What to Watch: September 28-30

By Caryn A. Tate on September 26, 2018
What to Watch: September 28-30
Join me as I break down which of the week's televised fights are most interesting and why.

Figueroa is 21. Escandon is 34. While Figueroa is much younger and fresher, Escandon has a big advantage in terms of experience…

Join me as I break down which of the week’s televised fights are most interesting and why.

Friday, September 28
DAZN (US) / ITN (UK)
George Groves (28-3, 20 KOs) vs. Callum Smith (24-0, 17 KOs) - 12 rounds, WBA super middleweight world title

6:00pm PT/9:00pm ET - Epix (The Contender)
TBD vs. TBD

Season 5 of The Contender continues with episode six this week. It’s a surprisingly well-made and entertaining show with a nice balance of boxing and getting to know the fighters as individuals (and, hence, caring more about how the fights play out).

7:30pm PT / 10:30pm ET - ESPN+
Jose Uzcategui (27-2, 23 KOs) vs. Ezequiel Maderna (26-4, 16 KOs) - 10 rounds, super middleweight

10:00pm ET/PT - Showtime
Devin Haney (19-0, 13 KOs) vs. Juan Carlos Burgos (33-2-2, 21 KOs) - 10 rounds, lightweight

Saturday, September 29
6:00pm PT/9:00pm ET - Facebook Watch (https://www.facebook.com/GoldenBoyFN/)
Jorge Linares (44-4, 27 KOs) vs. Abner Cotto (23-3, 12 KOs) - 10 rounds, super lightweight

Sunday, September 30
6pm PT/9pm ET - FS1 & FOX Deportes
Brandon Figueroa (16-0, 11 KOs) vs. Oscar Escandon (25-4, 17 KOs) - 10 rounds, featherweight; Joe Joyce (5-0, 5 KOs) vs. Iago Kiladze (26-3, 18 KOs) - 8 rounds, heavyweight

My pick this week is this fun main event between Figueroa and Escandon (this bout was moved up to be the main event on this card when Premier Boxing Champions scrapped the Victor Ortiz vs. John Molina Jr. bout due to Ortiz’s arrest in response to three felony rape charges).

Figueroa-Escandon is a classic match-up between a young prospect and a tough veteran who has challenged for a world title in the past.

Brandon, the younger brother of former lightweight world champion Omar Figueroa, fights just like his brother. He’s a swarming fighter who throws a lot of punches and has, so far, had success largely due to his work rate. He gives up a lot in the defense department, taking punches in order to land his own, but so far his offense has tipped the scales in his favor.

Escandon is a much smaller man than Figueroa, but in the past he has used his smaller stature to good effect by getting underneath his taller opponent’s punches to work his way in. He’ll have to do this again on Sunday night, as Figueroa holds a sizable height and reach advantage over him. Escandon is a more accurate puncher than Figueroa, focusing more on precision than activity. Still, the 2004 Olympian is coming off of two knockout losses.

Figueroa is 21. Escandon is 34. While Figueroa is much younger and fresher, Escandon has a big advantage in terms of experience. It should be an entertaining and classic bout.

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