Terence Crawford And Vasyl Lomachenko Head To ESPN

Today, ESPN and Top Rank announced that two-division world champions Vasyl Hi-Tech Lomachenko and Terence “Bud” Crawford will return to the ring in August, headlining separate world championship events on ESPN.  

Lomachenko will defend his World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior lightweight world title against two-time world title challenger and top-10 contender Miguel “Escorpin” Marriaga, Saturday, August 5, at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.  

Two weeks later, Crawford, the 2014 Fighter of the Year, will risk his WBO, WBC and Ring magazine world titles against IBF and WBA world champion Julius Indongo in a battle of undefeated 140-pound world champions.  Crawford vs. Indongo will take place Saturday, August 19, at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Nebraska.

On Saturday, Manny “Pac-Man” Pacquiao returns not fighting on pay-per-view for the first time since 2005. The Filipino star faces Jeff Horn in Brisbane, Australia live on ESPN to kick off the new multi-format broadcast deal with Top Rank.  

Rhett Butler is a Boxing Writer Association of America Journalist, Play-By-Play Commentator, Combat Sports Insider, and Former Mixed Martial Arts and Boxing Promoter. The New York City native honed his skills at various news outlets including but not limited to: TIME Magazine, Money Magazine, CNN's Wolf Blitzer Reports, and more. RhettĀ hosts the PRITTY Left Hook podcast, a polarizing combat sports insider's take featuring the world's biggest names.