Friday, February 4
DAZN and Social Media, 3:00 pm ET, Cuadras vs Rodriguez weigh-in.
FS1, 5:00 pm ET, Thurman vs Barrios weigh-in. This will be taped, as the weigh-in is actually happening three hours earlier.
Saturday, February 5
PPV, 3:00 pm ET, Chris Eubank Jr vs Liam Williams, Claressa Shields vs Ema Kozin. FITE have this one for $30, also airing on Sky Sports for those of you in the United Kingdom. Eubank-Williams is a really good matchup, one I’m excited for; Eubank may be BoxRec’s No. 1 middleweight, which even counting some people inactive seems bizarre to me, but he’s been far from untouchable in higher-level fights. Williams has a great engine and is tough as hell, but maybe Eubank’s athleticism and power will get him. I think it’s an intriguing fight. Shields is returning to boxing after not faring so great in MMA, and returning at 160 lbs, where she’s still got three of four belts even though she hasn’t fought in the division in almost three years. Kozin, on paper, is about as good a matchup as she’s going to get right now, and the big goal is to get to Shields vs Savannah Marshall. Bad Left Hook will have live coverage.
DAZN and Social Media, 6:00 pm ET, Cuadras vs Rodriguez prelims.
FOX, 7:00 pm ET, Thurman vs Barrios prelims. I like the Jesus Ramos vs Vladimir Hernandez matchup. Ramos is a really promising prospect, has a lot more talent than Hernandez, but Hernandez is a rugged, double tough dude who is hard to back down, and is coming off of a good upset over Julian Williams. If the Eubank-Williams PPV runs into this, which it likely won’t but instead go right into it, our live coverage will join when that’s done. But we’ll be here either way. Bad Left Hook will have live coverage.
DAZN, 8:00 pm ET, Carlos Cuadras vs Jesse Rodriguez. Originally meant to be Cuadras rematching Srisaket Sor Rungvisai for the vacant WBC 115 lb title, with Rungvisai out it’s now Jesse “Bam” Rodriguez stepping up and stepping in to take a crack at the belt. I like the fight a lot as a fight; it’s a big step up for “Bam,” who just recently signed with Matchroom, but a shot worth taking, I think, and should be a damn good fight. Bad Left Hook will have live coverage.
PPV, 9:00 pm ET, Keith Thurman vs Mario Barrios, Leo Santa Cruz vs Keenan Carbajal, Abel Ramos vs Lucas Santamaria, Luis Nery vs Carlos Castro. As much as nobody wants to pay another $75 to watch boxing at the moment, I do like this card as far as the fights we’ve got. Thurman-Barrios has potential to either bring Thurman back strong or basically put him out to pasture. Ramos is never in bad fights although Santamaria doesn’t promise the action Josesito Lopez did. Nery-Castro is a good matchup at 122. Also, Leo Santa Cruz in another fight like this. Bad Left Hook will have live coverage.