Lem Satterfield

Lem’s latest: HBO’s best to feature Manny Pacquiao, Gennady Golovkin


Over the course of five consecutive nights starting on Dec. 23, on HBO 2 will present 10 of 2013’s standout fights entitled “Boxing’s Best” featuring standouts and stars such as Manny Pacquiao, Tim Bradley, Gennady Golovkin, Adonis Stevenson and Sergey Kovalev.

Also among them are bouts highlighting Carl Froch, Miguel Cotto, Mike Alvarado and James Kirkland. Each night, the doubleheader of action starts at 11 p.m. ET/PT.

The “Boxing’s Best” lineup is comprised of the following:

Monday, December 23  

Carl Froch UD 12 Mikkel Kessler II
Sergey Kovalev TKO 4 Nathan Cleverly

Tuesday, December 24  

Timothy Bradley Jr. UD 12 Ruslan Provodnikov

Miguel Cotto TKO 3 Delvin Rodriguez

Wednesday, December 25

Mike Alvarado UD 12 Brandon Rios II

Gennady Golovkin KO 3 Matthew Macklin

Thursday, December 26  

Timothy Bradley Jr. SD 12 Juan Manuel Marquez
Adonis Stevenson KO 1 Chad Dawson

Friday, December 27

Manny Pacquiao UD 12 Brandon Rios

James Kirkland TKO 6 Glen Tapia



Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer said that he will begin work on a rematch of Saturday night’s super middleweight draw between WBC titleholder Sakio Bika (32-5-3, 21 KOs) and switch-hitting challenger Anthony Dirrell (26-0-1, 22 KOs).

The scores were: 114-112 by judge Don Trella for Bika (or eight rounds to four), 116-110 by Joseph Pasquale for Dirrell (eight rounds to four), and 113-113 by Glenn Feldman (seven rounds to five for Bika), with Bika having been dropped in the fifth round and penalized a point for a foul.

“I absolutely think that that fight should be a rematch. First of all, it was a great fight, and an entertaining fight and both fighters came to win,” said Schaefer. “Both fighters wanted it, and that’s exactly the kind of fight that you do a rematch for. That’s what people want to see. I think that Dirrell certainly deserves a rematch.”


Cruiserweight IIunga “Junior” Makubu (15-1, 14 KOs) of South Africa will face Polish contender Pawel “Hamas” Kolodziej (33-0, 18 KOs) on a Feb. 1 card in in Monte Carlo headline by WBA middleweight titleholder  Golovkin (28-0, 25 KOs) against former title challenger Osumanu Adama (22-3, 16 KOs), to a press release from his promoter, K2 Promotions.

Mukubu is a 25-year-old native of the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Kolodziej, a 33-year-old who is among the most popular fighters in his native Poland. The titled “Monte Carlo Night of Champions,” and is presented by Golden Gloves of South Africa, in association with K2 Promotions and GGG Promotions.



Photo by Chris Farina, Top Rank

Lem Satterfield can be reached at lemuel.satterfield@gmail.com

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