Boxing TV Schedule—August 20-26

By Caryn A. Tate on August 22, 2017
Boxing TV Schedule—August 20-26
I expect McGregor to trouble Floyd Mayweather a bit in the early rounds. (Sky Sports)

Floyd Mayweather (49-0, 26 KOs) is taking on Conor McGregor (0-0) in what promises to be a highly entertaining event…

Tuesday, August 22
9:00pm ET/6pm PT - FS1
Juan Carlos Payano vs. Alexis Santiago, Jamel Herring vs. Ladarius Miller

Payano (18-1, 9 KOs) enters this fight with a single decision loss from Rau’shee Warren from their rematch last year, and is expected to make it past Santiago (21-4, 8 KOs), but it should be an entertaining main event regardless.

On the undercard, U.S. Olympian Herring (16-1, 9 KOs) takes on Miller (13-1, 4 KOs) in a good 10-round matchup at lightweight. Miller is coming down to lightweight from super lightweight, so that may play a factor in the bout, while Herring is re-grouping after an upset TKO loss to Denis Shafikov last July.

Friday, August 25
9:00pm ET/6pm PT - FS1
Sergiy Derevyanchenko vs. Tureano Johnson, Immanuwel Aleem vs. Hugo Centeno Jr.

This main event is a truly exciting match-up: Derevyanchenko (10-0, 8 KOs) has been lighting up the lower tiers of the middleweight division as a pro for some time following a standout amateur career. Johnson’s only loss came to Curtis Stevens in a very questionable stoppage back in 2014. This is a 12-round IBF title eliminator bout, and the IBF world middleweight title is currently held by Gennady Golovkin, who faces Canelo Alvarez on September 16. The winner of Derevyanchenko-Johnson will become a mandatory to the winner of Alvarez-Golovkin, a mouth-watering future fight to look forward to.

Aleem (17-0, 10 KOs) vs. Centeno Jr. (25-1, 13 KOs) is another solid matchup at middleweight. The supporting fight will be a 10-rounder and will advance the winner higher in the division.

Saturday, August 26
7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT - FOX
Yordenis Ugas vs. Thomas Dulorme, Juan Heraldez vs. Jose Miguel Borrego

Ugas (19-3, 9 KOs) is a skilled Cuban fighter who is stepping in at the last minute to replace Shawn Porter, who had to withdraw from this bout due to a death in the family. In April, Ugas stepped in as a last-minute replacement to take on Nelson Lara, and stopped the heavier fighter in the second round. While Ugas has 3 losses on his record, they were all by decision and he has shown clear improvement in recent years. Dulorme is a former top contender who is trying to battle his way back to the top. It should be a highly entertaining fight.

9:00pm ET/6:00pm PT - SHOWTIME PPV
Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Conor McGregor, Nathan Cleverly vs. Badou Jack, Gervonta Davis vs. Francisco Fonseca, Andrew Tabiti vs. Steve Cunningham

Mayweather (49-0, 26 KOs) is taking on McGregor (0-0) in what promises to be a highly entertaining event. Both fighters will make career-high paydays. Expect Mayweather to do what he does best: hit and not get hit. McGregor is not lacking in heart, but on Sunday morning you can bet that you’ll hear a lot of comments about how badly McGregor was outboxed. But it will be fun while it lasts, and I expect McGregor to trouble Mayweather a bit in the early rounds with his unorthodox/MMA-style movements. Then Mayweather will flip the switch.

The undercard PPV bouts are very good. Jack (21-1, 12 KOs) is fighting the battle-tested Cleverly (30-3, 16 KOs) in his first bout at light heavyweight after holding a world title at super middleweight. Davis (18-0, 17 KOs) is proving to be the real deal with superb skills which should be showcased against the undefeated Fonseca (19-0, 13 KOs), who is stepping way up in terms of level of opposition here. Tabiti (14-0, 12 KOs) is stepping up in competition to face the very experienced and underrated Cunningham (29-8, 13 KOs), whose record is deceptive—he’s a very good boxer and more than a couple of his losses were bad decisions. It should be entertaining to see how the fight plays out.

9:45pm ET/6:45pm PT - HBO
Miguel Cotto vs. Yoshihiro Kamegai, Rey Vargas vs. Ronnie Rios

The legendary Cotto (40-5, 33 KOs) takes on the highly entertaining Kamegai (27-3, 24 KOs) in the HBO main event. This is a 12-round bout for the vacant WBO world super welterweight title. Most likely, the more experienced Cotto will outbox Kamegai but the very determined Japanese fighter always brings his best and won’t quit. It should be a very entertaining match-up.

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