Former middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin returns to the ring, and he’ll also be making his DAZN debut on Saturday from Madison Square Garden in New York. Here is a look at the viewing information for Saturday’s event.
Golovkin vs. Rolls Fight Info
- Date: Saturday, June 8
- Where: Madison Square Garden in New York City
- Time: 9 pm ET
- TV: Sky Sports Action (UK)
- Live Stream: DAZN (Watch Here)
After a nine-month absence, Golovkin will return to take on Steve Rolls in a catchweight fight contested at 164 pounds. Golovkin is the heavy favorite, and few give Rolls a chance to pull the upset. It’s the second weekend in a row that we’ll see what looks like a huge mismatch on paper in the main event at MSG. Last weekend’s fight didn’t go as expected as Andy Ruiz Jr. shocked the world by knocking out Anthony Joshua in the seventh round.
In some ways, the result of that fight might help to boost the appeal of Golovkin-Rolls. Thanks to Ruiz, the boxing world is still thinking about major upsets and Rolls is next in line to try and do the improbable. Rolls is a skilled boxer with a strong amateur pedigree and long arms, but most don’t believe he has the power to contend with Golovkin.
If Golovkin wins, expect to hear talk of a third fight with Canelo Alvarez increase. It’s still the most profitable fight to be made in the middleweight division.
The fights on the Golovkin-Rolls undercard aren’t very intriguing. There are a lot of undefeated prospects with less than ten professional fights on their record, but few bouts featuring credible and experienced fighters. The best fight on the undercard is Ali Ahkmedov vs. Marcus McDaniel for a vacant secondary title.
What Else Will Be On?
The primary competition for viewership will likely come from UFC 238, which is taking place at the same time, but in Chicago. There will be two world titles on the line, though Henry Cejudo, Marlon Moraes (battling for the vacant bantamweight title) and Valentina Shevchenko aren’t the most well-known champions and contenders. Still, the rest of the card is strong with bouts like Tony Ferguson vs. Donald Cerrone and more. UFC 238 is a pay-per-view, which could steer some combat sports fans away, but there is seemingly more value for fans who love MMA as well as boxing.
There is only one other boxing card on a major network on Saturday. Oscar Valdez will defend his WBO Featherweight title against Jason Sanchez on ESPN in Reno, Nevada. Valdez is 25-0 and in the mix for higher profile fights with champions like Leo Santa Cruz, Gary Russell Jr., Josh Warrington, and others. However, it’s unlikely Valdez’s fight sways boxing fans away from Golovkin-Rolls–unless they aren’t subscribed to DAZN.