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    Sonny Bill Williams lands a punch on Clarence Tillman. AAP/NZN Image/SNPA, John Cowpland

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    Now we have got Sonny Bill’s Wednesday night farce out of the way, fight fans can move onto some real boxing live this weekend.

    And after that, local boxing starts live on Fox next Friday.

    ESPN2 started carrying the Friday Night Fights program live from the United States this year, which is broadcast at 1pm Saturday EST in Australia. With Teddy Atlas calling it, and no cover charge (unlike recent ‘boxing’), this is a winner from Foxtel.

    This week’s fights come from Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, Connecticut, in the north-east United States, and features the main event between unbeaten light middleweight Demetrius Andrade (15-0) and Mexican journeyman Angel Hernandez (30-10).

    The 185cm southpaw Andrade would look to have the better of Hernadez, however the 36 year old has been in with the likes of Winky Wright for the IBF World Middleweight title (lost on points), Antwun Echols (lost to Mundine on points in 2003), and former WBC and WBA light welter weight champion, Frankie Randall (won on TKO fourth round).

    This is a very interesting fight between the 23 year old and the seasoned pro.

    The main undercard is between welterweights Raymond Serranno, from the boxing stronghold of Philadelphia, and Rochester southpaw Kenny Abril. The unbeaten Serranno (17-0) should be favoured to account for Abril (11-4-1) although the latter could test him.

    Making up the second undercard on the seven fight program are lightweights Emmanual Gonzalez (9-0) and Jesus Bayron (5-3).

    Put last Wednesday in the history books sports fans, park up, and watch some real boxing live from the US in between the races from Caulfield, Eagle Farm and Rosehill.

    Have Teddy Atlas giving proper comments rather than cheerleading, and look forward to next Friday night’s live fights from Southport, then the Gold Coast, with the Australian heavyweight and cruiserweight titles being contested.

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    The Crowd Says (2)

    • February 11th 2012 @ 9:54am
      Tuapou said | February 11th 2012 @ 9:54am | ! Report

      Very few people watch boxing for the sport that it is. Most watch it for the spectacle and the stars involved. Hence i for one have no problem watching sonny bill fighting lesser opponents. And i think many people feel the same. Besides, he did genuinely appear to have improved his footwork, technique and power. A spectator cannot hope to ask for more than that at this early phase of his career.

    • February 11th 2012 @ 10:07pm
      Ko'd said | February 11th 2012 @ 10:07pm | ! Report

      Would hate to see what they were like before this farce,excuse me,l mean fight.After 2 1/2 minutes his footwork,technique and power still looked crap and if thats too harsh then novice amateurish,the boy needs alot of work before he takes someone on not residing at the buffet table.Now,to the point of your article great to hear the Angel Hernandez is still going around in the states,we also have Brett W Smith fighting again for the Australian title (defending) against Pony Shaw,he needs the hitout does Smith.Need to keep an eye and ear out for “Two Guns” Fleming this year already had a fight in the US,boasting an undefeated record.Getting toey just thinking about the year ahead will get to see after London what fighters could be next on the big stage,even “The Graetest” did the ultimate at the olympics to give him the background so its good to finish off talking about Ali rather than Williams because its the best weight divison in the world of boxing,Heavyweights,and the only time those two should be mentioned together is at the start and finish of this page.Cheers

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