Saturday, 13 May 2017 15:20

Boxing schedule, fights on TV: May 13-20

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Tonight, will mark the end of an era in boxing.

Fight legend and former multi-division world champion James “Lights Out” Toney (76-10-3, 46 KOs) will face “Lightning” Mike Sheppard (24-20-2, 10 KOs) at the Convocation Center of Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Michigan. And at 48, Toney insists tonight's bout will be his last.

After his prime years as a middleweight and super middleweight many, including your's truly, wrote James off in the late 1990s amid his weight problems and less-than- satisfactory performances against non-elite opponents.

By early 2000, James Toney was done as a force in boxing.... or so it seemed.

But the colorful Toney would experience a revival of sorts and win a world title at cruiserweight in 2003 by decisioning the division's top dog, Vassiliy Jirov. The win would earn him RING Magazine 'Fighter of the Year' honors.

And despite being only 5'10", James would vault to heavyweight and orchestrate a successful run, becoming a major player in the division and producing some memorable moments.

Also tonight, Kal Yafai makes his maiden defense his WBA junior bantamweight title at Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham, England. Rated No. 6 in the division by The RING, Yafai became Birmingham’s first world titleholder by defeating Luis Concepcion to claim the vacant strap.

On the undercard of the Yafai bout, Sam Eggington faces Cerefino Rodriguez for the European welterweight title. Eggington, of course, stopped aging superstar Paul Malignaggi in March.

Boxing Schedule
High-Profile and Semi High-Profile Fights Only *
For a more in-depth schedule that includes lower-profile bouts, visit the ESPN Boxing Schedule


Saturday, May 13

Birmingham, England

TV: AWE (U.S); SKYBoxing (UK)
Kal Yafai vs. Suguru Muranaka
12 rounds, for Yafai's WBA junior bantamweight title

Cerefino Rodriguez vs. Sam Eggington
12 rounds, for Rodriguez's European welterweight title

Frankie Gavin vs. Renald Garrido
10 rounds, welterweights

Gamal Yafai v Sean Davis
12 rounds, super bantamweights

Josh Kelly v Jony Vina
6 rounds, welterweights

Bristol, PA
Derrick Webster vs. Frankie Filippone

10 rounds, super middleweights

Ikram Kerwat vs. Althea Saunders
6 rounds, lightweights

Leeds, England
Josh Warrington vs. Kiko Martinez

12 rounds, featherweights

Jazza Dickens vs. Thomas Patrick Ward
12 rounds, for Dickens' British junior featherweight title

Nicola Adams vs. Maryan Salazar
4 rounds, female flyweights

Adams is the first woman to win an Olympic boxing title, winning gold in 2012 and 2016 Olympics in the women's flyweight division.

Josh Leather vs Phil Sutcliffe Jr

12 rounds, super lightweights

Cancun, Mexico
TV: beIN Sports Espanol
Jessica Guadalupe Martinez vs. Zulina Munoz
10 rounds, female junior bantamweights

Ivan Alvarez vs. Abner Lopez
10 rounds, welterweights

Zapopan, Mexico
Avni Yildirim vs. Marco Antonio Periban
12 rounds, super middleweights

Pedro Guevara vs. Osvaldo Novoa
10 rounds, junior flyweights


Tepic, Mexico
Jose Argumedo vs. Gabriel Mendoza
12 rounds, for Argumedo's IBF strawweight title

Plainville, Mass
Gary "Spike" O'Sullivan vs. Chauncey Fields
8 rounds, middleweights

Ypsilanti, Michigan
James Toney vs. Mike Sheppard
12 rounds, heavyweights

Karlsruhe, Germany
Vincent Feigenbutz vs. Andrey Sirotkin
10 or 12 rounds, super middleweights

Punta del Este, Uruguay
Cesar Miguel Barrionuevo vs. Oscar Meza
12 rounds, welterweights

And here's a sneak peek at next week's boxing schedule...

Thursday, May 18

Tucson, Ariz.
TV: ESPN2/ESPN Deportes
Diego De La Hoya vs. Erik Ruiz
10 rounds, junior featherweights

* Keep an eye on Diego. He's surging.

D'Mitrius Ballard vs. Denis Douglin
10 rounds, super middleweights

New York
Heather Hardy vs. Edina Kiss|
8 rounds, female featherweights

Heather is a cutie, and quite ferocious


Friday, May 19

Zelfa Barrett vs Eusebio Osejo
Super Featherweights

Alexander Ustinov vs TBD

Pont-Audemer, France
Thomas Masson vs. Oleksandr Hyryschuk
12 rounds, for vacant European flyweight title

Hamburg, Germany
Mario Daser vs. Ola Afalobi
12 rounds, cruiserweights

Ontario, Calif.
Giovani Santillan vs. Juan Garcia Mendez
8 rounds, junior welterweights

Erick Ituarte vs. Isaac Zarate
8 rounds, featherweights


Saturday, May 20

New York 
Terence Crawford vs. Felix Diaz
12 rounds, for Crawford's WBO/WBC junior welterweight title

Raymundo Beltran vs Jonathan Maicelo
12 rounds, IBF lightweight eliminator

Shakur Stevenson vs. Carlos Suarez
6 rounds, featherweights

Stevenson might be the next Floyd Mayweather

Oxon Hill, Md
TV: Showtime 
Gary Russell Jr. vs. Oscar Escandon
12 rounds, for Russell's WBC featherweight title

If not for Vasyl Lomachenko, Russell would be 28-0 and on the P4P list, or close 

Jose Uzcategui vs. Andre Dirrell
12 rounds, for vacant IBF interim super middleweight title

Rances Barthelemy vs. Kiryl Relikh
12 rounds, WBA junior welterweight eliminator

TV: Showtime (US);  BOXNATION (UK)
Gervonta Davis vs. Liam Walsh
12 rounds, for Davis' IBF junior lightweight title
Perhaps Davis is the next Floyd Mayweather. This young fella is the goods

Chris Hobbs vs. Anthony Yarde

10 rounds, light heavyweights

Laredo, Texas
TV: PBC on Fox Sports 1/Fox Deportes
David Benavidez vs. Rogelio "Porky" Medina
12 rounds, WBC super middleweight eliminator

Jorge Lara vs. Mario Briones
10 rounds, featherweights


Hassan N'Dam vs. Ryota Murata
12 rounds, for vacant WBA "regular" middleweight title

Ganigan Lopez vs. Ken Shiro
12 rounds, for Lopez's WBC junior flyweight title

Juan Hernandez Navarrete vs. Daigo Higa
12 rounds, for Hernandez Navarrete's WBC flyweight title

Nagoya, Japan
Kosei Tanaka vs. Angel Acosta
12 rounds, for Tanaka's WBO junior flyweight title

Motherwell, Scotland
Gary Cornish vs. Sam Sexton
12 rounds, for vacant British heavyweight title

Palm Springs, Calif.
Maximiliano Becerra vs. Ricardo Maldonado
8 rounds, junior welterweights

Poznan, Poland
Noel Gevor vs. Krzysztof Wlodarczyk
12 rounds, IBF cruiserweight eliminator

Lee Cleveland

Lee is Managing Editor of, a student of the Sweet Science and longtime boxing fan.

A gym rat in the 1990s, Lee was trained by 1976 Olympic Silver Medalist Charles Mooney and several retired seasoned pros. He was also a sparring partner for former WBA Super Middleweight Champion Steve Little who upset Michael Nunn for the WBA Super Middleweight Title in '94.

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