Friday, Jan. 10
ESPN+, 1:00 pm ET, Hart-Smith weigh-in.
DAZN, 4:00 pm ET, Munguia-O’Sullivan weigh-in.
SHO, 9:00 pm ET, Claressa Shields vs Ivana Habazin, Jaron Ennis vs Bakhtiyar Eyubov, Alicia Napoleon-Espinosa vs Elin Cederroos. This edition of Showtime Boxing is Special, because it’s not ShoBox and it’s not Showtime Championship Boxing. We used to have “Caneloweight” when Canelo Alvarez would enforce 155-pound catchweights on opponents, and now we have ShieldsSHO, where the ratings get compared in articles to ShoBox despite not being ShoBox, and avoid comparison to Showtime Championship Boxing. Anyway, Shields-Habazin was supposed to happen in August, then October, and didn’t for various reasons you know all about, and now it will. Ennis is a tremendous 147-pound prospect. Napoleon-Espinosa could well be in line for Shields later on if she retains her belt against Cederroos. BLH will have live coverage.
Saturday, Jan. 11
ESPN+, 6:30 pm ET, Hart-Smith prelims. Your standard Top Rank prelims here, loads of prospects in action. BLH will have live coverage.
DAZN, 7:00 pm ET, Jaime Munguia vs Spike O’Sullivan, Franchon Crews-Dezurn vs Alejandra Jimenez. There’ll be more on the card, of course, prospects in action and what have you. Main card should start at 9 ET like usual with DAZN, unless they’ve changed things up for 2020, which seems unlikely. Munguia is moving up to 160, but he’s doing so against O’Sullivan, who has fought comfortably at both 154 and 160 in his career, so Jaime’s not taking on a big bruising middleweight right off or anything. The fight should be fun even if it isn’t competitive, O’Sullivan is always game and Munguia has the one speed. The co-feature is for Crews-Dezurn’s 168-pound belts. BLH will have live coverage.
ESPN, 10:00 pm ET, Jesse Hart vs Joe Smith Jr, Steve Nelson vs Cem Kilic. The main event is quite relevant in the 175-pound division, not only because it’s two guys fighting for a title shot, but because they’re aligned properly, as Top Rank have a very good stable of top light heavyweights at the moment. This isn’t “must-win” in that neither guy will ever get another shot, but it’s “must-win” if they want a shot next time out. Nelson-Kilic is a big fight for both those guys at 168. Nelson is an unbeaten 31-year-old from Omaha — so he’s part of the BoMac team down there — whose time to do something is basically now or never. He was an alternate for the 2012 US Olympic team and is an Army veteran. Kilic is an unbeaten 25-year-old of Turkish descent, originally from Germany and now based in Los Angeles. He trains with Buddy McGirt. BLH will have live coverage.