The Summer 2017 boxing schedule
The summer solstice began officially last Tuesday (June 20) and, as we look ahead to the next couple of months, the boxing schedule is unusually busier – and better – than usual for this time of year. In 2017, there is no real summer vacation for the sport of boxing.
Here are some highlights (placed in chronological) order of some of the upcoming fare boxing fans have to look forward to beginning next month…
– July 1 (ESPN) – Manny Pacquiao vs. Jeff Horn: “The Battle of Brisbane” takes place in Australia and, really, the point of interest in this fight, for many American boxing fans, is that ESPN is televising this fight on prime time this upcoming Saturday night. The “Pac-Man” is the current WBO welterweight titlist and, in Horn, he is handling his mandatory obligation. While the Philippines’ best-known politician is a substantial favorite over Horn, there is still expected to be over 55,000 in attendance “Down Under” at Suncorp Stadium.
Also on this card are highly-regarded Irish prospect Michael Conlan, IBF 115-pound titlist Jerwin Ancajas and Shane Mosley Jr., who faces David Toussaint.
– July 15 (HBO) – Miguel Berchelt vs. Takashi Miura, Jezreel Corrales vs. Robinson Castellanos and Joe Smith Jr. vs. Sullivan Barrera: This tripleheader takes place at The Forum in Los Angeles and should provide a fun night of fisticuffs across the board. Berchelt-Miura figures to be an all-action affair, for the WBC junior lightweight title, and Smith-”Sully B” is a pivotal light heavyweight contest.
– July 15 (FOX) – Omar Figueroa Jr. vs. Robert Guerrero, Marcus Browne vs. Seanie Monaghan and Artur Szpilka vs. Adam Kownacki: This show marks the return of boxing to the Nassau Coliseum (word to Mike Bossy and Bryan Trottier) in New York and, while Figueroa vs. “The Ghost” figures to be a pretty good brawl, it’s clear that Premier Boxing Champions’ Waddell & Reed war chest is diminishing.
Also, on this day, Chris Eubank Jr. takes on Arthur Abraham in London, at super middleweight.
– July 29 (SHOWTIME) – Mikey Garcia vs. Adrien Broner: This is one of the highlights of the summer lineup and it pits two well-known and established fighters with a plenty on the line. Garcia is on a quest for the biggest and most lucrative fights in the sport of boxing and he believes that, by taking care of “The Problem,” he will emphatically further his case for those types of opportunities. As for Broner, you get the sense that the higher-ups who run his career are putting him on the spot: Put up or shut up. For Broner, it’s a golden opportunity to make up for lost time and squandered opportunities – or be relegated to being nothing more than a name opponent.
– August 26 (HBO) – Miguel Cotto vs. Yoshihiro Kamegai: Hey, what better way to spend a warm, summer night than to be at “The War Grounds” of Carson, California at the StubHub Center, where Cotto resumes his career against the always game Japanese warrior Kamegai. But lets be honest, this fight card has/will been overshadowed by…
– August 26 (SHOWTIME PAY-PER-VIEW) – Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor: Yeah, it’s it’s happening whether you like it or not and it’s going to make a mountain of money. But remember, nobody is putting a gun to your head to support it. There’s no denying the amount of coverage it will garner but – as always – buyer beware.
– OK, August is a bit incomplete but it’s clear that further dates will be filled in. It looks like Top Rank aces WBO junior lightweight titlist Vasyl Lomachenko and WBC/WBO junior welterweight champion Terence Crawford will be performing this month (and not on HBO). August 5 is the rumored date for Lomachenko but it doesn’t look like it will be the rematch with Orlando Salido.
As for Crawford, August 19 has been prominently mentioned for when he faces the other beltholder at 140, Julius Indongo.
Now, among all these aforementioned fights/broadcasts, there are cards on ESPN2, EstrellaTV/RingTV.com, Telemundo, beIN Sports Espanol, Showtime (“ShoBox”) and various streams on Facebook Live throughout the summer.
FRIDAY NIGHT FIGHTS
The last day of June has an abundance of televised boxing. “Golden Boy on ESPN(2)” continues from the Fantasy Springs Resort and Casino in Indio, California, and will feature a main event between Oscar Negrete and Sergio Frias (who replaces Randy Caballero). The co-feature has Ryan “Blue Chip” Martin against Marcos Jimenez, alongside a host of other Golden Boy Promotions prospects like Lamont Roach Jr., Hector Tanajara Jr. and Genaro Gamez.
On BounceTV, there will be a card from Toledo, Ohio, where IBF lightweight titlist Robert Easter Jr. takes on his mandatory challenger Denis Shafikov and former junior middleweight title challenger Julian Williams, who is matched against Joshua Conley, returns.
As for Saturday night, no, I will not be watching Mr. Pacquiao on ESPN. I’ll be in Sacramento calling the Thompson Boxing Promotions card on Facebook Live (and ThompsonBoxing.com) alongside Beto Duran.
So check your local listings accordingly.
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