ESPN has picked up the U.S. rights to Saturday's super bantamweight showdown in Belfast, where Carl Frampton will take a step up in class against former world titlist Steve Molitor. The card will stream live on ESPN3, starting at 4 pm EDT. For UK viewers, the show will air on Sky Sports.
Frampton (14-0, 9 KO) is a highly-touted young standout, and will have hometown advantage for the fight. He was originally due to face European champion Kiko Martinez on this date, but Martinez withdrew due to injury. He was replaced by Molitor (34-2, 12 KO), which is a more than adequate substitute, if not just plain a better and tougher fight all around.
Also on the card, Lee Selby (13-1, 5 KO) will defend the British and Commonwealth featherweight titles against Martin Lindsay (19-1, 7 KO).
The card's third televised fight will see former European and British junior welterweight titlist Paul McCloskey (23-2, 12 KO) try to keep his relevant career going against Manuel Perez (18-7-1, 4 KO). McCloskey is the obvious favorite, but coming off of a loss to veteran DeMarcus Corley, and with two overall poor performances against Amir Khan (one-sided loss) and Breidis Prescott (debatable win) preceding the Corley bout, it's been a tough run for McCloskey lately.
Bad Left Hook will have a live coverage thread today, but our focus will be elsewhere, as Ricky Burns will meet Kevin Mitchell on BoxNation. If it all were to break right, we could cover both main events, but most likely, they'll wind up running head-to-head. Chances are we'll have some coverage of the Frampton-Molitor undercard, since it is better than the Burns-Mitchell undercard, and then do our best to handle the main event overlaps.