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World titles on the line Tuesday and Saturday, plus more on this week’s lineup.
Tuesday, Nov. 3
YouTube, 2:30 am ET, Hiroto Kyoguchi vs Thanongsak Simsri. Am guessing the 2:30 start time is for the undercard, and the main event will be closer to 5:30 am ET. Kyoguchi has an argument to be No. 1 at 108 pounds — it’s him or Kenshiro Teraji — and this is probably the most actually interesting fight we’ll cover live this week, unless Friday’s Nakatani-Magramo card also winds up on YouTube for live coverage. Simsri just turned 20 in June and has only been a pro for about two-and-a-half years, a little less, but he’s considered a major prospect in Thailand, and has drawn comparisons to Srisaket Sor Rungvisai. This is a big gamble for him. BLH will have live coverage.
Wednesday, Nov. 4
FS1, 8:00 pm ET, Eimantas Stanionis vs Justin DeLoach, Chordale Booker vs Skender Halili. A low-key PBC card. Stanionis is a 26-year-old Lithuanian welterweight who won gold at the 2015 European Championships as an amateur, and also fought at the 2016 Olympics where he lost to eventual silver medalist Shakhram Giyasov, but hasn’t done much since going pro in 2017. DeLoach, 26, had a slight amount of hype/hope at 154 a few years back after beating Domonique Dolton and Chris Pearson, then lost to Nathanie Gallimore and Jeison Rosario in 2018. He’s come down to 147, and lost to Terrel Williams in 2019. He’s 6’1” so he’s tall for the weight, but the results just haven’t been there in the key fights. Booker, 29, hasn’t fought since a May 2019 win over Wale Omotoso, and then suffered a torn Achilles in training a few months later. Halili is 30, born in Kosovo and now based in New York, and hasn’t fought since Mar. 2018, but he’d won his last two. BLH will have live coverage.
Saturday, Nov. 7
DAZN, 7:00 pm ET, Devin Haney vs Yuriorkis Gamboa, Zhilei Zhang vs Devin Vargas, Filip Hrgovic vs Rydell Booker. Several more fights, too, including Souleymane Cissokho, Darren Cunningham, Reshat Mati, Raymond Ford, and Arthur Biyarslanov in action. Or at least some of them, not sure, DAZN pulled some old timey “no full card” stuff with the Golden Boy show last Friday. ANYWAY, Haney-Gamboa is for Haney’s WBC lightweight title, and it’s — look, I said almost a year ago that Tank Davis fighting a faded Gamboa was a bad fight, and it was, and Gamboa has done nothing since but get 11 months older and have surgery on his torn Achilles. He’s never been near his best at lightweight and it’s doubtful he will be now. Zhang is not a heavyweight prospect, as he’s 37 years old, but Hrgovic is. BLH will have live coverage.
FOX, 8:00 pm ET, Luis Ortiz vs Alexander Flores, Frank Sanchez vs Brian Howard, Michael Coffie vs Joey Abell. As much as Haney-Gamboa isn’t something to get overly excited about, at least Gamboa used to be a really good fighter. The same cannot be said of Ortiz facing Alexander Flores in this FOX main event. I know it’s a FOX show, which by virtue of simply being on FOX means it will be pretty highly watched for boxing, but our coverage for this one is going to be “on the side” style. It’s head-to-head with a better card — and that’s saying something not so good about this one — and the Haney-Gamboa show is going to have scores more interest for our purposes. There will be a post up for the show and results will be plugged in and all that, but the focus for the evening is Haney-Gamboa, and the rest is just mixed in. BLH will have live coverage.