BOXING: Pacquiao v Marquez, Magee v Kessler, DeGale v Zuniga – Live this Saturday

A bumper line-up of top international boxing from the UK and beyond takes place this Saturday night (December 8) across various networks.

Channel 5 has live coverage James DeGale’s fight for the vacant WBC Silver Super Middleweight title against Colombian Fulgencio Zuniga, with talented British prospects Kid Galahad and Chris Eubank Jr also in action.

Northern Irishman Brian Magee looks to cause an upset in the against Denmark’s Mikkel Kessler for the WBA World Super-Middleweight Title, live on Sky Sports.

Then in the early hours of Sunday morning, Primetime has exclusive pay-per-view coverage of the fourth meeting between arch rivals Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez from Las Vegas.

Full TV details below:

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James DeGale v Fulgencio Zuniga – WBC S-Middleweight Silver Title
Kid Galahad v Ivan Ruiz Morote – Featherweight Contest
Chris Eubank Jr v TBC – Middleweight Contest
LIVE: 10.00pm-12.00am – Channel 5

Channel 5 has live coverage of the bout for the WBC Silver Super Middleweight title between Britain’s James DeGale and Fulgencio Zunig from the Bonus Arena in Hull.

Just two months after his successful defence of the European belt against Hadillah Mohoumadi, the 2008 Olympic champion takes another step up in class against Zuniga, for a title considered by the World Boxing Council to be one step below their world championship.

His Colombian opponent may not be well known in this country, but having been in the ring with the likes of Kelly Pavlik, Lucian Bute and Tavoris Cloud, all current or former world champions, he represents a genuine challenge.

Supporting DeGale will be super bantamweight sensation Kid Galahad.

Kid Galahad is looking to take his perfect record to 13 straight wins when he meets Ivan Ruiz Morote in an eight round contest.

Since his professional debut in 2009, 22-year-old Galahad has taken his record to 12 wins with five knockouts, no losses and no defeats.

Morote, the WBC Latino featherweight champion, fought for the vacant European super bantamweight title in 2011 and represents another step up for Galahad.

His record stands at 15 wins from 17 contests with only two defeats, and he boasts seven knockout victories to his name and has also won the Spanish featherweight title.

Also in action on the night will be undefeated middleweight prospect Chris Eubank Jr, just a week after his convincing victory over Bradley Pryce in Belfast, against an opponent to be announced.

Mark Pougatch presents live coverage of a busy night of live boxing from Hull on Channel 5 and Channel 5 HD from 10pm, with commentary by Dave Farrar and Al Bernstein.

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Brian Magee v Mikkel Kessler WBA Super-Middleweight Title
Darren Barker v Kerry Hope – Middleweight Contest
John Ryder v Eamonn O’Kane Middleweight Contest
LIVE: 8.00pm-12.00am – Sky Sports 1

Sky Sports has live coverage of a double bill of shows taking place at Jyske Bank Boxen in Herning, Denmark and the Olympia in Kensington, London respectively.

Northern Irishman Brian Magee has been the WBA Interim champion since 2011, and now faces Denmark’s Mikkel Kessler for the world title, which has become vacant since Andre Ward was elevated to the rank of ‘Super’ world champion.

The main attraction on a somewhat depleted ‘Betfair Christmas Cracker’ bill in London sees Darren Barker’s return to the ring against Kerry Hope. 

It’s 14 months since Barker challenged Sergio Martinez for the WBC title in Atlantic City, causing the Argentine plenty of problems before the pound-for-pound great KO’d Barker in the 11th round.

The 30-year-old world title challenger had been plagued with injury problems that ruling him of two fights earlier this year, and even thought of hanging up the gloves, but says he’ll prove he is ready for a second title shot in 2013.

Barker’s clash with Hope is part of a fantastic line-up of British talent in London with John Ryder’s crunch middleweight test against fellow unbeaten fighter Eamonn O’Kane in an eliminator for the British title.

American fighter Carson Jones, who lost a majority points decision to Kell Brook in his previous bout, will also be in action.

