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Saturday, March 04, 2006
Photo: TOM CASINO/SHOWTIME
IBF champion Jeff Lacy (right) weighed 167 pounds at Friday's weigh-in while WBO champion Joe Calzaghe (left) weighed exactly 168 pounds for their super middleweight title unification fight Saturday night in Manchester, England.
In the U.S., this fight will be shown live on Showtime (9 PM ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) and begin in England at about 2 AM GMT early Sunday to accommodate American television. In the UK it will also be shown live on a telecast on ITV1, running from 2310 Saturday night to 0310 early Sunday morning.
Despite this being one of the most important fights of the year, and one that is not on pay-per-view but the regular premium Showtime network, HBO is running a boxing show the same night. Starting at 10:00 PM ET/ 7:00 PM PT, HBO will replay last week’s Mosley-Vargas bout followed by the live Miguel Cotto-Gianluca Branco fight from Bayamon, Puerto Rico.
It is possible that Lacy-Calzaghe may actually be over by the time the HBO show starts. Plus, both networks will have replays of these shows, especially using their digital channels. Here are the replays we have found, all times U.S. EST and for the HBO and Showtime East Coast feeds:
Gianluca Branco vs. Miguel Cotto HBOHD Mar 04 10:00pm
Joe Calzaghe vs. Jeff Lacy SHOTOO Mar 05 01:00am
Gianluca Branco vs. Miguel Cotto HBO2 Mar 05 08:00am
Gianluca Branco vs. Miguel Cotto HBO2 Mar 05 04:30pm
Joe Calzaghe vs. Jeff Lacy SHOWX Mar 06 08:00pm
Joe Calzaghe vs. Jeff Lacy SHOTOO Mar 07 10:00pm
Gianluca Branco vs. Miguel Cotto HBO2 Mar 07 11:45pm
Joe Calzaghe vs. Jeff Lacy SHOW Mar 08 11:00pm
Joe Calzaghe vs. Jeff Lacy SHOWHD Mar 08 11:00pm
But if there is an overlap and you have to choose, pick Showtime. And other live events like UFC on pay-per-view and the free webcast of the NCAA Div. III Wrestling Championships will just have to wait.