Thursday, Sept. 8
ESPN+ and Social Media, 8:00 am ET, Shields vs Marshall press conference. Given the heat between Shields and Marshall — and between Mikaela Mayer and Alycia Baumgardner — this might actually be a useful presser!
DAZN and YouTube, 9:00 pm ET, Yokasta Valle vs Thi Thu Nhi Nguyen. A 105 lb unification from Costa Rica, where IBF titleholder Valle has home field against Vietnam’s Nguyen, who comes in with the WBO belt. It’s abnormally meaningful for a Golden Boy Thursday show, though not really abnormally big. There’s an interim WBC title fight at 115 between Adelaida Ruiz and Sonia Osorio, too, plus veteran Anabel Ortiz vs Maria Micheo Santizo. It’s a women’s boxing-based show, not the last of the weekend nor the biggest, and we’ll be here. Bad Left Hook will have live coverage.
Friday, Sept. 9
ESPN+ and Social Media, 8:00 am ET, Shields vs Marshall weigh-in.
ESPN+, 7:00 pm ET, Christian Mbilli vs DeAndre Ware. It’s a Canadian boxing bonanza this weekend, and boy, is it Canadian boxing. Here we have Mbilli, who is 27, taking about a fifth straight sideways step in his career against Ware, a 34-year-old who is 3-3 in his last six. It’s better than the DAZN/UBP shows, but that’s not saying a ton.
DAZN, 8:00 pm ET, Josh Wagner vs Jorge Sanchez. This is the first show for Ontario’s United Boxing Promotions on DAZN, with the second coming on Saturday night. Being really, entirely honest, these are club-level shows; Wagner is unbeaten, but he’s also 29 years old and has had 12 fights in nine years as a pro. Cesar Juarez is getting run out again to face Otar Eranosyan at 130 lbs, too.
ProBox TV, 9:00 pm ET, Brandon Glanton vs Mario Aguilar. ProBox still have this listed as Miguel Madueno vs Juan Huertas main event but that seems to be off. Or it’s not! I don’t know. Anyway, Glanton is an unbeaten 30-year-old cruiserweight you may recall having a hell of a fight with Efetobor Apochi on a PBC card in the summer of 2021. He has since gone back to club fights despite winning because being an American cruiserweight is hell.
SHO, 9:00 pm ET, ShoBox: Joseph Adorno vs Hugo Alberto Roldan. This one flew under the radar a bit even for me, simply because I missed the Aug. 10 email blast about it. Anyway, John will be here. Joseph Adorno! Janelson Bocachica! A third fight! Bad Left Hook will have live coverage.
Saturday, Sept. 10
ESPN+ , 2:30 pm ET, Claressa Shields vs Savannah Marshall, Mikaela Mayer vs Alycia Baumgardner. This event has been postponed after the death of Queen Elizabeth.
DAZN, 8:00 pm ET, Sukhdeep Singh vs Xhuljo Vrenozi. Another UBP show from Brampton, Ontario. This one has Singh, another unbeaten 29-year-old, born in India and based in Ontario, ranked No. 119 in the world by BoxRec at middleweight, against Albania’s Vrenozi, now living in Italy, ranked No. 355 in the world by BoxRec at junior middleweight. I do not really understand this partnership, honestly. Surely the Canadians are not starving for this sort of Great Content behind a paywall.
FITE PPV, 11:00 pm ET, Social Gloves: Austin McBroom vs AnEson Gib. This is more celebrity boxing. You may remember AnEsonGib from looking like he had no business in a boxing ring against Jake Paul in early 2020. He’ll be fighting someone named “Austin McBroom,” whose name I think I recognize from another one of these events going awry and people didn’t get paid or something. The event also features former NBA player Nick “Swaggy P” Young against a fellow named “Blue Face,” and a battle of ex-NFL running backs Adrian Peterson, a legitimate legend, and Le’veon Bell, a former All-Pro. They’re third from the top under the likes of “Austin McBroom” and “Blue Face,” if you’re wondering what celebrity really is in 2022. Anyway, I’m going to do this show as an experiment; it’s a late night start on an evening where there’s nothing else that will even possibly result in site traffic, and I want to see just how far the interest in this stuff has stretched. Jake Paul is one thing, he’s a big name with American youth and his fights are on major PPVs. KSI is another thing, even, he’s a big name with British youth, has some connection to the Paul brothers, and his fights were on DAZN. This is ... less than, to put it nicely, but I want to see what this does. Feel free to ignore it! Bad Left Hook will have live coverage.