Thursday, Aug. 18
DAZN and Social Media, 6:00 am ET, Usyk vs Joshua 2 press conference.
YouTube and Facebook, 1:00 pm ET, Figueroa vs Lipinets press conference.
Friday, Aug. 19
DAZN and Social Media, 6:00 am ET, Usyk vs Joshua 2 weigh-in.
YouTube and Facebook, 1:00 pm ET, Figueroa vs Lipinets weigh-in.
ProBox TV, 9:00 pm ET, Juan Carlos Camacho Jr vs Fernando Diaz. This is a Miguel Cotto-promoted show and ProBox’s first from Puerto Rico. Glad to see them with another card so quickly, and looking to expand around for different deals and ideas. Bad Left Hook might have live coverage (at the very least we’ll put up a post for the other three of you that watch these shows).
Saturday, Aug. 20
DAZN, Noon ET, Oleksandr Usyk vs Anthony Joshua 2. This is now officially set for DAZN, finally, as of Sunday the 14th, six days ahead of the fight. It’s Sky Box Office in the UK and Ireland. It’s great to have a proper big fight again. There are a TON of questions about this matchup, even more than there were last year. There’s also a solid full card here, so it’s worth tuning in for the whole thing. We’ll be here. Bad Left Hook will have live coverage.
YouTube and Facebook, 6:00 pm ET, Figueroa vs Lipinets prelims.
ESPN+, 7:00 pm ET, Navarrete vs Baez prelims.
SHO, 8:00 pm ET, Omar Figueroa Jr vs Sergey Lipinets. Adrien Broner is out, Sergey Lipinets is in. Lipinets was already set for prelim action, so I think he was on hand in part to get active, and in part as a backup in case someone had an issue in the Broner vs Figueroa matchup. This is still a good fight, though obviously Lipinets does not carry Broner’s remaining name power or anything, but for a pure fight fan, it’s a far higher chance we get a Good Fight here with this matchup. There are also two WBA title fights at 140 (Alberto Puello vs Batyr Akhmedov) and 130 (Roger Gutierrez vs Hector Garcia), and Brandun Lee returning in a rare four-fight Showtime setup. Bad Left Hook will have live coverage.
ESPN and ESPN+, 10:00 pm ET, Emanuel Navarrete vs Eduardo Baez. Wil’s got the coverage for this one, as Navarrete returns to defend his WBO featherweight title against Baez, an opponent he’ll be heavily favored to beat, like most Navarrete fights in his title reigns at both 122 and 126, but better than some of them. Baez is more on the Christopher Diaz level than the Jeo Santisima level. Bad Left Hook will have live coverage.