Advertisement's Television Picks of The Week - August 24

by Cliff Rold

Pick It: TBRB #4 Raymundo Beltran vs. Jose Pedraza (Saturday, ESPN, 10:30 PM EST)

While there has been some teeth gnashing about the quality of ESPN proper cards, this is one fans should be happy isn’t on the app. Beltran (35-7-1, 21 KO) defends his WBO lightweight belt against the former Jr. lightweight titlist Pedraza (24-1, 12 KO) in what is really a crossroads fight.

At 37, Beltran has to hang on to his belt for as long as he can while the 29-year old Pedraza probably can’t afford another tough loss after being stopped by Gervonta Davis three fights ago. Paired with this will be a potential show stealer. 23-year old Isaac Dogboe (19-0, 13 KO) defends the WBO 122 lb. strap for the first time against Japanese veteran Hidenori Otake (31-2-3, 14 KO). This is a solid late summer show before things really heat up for the fall.

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Additional Shows to Watch For

Friday – FS1 (8 PM EST): James vs. Montes

30-year old welterweight Jamal James (23-1, 10 KO) has won three straight since dropping a decision to the more seasoned Yordenis Ugas. Ugas rode that win into contention with the sanctioning bodies. James isn’t far behind, sitting in the top five for the WBA. A win over Mahonry Montes (35-7-1, 24 KO) would get him a little bit closer.

Friday – TyC (10 PM EST): Lemos vs. Armas

22-year old lightweight Gustavo Lemos (17-0, 8 KO) isn’t a contender yet but the Argentine hopeful is putting together the early numbers to hope for it. He has one of his toughest fights to date on paper against 23-year old Nestor Armas (18-2, 17 KO). Armas has been stopped once.

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]

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by ShoulderRoll on 08-24-2018

The Contender starts tonight too on EPIX.

Comment by PBR Streetgang on 08-24-2018

I always think these articles are going to have fight predictions and they never do.

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