Fight Night Program – Week of August 4-10

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:

Thursday August 4 – Quiet Cannon Country Club, Montebello, CA.

Callum Walsh vs Benjamin Whitaker – junior middleweight – 6 rounds

Irish star ‘King’ Walsh takes a major step up in the competition against Whittaker, who comes on as a late substitute for Cleotis Pendarvis in the rare six-round main event. Walsh, trained by Freddie Roach, will look to keep his back-to-back first-round stoppage streak alive, currently at 3-0.

Also on this map:

Chelsey Anderson vs. Aida Satybaldinova – women’s lightweight – 8 rounds

Omar Cande Trinidad vs. Javier Padilla – featherweight – 6 rounds

Where to watch it: UFC Battle Pass

Friday August 5 – Whitesands Events Center, Plant City, Florida.

Antonio Moran vs. Michael Dutchover – junior welterweight – 10 rounds

Kendo Castaneda vs. Joseph Fernandez – junior welterweight – 10 rounds

An entertaining card on the fledgling streaming platform ProBoxTV, which is always fun to watch. A quartet of road warriors badly in need of a win that can keep them alive and relevant occupy the top of the map. Should be fun.

Where to watch it: ProBox TV

Friday, August 5: La Paz, Mexico

Luis Castillo vs. Abraham Rodriguez – strawweight -12 rounds

Fans of smaller weights will probably have to wait until Sunday to find this somewhere in a dark corner of the YouTube verse, but this WBC eliminator could end up being one of those endless wars between two short but fiery Mexican warriors.

Saturday August 6 – Dickies Arena, Fort Worth, Texas

Vergil Ortiz Jr. vs. Michael McKinson – welterweight -12 rounds

The only fight you’ll have to watch this weekend, featuring one of the best fighters in the world without a title belt strapped around his waist – yet. Ortiz has suffered a few postponements and medical issues on the way to this challenge, but this should be a great opportunity for him to shine as he awaits his long-awaited title shot.

Marlen Esparza vs. Eva Guzman – women’s flyweight -10 rounds

Esparza is always entertaining to watch and showed courage and grit rarely seen in a female boxer. She’ll be putting her Ring champion belt on the line on this one, and it could be one of those emotional, back-and-forth wars.

Maurice Hooker vs Blair Cobbs – welterweight – 10 rounds

‘The Flair’ Cobbs lost some of his shine in an upset stoppage loss, but there’s still a ton of value in the flashy Philly product who honed his skills the hard way in Mexico before becoming a sensation in his native country. “Mighty Mo” will be a more than valuable checkpoint at this point in Cobbs’ career.

Also on this map:

Bektemir Melikuziev vs Sladan Janjanin – super middleweight – 10 rounds

Floyd Schofield vs. Rodrigo Guerrero – lightweight – 8 rounds

Alex Martin vs. Hank Lundy – junior welterweight -10 rounds

Carlos Nava vs. Rodolfo Hernandez Montoya – lightweight – 6 rounds

Rohan Polanco vs. Dedrick Bell – junior welterweight – 8 rounds

Where to watch it: DAZN

Saturday August 6 – Sheffield Arena, Sheffield, England

Dalton Smith vs. Sam O’Maison – junior welterweight – 12 rounds

The vacant British title will be on the line in this grudge match for neighborhood bragging rights between two homegrown products. A high-octane clash between lefties and orthodox that should fetch paying customers their money’s worth.

Erica Farias vs. Sandy Ryan – Women’s Junior Welterweight – 10 Rounds

Their first meeting came as a slight upset when Argentina’s Farias pulled out all the stops and overwhelmed the then-undefeated Ryan with one barrage of punches after another. In the rematch, expect Farias to pick up where she left off, with Ryan fighting for his life in another war.

Campbell Hatton vs. Michal Dufek – lightweight – 6 rounds

Ricky’s son is a fan favorite just like his father, and we should get another look at his progress against an experienced trial horse in Dufek.

Hopey Price vs. Alexander Mejia – junior featherweight – 8 rounds

Don’t let Price’s made-for-Hollywood looks fool you here. “Drago” is the real deal, and it will get a great test in Mejia as it slowly ventures into main event territory.

Where to watch it: DAZN

Also on this map:

Johnny Fisher vs. Michal Reissinger – heavyweight – 6 rounds

Jordan Thompson vs. Vasil Ducar – cruiserweight 10 – rounds

Junaid Bostan vs. Jose Manuel Lopez Clavero – Junior Middleweight – 4 rounds

Nico Leivars vs. Angel Gabriel Chavez – bantamweight – 6 rounds

Aqib Fiaz vs. Jordan Ellison – lightweight – 6 rounds

Kieron Conway vs Aro Schwartz – junior middleweight – 8 rounds

Where to watch it:

Saturday August 6 – The SSE Arena – Belfast, Northern Ireland

Michael Conlan vs. Miguel Marriaga – featherweight – 12 rounds

An entertainingly styled double Olympian, Conlan gets a comeback fight against Colombian Marriaga, a former title contender, as the Irish hero tries to recover from his painful loss to Leigh Wood in March. An emotional and inescapable situation for the local fighter against a dangerous opponent.

Also on this map:

Tyrone McKenna vs Chris Jenkins – welterweight – 10 rounds

Kieran Molloy vs. Evgenii Vazem – junior middleweight – 6 rounds

Padraig McCrory vs Marco Antonio Periban – super middleweight – 10 rounds

Kurt Walker vs. Marcos Gabriel Martinez – featherweight – 6 rounds

Paddy Donovan vs. Tom Hill – welterweight – 8 rounds

Where to watch it: ESPN+

Wednesday, August 10 – Garden Theatre, Detroit

Shohjahon Ergashev vs. Angel Martinez Hernandez – junior welterweight – 10 rounds

Ali Izmailov vs. Eric Murguia – light heavyweight – 10 rounds

Uzbekistan’s Ergashev takes on Mexican ‘El Furioso’ Martinez Hernandez in a knockout artist battle, while compatriot Izmailov risks his unbeaten record against fellow unbeaten boxer-puncher Murguia in a card that promises nothing else only fireworks.

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