Here’s a vast understatement: There’s a lot of boxing taking place throughout the next few months. With various new streaming platforms now on the scene, there are more cards happening across the globe than ever. In fact this torrid pace won’t let up till mid-December.
In many respects these upcoming weekends will be like college football Saturdays, when a multitude of games take place on various networks throughout the morning, day and night. (And yes, I have televisions, tablets and laptops on different games at the same time.)
Here’s a look at the weekends in October…
DAZN (Chicago, Illinois): Jessie Vargas-Thomas Dulorme, Artur Beterbiev-Callum Johnson (for Beterbiev’s IBF light heavyweight title), Danny Roman-Gavin McDonnell (for Roman’s WBA junior featherweight title), Jarrell Miller-Tomasz Adamek
ESPN+ (Leicester, England): Jack Catterall-Ohara Davies, Nicola Adams-Isabel Millan, Daniel Dubois-Kevin Johnson
ESPN+ (Tijuana, Mexico): Luis Nery-Jason Canoy
DAZN (Yokohama, Japan): Naoya Inoue-Juan Carlos Payano (for Inoue’s WBA “regular” bantamweight title), Kiryl Relikh-Eduard Troyanovsky (for Relikh’s WBA junior welterweight title), Ken Shiro-Milan Melindo (for Shiro’s WBC junior bantamweight title)
ESPN (Omaha, Nebraska): Terence Crawford-Jose Benavidez (for Crawford’s WBO welterweight title), Shakur Stevenson-Duarn Vue
DAZN (Ekaterinburg, Russia): Zolani Tete-Mikhael Aloyan (for Tete’s WBO bantamweight title)
DAZN (Newcastle, England): Lewis Ritson-Francisco Patera
Facebook Watch (Las Vegas, Nevada): Angel Acosta-Abraham Rodriguez (for Acosta’s WBO junior flyweight title)
ESPN+ (Las Vegas, Nevada): Ryota Murata-Rob Brant (for Murata’s WBA “regular” middleweight title), Maxim Dadashev-Antonio DeMarco, Esquiva Falcao-Guido Pitto
DAZN (Boston, Massachusetts): Billy Joe Saunders-Demetrius Andrade (for Saunders’ WBO middleweight title), Tevin Farmer-James Tennyson (for Farmer’s IBF junior lightweight title), Katie Taylor-Cindy Serrano (for the IBF/WBA female lightweight titles)
DAZN (Orlando, Florida): Emmanuel Rodriguez-Jason Moloney (for Rodriguez’s IBF bantamweight title), Yunier Dorticos-Mateusk Masternak
HBO (New York): Danny Jacobs-Sergiy Derevyanchenko (for the vacant IBF middleweight title), Alberto Machado-Yaundale Evans (for Machado’s WBA “regular” junior lightweight title)
ESPN+ (Sofia, Bulgaria): Hughie Fury-Kurbat Pulev
DAZN (New Orleans, Louisiana): Regis Prograis-Terry Flanagan, Anthony Yigit-Ivan Baranchyk (for the vacant IBF junior welterweight title)
DAZN (London, England): John Ryder-Andrey Sirotkin, Ted Cheeseman-Asinia Byfield
So yeah, that’s a lot of boxing and that doesn’t include cards like the two “Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN” shows on October 4 and 18, two Thompson Boxing Promotions streams (on October 13 and 19) and another edition of “Hollywood Fight Nights” presented by 360 Promotions on October 30.
– It was a momentous victory for Callum Smith, who stopped George Groves in seven rounds, on Friday, in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, to capture Groves’ WBA championship and the Muhammad Ali Trophy, as the winner of the World Boxing Super Series 168-pound tournament. Smith made a statement that he is the world’s best super middleweight but the WBC’s David Benavidez, the IBF’s Jose Uzcategui and the WBO’s Gilberto Ramirez will certainly state their cases.
Here’s hoping some of these match-ups can be consummated in the near future; however these aforementioned boxers all have associations with various promoters and their platforms. So making some of these fights could be problematic.
– Speaking of Uzcategui, he had a rather pedestrian 10-round victory, on Friday night, against Ezequiel Maderna, in a non-title bout that was streamed on ESPN+, from Oakland, California. “Bolivita” is scheduled to defend his IBF title versus Caleb Plant in his next bout.
– Jerwin Ancajas retained his IBF 115-pound title with a draw against Alejandro Santiago. Quite frankly Ancajas once again failed to impress in a title defense.
Wouldn’t mind seeing Rico Ramos get a crack at WBO junior featherweight titlist Isaac Dogboe but the question is, can he actually make 122? He came in at over 127 pounds for his fight last Friday night at the Oracle…Representatives of WBC junior welterweight titlist Jose Ramirez have made it clear that they would like to face Jorge Linares, who made his 140-pound debut this past weekend by scoring a third round KO of Abner Cotto. Sign me up for that…So has anyone dropped their HBO subscriptions yet?…Kyler Murray of Oklahoma University is my September Heisman Trophy winner…I can be reached at email@example.com and I tweet (a lot) at twitter.com/steveucnlive. I also share photos of stuff at instagram.com/steveucnlive and can also be found at tsu.co/steveucnlive.