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Ito-Herring, Haney-Moran, Trout-Gausha, more: Boxing fight times and TV schedule for May 23-26

Not much by way of a BIG fight this week, but it’s busy again, at least on Saturday night.

Christpher Diaz v Masayuki Ito Photo by Alex Menendez/Getty Images
Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Thursday, May 23

DAZN, 1:00 pm ET, Haney-Moran press conference. It is a press conference. We’ll be here. BLH will have live coverage.

UFC Fight Pass, 10:00 pm ET, Ikram Kerwat vs Simone Da Silva, Joe Riggs vs David Damore. Another Roy Jones Jr card, this one from Tucson and featuring UFC veteran Joe Riggs making his pro boxing debut in the opening fight. Riggs is 36 years old, a former WEC middleweight champion, and he’s also competed in organized bare knuckle boxing. When he did BKB, he took his opponent to the mat and threw an elbow, so this could be interesting. Kerwat is the main event, though, a 9-1 Tunisian lightweight based out of Germany. The show also features 20-year-old bantamweight prospect Max Ornelas in action. BLH will have live coverage.

Friday, May 24

DAZN, 3:30 pm ET, Haney-Moran weigh-in. It’s a weigh-in. BLH will have live coverage.

ESPN+, 5:00 pm ET, Ito-Herring weigh-in. It’s a weigh-in. BLH will have live coverage.

Saturday, May 25

Channel 5 (UK), 4:00 pm ET, Hughie Fury vs Chris Norrad. Not exactly a marquee fight, really, but Fury is at least slightly notable still, due to his last name and the fact he’s only lost to Joseph Parker and Kubrat Pulev. If we can find a way to watch live, we’ll be here. Norrad is a 35-year-old Canadian club fighter who just fought a couple weeks ago in Miramichi, New Brunswick. Good for him getting a shot. I mean, on paper it’s a terrible fight, but good for Norrad, I’m never mad at a Norrad or a Steve Rolls or an Erick Ituarte/Jason Sanchez for taking this kind of opportunity. Of course they should. BLH may have live coverage.

FS2, 6:00 pm ET, Carlos Negron vs Daniel Martz, Efe Apochi vs Earl Newman. PBC prelims, featuring Puerto Rican heavyweight and former Olympian Negron returning after his December loss to Dominic Breazeale, plus a cruiserweight fight between unbeaten Apochi and once-beaten Newman, who is really coming up from light heavyweight. BLH will have live coverage.

ESPN+, 6:30 pm ET, Ito-Herring prelims. Jeyvier Cintron will face Koki Ito in a 10-round super bantamweight fight, and once-beaten Adam Lopez takes on Jean Carlos Rivera in a 10-round featherweight fight. KO artist Edgar Berlanga, Henry Lebron, and Antonio Vargas will also be in action. BLH will have live coverage.

DAZN, 7:00 pm ET, Devin Haney vs Antonio Moran, Michael Hunter vs Fabio Maldonado, Filip Hrgovic vs Gregory Corbin, Jessica McCaskill vs Anahi Esther Sanchez. Sky Sports will air in the UK. This was supposed to be Usyk-Takam, but Usyk is hurt and the show goes on. The most meaningful fight here is McCaskill-Sanchez, which is a 140-pound title unification. Haney is headlining, but this isn’t much of a ShoBox graduation on paper. Hunter and Hrgovic are heavyweights on the rise. BLH will have live coverage.

FS1, 8:00 pm ET, Austin Trout vs Terrell Gausha, Chordale Booker vs Wale Omotoso, Ahmed Elbiali vs Marlos Simoes. Trout-Gausha is a fairly important fight at 154, in that the winner will stay in the mix and the loser won’t. Booker is an unbeaten 28-year-old junior middleweight facing a tough Nigerian vet who’s never been stopped in Omotoso. Elbiali is an Egyptian light heavyweight who got found out in a big way against Jean Pascal in 2017, just absolutely thrashed. Last time out in January he demolished the shell of Allan Green. BLH will have live coverage.

ESPN, 10:00 pm ET, Masayuki Ito vs Jamel Herring, Jose Pedraza vs Antonio Lozada Jr. Ito-Herring is for Ito’s WBO 130-pound title, and the winner is likely to unify with Miguel Berchelt next. Pedraza looks to bounce back from his loss to Lomachenko. BLH will have live coverage.

Sunday, May 26 / Facebook / WBA, 7:00 am ET, Can Xu vs Shun Kubo, Carlos Canizales vs Sho Kimura. Two live streaming free fights from China. Xu is defending the WBA “world” featherweight title against Kubo, and Canizales is defending the WBA “world” junior flyweight title against Kimura. Neither are the actual WBA champ in their division — Leo Santa Cruz and Hiroto Kyoguchi have those honors — but they’re both notable fights, paper belts aside. BLH will have live coverage.

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