Where to Watch
Enjoy the holiday break? Big fights are back in full force this weekend as the sport of professional boxing returns to its regular schedule.
Last year was one of the best years in the sport in recent memory. Remember when Canelo Alvarez walked down Gennady Golovkin to lift the middleweight championship? How bout when Tyson Fury rose from the dead to earn the draw against WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder? Or when Tony Harrison upset Jermell Charlo for the WBC junior middleweight title?
This year’s American TV action kicks off with rising lightweight prodigy Devin Haney doing his thing against Xolisani Ndongeni on Showtime and ends with IBF super middleweight champion Jose Uzcategui facing upset-minded Caleb Plant on FS1.
Here’s where to watch the biggest and best fights this weekend in boxing.
Friday, Jan. 10, 2019
What: Devin Haney (20-0, 13 KOs) vs. Xolisani Ndongeni (25-0, 13 KOs)
Where: StageWorks of Lousiana in Shreveport, Louisiana
Time: 10 pm ET
Synopsis: Haney is a fast-handed, accurate and judicious puncher who seems to be on his way to becoming a real threat in the lightweight division. At just 20 years old, Haney still has plenty of time to climb the ladder. But he’s already ranked No. 8 in the division by The Ring magazine and the people over at Showtime really seem to think he’s something special. Ndongeni, 28, is a boxer-puncher with a solid jab. He’s undefeated but isn’t near as good an athlete as Haney so his work will be cut out for him. Moreover, this will be just Ndongeni’s second fight outside his home country of South Africa. Also scheduled for action are highly touted featherweight Ruben Villa (14-0, 5 KOs) and undefeated Cuban heavyweight Frank Sanchez Faure (10-0, 8 KOs) in separate bouts.
Sunday, Jan. 11, 2019
What: Jose Uzcategui (28-2, 23 KOs) vs. Caleb Planet (17-0, 10 KOs)
Where: Microsoft Theatre in Los Angelos, California
Time: 8 PM ET
Synopsis: Uzcategui will be looking to defend his IBF super middleweight title for the first time since being elevated from interim champion after James DeGale’s title relinquishment. Uzcategui, 28, is a rangy pressure cooker who has mowed down the opposition since losing to Matt Korobov in 2014. Plant, 26, is a pure boxer who will need to make Uzcategui miss and keep his footwork pristine in order to have a real chance. Stylistically, this matchup should be pleasing to the eye and the winner of the battle should be in prime position to get some really good fights in the near future against other top 168-pound stars. Other fighters scheduled for action include featherweight contender Brandon Figueroa (17-0, 12 KOs), rising junior middleweight prospect Joey Spencer (5-0, 5 KOs) and former junior featherweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (17-1, 11 KOs) in separate bouts.