While last night offered up two very respectable televised nights of boxing, the real show of the year's opening weekend comes tonight when Paulie Malignaggi puts his 140 lb IBF belt on the line against a very game Herman Ngoudjo on Showtime. Paulie is never going to be a knockout threat but he's willing to swing with anybody (see Cotto, Miguel) and his speed is impressive. That being said, I've always wanted to see somebody knock him out. Ngoudjo will provide a tough test, but he's never knocked out anybody of note. Continue after the jump for the recap of a busy Friday night in the fistic arts
• Fear the Peterson Brothers. Anthony and Lamont Peterson were the co-headliners on Friday night's edition of ShowBox. The pair of talented young brothers remained undefeated on their respective quests towards title shots in the coming years. Anthony, the lightweight, moved to 26(19)-0 with a punishing 8 round TKO victory over previously unbeaten Jose Antonio Izquierdo. Lamont, the elder brother at 23, went the distance in an easy win over a highly physical Antonio Mesquita. The win pushed Lamont to a record of 24(11)-0. If there is any justice Anthony, if not both, will be on the fast track toward much bigger things.
• Green Is Back For Real. Allan Green continued his return from that unfortunate colon surgery with an impressive unanimous decision over the established Rubin Williams. Green's record now stands at 26(18)-1 and he appears fit enough to exact revenge on the man who beat him (while he was ill), Edison Miranda. A win in that potential fight would propel Green into the upper tier of the super middleweight contenders.