Wednesday, Jan. 25
ProBox TV and YouTube, 9:00 pm ET, Cesar Francis vs Jesus Saracho. That’s right! Even if you don’t subscribe to ProBox TV, you can watch free (with ads) on ProBox TV’s YouTube (or Facebook)! The subscription at $1.99 gets you the show with no ads. Anyway, ProBox kick off their 2023 schedule, which is shifting to Wednesday nights for the time being, and that could be a hoot for the diehard boxing fan who gladly welcomes some regular Wednesday night fights on the schedule. John Hansen will be our resident “Mr. ProBox” for now on the live coverage, and we’ll be here for these shows. Francis is old (32) for a 12-fight prospect, but he’s a ProBox favorite and has shown some skills, and this looks like decent matchmaking against Saracho, a 21-year-old Mexican who will be upset-minded here. Bad Left Hook will have live coverage.
Thursday, Jan. 26
ESPN+ and Social Media, 8:00 am ET, Beterbiev vs Yarde press conference.
DAZN and Social Media, 4:00 pm ET, Rocha vs Ashie press conference.
Friday, Jan. 27
ESPN+ and Social Media, 9:00 am ET, Beterbiev vs Yarde weigh-in.
DAZN and Social Media, 4:00 pm ET, Rocha vs Ashie weigh-in. This is a “ceremonial” weigh-in, meaning they’ll weigh in for real earlier and then do this little stage show for the thousands of media in attendance and even more roaring fans.
FITE PPV, 8:00 pm ET, BKFC 35: Yosdenis Cedeno vs Gorjan Slaveski. I personally lost interest in “the product,” but if you’re still on board, that’s when it is.
UFC Fight Pass, 10:00 pm ET, Serhii Bohachuk vs Nathaniel Gallimore. Bohachuk has won three straight since his loss to Brandon Adams on Ring City USA (RIP), but the competition has been about as good as all those fights before he lost to Brandon Adams on Ring City USA (RIP). He’s 27 and one kinda gets the feeling there’s been some smoke and mirrors there, but he’s fun to watch. Gallimore is 2-5 in his last seven fights but the losses have all been to good fighters, and he “upset” Leon Lawson III in the summer of 2021, he knows what he’s doing in the ring and if Bohachuk has the major holes in his game it’s not hard to suspect he does, Gallimore can be dangerous here. The rest of the card is pretty low level, but whatever, I’m not doing anything on Friday night. That’d be sad if I were younger. Bad Left Hook will have live coverage.
Saturday, Jan. 28
ESPN+, 3:30 pm ET, Artur Beterbiev vs Anthony Yarde. 3:30 pm ET is the listed time right now on ESPN+; check on Saturday morning, we’ll have the time listed on the front page for when we’ll go live in case that changes, sometimes it does. BT Sport has the card in the United Kingdom. This should be a blast for however long it lasts, as Beterbiev is one of the hardest punchers in the sport on top of being a clever boxer who brings craft to his aggression, and Yarde can flat-out crack, making him dangerous, especially considering Beterbiev doesn’t exactly shy away from taking shots to do his business. The undercard also features a flyweight title fight between Artem Dalakian and David Jimenez, so it’s got something bigger than the average Queensberry undercard, plus Willy Hutchinson, Karol Itauma, and other prospects in action. I’m fired up! Bad Left Hook will have live coverage.
DAZN, 8:00 pm ET, Alexis Rocha vs George Ashie. We were meant to have Ryan Garcia in this DAZN slot. We were also meant to have Charlo vs Tszyu on this date on Showtime. But let’s not focus on what we don’t have! Let’s focus on what we have: Lex Rocha staying active.
Young, again, may spring to mind when you remember he upset Sadam Ali on the Canelo vs Jacobs card. He has turned that into nothing and it was almost four years ago, but you never know! Just like then, he has nothing to lose and a chance to score an upset. George Ashie is in, and Anthony Young is out. Floyd Schofield will also be in action against Alberto Mercado, Oscar Collazo faces Wilfredo Mendez in a WBO 105 lb eliminator, and Bektemir Melikuziev will fight. It’s not a bad little card overall! John will also be on the live call for this one. Bad Left Hook will have live coverage.