By: Sean Cross
It’s a full weekend of boxing as October rolls in and November rolls in here. And, even though it’s a novelty, it’s hard not to be impressed by the match between Jake Paul and Anderson Silva. Whether Paul likes it or not, he takes boxing seriously. Silva, on the other hand, is a UFC legend and also experienced in professional boxing. Other major clashes over the weekend. However, they are amazing. Katie Taylor is the first name in women’s boxing with Claressa Shields, which means she is always one to watch. And Vasyl Lomachenko? There is not a single conflict in the man’s professional career that is not worthy of attention.
Lomachenko is expected to take on unbeaten Jamain Ortiz this evening in a 12-round lightweight bout at the Theater at Madison Square Garden. If the 16-2 Ukrainian 16-0-1 American gets the better of him, he could face Devin Haney, a big fight by any standards, with the undisputed world heavyweight championship at stake. Ortiz would quickly find himself the toast of the fight world, though he would avoid it in frustration. The live coverage of Lomachenko-Ortiz begins at 5:30 PM ET on ESPN+. In a strange move in the ESPN universe, it seems they’ve decided to show the entire fight card in one broadcast.
In fact, if you want to make a boxing match day, you can start at 2PM Eastern Time. That’s when DAZN will air the Taylor-Carbajal card. Argentinian Carbajal is expected to get the best of 21-0 undisputed lightweight champion Taylor Carbajal after the opening bell rings in London’s Wembley area. Carbajal is undefeated at 19-0. She’s also four years younger than 36-year-old Taylor, so no one knows how this planned 10-round affair will pan out.
Finally, despite many serious fans shaking their heads, 5-0 Jake Paul’s fight against former UFC legend Anderson Silva is undoubtedly the main source of attention in boxing this weekend. In this case, that’s not entirely a bad thing. Paul has indeed shown that he has some talent while Silva can boast of being one of the greatest combat sports in history. Moreover, Silva has a strong background in boxing and looks very good after his return to the ring in 2021. If the man’s 47 years don’t get the best of him tonight, Silva might just rip him off. Of course, Paul doesn’t turn off the lights with his powerful authority. Needless to say, Paul-Silva’s card will be broadcast live on Showtime pay-per-view beginning at 9:00 PM Eastern Time.