Wednesday, April 20
FITE PPV, 3:00 am ET, Michael Zerafa vs Isaac Hardman. Not sure why anyone would pay $20 for this, but the option is there if you want it. Cherneka Johnson does face Melissa Esquivel for the vacant IBF junior featherweight title on the card.
ESPN App and Social Media, 9:30 am ET, Fury vs Whyte press conference. It’s Tyson Fury, who can make anything weird, so we’ll have live coverage and a stream of the presser. We’ll see if Dillian Whyte shows up! BLH will have live coverage.
Thursday, April 21
DAZN, 9:00 pm ET, Joel Diaz Jr vs Mercito Gesta. Golden Boy’s returning to their abandoned Thursday night series, though they don’t seem to be calling it anything special this time or whatever, maybe because they’re not sure how long they’ll do it. But we’ll see! They had a great run with these shows before petering out into dull, forgettable fare last time around. On paper, Diaz vs Gesta could be fun. They do need something to get more of their roster active and fighting, because they really do only have so many (three) Saturday night DAZN A-side types, people worth booking a whole venue around, and they’ve all (Ryan Garcia, Jaime Munguia, Vergil Ortiz Jr) out-grown the Fantasy Springs, which is where these shows will be held, or a similar venue. BLH will have live coverage.
Friday, April 22
ESPN2 and Social Media, 9:30 am ET, Fury vs Whyte weigh-in. Dillian Whyte actually has to show up to this. I mean, you have to weigh in, but honestly, why? He doesn’t have to make weight. He’s a heavyweight! I hope there’s a story about him asking why he has to show up to this. He’d have a point, really. BLH will have live coverage.
Probellum, 11:30 am ET,
John Riel Casimero vs Paul Butler Paul Butler vs Jonas Sultan. This does not appear to be airing on Fubo Sports Network, unlike Probellum’s two Dubai shows last month. But Probellum will air it on their site, which you can access here. It’s free. Furthermore, this has been a whole ordeal, with Casimero out and Sultan in for the Liverpool main event, and as of the moment is an interim WBO bantamweight title fight. The 11:30 am ET start is for all the fights, and there are 11 of them. But we’ll be around, because why not? What else is there to do at 11:30 am on a Friday when I’ll already be around and kicking from the Fury-Whyte weigh-in anyway. BLH will have live coverage.
DAZN, 2:00 pm ET, Ivan Zucco vs Marko Nikolic. A Matchroom Italy show, if you’ve seen them before you know about what they are. This one’s not bad on paper, nothing huge but decent matchups. If you’re going to watch this show, feel free to hop in on the Butler-Sultan coverage post and talk about it there, I’ll probably have both on just for kicks, too.
Saturday, April 23
ESPN+ and ESPN, 1:00 pm ET, Fury vs Whyte prelims. We’ll be here, but this entire undercard is brutal for a pay-per-view on either side of “the pond,” as it were. BLH will have live coverage.
ESPN+ PPV, 2:00 pm ET, Tyson Fury vs Dillian Whyte. Again, this is basically a one-fight show.
Anthony Cacace vs Jonathan Romero might be good. That fight is off but has been very capably replaced by Ekow Essuman vs Darren Tetley for the British and Commonwealth welterweight titles. Otherwise, you’ve got Fury’s half-brother Tommy in against A Guy, and Fury’s friend Isaac Lowe getting, for some reason, a vacant WBC “silver” title fight despite being smoked by Luis Alberto Lopez last time out. There are other, better prospects on the show, but there is nothing of major interest besides the main event. Even the better prospects are in lousy mismatches. But Fury vs Whyte should be a real event, somewhere in the neighborhood of 95,000 in Wembley for a heavyweight title fight. It’s going to be some atmosphere. The PPV is priced at $70. BLH will have live coverage.