By Keith Idec
Anthony Dirrell will be one especially interested member of FS1’s broadcast team Sunday night.
BoxingScene.com has learned that the former WBC super middleweight champion will help call the network’s telecast from Los Angeles. He’ll be part of an FS1 broadcast team that’ll also include Chris Myers, who’ll handle the blow-by-blow duties, and legendary lightweight champion Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini.
They’ll call a multi-bout broadcast that’ll feature IBF super middleweight champion Jose Uzcategui and mandatory challenger Caleb Plant in the 12-round main event from Microsoft Theater at L.A. Live in Los Angeles.
Plant (17-0, 10 KOs), of Ashland City, Tennessee, is the mandatory challenger for Uzcategui’s IBF 168-pound championship. The Venezuelan-born, Mexico-based Uzcategui (28-2, 23 KOs) will make the second defense of the IBF belt he won by stopping Anthony Dirrell’s younger brother, Andre Dirrell, after eight largely one-sided rounds in their rematch March 3 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Anthony Dirrell is preparing for a super middleweight title fight of his own.
Dirrell (32-1-1, 24 KOs), of Flint, Michigan, and Turkey’s Avni Yildirim (21-1, 12 KOs) are scheduled to fight February 23 for the vacant WBC 168-pound title. Their 12-round title bout also will be broadcast by FS1, from The Armory in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Dirrell and Yildirim will square off for the WBC championship stripped from undefeated David Benavidez because Benavidez (20-0, 17 KOs) tested positive for cocaine late in August. If Dirrell wins, he could face the Uzcategui-Plant winner later this year.
Mancini, meanwhile, will work a FOX telecast as an analyst for the first time. The International Boxing Hall-of-Fame fighter was part of FOX’s network broadcast December 22 from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, but he served in a different capacity than the ringside role he’ll fill Sunday night.
FS1’s main broadcast is set to start Sunday at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. It’ll also include a 10-round, 122-pound bout between Brandon Figueroa (17-0, 12 KOs), of Weslaco, Texas, and Mexico’s Moises Flores (25-1, 17 KOs, 2 NC).
FS1 also will air other undercard fights, starting at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT.
The return of former super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux will be among the undercard fights FS1 will televise.
The Cuban-born, Miami-based Rigondeaux (17-1, 11 KOs, 1 NC) will meet Mexico’s Giovanni Delgado (16-8, 9 KOs) in an eight-round, 122-pound bout. Rigondeaux, 38, hasn’t fought since suffering his lone loss – a six-round TKO defeat to Vasiliy Lomachenko in December 2017.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.