Wednesday, May 6
TV Tokyo (JAP), 7:59 am EST, Takashi Uchiyama vs Jomthong Chuwatana, Ryoichi Taguchi vs Kwanthai Sithmorseng. This is a good fight that is as usual flying under the American radar, and really most of the world's radar. Uchiyama is the best 130-pound fighter in the world and has been for a while, and I said the same when Mikey Garcia was active and at 130. Meanwhile, Jomthong is no pushover -- Kyle wrote about him ahead of his January win over Daiki Kaneko, which lifted Jomthong to 9-0 (4 KO). If we can find a way to watch it live, we'll have live coverage. BLH may have live coverage.
Thursday, May 7
FOX Sports 1, 10:00 pm EST, Manuel Avila vs Erik Ruiz, Diego De La Hoya vs Ramiro Robles, Oscar Negrete vs Luis Maldonado. LA Fight Club is back from the Belasco Theater on FS1, as Oscar De La Hoya just adores the idea of a monthly "club" card centered around LA. Fight Night Club was a joke that never took off, but so far this show has been better than that crummy series was. Maybe it's just that the Belasco looks way cooler on TV than the Nokia Theater, I don't know. BLH will have live coverage.
Friday, May 8
ESPN2, 9:00 pm EST, Amir Mansour vs Joey Dawejko, Decarlo Perez vs Jessie Nicklow. It's a heavyweight showdown at the old ECW Arena, as Amir Mansour takes on Joey Dawejko. The official end of ESPN Friday Night Fights is just a few weeks away, and this is the third-to-last show for the series. It's certainly not a marquee event, but Mansour is fun to watch, and it could end quick either way with some highlight reel stuff. BLH will have live coverage.
truTV, 9:00 pm EST, Glen Tapia vs Michel Soro, Seanie Monaghan vs Cleiton Conceicao. Top Rank's right back on truTV with their second Friday Night Knockout show, and Tapia and Monaghan are both generally easy to watch, so that's good. They've got another show set for next week, then a break, it would appear. BLH will have live coverage.
Saturday, May 9
BoxNation (UK), 9:00 pm EST, Frank Buglioni vs Lee Markham, Bradley Skeete vs Brunet Zamora. Buglioni has a fan base and what looks to be limited upside, but he has won four straight since his loss to Sergey Khomitsky, and Khomitsky is a classic prospect and rebounding veteran checker, too. Buglioni's not the first guy that Khomitsky has upset or given serious trouble. Skeete is still on the rebound from his loss to Frankie Gavin last year.
Sky Sports 2 (UK), 2:30 pm EST, Matthew Macklin vs Ferenc Albert, Anthony Joshua vs Raphael Zumbano Love, Sam Eggington vs Joseph Lamptey. This Matchroom Boxing card in Birmingham was supposed to feature Frankie Gavin vs Chris van Heerden, but Gavin was instead steered toward a world title shot on May 30 against Kell Brook, and obviously he took that. The card is named "Resurrection," which is what Macklin needs after his knockout loss to Jorge Heiland last November. Joshua is facing another guy he should run over fairly easily, though Matchroom are hyping him as the "South American heavyweight champion," which he is and all, but, you know...so?
CBS, 4:00 pm EST, Omar Figueroa vs Ricky Burns, Tomoki Kameda vs Jamie McDonnell. Our afternoon attention will be on this fight, which is technically promoted by Warriors Boxing, because technically, Al Haymon is not technically a promoter, technically. Figueroa is moving up to 140 pounds for this fight against Burns, and both are former titleholders at 135 (and Burns at 130, too). Burns has looked somewhere between shopworn and shot since his 2012 beatdown of Kevin Mitchell, having to rally to beat Chepo Gonzalez, which was followed by a gift draw against Ray Beltran, and then two losses to Terence Crawford and Dejan Zlaticanin. He did win his last fight, though. Figueroa is an all-action pressure fighter who doesn't do much defensively other than get hit in the face and also hit you in the face in return. Kameda-McDonnell is a nice matchup at 118 pounds, and don't count McDonnell out, as Kameda didn't exactly look like a world-beater against Alejandro Perez in his last fight. BLH will have live coverage.
SAT1 (DEU), 4:25 pm EST, Felix Sturm vs Fedor Chudinov, Jack Culcay vs Maurice Weber. Sturm is back at super middleweight against Chudinov, an unbeaten but also untested fighter. This is for the interim WBA super middleweight title, which Chudinov won against Ben McCulloch in his last fight. And given the long inactivity of Andre Ward, plus the inactivity of Carl Froch, this actually makes sense to have an interim title, not that the WBA or anyone else has ever needed to make sense to have an interim title.
HBO / SHO, 9:00 pm EST, Replay: Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao. If you're looking to relive the fight, pick a channel.
HBO / BoxNation (UK) / Azteca (MEX) / Main Event PPV (AUS), 9:00 pm EST, Canelo Alvarez vs James Kirkland, Humberto Soto vs Frankie Gomez. The broadcast starts at 9 with the PPV replay, but these live fights will likely begin at around 10 pm EST. The main event is very intriguing; you'd be forgiven for expecting a Canelo romp, given we have no idea what to expect of Kirkland, but James has the power to be dangerous against anyone. Soto-Gomez is a really nice veteran vs prospect matchup, and Soto looked good in his last fight against John Molina. BLH will have live coverage.
UniMas, 11:00 pm EST, Jose Ramirez vs Robert Frankel. This is the Jose Ramirez who competed for the U.S. Olympic team in 2012, a team that produced no medals but a lot of solid professional prospects. I think if you asked me if I'd prefer a great American amateur program or a "bad" program that puts out fighters who adapt well to the pro game, I'd choose the latter, simply because I honestly don't care much about amateur boxing and find the whole thing to be goofy, but that's me. And obviously those shouldn't be the only two choices, but I'm saying if that were the scenario, etc.