Fight Night Program – Week of April 13-19
The weekend is approaching, and from Friday to Sunday it will be “fight-o-clock” somewhere in the world. Every Thursday, The Ring will bring you the most up-to-date information on the most relevant fights you need to see in this week-at-a-glance, one-stop enhanced fight schedule. A quick checklist for the cognoscenti, a useful nuts-and-bolts guide for the boxing neophyte is what we’re aiming at.
Here are this week’s most relevant fights:
Thursday, April 13 – Orange County Fair, Costa Mesa, Calif.
Tervel Pulev vs. Joel Shojgreen – cruiserweight – 8 rounds
The once-beaten Pulev, brother of heavyweight contender Kubrat, is coming off a loss against former Ring light heavyweight champ Sergey Kovalev, and Shojgreen is also coming off a loss back in December. A crossroads bout between power punchers who desperately need to win to keep their hopes alive? Not bad for a Thursday night.
Also on this card:
Ricardo Robledo vs. Tyrrell Washington – junior welterweight – 6 rounds
Michael Meyers vs. Mario Aguirre – junior welterweight – 4 rounds
Adrian Trujillo vs. Sabino Sanchez – junior welterweight – 4 rounds
Where to watch it: FiteTV
Friday, April 14 – Coliseo Pandeportes, Panama City, Panama
Rene Santiago vs. Carlos Ortega – junior flyweight – 10 rounds
Luis Rodriguez Fernandez vs Roger Guerrero – super middleweight – 10 rounds
Derrieck Cuevas vs. Damian Rodriguez – junior middleweight – 10 rounds
Yunior Menendez vs. Juan Carlos Chavarria – light heavyweight – 8 rounds
Where to watch it: ESPN+
Friday, April 14 – Commerce Casino, Commerce, Calif.
Omar Cande Trinidad vs. Adan Ochoa – featherweight – 8 rounds
Cain Sandoval vs. Jose Angulo – junior welterweight – 8 rounds
Umar Dzambekov vs. Nathan Davis Sharp – light heavyweight – 6 rounds
Where to watch it: UFC Fight Pass
Friday, April 14 – Palasport, Santa Marinella, Italy
Vincenzo Picardi vs. Mike Esteves – bantamweight – 12 rounds
Giovanni Rossetti vs. Luca Chiancone – middleweight – 10 rounds
Friday, April 14 – Clarion Hotel, Essington, Pa.
Junior Wright vs. Brian Howard – heavyweight – 6 rounds
Mark Dawson Jr. vs. Javier Mayoral – welterweight – 6 rounds
Saturday, April 15 – Copper Box Arena, London
Joe Joyce vs. Zhang Zhilei – heavyweight – 12 rounds
The towering and unbeaten Joyce, rated No. 4 by The Ring, owns a worthless “interim” belt that will presumably raise the stakes in this fight against China’s Zhilei, a once-beaten southpaw with plenty of arguments of his own to make this fight really interesting.
Mikaela Mayer vs. Christina Linardatou – women’s lightweight – 10 rounds
In her first fight after being shockingly uncrowned by Alycia Baumgardner back in October, Mayer risks her No. 9 position in The Ring’s pound-for-pound list against Dominican-Greek tough cookie Linardatou, a former champ in her own right who once decisioned Baumgardner in a title fight. The winner will surely get another shot at their mutual nemesis for all the marbles.
Also on this card:
Sam Noakes vs. Karthik Sathish Kumar – lightweight – 12 rounds
Denzel Bentley vs. Kieran Smith – middleweight – 12 rounds
Moses Itauma vs. Kostiantyn Dovbyshchenko – heavyweight – 6 rounds
Where to watch it: ESPN+
Saturday, April 15 – Polideportivo Trueba, Torrelavega, Spain
Sergio Garcia vs. Ricardo Sebastian Cabana – junior middleweight – 10 rounds
Oscar Ahlin vs. Vicente Martin Rodriguez – light heavyweight – 8 rounds
Sunday, April 16 – Yoyogui Gymnasium, Tokyo
Yudai Shigeoka vs. Wilfredo Mendez – strawweight – 12 rounds
Ginjiro Shigeoka vs. Rene Mark Cuarto – strawweight – 12 rounds
If you know boxing, you know that the lower weights is definitely where real boxing lives. It doesn’t get any lower than 105 pounds for men, and between these four little guys you get all the speedy boxing skills that you crave as a hardcore fan. YouTube it on Monday, you won’t regret it!
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How to watch boxing in 2023 – By Diego Morilla
Diego M. Morilla writes for The Ring since 2013. He has also written for HBO.com, ESPN.com and many other magazines, websites, newspapers and outlets since 1993. He is a full member of the Boxing Writers Association of America and an elector for the International Boxing Hall of Fame. He has won two first-place awards in the BWAA’s annual writing contest, and he is the moderator of The Ring’s Women’s Ratings Panel. He served as copy editor for the second era of The Ring en Español (2018-2020) and is currently a writer and editor for RingTV.com.