Boxing springs into the month of April providing four straight weeks of exciting fights, highlighted by a sure-fire ‘Fight of the Year’ candidate between Lucas Matthysse and Ruslan Provodnikov.
Fans will also get three more high-quality Premier Boxing Champions cards, and the return of Heavyweight champion of the world Wladimir Klitschko, who will be fighting on American soil for the first time in seven years.
It looks like I will be fighting @LucasMatthysse on April 18th on East coast on HBO! This is going to be a real war! No running in this one!
— Ruslan Provodnikov (@RuslanProvod) February 20, 2015
It all kicks off on Thursday, April 2, 2015, when Golden Boy Promotions brings fans their second installment of “L.A. Fight Club” with Featherweights Julian Ramirez and Raul Hidalgo squaring off on Fox Sports 1/Fox Deportes.
On Friday, April 3, 2015, ESPN2 Friday Night Fight’s will lead into the first weekend of the month featuring 2014 Lightweight Boxcino champion Petr Petrov vs. Gamaliel Diaz, and impressive Olympic bronze medalist Taras Shelestyuk vs. Juan Rodriguez Jr. in an eight-round Welterweight match.
Premier Boxing Champions makes its first appearance on CBS on Saturday, April 4, 2015 with lineal Light Heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson defending his title against the rough, and at times dirty, Sakio Bika. It’s a matchup that has already seen some tension between the two fighters. If Stevenson wins, he’ll be in a position where he’ll be forced to either fight 175-pound boogeyman Sergey Kovalev, or vacate his WBC title. The WBC has already announced that Stevenson and Kovalev will have until just April 17 to negotiate a fight, or it will be sent to a purse bid.
Also on Saturday April 4 Big Knockout Boxing takes the sport from a ring into a circular pit for its second-ever event, which will be shown live on PPV. The main event features Gabriel Rosado vs. the heavy-hitting Curtis Stevens, with fan-favorite Jesus Soto Karass vs. Ed Peredes as the co-feature.
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Friday, April 10, 2015, ESPN2 will present the 2015 Super Welterweight Boxcino Semifinals featuring the current favorite Brandon Adams, who lost to Willie Monroe Jr. in the 2014 Boxcino Middleweight finals.
Also on Friday, April 10, 2015, Showtime’s ShoBox will be featuring impressive up-and-coming prospects Frank Galarza, Ievgen Khytrov and Sergey Derevyanchenko.
Premier Boxing Champions will put on its first show at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, NY on Saturday, April 11, 2015 with a stacked card of interesting fights including the long-awaited showdown between Super Lightweight lineal champion Danny Garcia and IBF title holder, Lamont Peterson.
What might steal the show from Garcia vs. Peterson is the WBO Middleweight championship fight between Andy Lee, who is making his first defense of the title, against ex-title holder, Peter Quillin, it will be the co-main feature of the card.
Also on Saturday, April 11, 2015, WBO Super Featherweight champion Orlando Salido will defend his title against Rocky Martinez from San Juan, Puerto Rico live on PPV. Jessie Magdaleno will fight John Mark Apolanario along with Oscar Valdez vs. Jose Ramirez, both eight rounds bouts on UniMas.
ESPN 2 Friday Night Fights returns for its third card of the month on Friday, April 17, 2015 featuring two eight-round fights including Super Bantamweights Ryan Kielczewski vs. Danny Aquino and Super Featherweights Tevin Farmer vs. Gabriel Tolmajyan.
Also on Friday April 17, 2015, CBS Sports Net will televise Super Welterweights Denis Hogan vs. Tyrone Brunson, and Lightweight Tony Luis, who is coming off an upset win over Karl Dargan, taking on Ira Terry.
The opening televised bout will be Terence Crawford vs. Thomas Dulorme in Crawford’s first ever fight at Super Lightweight. The vacant WBO title will be on the line.
Also on Saturday, April 18, 2015 on Showtime, “The Son of the Legend” and always dramatic Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. will return to the ring for the first time in over a year when he takes on Light Heavyweight contender Andrzej Fonfara from the Stub Hub Center in Carson, California.
Premier Boxing Champions returns to Spike TV on Friday, April 24, 2015 when WBC Super Middleweight title-holder Anthony Dirrell will make his first defense against Mayweather Promotions fighter, Badou Jack.
In the co-feature, Daniel Jacobs will fight Caleb Truax for Jacobs’ WBA “regular” Middleweight belt.
Saturday, April 25, 2015 provides an exciting night of HBO Championship Boxing, when Wladimir Klitschko brings the lineal Heavyweight championship back to New York City and defends it against Philly contender, Bryant Jennings.
It will be the first time Klitschko will be fighting in the United States since he beat Sultan Ibragimov back in February 2008, in the same building he’ll take on Jennings, the historical Madison Square Garden.
Jennings showed up ready to go at the kick off press conference. Guess what, I'm ready too, looking forward to camp. pic.twitter.com/8ZmwR6lRkn
— Klitschko (@Klitschko) February 5, 2015
The co-featured bout to Klitschko vs. Jennings will be an interesting Welterweight matchup, pitting fast-rising Welterweight contender Sadam Ali against the always tough and entertaining Francisco Santana.
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Also on Saturday, April 25, 2015, future Puerto Rican superstar, Lightweight Felix Verdejo will continue his rise to the top when he fights Marco Antonio Lopez on UniMas.
ESPN2 Friday Night Fights will round off its busy month on Thursday, April 30, 2015 with its fourth televised card in as many weeks when IBF Lightweight champion Mickey Bey defends his title against Denis Shafikov.
On the same night, just two sleeps away from the biggest fight in the sport of boxing, Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao, Golden Boy Promotions will feature Super Lightweights Mercito Gesta vs. Carlos Molina in a 10-round fight on Fox Sports 1 from Indio, California.
Make sure to keep up with Round By Round Boxing at the beginning of every month for a preview of exciting fights to come.