ESPN+, 4:30 a.m. ET, Kenshiro Teraji vs Hiroto Kyuguchi. Years of struggle in the making, finally done, the combination of two belts at 108 lbs and just a great fight, two of the best in the world at weight. This is also just a great card; There will be another 108 lb title on the line between Jonathan Gonzalez and Shokichi Iwata, as well as young Junto Nakatani moving up to 115 to face Francisco Rodriguez Jr, and Shuichiro Yoshino vs Masayoshi Nakatani at 135, which just might be a great fight. We will be here with the bell. If you’re outside the US or Japan, chances are DAZN has this fight for you, check your playlist. The Evil Left will have live coverage.
DAZN and Social Media5:00 a.m. ET, Bivol vs Ramirez press conference.
DAZN and Social Media8:00 a.m. ET, Bivol vs Ramirez.
DAZN1:30 p.m. ET, Dmitry Bivol vs Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez. About as good a fight as anyone will have at 175 right now. Bivol, of course, coming off a big win over Canelo Alvarez, now heads to Abu Dhabi to face Zurdo Ramirez, a veteran at 168 who still has a significant advantage over everyone else at 175. This is Zurdo war has. he said he wanted it often, and he got it now, and he accepted it – he didn’t have Golden Boy because he didn’t agree with this, when the order was given, it was over. The show also features Chantelle Cameron facing Jessica McCaskill for the undisputed title at 140 – Cameron has two belts, two vacant, and they’re all on the line. In particular, the IBO is being pushed here, because they and their promoters are really starting this push, which is just what boxing needs, more fan confusion and “world titles.” To note, McCaskill is 147, this one is 140. Also, Shavkat Rakhimov faces Zelfa Barrett for the IBF 130-year-old belt, and Galal Yafai will fight Gohan Rodriguez. The Evil Left will have live coverage.
SHO, 9:00 p.m. ET, David Morrell Jr vs Aidos Yerbossynuly. If you haven’t already made plans for Saturday or are on the fence, let me throw in a good suggestion to watch this fight. This comes together in a nutshell, but it can be really, really good. Morrell has a legitimate growing threat at 168, he has a second WBA belt, and Yerbossynuly will want to make his mark here – he’s also a professional fighter, a second tier on paper. The Evil Left will have live coverage.