By Cliff Rold
Pick It: TBRB #7 Joseph Diaz vs. #9 Jesus Rojas (Saturday, Facebook Watch, 9 PM EST)
The new world of fight viewing comes to Facebook. Diaz (26-1, 14 KO) gave a hell of an account against Gary Russell earlier this year.
While the WBA belt on the line in this featherweight clash is of the ‘isn’t there already a champ there’ variety, he’s still matched with a serious foe. Rojas (26-1-2, 19 KO) is a tough guy, hasn’t lost since 2008, and enters off arguably the two best wins of his career. This could end up being a really fun fight.
Additional Shows to Watch For
Friday – TyC (10 PM EST): Acuna vs. Griffa
Women’s IBF title action from Argentina in the super bantamweight division highlights this card. The vacant crown will be contested between former titlist Marcela Acuna (46-7-1, 19 KO) and Laura Griffa (16-1, 1 KO). Acuna lost the title in her last outing, ending a four-year winning streak where she also held the WBO crown in the division. Griffa comes in having won three straight since her only defeat.
Friday – Telemundo (11:35 PM EST): Lozano vs. Franco
After three straight losses, bantamweight Daniel Lozano (15-4, 11 KO) seems to have his feet back under him. He’s won two in a row but this could test his chance of a real streak. Ricardo Franco (20-2, 17 KO) is just 21 and rides a ten fight win streak with nine knockouts.
Saturday – TyC (11 PM EST): Romero vs. Herrera
Young featherweights put their immediate hopes and dreams for contention at odds. 22-year old Jose Romero (18-0, 7 KO) has been matched tougher than the man across the ring from him so far. Still, 25-year old Javier Herrera (15-1, 8 KO) isn’t going to come to lose and hasn’t since 2015. Can Herrera make it a ten-fight win streak?
The BeIn Situation
For those who have the BeIn networks, Friday will have a card on the English language service and Saturday will have a show in Spanish. For millions of cable subscribers in the US, that won’t mean anything. A dispute between BeIn and some cable providers has the channel blacked out for the time being. Are there enough readers who still have access to make it worthwhile to keep their listings? Let it be known in the comments.
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]