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Stevenson vs Bika, Joshua vs Gavern, more: Boxing fight times and TV schedule for April 2-4

Adonis Stevenson headlines the first PBC on CBS card this Saturday afternoon from Montreal.

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

Thursday, April 2

FOX Sports 1, 10:00 pm EST, Julian Ramirez vs Raul Hidalgo. The second of Golden Boy's new L.A. Fight Club shows features 22-year-old featherweight prospect Ramirez in action against veteran Hidalgo in a 10-round main event. Ramirez is a southpaw with a record of 13-0 (8 KO), and this is a chance to catch him in action. BLH will have live coverage.

Friday, April 3

ESPN2, 9:00 pm EST, Petr Petrov vs Gamaliel Diaz, Taras Shelestyuk vs Juan Rodriguez Jr. As FNF winds down its life, it remembers old friends, such as Petrov, the winner of the 2014 Boxcino lightweight tournament. The 32-year-old Russian hasn't fought since last May, when he beat Fernando Carcamo in the tournament final, so as you can see, it did wonders for his career. Diaz is a former super featherweight titleholder who upset Takahiro Ao in 2012 and lost in his next fight to Takashi Miura. He also holds a win over Robert Guerrero, but that came in 2005 and Guerrero won a rematch in 2006. BLH will have live coverage.

Saturday, April 4

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CBS, 3:00 pm EST, Adonis Stevenson vs Sakio Bika, Artur Beterbiev vs Gabriel Campillo. A couple of interesting fights with clear favorites but not without a chance of an upset. Bika is a former super middleweight titleholder and a dangerous opponent a lot of the time, a dirty veteran fighter who can get rugged with anyone, and has a hell of a chin. Stevenson is, of course, the reigning WBC and RING Magazine light heavyweight champion of the world, and has home field advantage, but that's not something that's ever bothered Bika in the past. Beterbiev is a highly-hyped prospect on his way up in the same weight class, a guy who beat Sergey Kovalev as an amateur. But Campillo is a battle-tested veteran, a former titleholder, and has turned his career back around with three straight wins, including a victory over unbeaten prospect Thomas Williams Jr last year. It's an early start time for the PBC on CBS premiere, so hooray! Relevant Saturday afternoon boxing on American TV again! BLH will have live coverage.

Sky Sports (UK), 3:00 pm EST, Anthony Joshua vs Jason Gavern, Stephen Simmons vs Jon-Lewis Dickinson. Joshua (10-0, 10 KO) faces another relatively soft touch in Gavern, a 37-year-old American who has lost two straight to Zhang Junlong and Gerald Washington. He did hang in bravely with Deontay Wilder last August for four rounds. When referee Jack Reiss asked if he was OK at one point in that fight, Gavern asked if he had any oxygen. He came and tried, but he wasn't close to that level. That's what should be expected here, too. For Joshua, this is meant as a rust-shaker to get him ready for Kevin Johnson on May 30.

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