As you may already know, adorable animals fighting is totally our bag here at TQBR (though obviously we're not in favour of animal cruelty). These taxidermised squirrels going at it totally fit the bill, then, since they were already dead when they were taxidermised (we hope).
Anyway, enough about squirrels, let's talk about humans fighting. There are a few of them doing it this weekend. They include Danny Garcia, Deontay Wilder, Daniel Ponce De Leon, Michael Katsidis and Tony Bellew. I was going to put 52-fight Polish heavyweight veteran Tomasz Adamek in that list, but I'm not entirely sure he's human.
Danny Garcia vs. Mauricio Herrera, Saturday, Showtime, Bayamon Puerto Rico. No one is picking Herrera (20-3, 7 KO) in this junior welterweight fight, and for good reason. Garcia (27-0, 16 KO) is just on another level. The undercard has an intriguing heavyweight fight, between Americans Deontay Wilder (30-0, 30 KO) and Malik Scott (36-1-1, 13 KO). Wilder is undoubtedly heavy handed, but Scott, who was no doubt picked because of his own lack of pop, will be easily the best opponent of his career. Indeed, he's much more skilled than the crude Tuscaloosan. But I still think Wilder is going to do to Scott what he's done to everyone else he's ever met in the ring, and knock him out in short order. The final fight on the televised car is perhaps the most mismatched, with hardcase junior lightweight veteran Daniel Ponce De Leon (45-5, 35 KO) fighting former top prospect turned chinless wonder Juan Manuel Lopez (33-3, 30 KO) in a rematch of their 2008 fight (which Lopez won by KO). My how the tables have turned; many now consider it a fight bordering on ritual sacrifice.
Tomasz Adamek vs. Vyacheslav Glazkov, Saturday, NBC Sports Net, Bethlehem Pa. This fight had been scheduled to happen in November last year, but unfortunately Adamek (49-2, 29 KO) withdrew ill and Glazkov (16-0-1, 11 KO) went on to get an unimpressive decision win over Garret Wilson. Fortunately for me, that means I can reuse my preview and prediction from then: "What matters is that this is going to be a really fun fight. Neither man is particularly large or hard-punching for a heavyweight, but neither is the shy and retiring type, either. Adamek, I suspect, has the edge in skills, but Glazkov is no slouch, with over 200 amateur fights to his name. Glazkov will likely come forward, firing lead rights and left hooks while Adamek jabs and exchanges in spurts. I think Adamek probably has it, but he’s been challenged by all his most recent opponents, so who know, maybe Glazkov will be the one to knock him off his perch." On the undercard you've got light heavyweights Denis Grachev (13-2-1, 8 KO) and Isaac Chilemba (21-2-2, 9 KO) in an intriguing pure puncher vs. pure boxer match-up.
The Rest. Friday brings fights from Florida on Telemundo, headlined by Puerto Rican junior featherweight Jonathan Oquendo (23-3, 16 KO) against Guillermo Avila (12-1, 9 KO)... Meanwhile in Australia should-be-retired junior welterweight Michael Katsidis is fighting on. Tell me when it's over... Mexican featherweight vet Fernando Montiel (50-4-2, 38 KO) is fighting fellow Mexican featherweight vet Cristobal Cruz (40-14-3, 24 KO) in, you guessed it, Mexico, on Saturday night on UniMas... Finally there are fights in England, with light heavyweight Tony Bellew (20-2-1, 12 KO) fighting Valery Brudov (41-4, 28 KO).