Two unmissable fights take place this Saturday night (May 5) featuring two of the biggest names in boxing.
First up, Wladimir Klitschko puts his WBA, WBO, IBO and IBF heavyweight titles on the line against undefeated Italian Francesco Pianeta in Mannheim, Germany, exclusively live on ESPN.
Then in the early hours of Sunday morning, the world’s top pound-for-pound fighter Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather Junior defends his WBC World Welterweight title against Robert ‘The Ghost’ Gurrero at the MGM Grand Arena, Las Vegas, live and exclusive on BoxNation.
Full TV details below:
.Wladimir Klitschko v Francesco Pianeta – World Heavyweight Title LIVE: 9.45pm-11.30pm – ESPN
ESPN will be presenting live coverage of Wladimir Klitschko’s 14th consecutive world title defence against Italian heavyweight Francesco Pianeta.
With an impressive 59-3 record, Klitschko will start heavy favourite against the undefeated Pianeta with the 28-year-old southpaw, who will be looking to cause a major upset.
Klitschko comes in on the back of a 17-fight win streak and, along with brother Vitali, is unrivalled at the top of the heavyweight division.
Since beating David Haye on points in 2011, Dr Steelhammer has had three victories, stopping former cruiserweight world champion Jean Marc Mormeck in four rounds.
He also beat Tony Thompson, who recently knocked out David Price, in six rounds and most recently a dominant points win over Mariusz Wach.
His Italian opponent is a huge underdog with the bookmakers for this fight and doesn’t look capable of an unlikely upset.
He is a big southpaw but his record is filled with wins over nearly men and has-beens.
Wins over Frans Botha, Oliver McCall, Matt Skelton and a draw against Albert Sosnowski are the highlights.
Wladimir has handled much bigger punchers than Pianetta with ease, although it’s difficult to say how good his chin is because he’s never been in with world-class opposition.
Paul Dempsey will present ESPN’s coverage and will be joined in the studio by former world heavyweight champion David Haye, who will offer his unique analysis throughout the evening.
Ian Darke will be on commentary duties in Mannheim, Germany, for the fight alongside former WBC super-middleweight Richie Woodhall.
Floyd Mayweather v Robert Guerrero – WBC Welterweight Title LIVE: 1.30am-6.30am (Sun) – BoxNation
Exactly one year after an artful and slick defensive display saw Floyd Mayweather Junior dispatch challenger Miguel Cotto, the man known as ‘Money’ makes his long awaited ring return, exclusively live on BoxNation, the UK’s only dedicated subscription boxing channel.
The world’s best pound-for-pound fighter faces another difficult challenge in the form of 31-1-1 Mexican-American Robert Guerrero, in what’s set to be a massive Cinco de Mayo showdown following a controversial week building up to the fight.
Mayweather has build a sensational 43-0 record on the strength of his ringcraft, speed, footwork and all-round defensive capabilities.
When he fought Cotto on May 5th 2012, he put in a masterclass of ‘hit and don’t get hit’ boxing to take a deserved unanimous decision.
Cotto is a true warrior, and he threw everything he had in his arsenal at the 35-year-old Michigan man, from skilled approaches through to looming bombs, only for Mayweather to finish the fight relatively unharmed.
Though now commonly known by the fighting name of ‘Money’ thanks to the tremendous fortune he has built through the sweet science, Mayweather was formerly known as ‘Pretty Boy’, which attests to the strength of his defensive playbook.
As for many men who step through the ropes and face Mayweather, this is unquestionably the biggest fight of Robert Guerrero’s career.
The fiery southpaw, who has knocked out 18 of his 33 opponents in a career spanning 12 years, has a record to match some of the fight game’s greatest competitors.
Guerrero can boast six world titles across four divisions ranging from featherweight up to welterweight, which is where he faces Mayweather.
BoxNation’s long-term partnership with Golden Boy Promotions brings another unmissable fight to UK shores, and there’s no doubting that Mayweather/Guerrero is a hotly anciticpated fight of the year contender.
Jim Rosenthal will present coverage throughout the night alongside Steve Bunce and special guest Martin Murray, starting at 1.30am on Saturday night/Sunday morning on BoxNation.
The main event is expected to begin at approximately 5.00am UK time.
Big fight commentary comes from John Rawling and Barry Jones.
In addition, there will be live coverage of three supporting bouts on the Las Vegas bill, including Daniel Ponce de Leon defending his WBC title against Abner Mares, with the two highly rated Mexicans entering the ring for a massive world title bout.
Two former World Champions do battle as Leo Santa Cruz, previously IBF Bantamweight titlist, takes on former WBA World Super-Flyweight Champion Alexander Munoz, while first up on BoxNation’s coverage will be undefeated middleweight hot prospect J’Leon Love, who looks to move to 16-0 as he takes on former World title challenger Gabriel Rosado in an NABF Middleweight title bout.
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