Harrison hopes to maintain his flawless record (29-0 16KO) against 29-year old Mike Dallas Jr. (21-3 10KO). Dallas has some credible wins to his name, but also some crushing defeats, most notably a first round knockout defeat to Lucas Matthysse. Harrison has high aspirations for his career, and Dallas will be a good measuring stick to see where he is at in his development. A dominant win would prove he is able to step up in class towards ranked contenders, while a tough, close decision win (or a loss) would mean that more building should be in the immediate future. Harrison is only 21 years old, so he still has plenty of time to develop his craft regardless of the outcome. I look for a KO win from Harrison however.
Also Friday night, Showtime is showcasing a card from Las Vegas featuring their group of pugilists gunning for ranked contender status. Headlining this show will be a bout between undefeated cruiserweights Andrew Tabiti and Keith Tapia. Tabiti (12-0 11KO) will be trying to keep his “0”in tact, and register another knockout along the way. He is a powerful fighter, only going the distance once in an 8-round bout that he won by unanimous decision. In the opposite corner, Keith Tapia (17-0 11KO) also has a record to protect if he wants to move into contention for a high world ranking. Tapia’s power shouldn’t be underestimated, but he appears to be the more refined boxer of the two. At the end of the day, somebodies “0” has got to go (unless they fight to a draw of course). I’m picking Tabiti’s power to be a deciding factor here, Tabiti by KO.
It is worth noting also that Lee Haskins (32-3 14KO) will be defending his IBF Bantamweight Title against the rugged, young Ivan Morales (29-1 17KO). This is Haskins’ first defense of his title, and I predict is will be his last. The 24-year old Morales shows quite a bit of talent, and his only loss was by a close majority decision. I haven’t been able to find any information regarding the bout being televised from Wales. I pick Morales by decision.
Not a weekend packed with numerous title fights, but still something to watch Friday night for the fans who miss ESPN’s Friday Night Fights (I know I do). For D.C. Area natives, tickets for the Friday night card are available at Ticketmaster, starting at $35 a piece. Who are your picks for the weekend? Let me know via Twitter @TheGreatToddMan.