TV Guide for the boxing weekend
Yeah, the dog days of summer are here and there are no real “major” cards on this weekend. However there is actually a full slate of boxing taking place over the next few days that can be viewed either on TV (yeah, people still watch it the old-fashioned way on a…y’ know…television) or the Worldwide Web.
A look at what’s on tap…
– ESPN2/ESPN Deportes (Tonight, 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT): A card from Fantasy Springs Casino, in Indio, California, takes place featuring a junior lightweight match-up between Andrew Cancio and Dardan Zenunaj and everyone’s favorite gatekeeper Yoshihiro “Banzai” Kamegai returns against Greg Vendetti. This is the latest edition of “Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN.” The undercards (I assume) will be streamed on the ESPN Watch site.
– Showtime’s Facebook/YouTube pages (Saturday, 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT): Showtime continues to use its various platforms to showcase fights from Europe that otherwise wouldn’t be televised in the States. This Saturday afternoon, from Northern Ireland, former two-division Carl Frampton faces Luke Jackson and former world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury returns versus Francesco Pianeta. These two bouts will be replayed later in the evening on Showtime Extreme.
– ESPN (Saturday, 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m.ET): “Top Rank Boxing on ESPN” continues its roadshow and, this time, they land in resurgent Atlantic City, where heavyweight contender Bryant ‘By By’ Jennings is paired with Alexander Dimitrenko, while super middleweight Jesse Hart takes on Mike Gavronski. The undercard will be streamed on ESPN+ and features Shakur Stevenson, Joseph Adorno, Thomas LaManna, Jason Sosa and Christian Carto.
– Also rounding out the schedule this weekend are cards that are televised on beIN Sports Espanol from Mexico, CBS Sports Network from Maryland and KlowdTV from Russia. As the old saying goes – check your local listings.
According to the head of the WBC, Mauricio Sulaiman, it looks like the light heavyweight title fight between its champion Adonis Stevenson and Oleksandr Gvozdyk is set:
The fight will take place in Montreal on December 1st https://t.co/NwnSpVbD5q
— Mauricio Sulaiman (@wbcmoro) August 16, 2018
A source tells me that not everything is finalized just yet and this bout will take place most likely in Quebec City. Now if this does come to fruition, it creates an interesting situation for Top Rank, given they have plans to feature the return of WBA lightweight champion Vasiliy Lomachenko on one of the ESPN platforms. Stevenson-Gvozdyk will most likely air on Showtime.
This means Top Rank could have boxers in the main events of competing cards.
Here is this week’s edition of “The 3 Knockdown Rule,” in which Mario Lopez and I discuss all things boxing:
TJ Doheny captured the IBF 122-pound title by defeating Ryosuke Iwasa over 12 rounds on Thursday. Once again Japan continues to be the best place for foreign fighters to get a fair shake…Former WBC junior bantamweight titlist Carlos Cuadras makes his return to the ring on Saturday in Mexico, as he faces Ricardo Nunez in Mexico City…The September 21 edition of “ShoBox” will feature Jon Fernandez-O’Shaquie Foster. The following week, ShoBox returns with a card of lightweights, featuring Devin Haney and the rematch between Zhora Hamazaryan and Thomas Mattice…Eddy Reynoso is the new trainer for WBO featherweight titlist Oscar Valdez…HBO’s “Hard Knocks” with the Browns has been great. Yeah, they might be a bad team but they have made for some compelling TV…The ESPN The Magazine story on Nick Saban was very illuminating. Yeah, this guy isn’t always a grumpy mope…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.