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Ortiz-Berto II, Jack-Bute, DeGale-Medina, more: Boxing fight times and TV schedule for April 27-30

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It's a busy week for boxing, with plenty of fights airing around the world.

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Wednesday, April 27

FOX Sports 4 (AUS), 5:00 am EDT,x Jeff Horn vs Randall Bailey. Welterweight prospect Horn represented Australia in the 2012 Olympics, winning a pair of fights before losing to Ukraine's Denys Berinchyk, who went on to win silver at light welterweight. Bailey, now 41, still has a right hand if nothing else, and, well, that's the selling point for this fight. Bailey has a huge right hand punch. If Horn gets hit with it clean, he might lose. Bailey pretty much fell off the boxing map after his 2012 loss to Devon Alexander, but he's gone 3-0 since then, most recently fighting last October in South Korea.

Friday, April 29

Spike, 9:00 pm EDT, Andre Dirrell vs Blake Caparello, Anthony Dirrell vs Caleb Truax. Well, this is definitely a show. A show that will be on TV. It's the Dirrell brothers! Andre against Blake Caparello has been slotted into the main event, perhaps owing to Caparello's HBO fame from his fight with Sergey Kovalev. The most interesting fight on this card is actually a super bantamweight bout between Jonathan Guzman and Daniel Rosas, which is an IBF 122-pound eliminator. BLH will have live coverage.

Saturday, April 30

BoxNation (UK), 3:00 pm EDT, Hughie Fury vs Fred Kassi, Liam Walsh vs Troy James, Ryan Walsh vs James Tennyson. The twin Walsh brothers, Liam and Ryan, will defend their British titles, super featherweight and featherweight, on this card from Copper Box Arena. Fury is back in the main event against Fred Kassi. And Anthony Nelson will defend the Commonwealth super flyweight title against Jamie Conlan. BLH will have live coverage.

MDR (DEU), 4:50 pm EDT, Dominic Boesel vs Denis Liebau.

FOX, 8:00 pm EDT, Victor Ortiz vs Andre Berto II, Edwin Rodriguez vs Thomas Williams Jr. I have absolutely no idea what in the holy hell might go down in this main event. Victor Ortiz has been a half-absent, half-chaotic presence in boxing following his 2012 loss to Josesito Lopez, where he suffered a broken jaw. He came back in early 2014 and was knocked out by Luis Collazo. He looked about done then, like he didn't really want to fight. But he came back. Then he got hurt again. And he came back. And now here he is, against the guy he beat in 2011, the win that propelled him into the bizarre last four years of his boxing career. Berto has also been up and down in the years since, losing fights to Robert Guerrero and Jesus Soto Karass, undergoing shoulder surgery, and then coming back last year to face Floyd Mayweather, something Ortiz infamously did (to much louder results) in 2011 after beating Berto. One thing I can say, this fight will not be boring. It might not be great. It might not even be good. It may be outrageous. Something cuckoo may happen. But it won't be boring. Oh, and Rodriguez-Williams has three-round war written all over it. Am I stoked for this card? You bet your ass. BLH will have live coverage.

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SHO, 10:00 pm EDT, Badou Jack vs Lucian Bute, James DeGale vs Rogelio Medina. Just like the 16th, a PBC on network TV leads right into a Showtime card. Which isn't the worst thing, and I don't get sick of the commentators over too long. DeGale-Medina is a fight that has to be done as Medina is mandatory and it would be nice if that didn't come up at a time when it might block a better fight. Jack-Bute is a better matchup than it's getting credit for, perhaps. BLH will have live coverage.