Boxing TV schedule for Aug. 14-17
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Emanuel Navarrete defends his belt in another short week for the sport.
Wednesday, Aug. 14
Main Event PPV (AUS), 5:00 am ET, Tim Tszyu vs Dwight Ritchie. Tszyu is, of course, the son of Kostya Tszyu, a 13-0 prospect at 154 that has some of the Australian fans excited. He’s done his job thus far, and Ritchie (19-1, 2 KO) doesn’t figure to be the guy who derails him, but Adan Gonzales just beat Robeisy Ramirez so who the hell knows?
Saturday, Aug. 17
DAZN, 4:15 am ET, Apichet Petchmanee vs Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo II. A Workpoint show from Thailand, which DAZN quietly have as part of their package. Apichet and Chonlatarn met on June 22, with Apichet winning a tight eight-round decision. Now 4-0 (2 KO), the 29-year-old Apichet looks to make it a bit more convincing in a 12-round rematch against the 34-year-old Chonlatarn (61-4, 41 KO), who challenged for world titles in 2012 (Chris John) and 2014 (Vasiliy Lomachenko), losing both fights clearly. He also was knocked out in four by Miguel Berchelt in 2016. BLH may have live coverage.
UFC Fight Pass, 3:00 pm ET, Charles Foster vs Denis Grachev. A Murphys Boxing show from Springfield, Massachusetts, featuring unbeaten light heavyweight Foster in against veteran Grachev, a guy who’s now 19-7-1 and flirted with being a contender just a bit some years back, giving Lucian Bute a tougher than expected test in 2012 and then getting knocked out in 2:50 by Edwin Rodriguez in 2013, which sent his career spiraling. BLH will have a live thread if this start time is correct.
ESPN+, 6:30 pm ET, Navarrete-De Vaca prelims. Chris Van Heerden faces Aslanbek Kozaev in a moderately meaningful welterweight fight, plus Arnold Barboza Jr, Janibek Alimkhanuly, Dmitry Yun, Brian Mendoza, and more in action. BLH will have live coverage.
ESPN, 10:00 pm ET, Emanuel Navarrete vs Francisco De Vaca, Jessie Magdaleno vs Rafael Rivera. Being honest, it’s another pretty underwhelming ESPN card in these early stages of Building The Brand. Navarrete is a top guy at 122, the WBO titleholder. De Vaca is the sort of challenger Top Rank has lined up recently against Tyson Fury and Oscar Valdez and others — he’s unbeaten, yes, but ranked No. 144 in the world by BoxRec and has nothing near a meaningful win. Magdaleno is a former titleholder at 122 now fighting at 126, while Rivera is an also-ran who’s lost three of five, dropping fights to Joseph Diaz Jr, Joet Gonzalez, and Leo Santa Cruz. BLH will have live coverage.
Televisa (MEX), 11:00 pm ET, Jhonny Gonzalez vs Ramiro Blanco. At 37, Gonzalez is still banging around, but he’s retreated from the spotlight since his 2015 loss to Jonathan Oquendo, going 9-1 in that time with a 2018 loss to Tomas Rojas, a fellow faded vet. Otherwise he’s mostly just beaten up guys who aren’t very good, but he won world titles at 118 and 126 and has had a fine career with some good fights. Blanco is a 23-year-old Nicaraguan coming in 18-5-3 on a two-fight losing streak in Mexico.