Usually we do one of these for each main event if we’ve got competing cards, but none of these fights tonight are so big that it makes much difference to spread them out, so let’s take a look at all the main offerings from ESPN, DAZN, and FS1 at once.
Masayuki Ito and Jamel Herring headline on ESPN for Ito’s WBO 130-pound title.
Here’s the tale of the tape for the main event:
Herring, a 2012 US Olympian, is a little older, a little taller, but won’t have a reach advantage and has never been in a world title fight before. And as you can see from a quick look at the rankings, Ito is universally seen as top 10 in the division, while Herring is not, to put it kindly.
Here’s a look at the co-feature, too, for the pure frickin’ heck of it all:
Pedraza has been the much higher-level fighter in his career. Lozada has one notable win — over Felix Verdejo — but not much else to speak of otherwise. He’s done a lot of club fights in Mexico so he has a pretty gaudy W-L record, but the 2018 upset of Verdejo is really his only notable win, and one of only two really notable fights, the other a TKO-4 loss to Roberto Ortiz in 2011. Pedraza has won world titles at 130 and 135 and is still considered a serious contender.
Bad Left Hook will have live coverage of Ito vs Herring and Pedraza vs Lozada tonight at 10 pm ET on ESPN
Devin Haney returns to action on DAZN against Antonio Moran. This show was meant to be headlined by Oleksandr Usyk’s move to heavyweight against Carlos Takam, but that got postponed and the card goes on, so here’s what we’ve got.
Haney will be giving up a pretty substantial amount of height, but the skill difference between these two should frankly negate that. Moran isn’t a big player at 135 or 140, but he’s on paper among Haney’s better opponents to date, too.
I haven’t put Haney into my top 10 at 135 yet — he’s not far out — but The Ring and TBRB have, which should tell you just how highly thought-of he is as a 20-year-old fighter. Or how good his team have been at promoting him even before he signed with a major promoter. One way or the other, a Moran win would be a huge upset.
Austin Trout and Terrell Gausha meet in a meaningful 154-pound main event tonight on FS1 from Biloxi, Mississippi.
Here’s how they match up on paper:
The pro experience vastly favors Trout. He’s been in nine world title fights over the years and taken on a lot of the top fighters at 154, including Canelo Alvarez, Erislandy Lara, Miguel Cotto, Jarrett Hurd, and both Charlo brothers.
Physically, they’re about the same, but Trout is a southpaw — he’s not Erislandy Lara, but Gausha had a terrible time with Lara in his one pro defeat. One of the bigger questions is going to be miles; Trout has a lot of them, and that experience advantage comes with some potential issues. Gausha, who is only two years younger than Trout, doesn’t have near the wear and tear.