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Ramirez vs Taylor, more: Boxing TV schedule for May 21-22, 2021

Ramirez-Taylor headlines the week in a must-see matchup.

Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Friday, May 21

Fightzone (UK), TBA, Myron Mills vs Lucas Ballingall. Fightzone is a UK streaming service with, being honest, lower-tier fights, but lower-tier fights aren’t always a bad thing, necessarily. Look how great Jake Paul is! This is for the English lightweight title, which is a stepping stone toward a British title. You may have seen Mills lose a competitive fight with Gavin Gwynne in 2018, and Ballingall lost his last fight.

Telemundo, 11:35 pm ET, Jonathan Gonzalez vs Armando Torres. Pretty standard Telemundo card, from Florida as always, Gonzalez is a good fighter but can be beaten, Torres is a 40-year-old journeyman you’ve probably seen lose a time or two.

Saturday, May 22

Channel 5 (UK), 5:00 pm ET, Sam Eggington vs Carlos Molina. The main event is for a WBC middleweight “silver” title, which doesn’t mean much by itself, but could set up the atrocious idea of Sam Eggington fighting Jermall Charlo if Eggington beats Molina, a former titleholder at 154 who was deported from the U.S. to Mexico in 2014 and has been fighting outside of the States since then. He lost four fights in a row back in 2017-18, all on the road, and also lost to Abass Baraou in 2019 in Germany, but he’s won eight straight low-level fights in Mexico, so that’s good enough for the WBC, I guess.

ESPN+, 4:40 pm ET, Ramirez-Taylor undercard. As of now, the show is set to feature Robeisy Ramirez, Elvis Rodriguez, Javier Martinez, Raymond Muratalla, and what could be a banger between Louie Coria and Jose Enrique Vivas. BLH will have live coverage.

ESPN+ and ESPN, 8:00 pm ET, Jose Ramirez vs Josh Taylor, Jose Zepeda vs Hank Lundy. The main event is for all the marbles at 140 lbs; the winner could, in theory, move right up to 147 and be a strong, unbeaten challenger for Terence Crawford, and heaven knows Crawford needs a decent opponent. But if Ramirez-Taylor turns out to be a great fight, maybe running it back would be worth it. We’ll see, but this is a must-see fight, this is one you need to tune in to see. Two top fighters, in their primes, undefeated, for the clear crown at junior welterweight. The co-feature isn’t great. Lundy is 37, years past his prime, and he usually came up short against his better opponents, anyway. But he’s a crafty, clever fighter who might have some tricks up his sleeve. Zepeda’s a good fighter but hardly flawless or anything. BLH will have live coverage.

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