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Berchelt-Valenzuela, Moloney-Franco, Moloney-Baez: Boxing fight times and TV schedule for June 23-27

We’ve got contenders and titleholders in action this week on ESPN.

Miguel Berchelt v Takashi Miura Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images
Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Tuesday, June 23

ESPN, 8:00 pm ET, Andrew Moloney vs Joshua Franco, Christopher Diaz vs Jason Sanchez. This is a “world title fight” ;) ;) ;) — Moloney holds the WBA’s “world” title at 115 pounds, a distinction he was elevated to after Roman Gonzalez beat Kal Yafai and the WBA decided Gonzalez was worthy of “super world” status, even though Yafai had never gotten that designation. Ah well! At any rate Moloney’s a good fighter, though he had his struggles last time out with Elton Dharry. Franco is a scrapper best-known for his trilogy with Oscar Negrete. He can fight, but he hasn’t really looked world class. Diaz-Sanchez is a nice co-feature for the show, a couple of guys really trying to make a mark at 126. BLH will have live coverage.

Thursday, June 25

ESPN, 8:00 pm ET, Jason Moloney vs Leonardo Baez, Abraham Nova vs Avery Sparrow. The second Moloney twin up this week is the one who’s lost a fight, but it was a world title bout against Emmanuel Rodriguez in the WBSS bantamweight tournament, and it was a very close fight. Like his brother, he’s a legitimate contender. Baez is short-notice, replacing Oscar Negrete, but he can fight a little, and has three straight decent wins, including an upset about a year ago over former Olympian Alberto Melian. Another solid co-feature on this show, as Nova, a 130-pound prospect, takes a lightweight bout against Avery Sparrow, a crafty young Philly guy who was lined up to fight Ryan Garcia last year before getting arrested. BLH will have live coverage.

Saturday, June 27

ESPN, 11:00 pm ET, Miguel Berchelt vs Eleazar Valenzuela, Omar Aguilar vs Dante Jardon. Another Zanfer card from TV Azteca studios in Mexico City, another main event mismatch between a world champion and a club fighter. Berchelt is one of the best fighters in the sport, the top guy at 130, and this is just a 135-pound stay-busy for him. Plans are in motion for him to face Oscar Valdez later this year. Aguilar-Jardon is a better matchup, a 21-year-old prospect against a 32-year-old veteran who never quite broke through and was found out a couple divisions ago as far as potentially being a top fighter. But a step up for Aguilar on paper. BLH will have live coverage.

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