by Cliff Rold
Pick It: #2 Carl Frampton vs. Nonito Donaire (Saturday, YouTube, 5:15 PM EST)
Showtime is bringing this one live to US audiences and no one needs a subscription. Wherever one can watch on YouTube, they’ll find this featherweight throw down between two of the most notable men south of lightweight in recent years. Frampton (24-1, 14 KO) has won once since his first career defeat in the rematch with Leo Santa Cruz. Donaire (38-4, 24 KO) has also won a single time since a tough decision loss to Jesse Magdaleno. Donaire, at 35, is four years older and desperately needs a win to keep his career going. Frampton must win to keep the hopes of a rubber match with Santa Cruz alive. It should be a good show.
It doesn’t appear an interesting undercard clash at bantamweight between Zolani Tete and Omar Narvaez will air on the Showtime stream but fans with TyC as part of their cable package should check local listings as several airing of Boxeo de Primera are listed throughout the day. Considering the stature of Narvaez, this fight is almost certain to air at least there.
Additional Shows to Watch For
Friday – TyC (9 PM EST): Cabral vs. Ojeda
Jr. lightweight Horacio Cabral (21-1, 8 KO) has won five in a row since being stopped in 2016 for his lone professional defeat. Pablo Ojeda (14-4, 10 KO) is coming off a decision loss to undefeated Evgeny Chuprakov. Ojeda has been stopped only once before.
Friday – BeIn Sports (10 PM EST): Ornelas vs. Lopez
Tony Lopez Jr. (13-3, 4 KO) enters off a loss to former titlist Rico Ramos in this bantamweight affair. Ornelas (10-0-1, 4 KO) is looking to keep his unbeaten mark intact. The 19-year old Ornelas has a solid TV platform to begin to make a name for himself.
Saturday – ESPN+ (2 PM EST): Khan vs. Lo Greco
Former Jr. welterweight titlist and Olympic Silver Medalist Amir Khan (31-4, 19 KO) returns after two years away from the ring. Based on how his last fight ended, he may have needed the rest. He won’t be facing Saul Alvarez this time, getting his feet wet against Phil Lo Greco (28-3, 14 KO). It’s part of a full day of boxing on the new ESPN+ app with undercards starting early and the main event set to air sometime after 5 PM EST.
Saturday – Showtime (9 PM EST): #9 (147) Vargas vs. #8 (140) Broner
Adrien Broner (33-3, 24 KO) is back after a lopsided loss to Mikey Garcia in a 144 lb. catchweight contest. Press outings this week show he still talks the big game but can he deliver against Jessie Vargas (28-2, 10 KO)? This clash of former welterweight titlists headlines a solid tripleheader that also features Gervonta Davis-Jesus Cuellar for a vacant 130 lb. title and a middleweight clash between thrilling Jermall Charlo and Hugo Centeno. The latter is for an interim WBC belt and could put Charlo on a mandatory course for Gennady Golovkin.
Saturday – BeIn Espanol (11 PM EST): Alvarez vs. Paez Jr.
A battle of famous last names headlines this late night entry on Saturday. Ramon Alvarez (25-6-3, 16 KO) will try to uphold the family honor after his brother’s suspension for PEDs. He faces Jorge Paez Jr. (40-10-2, 24 KO) who enters off a loss. Veteran Tyson Marquez is also slated to be on the card.
Cliff Rold is the Managing Editor of BoxingScene, a founding member of the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board, and a member of the Boxing Writers Association of America. He can be reached at [email protected]