He was due to fight Lee Purdy, but the former British belt-holder had to pull out earlier this week due to a virus.

This follows the earlier cancellation of the the fight that was due to top the Olympia bill between Gavin Rees and John Murray.

Dave Clark presents live coverage on Sky Sports 1 HD from 8pm, with analysis from Glenn McCrory and Johnny Nelson, and commentary from Nick Halling and Jim Watt.

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Manny Pacquiao v Juan Manuel Marquez – Rematch 4
LIVE: 2.00am-7.00am (Sun) – Primetime (Pay-Per-View)
CLICK HERE for details of how to order this fight

When Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez meet in the ring on Saturday night it will be the fouth time the pair have faced each other, but as of yet there hasn’t been a decisive victor between the two.

They have faced each other at three weights – featherweight, super featherweight and welterweight – resulting in a draw and two split decision victories for Pacquiao.

All three results have been disputed and debated endlessly by fans and fighters alike.

When the pair first met, way back in 2004, Pacquiao dropped Marquez to the canvas three times in the opening round.

The lightning fast hand speed of Pacquiao appeared to be too much for the counter puncher, Marquez, to deal with.

However, Marquez was able to survive the first round onslaught and pick his Phillipino counterpart off with well-timed counter punches for the remainder of the bout.

A controversial split decision from the judges was compounded by the fact the judge scoring the draw later admitted to making an error on his card which would have ruled the fight in favour of Pacquiao.

This controversy led to a rematch in 2008, and again the result was mired in controversy as Pacquiao picked up the split decision victory.

A tightly fought contest saw Marquez landing with the higher accuracy, but a third round knockdown scored against Marquez tipped the balance in Pacquiao’s favour.

Marquez was incensed with the result and called for an immediate rematch. This was denied by Pacquiao’s camp who instead elected to move up to the lightweight division.

In 2011 the pair again crossed paths for Pacquiao’s welterweight title.

Once again the fight did not deliver a conclusive victor and the result was booed by the fans in attendance as Pacquiao was again awarded the split decision win.

Marquez was able to pick off his opponent with a master class in counter punching as Pacquiao struggled to get to grips with his Mexican foe, however when the ringside stats were revealed it favoured Pacquiao who had landed more strikes.

Rarely in boxing have we seen two competitors so evenly matched and a long standing rivalry without any conclusive results.

The stage is now set for these two warriors to again go to war as they attempt to finally show who holds the upper hand.

Before the live Primetime show, fans can watch the most recent installment of the Pacquiao v Marquez fights, as well as the acclaimed 24/7 series from HBO before Primetime’s PPV broadcast begins at 2am.

A packed undercard for Pacquiao v Marquez 4 will feature three world championship fights and the professional debut of 2012 US Olympian Jose Ramirez.

Undefeated former World Featherweight Champion Yuriorkis Gamboa who will face Top-10 contender Michael Farenas for the WBA interim super featherweight title.

Javier Fortuna will face Patrick Hyland for the WBA interim featherweight title, and IBF lightweight champion Miguel Vazquez willdefend his title against the undefeated Mercito Gesta.

Completing the card will be 2012 United States Olympian Jose Ramirez. Ramirez will be  making his professional debut in a four-round lightweight bout.

Pacquiao vs Marquez 4 will be shown live and exclusively on Primetime (Sky channel 498)

For details on how to order CLICK HERE

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Earthquake in Essex
LIVE: 5.30pm-11.00pm – Primetime (free-to-view)

Before Pacquiao v Marquez 4, Primetime will be showing free-to-air boxing from Goodwin Promotions as the ‘Earthquake in Essex’ gets underway, live from Brentwood.

Eight live fights will broadcast on Sports Tonight TV, including two battles between undefeated fighters.

Kris Agyei-Dua faces Nathan Graham in an eagerly awaited rematch following their draw for the Southern Area Light-Middleweight title in September, with the same title at stake here.

Michael Lomax also makes his ring return, and there is the heavyweight grudge match between Ian Lewison and Dorian Darch.

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