Where to Watch: Hurd-Williams, Berchelt-Vargas 2 More
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.
Friday, May 10, 2019
What: Abraham Nova (14-0, 10 Kos) vs. Mario Lozano (18-2-1, 9 KOs)
Where: MGM Springfield, Springfield, Mass.
Channel: UFC Fight Pass
Time: 9:15 PM ET
Synopsis: Young gun Nova was born in Puerto Rico and hails from Albany, NY. He has flashy fists, very much above average hand speed. The hitter is a super feather who has been taking on people with decent records. Lozano is being flown in from Argentina, and was stopped in his last outing, so fans of KOs might be in luck.
Other bouts: William Foster (9-0) and Luis Arcon (6-0) are supposedly decent prospects, so you can check them out for yourself, in separate tangoes.
What: Carlos Gongora (15-0, 12 KOs) vs. Damien Bonelli (23-6, 20 KOs)
Where: MGM Springfield, Springfield, Mass.
Channel: Facebook Fightnight Live
Time: 8 PM ET
Synopsis: Gongora, from Ecuador, took part in two Olympics and accumulated about 500 amateur bouts. He is chill as heck in the ring, and not everyone is sold on him as a prospect. He’s 30, so the clock is ticking a wee bit faster for him than others in the middleweight class.
Other bouts: Fightnight Live brings you a bunch of up ‘n comers…or, maybe, never will bees. You see them early..and can make up your mind on their possible future arc.
What: Leigh Wood (21-1, 11 KOs) vs Ryan Doyle (17-3-1, 9 KOs)
Where: Nottingham Arena, in Nottingham, England
Time: 2 pm ET
Odds: Wood -335, Doyle +245
Synopsis: Wood makes his first defense of the Commonwealth featherweight title he won by defeating Abraham Osei Bonsu in March. Now Wood takes on former Commonwealth titleholder Doyle. Wood hopes to follow in the footsteps of his idol, Carl Froch, by winning big in front of the Nottingham home crowd at the highest level of the sport. A win over Doyle would help him move forward in that quest.
Other Bouts: The co-feature of his Matchroom Boxing card from across the pond features rising featherweight prospect Jordan Gill who takes on Mexico’s Enrique Tinoco. The card will also include pro debuts by Dalton Smith and Charles Frankham.
What: Ruben Villa (15-0, 5 KOs) vs Luis Alberto Lopez (17-1, 8 KOs)
Where: Omega Products International in Corona, California
Time: 10:30 pm ET
Odds: Villa -715, Lopez +450
Synopsis: Featherweight prospect Villa, 22, from Salina, California, hopes to someday be one of the slew of top fighters who made their names by fighting on a Shobox: The Next Generation card. Villa takes on once-beaten Lopez, from Mexico, in a must-win fight for the young fighter. After all, there are plenty of other fighters who fought on Shobox cards that never saw the light of day again because of upset losses or poor performances.
Other Bouts: The Showtime card is a tripleheader. The other two fights include lightweight prospects Michael Dutchover and Zhora Hamazaryan in separate bouts. If you want to watch the rest of the undercard, you can stream it live at ThompsonBoxing.com.
Saturday, May 11, 2019
What: Jarrett Hurd (23-0, 16 KOs) vs Julian Williams (26-1-1, 16 KOs)
Where: EagleBank Arena in Fairfax, Virginia
Time: 8 pm ET
Odds: Hurd -590, Williams +400
Synopsis: Hurd, 28, of Accokeek, Maryland, has held the 154-pound IBF title since stopping current WBC champ Tony Harrison in February 2017. The popular, huge, pressure-cooking mauler defeated southpaw stylist Erislandy Lara by split-decision to unify the next year, helping Hurd become the fighter most people today believe is the best junior middleweight in the world. Williams, 29, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, has won four straight since being knocked out by Jermall Charlo in December 2016. Williams is a crafty, hard-punching boxer who is legitimately a live dog. While Hurd’s physical size has seemed to overwhelm many of his previous opponents, most of the better names on his resume were well over the age of 30. Williams is still physically in his prime and can really crack, so it should be a really competitive fight.
Other Bouts: Matvey Korobov, 36, lost a spirited battle to Jermall Charlo in December 2018 in a fight many thought might better be scored as a draw. Regardless, Korobov proved he’s still probably very near elite status in terms of being a middleweight contender, so seeing him against 25-year-old Immanuwel Aleem in a showcase bout on national television is good news if you want to see the Russian-born Korobov in another big fight soon. Mario Barrios, 23, of San Antonio, Texas, and Juan Jose Velasco, 32, of Buenos Aires, Argentina, will also do battle in a 10-rounder featuring solid junior welterweights.
What: Miguel Berchelt (35-1, 31 KOs) vs Francisco Vargas (25-1-2, 18 KOs)
Where: Convention Center in Tucson, Arizona
Time: 10 pm ET
Odds: Berchelt -1400, Vargas +700
Synopsis: It’s the hotly anticipated rematch between Berchelt and Vargas, who fought at a fevered pitch for close to eleven rounds in January 2017 before Berchelt gained the stoppage win. The win netted Berchelt the WBC junior lightweight title, a strap he’s defended four times since over solid competition. Now, Berchelt, 27, from Merida, Mexico, and Vargas, 34, Mexico City, Mexico, have unfinished business in what should be another intense battle between two of the best 130-pound fighters on the planet.
Other Bouts: In co-feature, WBO junior featherweight titleholder Emanuel Navarrete gives an immediate rematch to Isaac Dogboe, whom he shockingly defeated by unanimous decision in December. Other fighters in action include rising lightweight prospect Fazliddin Gaibnazarov and rugged featherweight Miguel Marriaga.
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