The good news is that between PBC on Fox and DAZN, there are plenty of fights available to watch this weekend. The bad news is that both cards are stacked with lopsided matchups. In fact, according to bookmakers across the globe, both main event favorites are at least -5000 (meaning you have to stake $5000 just to win $100 back) to win their fights and the undercards aren’t really that much better.
Still, the return of undefeated WBA welterweight champion Keith Thurman is noteworthy by itself because of how much the 30-year-old has already accomplished, as is the continuing progression of 22-year-old WBO junior middleweight champion Jaime Munguia because of where his career seems to be headed.
Here’s where to watch the biggest and best fights this weekend in the U.S.
Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019
What: Jaime Munguia (31-0, 26 KOs) vs. Takeshi Inoue, (13-0-1, 7 KOs)
Where: Toyota Center in Houston, Texas
Time: 7 pm ET
Synopsis: Undefeated WBO junior middleweight champion Jaime Munguia, 22, took a giant leap forward last year. Munguia won five fights in 2018, going from absolute obscurity to buzz-generating world champion faster than just about any other fighter in recent memory. Against Inoue in the main event on DAZN, Munguia will again be hoping to showcase his excellent fighting skills in an effort to lure other big names into the ring, too. The likes of this Japanese fighter no one has ever heard of before (nope, Takeshi is not related to Naoya) will have to suffice until that happens. Also scheduled for action is rising junior welterweight prospect Vergil Ortiz Jr. (11-0, 11 KOs) who might be Golden Boy Promotions’ next big thing, as well as a secondary featherweight title scrap between Jesus Rojas (26-2-2, 9 KOs) and Xu Can (15-2, 2 KOs).
What: Keith Thurman (28-0, 2 KOs) vs. Josesito Lopez (36-7, 19 KOs)
Where: Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York
Time: 8 PM ET
Synopsis: WBA welterweight champion Keith Thurman returns to boxing after almost two entire years out of the ring to headline a PBC on Fox card. When Thurman, 30, stepped away from the sport due to an injured shoulder after defeating Danny Garcia in March 2017, he had solidified himself as the top active welterweight in boxing. But Thurman’s absence allowed many others to stake their own claims, so now it needs to be sorted. Thurman vs. fellow PBC welterweight Errol Spence Jr. would be a good place to start clearing out that mess, but this is boxing so that probably won’t happen until 2020. Still, rugged contender Lopez should at least give Thurman some rounds so we can see if Thurman still has the goods. Also on the card is a heavyweight bout between rising contender Adam Kownacki (18-0, 14 KOs) and former title challenger Gerald Washington (19-2-1, 12 KOs).