The Week’s Boxing Schedule, Featuring Wladimir Klitschko, Anthony Dirrell And Felix Verdejo

It’s the last week of boxing before the Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao fight week, so we thought we’d give you a fashion suggestion with these cool Punchout themed shirts (via r/boxing). It’s not that bad a week either, with things to keep you occupied on both Friday and Saturday nights. Showtime will have episode two of their Inside Mayweather vs. Pacquiao series on Saturday and HBO is premiering Mayweather/Pacquiao: The Legends Speak, where former greats and common opponents will weigh in on the fight. If you’re not excited yet then I’m here to tell you: get excited.

  • Wladimir Klitschko Vs. Bryant Jennings, Saturday, HBO, Brooklyn. A heavyweight championship fight! In America! For the first time in half a decade! Sadly it’s unlikely to be competitive, with Philadelphia’s Jennings (19-0, 10 KO) possessing neither the height, nor the power, nor the style to dethrone Klitschko, the long-time heavyweight king (63-3, 53 KO). On the undercard New York welterweight Saddam Ali (21-0, 13 KO) takes on California’s Francisco Santana (22-3-1, 11 KO), in what should be an interesting boxer/brawler match-up that Ali should win if he’s as good as many think he is.
  • Anthony Dirrell Vs. Badou Jack, Friday, Spike TV, Chicago. Jack (18-1-1, 12 KO) is part of Floyd Mayweather’s stable, and like most of Mayweather’s stable probably isn’t that good. Dirrell (27-0-1, 22 KO), on the other hand, is. Though he’s coming off a pair of fights with spoiler Sakio Bika in which he didn’t look amazing, he’s both slick and packs a punch. He may well stop Jack. On the televised undercard Brooklyn middleweight Danny Jacobs (28-1, 25 KO) takes on hardworking Minnesotan and Twitter star Caleb Truax (25-1-2, 15 KO). Sadly for Twitter I think Jacob is going to be a bit too athletic and a bit too powerful for the overachieving Truax.
  • Felix Verdejo Vs. Marco Antonio Lopez, Saturday, UniMas, Guaynabo Puerto Rico. Many believe Verdejo (16-0, 12 KO) is the next big thing in Puerto Rican boxing. He certainly looks the goods, though Lopez (24-5, 15 KO) seems unlikely to test him.