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Bradley vs Provodnikov, Jorge Linares, Orlando Cruz, more: Boxing TV schedule for March 15-16

Timothy Bradley returns against Ruslan Provodnikov, Orlando Cruz faces Aalan Martinez, John Riel Casimero defends his world title, and more.

Kevork Djansezian
Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Friday, March 15

Loaded TV (UK), 5:30 PM EDT, John McDermott vs Matt Skelton II.

Rai Sport (Italy), 6:00 PM EDT, Orlando Fiordigiglio vs Domenico Salvemini.


Telemundo, 11:35 pm EDT, Orlando Cruz vs Aalan Martinez. Cruz continues to work his way toward a frankly undeserved eventual title shot, likely against Mikey Garcia somewhere down the line. Martinez, a 29-year-old Mexican southpaw, is extremely untested, but his only loss is to Evgeny Gradovich, who is now a WORLD CHAMPIOOOON. BLH will have round-by-round coverage.

Saturday, March 16

TyC Sports (Argentina), 8:00 pm EDT, Yesica Yolanda Bopp vs Carolina Alvarez.


TV Max 9 (Panama) / ABS-CBN 2 (Philippines) / TyC Sports (Argentina), 8:00 pm EDT, John Riel Casimero vs Luis Alberto Rios, Roberto Vasquez vs John Mark Apolinario. Casimero defends his IBF junior flyweight title on the road in Panama.

FOX Sports / FOX Deportes / Televisa (Mexico), 10:00 pm EDT, Pablo Cesar Cano vs Manuel Perez, Jorge Linares vs David Rodela. Showcase fights for Cano and Linares on paper, but who knows with Linares? Update: Cano withdrawls with the flu.

ATV (Peru), 10:00 pm EDT, Alberto Rossel vs Walter Tello.


HBO, 10:15 pm EDT, Timothy Bradley vs Ruslan Provodnikov, Jessie Vargas vs Wale Omotoso. Bradley hasn't fought since June, so there's at least some feeling that maybe Provodnikov can provide a stiffer test than expected, simply because he's a high-output action fighter and Bradley might have to adjust to that. But Bradley is the very heavy favorite, and should be. Vargas-Omotoso is a decent matchup, kind of a high-end ShoBox/FNF bout. Neither seems a truly special prospect to me, and Omotoso has been disappointing since signing with Top Rank. Somebody's "0" will probably go! Unless they draw. BLH will have live coverage.

UniMas, 11:00 pm EDT, Roberto Marroquin vs Antonio Escalante. Should be a good action fight.

HBO, 12:15 am EDT, Road to Rios-Alvarado II.

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