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Ortiz vs Thompson, Williams vs Matano, Margarito vs Paez, more: Boxing fight times and TV schedule for March 4-5

HBO and Showtime go head-to-head again on Saturday, with much more also on the schedule.

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Friday, March 4

Estrella TV, 11:00 pm EST, Michael Perez vs Martin Honorio, Christian Gonzalez vs David Rodela, Alexis Rocha vs Diego Padilla.

Saturday, March 5

AWE / BoxNation (UK) / Main Event PPV (AUS), Noon EST, Ruslan Chagaev vs Lucas Browne. The Noon EST start time is what BoxNation have listed for their full card. The AWE broadcast will be a simulcast of that, as far as I know, but not sure if that will be their start time, too. We'll have live coverage of the main event, which is fairly significant at heavyweight, as Chagaev is defending the fake WBA title. BLH will have live coverage.

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Sky Sports (UK), 3:00 pm EST, Sam Eggington vs Bradley Skeete, Bobby Jenkinson vs Gamal Yafai, Kal Yafai vs Dixon Flores. Eggington had a big 2015, winning the Commonwealth belt in May, then the British title in July, defending both against Dale Evans in October. Skeete has won four straight since a 2014 loss to Frankie Gavin. Jenkinson will defend the Commonwealth super bantamweight title against Gamal Yafai. BLH will have live coverage.

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HBO, 10:00 pm EST, Luis Ortiz vs Tony Thompson, Sadam Ali vs Jessie Vargas. Tony Thompson stepped in to save the day, basically. If Ortiz wins without complications, it's expected he'll be on the Canelo-Khan card on May 7. The Ali-Vargas fight is really the most significant of the weekend, for the vacant WBO welterweight title. BLH will have live coverage.

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SHO, 10:00 pm EST, Julian Williams vs Marcello Matano, Antoine Douglas vs Avtandil Khurtsidze, Tony Harrison vs Fernando Guerrero. This is a "special edition" of Showtime boxing, not a ShoBox, not a Showtime Championship Boxing. Williams-Matano is an eliminator at 154, with the winner in line for a shot at Jermall Charlo's belt. BLH will have live coverage.

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beIN Sports Español / Azteca (MEX), 11:00 pm EST, Antonio Margarito vs Jorge Paez Jr, Cesar Juarez vs Alvin Bais. Boxing's most notorious villain of recent years returns after a four and a quarter year absence from the ring. Margarito, now 37, isn't in easy for a fight after that kind of layoff. Paez is no world-beater, but he's competent, and if Margarito doesn't have it, Paez is decent enough to show him that.