Thursday, Aug. 20
UFC Fight Pass, 7:00 pm ET, Vladimir Shishkin vs Oscar Riojas, Timur Kerefov vs Calvin Metcalf. There are other fights, too, novice prospect bouts, but Shishkin-Riojas is the main event, and I wanted to make special note that Calvin Metcalf will be returning to action in Detroit. This is Salita’s first Kronk card on Fight Pass. Shishkin is 29 so he’s not exactly a young super middleweight prospect, but he’s done as he’s supposed to do so far, relocating his career to the U.S. last summer. Riojas is, at best, a sideways step for him in terms of gaining any credibility or whatever, but right now it’s just about getting guys fighting again. BLH will have live coverage.
Friday, Aug. 21
Telemundo, 11:35 pm ET, Saul Juarez vs Axel Aragon Vega.
Saturday, Aug. 22
DAZN, 2:00 pm ET, Dillian Whyte vs Alexander Povetkin, Katie Taylor vs Delfine Persoon 2, Luther Clay vs Chris Kongo, Jack Cullen vs Zak Chelli. The show also airs on Sky Box Office in the United Kingdom. Whyte-Povetkin is a good heavyweight matchup, really the most significant matchup we’ve had since boxing’s June return, and Taylor-Persoon 2 is a rematch of a great fight. The other fights are well-matched on paper, particularly Clay-Kongo. BLH will have live coverage.
ESPN+, 7:30 pm ET, Eleider Alvarez vs Joe Smith Jr, Rob Brant vs Vitalii Kopylenko, CLAY COLLARD! vs Maurice Williams. Like Whyte-Povetkin at heavyweight, Alvarez-Smith at light heavyweight is a matchup of two legit top 10 fighters, so it’s nice to have that again, and two in one day! Brant is returning after a 13-month layoff against Kopylenko, who isn’t a complete scrub or anything. But forget all that, the real point is the Clay Collard: Middleweight Prospect is back in action against Maurice Williams, likely not of “and the Zodiacs” fame but you never know with these Bubble shows. BLH will have live coverage.
FOX, 8:00 pm ET, Shawn Porter vs Sebastian Formella, Sebastian Fundora vs Nathaniel Gallimore. The ... great remainder of the PBC on FOX schedule kicks off with former welterweight titleholder Porter taking on unbeaten Formella, who has never fought near the true world level, with all but one of his pro bouts in Germany, and that one was in Sweden. Porter will be a huge favorite here. Fundora, with his ridiculous dimensions at 154, is coming off a solid win over Daniel Lewis in February and will look to stay unbeaten against the veteran Gallimore, who has a win over Jeison Rosario to his credit, and it was a stoppage back in 2017. Prospect Joey Spencer will also be in action. BLH will have live coverage.