Boxing TV schedule for June 19-23

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Paulie Malignaggi goes bare knuckle, Andrew Cancio faces Alberto Machado again, Jermell Charlo is back, and UFC Fight Pass has a world title bout this week in boxing.

Wednesday, June 19

UFC Fight Pass, 8:00 am ET, Kazuto Ioka vs Aston Palicte. This is the first world title boxing fight in UFC Fight Pass history, as Palicte is a Roy Jones Jr-promoted fighter. Hiroto Kyoguchi is also defending his flyweight title on this show, but it doesn’t look like his fight will air, as they probably just understandably don’t want to pay for US rights to something that, let’s be honest, not that many people are going to watch at 8 am on a Wednesday, or via replay later. But they’ve got Ioka-Palicte for the vacant WBO 115-pound belt. BLH will have live coverage.

Thursday, June 20

Facebook, 7:00 pm ET, D’Mitrius Ballard vs Elias Espadas, Eddie Gomez vs Saul Corral. Plenty of other fights on the card, including WBC 168-pound titleholder Franchon Crews-Dezurn making her Golden Boy debut, Mike Reed, Jaba Khositashvili, and more. BLH will have live coverage.

Friday, June 21

DAZN, 2:00 pm ET, Conor Benn vs Jussi Koivula, Ted Cheeseman vs Kieron Conway, Craig Richards vs Andre Sterling. This will be our afternoon focus on Friday, as it’s simply the more significant show compared to the ESPN+ MTK Global show starting an hour after. Benn is generally fun, Cheeseman is making a British title defense, and Richards-Sterling is a British title eliminator. BLH will have live coverage.

ESPN+, 3:00 pm ET, Steven Ward vs Liam Conroy, Tyrone McKenna vs Darragh Foley. ESPN+ are listing Ward-Conroy as the show’s main event. It’s not a bad MTK show, about standard, really.

DAZN, 9:00 pm ET, Andrew Cancio vs Alberto Machado II, Angel Acosta vs Elwin Soto. The Cancio-Machado rematch headlines the show, the first fight probably having been frontrunner for Upset of the Year before Andy Ruiz did what he did on June 1. Acosta-Soto is a 108-pound title fight. BLH will have live coverage.

SHO, 10:00 pm ET, Sebastian Fundora vs Hector Zepeda, Michel Rivera vs Rene Tellez Giron, Yeis Solano vs Elias Damian Araujo. A ShoBox tripleheader from Sloan, Iowa, boxing capital of…Iowa. Usually we’d have full live coverage of ShoBox, but it’ll be shadow coverage on this night because of the Cancio-Machado II card. BLH will have live coverage.

Saturday, June 22

DAZN, 3:30 am ET, Nick Frese vs Sonny Katiandagho, Apichet Petchmanee vs Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo. This is part of the deal DAZN have with Workpoint in Thailand. Frese is an undefeated 24-year-old, born in Amsterdam and now based in Bangkok, a welterweight. Petchmanee is a 29-year-old who’s 3-0 and will be in against Pirayapinyo, who has 61 career wins and losses to Chris John in 2012, Vasiliy Lomachenko in 2014, and Miguel Berchelt in 2016. He didn’t fight after the loss to Berchelt until Dec. 2018. Basically, if I’m awake and not in any danger of falling asleep, I’ll be here for this, so it’s about 50-50. BLH may have live coverage.

ESPN+, 3:00 pm ET, Lee McGregor vs Scott Allan. McGregor, a 22-year-old Scottish prospect, will be defending the Commonwealth bantamweight title. He’s a talented young fighter. BLH will have live coverage.

FITE.TV, 8:00 pm ET, BKFC 6: Paulie Malignaggi vs Artem Lobov. Since there are no major boxing shows on a Saturday night for the first time in recent memory, we’ll have live coverage of this curiosity, as former two-division titleholder Malignaggi debuts in bare knuckle against tough UFC veteran Lobov. It’s been hyped and sold as a super grudge fight. At any rate, we’ll be here, either if you want to watch and join, or just find out what happens to the minute it happens. BLH will have live coverage.

CBS Sports Network, 11:00 pm ET, Brad Solomon vs Navid Mansouri. Mansouri was supposed to face undefeated Canadian Cody Crowley, but it looks like Solomon, a former Top Rank prospect who stalled out, will be in there instead. This is the kind of boxing CBS SN puts on occasionally.

Sunday, June 23

FOX, 8:00 pm ET, Jermell Charlo vs Jorge Cota, Guillermo Rigondeaux vs Julio Ceja. Charlo was supposed to be rematching Tony Harrison, who got hurt in camp, and Cota has stepped in. Cota’s a scrappy vet but not really near world level. Rigondeaux-Ceja thus becomes the fight to watch, at least if you can tolerate Rigondeaux. BLH will have live coverage.

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