Fight Night Program – Week of August 11-17
The weekend is approaching, and from Friday to Sunday, it will be the “fight-o-clock” somewhere in the world. Every Thursday, The Ring will bring you the latest information on the most relevant fights you need to see in that week at a glance, a unique enhanced fight schedule. A quick checklist for the connoisseur, a useful guide for the boxing neophyte is what we aim for.
Here are the most relevant fights of this week:
Friday August 12 – Findlay Toyota Center, Prescott Valley, Arizona.
Tevin Farmer vs. Mickey Bey – lightweight – 10 rounds
Farmer has boxing in his DNA (he’s related to the great Joe Gans) and his talent is undeniable, but he’s not exactly an exciting fighter to watch. Bey should be able to incorporate that factor into the fight and make it interesting. Not bad at all.
Also on this map:
Keenan Carbajal vs Belmar Preciado – featherweight – 8 rounds
Lorenzo Simpson vs. Tyi Edmonds – super middleweight – 8 rounds
Mohammed Aryeetey vs Jeronil Borres – flyweight – 8 rounds
Tramaine Williams vs Jetro Pabustan – junior featherweight – 10 rounds
Daniel Hilton vs Isaac Sifuentez – junior middleweight – 4 rounds
Where to watch it: Redemption PPV
Saturday August 13 – Resort World Las Vegas, Las Vegas
Teofimo Lopez vs Pedro Campa – junior welterweight – 10 rounds
Lopez is probably the most entertaining and one of the few go-to fighters today. Campa is a solid test at this point in his career as Lopez looks to re-establish himself as a pound-for-pound talent.
Xander Zayas vs. Elias Espadas – junior middleweight – 8 rounds
Puerto Rican boxing’s new Boy Wonder has another chance to improve on his unbeaten record after the disappointing cancellation of his June fight in New York.
Also on this map:
Andres Cortes vs Abraham Montoya – junior lightweight – 8 rounds
Duke Ragan vs. D’Angelo Fuentes – featherweight – 6 rounds
Troy Isley vs. Victor Toney – middleweight – 6 rounds
Charlie Sheehy vs. Juan Manuel Castañeda Valle – lightweight – 4 rounds
Omar Rosario vs Esteban Muñoz – junior welterweight – 6 rounds
Where to watch it: ESPN/ESPN Sports/ESPN+
Saturday August 13 – Memorial Hall, Melrose, Mass.
Carlos Gongora vs. Oscar Riojas – super middleweight – 8 rounds
Powerful Ecuadorian puncher Gongora has just been signed by promoter Lou DiBella, which is always a signal for us to start paying attention to his career. We certainly will. And you too.
Where to watch it: FightSportsNow
Saturday August 13 – The Plaza Live, Orlando, Florida.
Wesley Ferrer vs. Jayson Velez – junior lightweight – 8 rounds
Ferrer, once beaten, gets a stern test at Velez, a once-promising Puerto Rican contender who still comes to fight. The undercard shouldn’t be too bad either, with plenty of young talent making their mark.
Where to watch it: FITE+
Monday August 15 – Palais des Festivals, Cannes, France
Kevin Lele Sadjo vs Badri Gogichashvili – super middleweight – 10 rounds
Yurik Mamedov vs Javier Jose Clavero – lightweight – 10 rounds
Too bad there’s no TV planned for this pair of interesting matches. Worth looking up on YouTube on Monday.
Monday, August 15: Seoul, South Korea
Hyun Mi Choi vs. Aka Ringo – Junior Women’s Lightweight – 10 rounds
Hard to disagree with Mikaela Mayer in her assessment of Choi: ‘(She) needs to be stripped of her belt,’ Mayer says of current North Korea-born WBA title roster who defected to Korea from the South at an early age. “She’s fighting sub-par opponents, and she’s holding this division back and holding women back in this sport as a whole.” This “title defense” against a 3-0 opponent could only have been endorsed by the WBA, and it doesn’t help Choi’s case at all – or women’s boxing, for that matter, at all.
Where to watch it: Your guess is as good as mine
Diego M. Morilla has been writing for The Ring since 2013. He has also written for HBO.com, ESPN.com and numerous other magazines, websites, newspapers and other media since 1993. He is a full member of the Boxing Writers Association of America and an elector for the International Boxing Hall of Fame. He has won two first place awards at the BWAA’s annual writing competition and is the moderator of The Ring’s Women’s Review Panel. He was copy editor for the second era of The Ring en Español (2018-2020) and is currently a writer and editor for RingTV.com. Follow him on Twitter @MorillaBoxing