Tonight at 9:00 pm EDT on Showtime, there will be three live fights from Foxwoods in Mashantucket, Conn., and BLH will be here with live round-by-round coverage and immediate post-fight analysis. In the main event, Rances Barthelemy will defend the IBF super featherweight title against Fernando Saucedo.
Barthelemy (20-0, 12 KO) will be defending his title for the first time, having won the strap from Argenis Mendez in July. Saucedo (52-5-3, 8 KO) is an Argentine veteran and not considered a serious contender, but Barthelemy is still relatively inexperienced, and bigger upsets have certainly happened. Right? Right?
In the co-feature and probably the best matchup of the night on paper, Vanes Martirosyan (34-1-1, 21 KO) will face Willie Nelson (23-1-1, 13 KO) in a pivotal 154-pound fight, a must-win for both men if they hope to soon receive a world title shot. Martirosyan-Nelson is scheduled for 10 rounds.
The opening bout of the three-fight broadcast will see former light heavyweight champ Chad Dawson (32-3, 18 KO) continue his comeback against Tommy Karpency (23-4-1, 14 KO) in a 10-round fight.