Boxing TV Schedule: Week of August 13 – August 19

By Caryn A. Tate on August 14, 2017
Boxing TV Schedule: Week of August 13 – August 19
Julius Indongo is a solid fighter and he won his championships the honorable way.

This fight is a true unification, with the winner holding all of the world titles in that division…

Friday, August 18
11:00pm ET - ESPN
Alberto Machado vs. Carlos Morales

Machado is the favorite here, coming in with a 17-0 (15 KOs) record and fighting at home in Puerto Rico. But Morales (16-1, 6 KOs) is a solid contender too, and has fought in Mexico and the United States throughout his career so is no stranger to fighting on the road. It should be a solid scrap.

Saturday, August 19
10:00pm ET - ESPN
Terence Crawford vs. Julius Indongo

Crawford (31-0, 22 KOs) comes into this fight as the WBC and WBO world super lightweight champion. Indongo (22-0, 11 KOs) enters this bout as the IBF, WBA, and IBO world super lightweight title holder. This fight is a true unification, with the winner holding all of the world titles in that division, something that doesn’t happen nearly often enough in modern boxing.

And that is the primary reason for any drama surrounding it. Indongo is a solid fighter and won his championships the honorable way—in the ring. He also defeated the very good and experienced Ricky Burns in his last fight, in Scotland—by decision, which all boxing heads know is a difficult task for any road warrior.

But Crawford is not only the goods; he’s a truly special fighter, one of those rare boxers who seems to simply be on a different level than the majority of other fighters around his weight class. In his last bout in May, Crawford defeated Olympic gold medalist Felix Diaz in a remarkable display of talent against a truly good opponent. He made it look easy.

While Crawford may win handily, Indongo got his titles the hard way and is a true fighter. It should be a very entertaining bout.

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