Friday, September 16th 2016
Ishe Smith vs. Frank Galarza
Former IBF super welterweight champion Ishe Smith returns to action against Frank Galarza in his native Las Vegas tonight.
Smith, a standout Mayweather Promotions fighter, is returning after a 9-month layoff. He beat his last opponent, Tommy Rainone, via unanimous decision and is attempting to regain relevance in a stacked division.
Galarza is returning after a 10-month layoff, trying to rebound from a TKO loss to Jarrett Hurd.
Catch all the action live from the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on Bounce TV 9pm EST / 9pm PST.
Saturday, September 17th 2016
Boxing: Canelo Alvarez vs. Liam Smith
Saul “Canelo” Alvarez faces WBO super welterweight champion Liam Smith.
The Mexican star will take on the Brit in Texas’ friendly territory as Alvarez has fought and won two times already in the state. Memorably in 2015, he flattened James Kirkland in the third round in highlight reel fashion from Minute Maid Park in Houston.
Before that he took Austin Trout the distance in 2013 at the Alamo Dome to win a decisive unanimous victory.
However you slice it, Alvarez’s U.S. image towers over Smith’s, even though the Brit is the current WBO super welterweight champion.
The low-key champion has been on a eight-fight KO run since 2013. Coming from a family full of fighting brothers from the tough town of Liverpool, to say that Smith has no chance to keep his belt would be a preposterous statement.
But when you look at the level of super welterweight’s Canelo has run through, like Shane Mosley, Josesito Lopez and Kermit Cintron, to not say there is an expertise gradient that is lacking on Smith’s part would be an understatement.
The big question is how long will Alvarez’s promoter, Oscar de la Hoya, continue to dodge the fights fans really want to see, namely, Gennady “GGG” Golovkin.
Catch all the championship action live from the AT&T Center in Dallas, Texas on HBO PPV at 9pm EST / 6pm PST.
UFC Fight Night 94: Michael Johnson vs. Dustin Poirier
Dustin Poirier (20-4), looks to stay unbeaten since moving back up to 155 pounds when he takes on Michael Johnson (16-10).
Johnson enters the event on the third two-fight losing skid of his career. He’s never dropped three consecutive bouts. Johnson has earned all of his UFC stoppage victories by knockout.
Poirier is 4-0 since he returned to the UFC lightweight division in April 2015.
Poirier’s four-fight UFC winning streak in lightweight competition is tied for the fourth longest active streak in the division behind Tony Ferguson.
Watch the lightweight action live from the State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, Texas at 10pm EST / 7pm PST.