Where to Watch: Wilder-Breazeale, WBSS and BJ Saunders
Here’s where to watch the biggest and best fights on television and streaming platforms this weekend in the U.S., including the most important info such as time, location, platform, betting odds and notable undercard fights. All odds listed below come from New Jersey-based bookmaker 888sport.
In addition, there’s also a boxing card on UFC Fight Pass this Friday night featuring a 140-pound matchup between Mykquan Williams and Rickey Edwards.
Friday, May 17, 2019
What: Ryan Burnett (19-1, 9 KOs) vs Jelbirt Gomera (14-5, 7 KOs)
Where: Ulster Hall in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Time: 3 pm ET
Odds: Burnett -10000, Gomera +1600
Synopsis: Burnett is coming off that freak injury he suffered during his bout against Nonito Donaire in the World Boxing Super Series. In that fight, Burnett suffered his first loss a professional because he pulled a muscle and couldn’t continue. Now the popular Belfast-based fighter looks to get back on track against Gomera.
Other Bouts: The card also includes Marco McCullough vs. Declan Geraghty, 10 rounds, junior lightweight, Sean McComb vs. Miroslav Serban, eight rounds, junior welterweights, Steven Donnelly vs. TBD, six rounds, junior middleweights and Seanie Duffy vs. Michael Isaac Carrera, four rounds, lightweights.
What: Josh Taylor (14-0, 12 KOs) vs Ivan Baranchyk (19-0, 12 KOs)
Where: The SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland
Time: 2 pm ET
Odds: Taylor -590, Baranchyk +400
Synopsis: Taylor takes on IBF titleholder Baranchyk in the semi-final of the World Boxing Super Series junior lightweight tournament. The winner of the bout will face undefeated American phenom Regis Prograis in a hotly anticipated fight later this year that will presumably crown the king of the 140-pound division.
Other Bouts: Japanese stalwart Naoya Inoue takes on IBF bantamweight champion Emmanuel Rodriguez in the semi-final fight of the WBSS bantamweight tournament. The winner of this bout will take on future Hall of Famer Nonito Donaire later this year. Inoue is considered by most to be pound-for-pound elite. There will be plenty of undercard bouts to enjoy, too.
What: Billy Joe Saunders (27-0, 13 KOs) vs Shefat Isufi (27-3-2, 20 KOs)
Where: Lamex Stadium in Stevenage, England
Time: 2:30 pm ET
Odds: Saunders -5000, Isufi +1400
Synopsis: Former WBO middleweight champion Saunders, who lost his title after failing a PED drug test, is on the comeback tour. Perhaps ironically, Saunders looks in as good of shape as ever at the present. Saunders vs Isufi is a super middleweight bout, but most expect Saunders back at 160 soon.
Other Bouts: England’s Joe Joyce is a highly rated heavyweight prospect. He takes on Alexander Ustinov in the co-main event. If Joyce wins, he looks to be on a collision course with another highly touted heavyweight from England, Daniel Dubois, later this year. There’s also a fighter on the undercard named Boy Jones Jr.
What: Deontay Wilder (40-0-1, 39 KOs) vs Dominic Breazeale (20-1, 18 KOs)
Where: Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York
Time: 9 pm ET
Odds: Wilder -700, Breazeale +500
Synopsis: America’s heavyweight champion, Wilder, puts his WBC title on the line against former title challenger Breazeale. These guys really seem to hate each other, so the fight is at least interesting from that perspective though most expect Wilder to stop Breazeale the same way unified champion Anthony Joshua already did a few years ago.
Other Bouts: The televised card also includes Gary Russell Jr. vs Kiko Martinez for a featherweight title and Juan Heraldez vs Argenis Mendez in a 10-round junior welterweight bout. Russell Jr is an electric talent but doesn’t stay active enough to be as big a star as he could be.
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