Fight Night Program – Week of Sept. 29 – Oct. 4
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:
Friday, September 29 – 2300 Arena, Philadelphia
Tevin Farmer vs. Oscar Barajas – lightweight – 8 rounds
Farmer narrowly lost his IBF junior lightweight title just before the COVID-19 pandemic and then took a long layoff until this past June, but he is now looking to get his second win in three months when he faces Mexican banger Barajas and then try to get another chance at regaining his old belt.
Also on this card:
Oluwafemi Oyeleye vs. Jimmy Williams – junior middleweight – 6 rounds
Carlos Rosario vs. Diuhil Olguin – lightweight – 6 rounds
Joshua Jones vs. Jonathan Perez – lightweight – 4 rounds
Also on this card: Combat Sports Now
Friday, September 29 – Miccosukee Indian Gaming Resort, Miami, Fla.
Winston Guerrero vs. Charlie Clemente-Andino – junior bantamweight – 8 rounds
Vladimir Shishkin vs. Ramon Ayala – super middleweight – 8 rounds
Leonardo Padilla vs. Jose Antonio Meza – featherweight – 8 rounds
Yoanki Urrutia vs. Esau Herrera de la Cruz – middleweight – 8 rounds
Friday, September 29 – Bally’s Park Place, Atlantic City, N.J.
Branden Pizarro vs. Esteban Garcia – welterweight – 10 rounds
Romuel Cruz vs. Dominique Griffin – junior featherweight – 6 rounds
Elijah Vines vs. Isiah Hart – junior middleweight – 6 rounds
Naheem Parker vs. Efrain Cruz – junior welterweight – 6 rounds
Saturday, September 30 – T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas
Canelo Alvarez vs. Jermell Charlo – super middleweight – 12 rounds
Every time Canelo fights, the boxing world stops and watches. This time he takes on a fellow undisputed Ring magazine champ in a challenge that will put Charlo’s mobility and speed on the spot against the aggression and the power of Canelo. A must-watch fight for both hardcore and casual fans, and for all the right reasons.
What to expect in this fight: A walk in the park it won’t be, but Canelo should get the job done in what could be a great fight if the clash of contrasting styles that everyone expects finally materialize.
The winner may go on to: If it’s Canelo, we may see him against “the other Charlo” in the short run, since the “revenge” narrative will already be implied. If it’s Charlo, the high-stakes rematch will be his chance to retire Canelo if he manages to do it again.
Also on this card:
Jesus Ramos Jr. vs. Erickson Lubin – junior middleweight – 12 rounds
Yordenis Ugas vs. Mario Barrios -welterweight – 12 rounds
Elijah Garcia vs. Armando Resendiz – middleweight – 10 rounds
Frank Sanchez vs. Scott Alexander – heavyweight – 10 rounds
Gabriel Valenzuela vs. Yeis Gabriel Solano – junior welterweight – 8 rounds
Terrell Gausha vs. KeAndre Leatherwood – middleweight – 8 rounds
Oleksandr Gvozdyk vs. Isaac Rodrigues – light heavyweight – 8 rounds
Where to watch it: Showtime PPV
Saturday, September 30 – Wembley Arena, London, UK
Jai Opetaia vs. Jordan Thompson – cruiserweight – 12 rounds
Ring champ Opetaia has been sidelined for more than a year since his upset win over Mairis Briedis due in part to a broken jaw from that title fight, but he is now eager to jump in the ring in the UK to start his own championship run with a bang. Thompson did his job in training and seems ready to pull the upset, though. Intriguing fight, no doubt.
Also on this card:
Ellie Scotney vs. Laura Soledad Griffa – women’s junior featherweight – 10 rounds
Cheavon Clarke vs. Vasil Ducar – cruiserweight – 10 rounds
Rhiannon Dixon vs. Katherina Thanderz – women’s lightweight – 10 rounds
George Liddard vs. Peter Kramer – middleweight – 6 rounds
Shannon Ryan vs. Xenia Jorneac – women’s junior bantamweight – 6 rounds
Maiseyrose Courtney vs. Martina Bernile – women’s flyweight – 6 rounds
Where to watch it: DAZN
Saturday, September 30 – Regnum Carya Hotel, Antalya, Turkey
Otto Wallin vs. Murat Gassiev – heavyweight – 12 rounds
Fatih Keles vs. Khuseyn Baysangurov – junior middleweight – 12 rounds
Saturday, September 30 – York Hall, London
Viddal Riley vs. Nathan Quarless – cruiserweight – 10 rounds
Callum Simpson vs. Jose De Jesus Macias – super middleweight – 10 rounds
Jeamie Tshikeva vs. Igor Macedo – heavyweight – 8 rounds
Where to watch it: FITE+
Saturday, September 30 – Hamilton Convention Ctr., Hamilton, Canada
Ryan Rozicki vs. Alante Green – cruiserweight – 12 rounds
John Michael Bianco vs. Samuel Moses – super middleweight – 8 rounds
October 4 – Whitesands Events Center, Plant City, Fla.
Pablo Cesar Cano vs. Zachary Ochoa – junior welterweight – 10 rounds
Omar Salcido Gamez vs. Jose Nunez – lightweight – 10 rounds
Oscar Alvarez Guerrero vs. Jose Arellano – junior lightweight – 8 rounds
Dante Concepcion vs. Lordgod Pannell – welterweight – 4 rounds,
Where to watch it: ProBox TV
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