(This is what the banner of this card has come to.)
Saturday night was to pit Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. and Saul Alvarez against one another in a contest to decide which young, debatably talented, widely loved Mexican junior middleweight would prove more popular when their matches went head-to-head. Then Chavez got sick, or had a contract dispute, or wanted to be a super middleweight because he likes food and dislikes work, and in the process might have proven himself so unreliable to his promoter Top Rank as to not get that Miguel Cotto fight for another year or more.
So this is what we have now. On HBO Latino, Alvarez inches his career ever-so-slightly forward with a bout against Lovemore N'dou, a sturdy veteran with a habit of coming up short. Ridiculously talented but ridiculously shortchanged bantamweight Nonito Donaire takes the lead slot in the Top Rank pay-per-view once held by Chavez, and fights his best opponent in years and years, Volodymyr Sydorenko formerly known as Wladimir Sidorenko, until recently a highly-ranked man in the division, not to be confused with Voldemort who fights Harry Potter. And two top-10 lightweights in Humberto Soto and Urbano Antillon meet on the Top Rank undercard in what might be the best-matched bout of the evening.
So we'll briefly preview those three fights, then quickly hit the rest of the week's schedule, such as it is.
[TQBR Prediction Game 5.0 is in effect for Alvarez-N'dou, Donaire-Sydorenko and Soto-Antillon. Remember the rules.]