Friday, December 9
FOX Sports 1 (AUS), 4:30 am ET, Paul Gallen vs Junior Paulo, Kye MacKenzie vs Dylan Emery. Gallen and Paulo are both professional rugby league players, Paulo making his pro boxing debut and Gallen at 5-0 (3 KO). This is not too uncommon a thing, for athletes from other sports to try their luck at boxing in Australia and New Zealand. Anthony Mundine was a rugby league player before he was a boxer, and you’ve got all sorts of novelty fighters who have done a handful of fights.
Saturday, December 10
BoxNation (UK), 3:00 am ET, Joseph Parker vs Andy Ruiz Jr. The vacant WBO heavyweight title is on the line between these two unbeaten prospect/contenders, with the winner joining the upper ranks of the division. It’s an interesting matchup on paper — Parker a big slugger, Ruiz a chunky technician -- and I am not convinced of either man’s victory going in. BLH will have live coverage.
SHO / Sky Box Office (UK), 12:00 pm ET, Anthony Joshua vs Eric Molina, Dillian Whyte vs Dereck Chisora, Luis Concepcion vs Kal Yafai, Callum Smith vs Luke Blackledge. To avoid having an even bigger block of bolded text, I’ll add here that Katie Taylor returns on this show, as well, as does Scott Quigg, who will face Jose Cayetano, and Luis Ortiz, facing David Allen, plus a British light heavyweight title fight between Hosea Burton and Frank Buglioni. Overall a pretty loaded card. SHO will pick up coverage at 5:30 pm ET in the States for the Joshua-Molina fight. BLH will have live coverage.
HBO, 9:35 pm ET, Terence Crawford vs John Molina Jr, Mason Menard vs Ray Beltran. This should be a ho-hum sort of fight for Crawford, who has beaten better fighters than Molina, and is more about (1) keeping Crawford busy, and (2) HBO filling a fight date. But Molina has surprised us before, too. Menard-Beltran is a more intriguing fight than the Juan Diaz-Beltran fight that was originally scheduled. At least if Menard wins, he might do something. BLH will have live coverage.
SHO, 10:00 pm ET, Jesus Cuellar vs Abner Mares, Jermall Charlo vs Julian Williams. A pair of world title fights, or in the case of Cuellar-Mares, a “WBA World” title fight. But still, significant no matter if you take the belt seriously or not. Charlo-Williams is a good matchup between two young, skilled fighters at 154, a division loaded with rising talents. BLH will have live coverage.
TyC Sports (ARG), 10:00 pm ET, David Emanuel Peralta vs Berlin Abreu, Kermit Cintron vs Rosemberg Gomez. Peralta is the man who upset Robert Guerrero earlier this year. Cintron is the man on another comeback attempt. This show is taking place in Pennsylvania, but has no U.S. TV.
Azteca (MEX), 11:35 pm ET, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr vs Dominik Britsch. The King is back! Shut down the other fights, WHO CARES?! Julio Cesar Chavez Jr has found his way off the couch to take on Dominik Britsch!