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What To Watch, Where To Watch It


Two of boxing’s best junior lightweights compete in separate bouts this weekend on separate cards on separate networks.

Such is the way boxing works these days, but besides perhaps the two main event leads not fighting each other, both fight cards available to consume this Saturday night appear to be worth watching. The action has been hot and heavy during 2019 so far, and that doesn’t appear to be changing anytime soon.

Here’s where to watch are the biggest and best fights this weekend, including some bonus action from Philadelphia on Friday night from promoter Michelle Rosado as well as some Sunday boxing love on ESPN.

Friday, Feb. 8, 2019

What: Christian Carto (17-0, 11 KOs) vs. Victor Ruiz (22-10, 15 KOs)

Facebook Fightnight Live ran show No. 27 in Philadelphia. The main event ended in scary fashion, when Christian Carto was knocked out, and taken out on a stretcher, but he is OK.

Where: 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Channel: FightNightLive on Facebook Watch

Time:  7:30 pm ET

Synopsis: Kick-off the weekend by watching free fights on Facebook! Our own Michael Woods will be calling the action ringside along with’s Adam Abramowitz. Fighters scheduled to appear include undefeated bantamweight prospect Carto, 22, against Ruiz as well as rising heavyweight contender Darmani Rock, 22, in a scheduled six-round bout versus Steven Lyons.

NOTE: The fights are available in the FNL archive; the main event saw Christian Carto knocked out by Ruiz in round two, off a left hand. It was a scary KO, Carto lay on the canvas, and medical personnel clustered around him. He was taken out on a stretcher. But good news–he went to a hospital, got checked out and is A-OK.


Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019

What: Alberto Machado (21-0, 17 KOs) vs. Andrew Cancio (19-4-2, 14 KOs)

Where: Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, California

Channel: DAZN

Time:  7:30 pm ET

Synopsis: Secondary titleholder Machado, 28, is one of the very best fighters in the 130-pound division. Cancio, 30, has won two straight bouts since losing by knockout to Joseph Diaz in 2016. Other bouts include WBC junior featherweight champion Rey Vargas vs Franklin Manzanilla and featherweight prospect Joseph Diaz Jr vs Charles Huerta in a scheduled 10-rounder.

Machado vs Cancio headlines on DAZN, on Saturday, Feb. 9.


What: Gervonta Davis (20-0, 19 KOs) vs. Hugo Ruiz (39-4, 33 KOs)

Where: Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California

Channel: Showtime

Time: 9 PM ET

Synopsis: The main event was supposed to be a real cracker between WBA junior lightweight champion Davis and Abner Mares, but the latter had to pull out of the fight due to a detached retina, so we’re left with Davis vs Ruiz instead. Davis, 24, could be something really special. But he only fought once last year, so will need to pick up the pace if he hopes to make good on all his amazing gifts. Other action on the card includes lightweight contenders Javier Fortuna, 29, and Sharif Bogere, 30, in a scheduled 10-rounder as well as junior middleweight contenders Erickson Lubin, 23, and Ishe Smith, 40, scheduled for the same.

Gervonta Davis headlines on Feb. 9 against Hugo Ruiz.


Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019

What: Jose Ramirez (23-0, 16 KOs) vs. Jose Zepeda (30-1, 25 KOs)

Where: Save Mart Center in Fresno, California

Channel: ESPN

Time: 7 PM ET

Synopsis:  Undefeated WBC junior welterweight champion Ramirez, 26, and veteran southpaw Zepeda, 29, should provide fistic fireworks for the Sunday crowd in Fresno. Ramirez was a member of the 2012 US Olympic team and has proven to be one of the better fighters from that crew. Also scheduled for action is former lightweight titleholder Ray Beltran in a junior welterweight battle with Japan’s Hiroki Okada.

Bob Arum and Top Rank present boxing on Sunday, Feb. 10 in Fresno.



About Kelsey McCarson

Kelsey McCarson covers boxing for NY Fights, The Sweet Science and Bleacher Report.

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