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Here’s where to watch the biggest and best fights on television this weekend in the U.S., including the most important info such as time, location, platform, betting odds and undercard fights.

All odds listed below come from New Jersey-based bookmaker 888sport.

Friday, Feb. 15, 2019

What: Rob Brant (24-1, 16 KOs) vs. Khasan Baysangurov (17-0, 7 KOs)

Brant (left) and Baysangurov stare into each others' souls, ahead of their Feb. 15, 2019 fight.

Where: Grand Casino in Hinckley, Minnesota

Channel: ESPN

Time:  8 pm ET

Odds: Brant -770, Baysangurov +450

Synopsis: Brant defends his secondary middleweight title for the first time against undefeated Baysangurov. Brant shockingly defeated Ryota Murata last year by unanimous decision. Against Baysangurov, he’ll be a bigger favorite than Murata was, but will have the added pressure of fighting in front of the home crowd.

Other Bouts: Rounding out the ESPN-televised tripleheader is bantamweight Joshua Greer Jr. taking on Giovanni Escaner and female boxing prospect Mikaela Mayer showcasing her skills against Yareli Larios. Many more fights from the undercard will be available via live stream on ESPN+ starting at 6 pm ET.

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What: Shohjahon Ergashev (15-0, 14 KOs) vs. Mykal Fox (19-0, 5 KOs)

Banger Ergashev (left) takes on technician Fox, on the Feb. 15 ShoBox. Rosie Cohe pic

Where: Kansas Star Arena in Mulvane, Kansas

Channel: Showtime

Time:  10 pm ET

Odds: Ergashev -3335, Baysangurov +1100

Synopsis: Some consider Ergashev to be a legimitate prospect at 140 pounds. Those who do like his combintation of speed and power. The 27-year-old faces fellow unbeaten prospect Fox, a tall and rangey boxer who should at minimum provide a litmus test on Ergashev’s future title hopes.

Other Bouts: The ShoBox doubleheader also features a junior featherweight battle between Jesse Hernandez, from Texas, and Thomas Ward, from England. Neither Hernandez or Ward look like bluechip prospects but picking up a win on Showtime could help one of them secure future TV dates.

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Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019

What: Leo Santa Cruz (35-1-1, 10 KOs) vs. Rafael Rivera (26-2-2, 17 KOs)

Leo Santa Cruz fights Feb. 16 on Fox. SM Ham pic.

Where: Microsoft Theater in Los Angelos, California

Channel: Fox (live stream via FoxSportsGo)

Time:  9 pm ET

Odds: Santa Cruz -10000, Rivera +1600

Synopsis: Santa Cruz’s third defense of the WBA title he lost and won back from Carl Frampton comes against replacement opponent Rivera, who stepped in when Miguel Flores was injured in training. This is simply a showcase for Santa Cruz as he awaits other big fights.

Other Bouts: Unbeaten Omar Figueroa battles rugged veteran John Molina Jr. in what should be a good scrap. There’s also a fun matchup between junior middleweight prospects Sebastien Fundora and Donnie Marshall. Fundora, who is amazingly 6’6” tall, is nicknamed “The Towering Inferno.”

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