Four fight cards from around the world will stream live this weekend on the ESPN+ streaming service. Melbourne, Australia will be the first stop, as twin brothers Jason and Andrew Moloney will kick off the weekend starting Friday at 3 a.m. ET/12 a.m. PT... Rocky Fielding will see action in Liverpool for the first time losing to Saul "Canelo" Alvarez... From Germany, Dominic Bösel (29-1, 11 KOs) will face Sweden's Sven Fornling (15-1, 7 KOs) for the interim WBA light heavyweight title... In one of the biggest all-Scottish clashes in a long time, Commonwealth bantamweight champion Lee McGregor will chalenge British champion Ukashir Farooq. Here’s what else is in store for fight fans:
Rocky Fielding Returns on MTK Fight Night in Liverpool, England
Friday, 3 p.m. ET/12 p.m. PT
Rocky Fielding (27-2, 15 KOs) will fight for the first time since [losing badly to] Canelo Alvarez last December, returning in a ten-rounder against Tanzanian puncher Abdallah Paziwapazi (26-6-1, 23 KOs) at the Olympia. Fielding won a WBA regular title at super middleweight title last July with a TKO over then-unbeaten Tyron Zeuge, but he fell [far] short against Canelo via third-round stoppage at Madison Square Garden. Paziwapazi is unbeaten in 10 bouts dating back to 2017, having won a pair of regional belts to earn the shot at Fielding.
In other bouts streaming from Liverpool:
Four-time world title challenger Martin Murray (38-5-1, 17 KOs) will face Sladan Janjanin (27-4, 21 KOs) in an eight-rounder at super middleweight. Murray is best known for his controversial 2013 decision loss to middleweight world champion Sergio Martinez in Martinez’s home country of Argentina... Former WBO lightweight champion Terry Flanagan (35-2, 14 KOs) will face Jayro Duran (14-6, 13 KOs) in an eight-round junior welterweight tilt... Lightweight Ged Carroll (11-0, 0 KOs) will take a step up in class versus Jeff Ofori (9-1, 3 KOs) in an eight-rounder... Super flyweight Blane Hyland will make his long-awaited professional debut against Steven Maguire (0-18-1) in a four-rounder.
Fornling and Bösel to Battle for WBA Interim Light Heavyweight Title
Saturday, 2:30 p.m. ET/11:30 a.m. PT
Top Rank, in association with SES Boxing, will present a world championship afternoon of boxing from Messe Arena in Halle, Germany. In the main event, Dominic Bösel (29-1, 11 KOs) will face Sweden's Sven Fornling (15-1, 7 KOs) for the interim WBA light heavyweight title. Bösel most recently defended his European crown in April with an eighth-round knockout over Timy Shala. Fornling has won five in a row since the lone loss of his career, most recently winning a unanimous decision over former world title challenger Karo Murat. Said SES Boxing founder Ulf Steinforth: "I'm excited to give our fighters the opportunity to showcase their skills on the biggest sports platform in the world."
In other bouts streaming from Germany:
The fighting pride of Morocco, 2016 Olympic bronze medalist Mohammed Rabii (9-0, 5 KOs) will make his ESPN debut against Mexican veteran Jesus Gurrola (27-14-3, 14 KOs) in an eight-round junior middleweight contest... 2012 German Olympian Stefan Haertel (18-1, 2 KOs) will face David Zegarra (34-3, 21 KOs) in a twelve-round super middleweight showdown... Heavyweight hopeful Peter Kadiru (5-0, 1 KO) will fight Venezuelan upstart Pedro Martinez (11-2, 5 KOs) in a six-rounder.
All-Scottish Bantamweight Battle Headlines in Glasgow
Saturday, 3 p.m. ET/12 p.m. PT
This is about more than titles. In one of the biggest all-Scottish clashes in a long time, Commonwealth bantamweight champion Lee McGregor will take on British champion Ukashir Farooq in a twelve-round showdown from Emirates Arena in Farooq’s home city of Glasgow. McGregor, meanwhile, hails from Edinburgh, a roughly one-hour train ride away. The 22 year-old McGregor (7-0, 6 KOs) defended his Commonwealth title in June with an eighth-round TKO over Scott Allan in a bout that streamed live on ESPN+. Farooq (13-0, 6 KOs) last fought in August, making the third successful defense of his British title with a first-round blitzing of Duane Winters. Said McGregor: "This is the biggest fight in Scotland for a long, long time. You have to go back to Alex Arthur's reign to find a comparison. It's massive for me, for Kash and for all the Scottish boxing fans."
In other bouts streaming from Scotland:
Junior middleweight Kieran Smith (15-0, 7 KOs) finds himself in against Italian challenger Vincenzo Bevilacqua (16-0, 0 KOs) in a ten-rounder... In an eight-round light heavyweight tilt, Tommy Philbin (12-0, 4 KOs) will take on the 18-year-old Nicolas Holcapfel (11-1, 9 KOs)... Former Irish amateur superstar Pierce O’Leary (1-0, 0 KOs) will fight Chris Adaway (9-61-4, 1 KO) in a four-round super lightweight bout... Top Rank-signed Irish welterweight Paddy “Real Deal” Donovan (1-0, 1 KO), who turned pro last month with a first-round stoppage, will fight Danny Mendoza (6-5, 4 KOs) in a scheduled six-rounder.