By Thomas Lyons
The so-called Channel of Champions continues to deliver the very best boxing shows across the States with the announcement of three enthralling world title encounters, starting with Jessie Magdaleno (25-0, 18 KOs) who defends his WBO World Super-Bantamweight belt against another undefeated fighter in Isaac Dogboe on April 28 at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia, in what should be an action-packed main event.
The second fight to be added to the Boxnation schedule features two of the biggest pound for pound stars in Vasyl Lomachenko (10-1, 8 KOs) moving up to lightweight to challenge Jorge Linares (44-3, 27 KOs). This May 12 spectacle has everything including sublime skill and a mixture of styles. ‘The Matrix’ makes his return to the mecca of boxing at Madison Square Garden where he displayed a dominant performance last time out, retiring Guillermo Rigondeaux in the sixth round. If the Ukranian were to get past Linares, he could line up some huge fights at Lightweight with the likes of Mikey Garcia, Ray Beltran and Robert Easter Jr who are the current champions and cream of the crop at 135lbs.
Finally, the undisputed 140lb king, Terence Crawford (32-0, 23 KOs) looks to make his mark in the Welterweight division when he faces WBO holder Jeff Horn on June 9 at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas. After vacating the titles to move up in weight, Crawford has the perfect opportunity to capture his first title at 147 before bringing on the bigger challenges in Spence, Thurman and Pacquiao, who are all potential unifications down the line. Knocking out Julius Indongo inside three rounds and topping the tree at super-lightweight, the Nebraska man will be a nightmare for anyone. Arguably, the most exciting division in world boxing, the Welterweight mix must be aware that Crawford is coming for them to achieve another goal of becoming a three-weight world champion.
Exclusive to fans across the UK, these three cracking cards coincide with some stellar domestic dust-ups with Billy Joe Saunders back on home soil to defend his WBO world title against Martin Murray at the end of June but before that, there’s a mouthwatering match up with Carl Frampton and Nonito Donaire looking to catapult themselves back into contention for a world title challenge. A week after Linares-Lomachenko lock horns,’Lightning’ Lee Selby looks to retain his title when he faces Josh Warrington in a fan-friendly fight at Elland Road on May 19.