Boxing TV Schedule: Week of October 29-November 4

By Caryn A. Tate on October 31, 2017
Boxing TV Schedule: Week of October 29-November 4
Luis Ortiz failed a drug test and was replaced by Wilder's mandatory challenger Stiverne.

Stiverne has been very inactive—he has only fought once since his loss to Wilder nearly three years ago, contrasted with Wilder’s five title defenses…

Thursday, November 2
11:00pm ET/8:00pm PT - ESPN2
Jesus Soto Karass vs. Juan Carlos Abreu

Soto Karass (28-12-4, 18 KOs) has 16 years as a pro and has fought seemingly everyone in the welterweight division. But he has lost four of his last five bouts, with the other result being a draw with Yoshihiro Kamegai in their first face-off (Soto Karass lost the rematch last year by TKO). Abreu (19-3-1, 18 KOs) has only been a professional for six years, and though he hasn’t faced the same level of opposition Soto Karass has, the Dominican sports a 75% knockout ratio, a reminder of how dangerous he could be depending on how much Soto Karass has left in the tank.

Saturday, November 4
5:45pm ET/PT - HBO (U.S.) / Sky Sports (U.K.)
Dmitry Bivol vs. Trent Broadhurst; Jamie McDonnell vs. Liborio Solis 2; Agit Kabayel vs. Dereck Chisora; Scott Quigg vs. Oleg Yefimovych

At the time this main event fight was made, Bivol (11-0, 9 KOs) was the WBA #1-ranked light heavyweight and was slated to face #11-ranked Broadhurst (20-1, 12 KOs) for the WBA world title. Bivol’s level of opposition hasn’t been great yet, but he appears to have real skill and, as the top-ranked fighter in the division by the WBA, deserves the shot at the title. Broadhurst, aside from his #11 ranking, has only fought in his native Australia and his opposition hasn’t been what one might expect for a world title fight.

WBA bantamweight world champion McDonnell (29-2, 13 KOs) fought Solis (25-5, 11 KOs) one year ago and achieved a disputed points win. Both fighters have faced top-level opposition, and despite Solis’ five losses, none of those have been by stoppage—and more importantly, he looked very good against McDonnell last year. Expect a great fight between these two.

9:00pm ET/6:00pm PT - SHOWTIME
Deontay Wilder vs. Bermane Stiverne 2; Shawn Porter vs. Adrian Granados; Sergey Lipinets vs. Akihiro Kondo

WBC heavyweight champion Wilder (38-0, 37 KOs) was originally slated to face Luis Ortiz in a truly exciting match-up, but unfortunately Ortiz failed a drug test and was replaced by Wilder’s mandatory challenger Stiverne (25-2, 21 KOs). When the pair first fought back in 2015, Wilder won a lopsided decision which won him the WBC belt and represented the first time the Olympic bronze medalist went the distance as a professional. Stiverne has been very inactive—he has only fought once since his loss to Wilder nearly three years ago, contrasted with Wilder’s five title defenses.

The undercard features some exciting bouts, including welterweights Porter (27-2, 17 KOs) and Granados (18-5, 12 KOs). Both fighters bring the action and don’t back down, so expect major fireworks and entertainment for this one. At 140 pounds, Lipinets (12-0, 10 KOs) faces Kondo (29-6, 16 KOs) for the vacant IBF world title. Lipinets shows serious skill under the tutelage of former champion Buddy McGirt, while Kondo is a veteran who will be fighting outside of his native Japan for the first time as a pro.

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  1. JJ Austin 01:33pm, 11/03/2017

    Agree with Blast. Wilder by KO. Dramatic and within 8 rds. The WBC should be ashamed of itself giving Stiverne this fight despite Ortiz’s Ped use. The guy has fought once in the last 3 years and came in as a 15 lb heavier fat slob today. Disgraceful.. Porter should solidify his standing as the best fighter in boxing without a Title on the undercard. Exciting night ahead!

  2. Fan 09:19am, 11/02/2017

    We need to put fashion into boxing with long sleeve gloves, ribs protector

  3. Kid Blast 04:43pm, 10/31/2017

    KO this time for Wilder

  4. Sheldon Leonard 02:33pm, 10/31/2017

    Just hope that Deontay doesn’t hurt his hands because I’m looking forward to seeing him drill Joshua sooner rather than later!

  5. Sheldon Leonard 02:30pm, 10/31/2017

    Thanks ! Looks like some good ones here! Stiverne will put on his earmuffs but the result will be the same and his ears will be ringing for weeks afterward….probably with double vision into the bargain!

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