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Rigondeaux-Agbeko bout one of several worth seeing Saturday

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A Showtime quadrupleheader with an outstanding undercard Saturday probably will overshadow an HBO tripleheader . True fight fans are intrigued by most of the seven.

Oddly though, I’m not sure any of the seven will get space in your Sunday newspaper.

My favorite, as a follower of Nonito Donaire, is the HBO headliner, Donaire-conqueror Guillermo Rigondeaux against longtime bantamweight campaigner Joseph Agbeko, who is more than two years removed from his dazzling victory over Vic Darchinyan and hasn’t been very active. But Agbeko’s length and activity may bother Rigondeaux for a while and, Agbeko is capable of scoring enough points to create a blueprint for Donaire in the inevitable rematch. Rigondeaux’s speed will be the decisive factor, though.

Most boxing fans will feel more attuned to Showtime’s card, although the Zab Judah-Paulie Malignaggi main event is more like dessert than an entree. That bout, and most of the other important bouts Saturday, could affect how Gilroy’s Robert Guerrero spends 2014.

The No. 2 fight on Showtime pits a welterweight on a parallel track with Guerrero, Devon Alexander, against unbeaten Shawn Porter. Alexander is very high on my wish list for Guerrero, as Porter would be if he were to beat Alexander.

Two super-welterweight fights are also of interest to Guerrero. On Showtime, Austin Trout, a champion until Canelo Alvarez disposed of him last spring, tries to regain his footing against Erislandy Lara, like Rigondeaux a Cuban, who is coming off an impressive victory over Alfredo Angulo.

James Kirkland, who had an even more memorable victory over Angulo a couple of years ago and is still one of the most fearsome offensive fighters in boxing, tries to come back from setbacks on many fronts, including boxing, against unbeaten Glen Tapia.

Let’s not overlook Showtime’s least-ballyhooed offering, super middleweight belt-holder Sakio Bika, a 2010 loser to Andre Ward in Oakland, against Anthony Dirrell, the unbeaten brother of Ward’s 2004 Olympics running mate Andre Dirrell.

All of these fights have as much substance as the battle of Brooklyn between Judah, the stylish southpaw who once seemed the second coming of Pernell Whitaker, and Malignaggi, a polished boxer who is turning into one of the best commentators in the business.

It’s hard to pick the winners, but you’ll have fun trying.


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