Tuesday, Nov. 3
YouTube , 2:30 am ET, Hiroto Kyoguchi vs Thanongsak Simsri. This one’s off, with Kyoguchi testing positive for COVID.
Wednesday, Nov. 4
FS1, 8:00 pm ET, Eimantas Stanionis vs Justin DeLoach, Chordale Booker vs Sanny Duversonne. A low-key PBC card. Stanionis is a 26-year-old Lithuanian welterweight who won gold at the 2015 European Championships as an amateur, and also fought at the 2016 Olympics where he lost to eventual silver medalist Shakhram Giyasov, but hasn’t done much since going pro in 2017. DeLoach, 26, had a slight amount of hype/hope at 154 a few years back after beating Domonique Dolton and Chris Pearson, then lost to Nathanie Gallimore and Jeison Rosario in 2018. He’s come down to 147, and lost to Terrel Williams in 2019. He’s 6’1” so he’s tall for the weight, but the results just haven’t been there in the key fights. Booker, 29, hasn’t fought since a May 2019 win over Wale Omotoso, and then suffered a torn Achilles in training a few months later. Duversonne is a 30-year-old Florida fighter we just saw lose to Truck Simpson on Oct. 9 in Vegas. BLH will have live coverage.
Saturday, Nov. 7
DAZN, 8:00 pm ET, Devin Haney vs Yuriorkis Gamboa, Zhilei Zhang vs Devin Vargas, Filip Hrgovic vs Rydell Booker. Several more fights, too, including Souleymane Cissokho, Darren Cunningham, Reshat Mati, Raymond Ford, and Arthur Biyarslanov in action. Or at least some of them, not sure, DAZN pulled some old timey “no full card” stuff with the Golden Boy show last Friday. ANYWAY, Haney-Gamboa is for Haney’s WBC lightweight title, and it’s — look, I said almost a year ago that Tank Davis fighting a faded Gamboa was a bad fight, and it was, and Gamboa has done nothing since but get 11 months older and have surgery on his torn Achilles. He’s never been near his best at lightweight and it’s doubtful he will be now. Zhang is not a heavyweight prospect, as he’s 37 years old, but Hrgovic is. BLH will have live coverage.
FOX, 8:00 pm ET, Luis Ortiz vs Alexander Flores, Frank Sanchez vs Brian Howard, Michael Coffie vs Joey Abell. As much as Haney-Gamboa isn’t something to get overly excited about, at least Gamboa used to be a really good fighter. The same cannot be said of Ortiz facing Alexander Flores in this FOX main event. I know it’s a FOX show, which by virtue of simply being on FOX means it will be pretty highly watched for boxing, but our coverage for this one is going to be “on the side” style; I’ll have an eye on it for a recap post but that’s it. It’s head-to-head with a better card — and that’s saying something not so good about this one — and the Haney-Gamboa show is going to have scores more interest for our purposes.