Tuesday, September 13
FS1, 8:00 pm ET, Eddie Ramirez vs Kevin Watts. Ramirez is a legit prospect, and this fight with Watts is a rescheduled affair, and one that seems at least mildly intriguing on paper, anyway. BLH will have live coverage.
Thursday, September 15
CBS Sports Network, 10:00 pm ET, Dusty Hernandez Harrison vs Thomas Lamanna. Whether or not you consider DHH a legit prospect at this point, this is an OK matchup. The one thing, though, is that Lamanna has a decent record (21-1) but it’s come against mediocre opponents. The one time he faced a real prospect, Antoine Douglas, he was smashed in six.
Friday, September 16
Bounce TV, 9:00 pm ET, Ishe Smith vs Frank Galarza, Domonique Dolton vs Justin DeLoach. The interesting fight here is Dolton (who is replacing Chris Pearson) against DeLoach, a meeting of legit prospects. The main event is well matched, for what it is, but Dolton-DeLoach is the reason to watch, if you do.
Saturday, September 17
Polsat PPV (POL), 1:00 pm ET, Krzysztof Głowacki vs Oleksandr Usyk. Canelo Alvarez is going to take up most of the headlines, even for us. It’s just the way things are. Plus there’ll be a more aggressive push for that fight. But this one is easily — E A S I L Y — the best fight of the weekend. Głowacki upset Marco Huck last August in a Fight of the Year candidate, then beat Steve Cunningham in an entertaining bout in his first title defense in April. Usyk is a former Olympic gold medalist and at 9-0 (9 KO), has the look of someone who could rule a division for a while, but this is a big step up for him, too. 1 pm ET is when the full PPV card starts in Poland. BLH will have live coverage.
HBO PPV (US) / BoxNation (UK), 9:00 pm ET, Canelo Alvarez vs Liam Smith, Gabriel Rosado vs Willie Monroe Jr, Joseph Diaz Jr vs Andrew Cancio, Diego De La Hoya vs Luis Orlando del Valle. Alright, well, let’s roll up our sleeves and get this over and done with. Few suspect Smith has any real chance to win this fight, but it’s not that he’s not a quality fighter, and it’s certainly not that he’s expected to give less than a tremendous effort. It’s just that Alvarez is better; he’s beaten several better opponents already in his career, and is just entering what should really be his prime. The undercard is three fights that would be nice main events on Golden Boy’s Estrella TV series. Take that as you choose, but I am looking forward to Diaz-Cancio, I think that’s a very interesting test for Diaz. BLH will have live coverage.