Friday, April 17
ESPN2, 10:00 pm EST, Tony Harrison vs Pablo Munguia, Ryan Kielczewski vs Danny Aquino. Harrison is a Kronk junior middleweight on the way up. Munguia is, uh, his opponent. Harrison was last in the ring in March, when he knocked out Antwone Smith in the second round. BLH will have live coverage.
FOX Sports 1, 10:00 pm EST, Murat Gassiev vs Felix Cora Jr, Ray Robinson vs Sherzodbek Alimjanov. This is a Roc Nation show, and probably tells you all you need to know about how quickly Roc Nation is going to be making any serious impact. Gassiv is a 21-year-old Russian cruiserweight prospect who hasn't beaten anyone yet. Cora is a 35-year-old veteran who hasn't fought in a year and hasn't been in a relevant fight in four years. It's not really that this is a bad show, but if anyone was expecting them to make some immediate dent in the market, well, not quite. BLH will have live coverage.
CBS Sports Network, 10:00 pm EST, Dennis Hogan vs Tyrone Brunson, Tony Luis vs Ira Terry. This is also a show that is on Friday night. Tony Luis has rebounded from a loss to Ivan Redkach with back-to-back wins over Wanzell Ellison and Karl Dargan, now takes a step back against faded veteran Ira Terry, who always looks like he'd rather be elsewhere these days.
Saturday, April 18
BoxNation (UK), 2:00 pm EST, Derry Mathews vs Ismael Barroso, Liam Smith vs David Ezequiel Romero, Iain Butcher vs Luke Wilton.
SHO Extreme, 8:00 pm EST, Oscar Escandon vs Moises Flores, Omar Chavez vs Richard Gutierrez. HEY! Omar gets on TV! Every time the Chavez family comes to a new channel, more concessions are made. Such is the power of the CHAVEZ. Omar is not particularly good, and you've seen Gutierrez lose 140 times, but it's nice to have Showtime Extreme fights on again, too, and the Escandon-Flores matchup is a good one. BLH will have live coverage.
HBO, 9:45 pm EST, Lucas Matthysse vs Ruslan Provodnikov, Terence Crawford vs Thomas Dulorme. A split-site doubleheader, with Matthysse-Provodnikov in the TV main event slot and being promoted as the main event from the Turning Stone in Verona, NY. This is a can't-miss fight for boxing fans of any kind. This is going to be a war. Provodnikov has no idea how to do anything but charge forward, Matthysse doesn't avoid a throwdown himself, and both of them punch like all hell. This thing has Fight of the Year written all over it. Crawford-Dulorme is for a vacant belt at 140, with Crawford coming up from 135. That fight is taking place in Texas. Overall, you've got Top Rank, Golden Boy, and Banner Promotions working together on this broadcast. BLH will have live coverage.
SHO, 10:00 pm EST, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr vs Andrzej Fonfara, Amir Imam vs Walter Castillo. HEY! And over on Showtime, there are also fights. Chavez is making his Showtime debut and fighting for the first time under Al Haymon's watch, taking on the gritty Fonfara in a 12-round light heavyweight main event. This could be a really interesting, really physical fight. Chavez was always the much larger man at 160 and was physically stronger than most of his opponents, but a jump up to light heavyweight might take that away, and Fonfara is a strong dude who held his own with Adonis Stevenson a year ago. Imam is a very promising junior welterweight prospect with a big punch. BLH will have live coverage.