Rios-Alvarado II, Golovkin, Bellew-Chilemba, more: Boxing TV schedule for March 29-30

Harry How

Brandon Rios faces Mike Alvarado in a must-see rematch of a 2012 Fight of the Year contender, headlining this weekend's action.

Friday, March 29

ESPN, 9:00 pm EDT, Brian Vera vs Donatras Bondrovas, Jackson Junior vs Umberto Savigne. Veteran Vera is always good to watch, as the scrappy Texas battler just doesn't know how to be in bad fights, even against Sergio Mora. Bondrovas is a 33-year-old Lithuanian fighting out of Chicago who has done the local club circuit. He's had close losses to Willie Fortune and Domonique Dolton, but no notable wins. BLH will have live coverage.

Saturday, March 30

Integrated Sports PPV, 3:00 pm EDT, Gennady Golovkin vs Nobuhiro Ishida, Edwin Rodriguez vs Ezequiel Maderna, Zsolt Erdei vs Denis Grachev, Sergey Rabchenko vs Adriano Nicchi. For those looking to waste some money, here's a mediocre PPV card! It's nice that there's an option to watch it, but none of these fights are worth paying to see on TV. It's not that there aren't important fighters here -- Golovkin is a rising star, of course, Rodriguez is budding into a contender, Grachev always fights hard, Erdei is still decent, Rabchenko is solid -- but the fights aren't terribly compelling. If two of these were a Friday Night Fights, it'd be decent.

WealthTV / Sky Sports (UK), 4:00 pm EDT, Tony Bellew vs Isaac Chilemba, Derry Mathews vs Anthony Crolla (rematch). The main event is a good light heavyweight matchup between top 10 sort of contenders, with the winner lined up for a WBC title shot sometime this year, most likely. Bellew will have home field, but it's a pretty even matchup otherwise, at least on paper. Mathews and Crolla had a war last year, and this time will fight for the vacant Commonwealth lightweight title. BLH will have live coverage.

Televisa (Mexico), 10:00 pm EDT, Mario Rodriguez vs Katsunari Takayama, Raul Garcia vs Pedro Guevara. A very nice doubleheader that's worth seeking out for you Hard Core Boxing Head Fight Freaks.

HBO / TV Azteca (Mexico), 10:15 pm EDT, Brandon Rios vs Mike Alvarado (rematch), Breidis Prescott vs Terence Crawford. The co-feature was supposed to be Prescott challenging Khabib Allakhverdiev for the WBA junior welterweight title, but Khabib pulled out, and has left us with a lesser fight, though an interesting matchup, really. Crawford is an unbeaten prospect from Nebraska getting a chance to prove his worth here against a solid fringe contender. The main event, of course, needs no introduction. You must watch. BLH will have live coverage.

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