It’s another big weekend in boxing.
Fights scheduled to appear on television in the United States include a ShoBox scrap between super middleweights, a UK-based cracker between undefeated 154-pounders fighters and a slew of Top Rank-promoted stars vying to make the highlight reel on SportsCenter.
Here’s what to watch….and where to watch the biggest and best fights this weekend.
Friday, Feb. 1, 2019
What: Ronald Ellis (15-0-2, 10 KOs) vs. DeAndre Ware (12-1-2, 8 KOs)
Where: Main Street Armory, Rochester, New York
Time: 10 pm ET
Synopsis: Undefeated super middleweight prospect and Massachusetts native Ellis takes on Toledo firefighter Ware in a scheduled 10-rounder on ShoBox: The New Generation. Ellis recently worked in training camps with Tony Harrison and Canelo Alvarez. This will mark his fourth appearance on ShoBox. Ware is coming off his first loss as a professional but hopes the full training camp he experienced this time will get him back into the win column. Also scheduled for the card is a battle between unbeaten lightweights Thomas Mattice and Will Madera.
Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019
What: Sergio Garcia (28-0, 13 KOs) vs. Ted Cheeseman (15-0, 9 KOs)
Where: O2 Arena in London, England
Time: 2:20 PM ET
Synopsis: Undefeated British junior middleweight champion Cheeseman takes on undefeated European 154-pound champ Garcia in a battle to help shape the future of the division. Cheesman claimed the vacant British title in a grueling 12-round fight against Asinia Byfield last year. Cheesman’s step up to the European level should help move his career forward, though the 23-year-old has been talking more about future opponent Anthony Fowler than tough Spaniard Garcia. Also scheduled to appear on the card is undefeated British cruiserweight Lawrence Okolie (10-0, 7 KOs).
What: Eleider Alvarez (24-0, 12 KOs) vs. Sergey Kovalev (32-3-1, 28 KOs)
Where: The Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas
Channel: ESPN / ESPN+
Time: 8 PM ET
Synopsis: Alvarez knocked Kovalev out last year in a shocking upset. Now Kovalev hopes to salvage what was one one of the brightest careers in all of boxing. This Top Rank on ESPN card starts on ESPN+ at 7 PM ET with undercards, switches over to regular ESPN at 10 PM for Oscar Valdez vs. Carmine Tommasone and Richard Commey vs. Isa Chaniev, then goes back to ESPN+ for Teofimo Lopez vs. Diego Magdaleno and Alvarez vs. Kovalev 2. It’s lots of moving back and forth between regular ESPN and their subscription service, but it definitely seems worth the trouble.