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Boxing News Roundup (May 18, 2019): Wilder-Breazeale, WBSS, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, more

Kind of a slow news day overall, but we’ve got a big Saturday of fights coming.

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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

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All of Saturday’s title fights are set, and we’ve got five (5) of ‘em across various platforms.

There was a little drama on the scales in Glasgow, as Josh Taylor was just barely over 140 on his first weigh-in, after which he’d started to rehydrate before someone told him. Anyway, he got to 140 for his fight with Ivan Baranchyk. Naoya Inoue and Emmanuel Rodriguez were fine for their bantamweight bout, both fights World Boxing Super Series tournament semifinals. We’ll have live coverage at 2:00 pm ET via DAZN, and our staff made their picks on Friday.

Deontay Wilder came in a bit heavier than he has recently for his WBC heavyweight title defense against Dominic Breazeale, and Gary Russell Jr and Kiko Martinez were on-point for their WBC featherweight title bout on the same card. We’ll have live coverage at 9:00 pm ET via Showtime, with prelim coverage starting at 6:30 via live stream. Our staff made their picks for Wilder-Breazeale, too, but we didn’t figure it was worth writing paragraphs on Russell-Martinez, no offense.

Billy Joe Saunders and Shefat Isufi are set in Stevenage, England, too, with the vacant WBO super middleweight title at stake. We’ll have live coverage for that show, but our focus will be on the WBSS at the same time. Saunders-Isufi coverage starts at 2:30 pm ET via ESPN+.

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Canelo Alvarez v Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images

Reminder: No news roundup post on Sunday, as we’ll be going over the fallout from all the Saturday fights, but there will be a roundup of all the week’s notable results at 6 am ET on Sunday morning.

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