Wednesday, June 12
ESPN+, 3:00 pm ET, Fury-Schwarz press conference. Let’s all tune in and see how many times Fury contradicts himself. BLH will have live coverage.
Thursday, June 13
Facebook/RingTV.com, 8:00 pm ET, Seniesa Estrada vs Gretchen Abaniel, Azat Hovhannisyan vs Glenn Porras, Carlos Caraballo vs Esteban Aquino. The RingTV stream starts at 8, the main card starts at 10 ET. The latest edition of Golden Boy DAZN Thursday Night Fights, which doesn’t air on DAZN, it streams for free online and airs on various regional sports networks, too, now including MSG Network. This series really has been fun since it started, and while frankly this episode doesn’t look as promising as the others, we’ll still be here and hoping for the best. Christian Gonzalez, David Mijares, Jose Vargas, and Pat Manuel are also scheduled for action. BLH will have live coverage.
Friday, June 14
ESPN2, 5:00 pm ET, Fury-Schwarz weigh-in. Fury will wear loud underpants and everyone will get weighed. BLH will have live coverage.
ESPN, 8:00 pm ET, Fury-Schwarz Live Preview Special. I don’t know exactly what this is going to be but ESPN is really going close to all-out to get people to sign up for ESPN+ for this fight, and this is part of it.
Saturday, June 15
ESPN+, 6:00 am ET, Jason Moloney vs Cesar Ramirez, Andrew Moloney vs Ruben Montoya. I’m basically going to be watching some form of ESPN programming from 6 am ET until around Midnight ET on Saturday, which is going to be quite a weird thing. I am fearful of turning into Stephen A. Smith over the course of the day, but if this is my destiny, at least I will be rich and dumb instead of ... this current state of mine. The Moloney twins are recently signed to Top Rank; this isn’t a Top Rank card, but I guess everyone figured why not get them on since they’ll be featured soon. The brothers expect to win here and this could be their last dates in Australia for quite a while. Both are serious contenders at 115 (Andrew) and 118 (Jason). BLH will have live coverage.
DAZN, 2:00 pm ET, Mairis Briedis vs Krzysztof Glowacki, Yunier Dorticos vs Andrew Tabiti. Sky Sports Arena will air in the UK. The WBSS tournament that even DAZN seem to have mildly forgotten about in favor of the 118 and 140 tournaments, these cruiserweight semifinals are good matchups, all of these guys top 10 fighters. Effectively, with Usyk and Gassiev both moving to heavyweight, Briedis vs Glowacki is really a 1 vs 2 matchup in the division, and the WBC and WBO titles are both on the line. Dorticos-Tabiti is a good fight, too, but it’s the obvious “less than” fight of these two. BLH will have live coverage.
ESPN+, 3:00 pm ET, Josh Warrington vs Kid Galahad. BT Sport will air in the UK. Warrington defends his IBF featherweight title in Leeds, home field advantage against unbeaten Kid Galahad. This is a good matchup on paper, and odds last I checked are actually a little tighter than I expected. The card also features JJ Metcalf vs Jason Welborn for the Commonwealth 154-pound title, Zelfa Barrett vs Lyon Woodstock for the Commonwealth 130-pound title, and more. BLH will have live coverage.
ESPN2, 7:00 pm ET, Fury-Schwarz prelims. Usually the prelims are on ESPN+ and the main cards on ESPN, but here we have a sort of reverse. Expect plenty of promotional push. Mikaela Mayer features against Lizbeth Crespo, plus heavyweight prospects Guido Vianello and Sonny Conto in action, and I think Andy Vences vs Albert Bell, too. BLH will have live coverage.
ESPN+, 10:00 pm ET, Tyson Fury vs Tom Schwarz, Jesse Hart vs Sullivan Barrera. BT Sport Box Office will air in the UK. Fury returns for his debut under the ESPN/Top Rank banner, and they’re clearly putting a lot into this fight. They maybe got something of a boost from Andy Ruiz Jr beating Anthony Joshua, putting into the air that idea that Schwarz might also shock the world. This feeling for on-paper mismatches won’t last forever — GGG and Oscar Valdez did about as expected this weekend, for instance — but everyone will milk it for a bit. Hart-Barrera is a legitimately good fight, Hart coming up from 168 and Barrera looking to hold firm as a contender at 175. BLH will have live coverage.
Sunday, June 16
BoxNation (UK), Noon ET, Dmitry Kudryashov vs Junior Makabu. It’s a big cruiserweight card in Ekaterinburg, Russia. Kudryashov is twice-beaten, Makabu the same, but both are names in the division still. This is for the vacant WBC silver title. The card also features Aleksei Egorov vs Mike Perez, Aleksei Papin vs Alexandru Jur, Evgeny Tishchenko vs Abraham Tabul, and Evgeny Romanov vs Ariel Bracamonte. All are cruiserweight fights except Romanov-Bracamonte, which is a heavyweight fight. We’ll have live coverage if possible. BLH may have live coverage.