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

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

Friday, Feb. 22, 2019

What: Joel Djeko (14-2-1, 7 KOs)  vs. Simone Federici (14-1-1, 6 KOs)

Where: The Paramount, Huntington, Long Island, NY

Channel: Facebook Fightnight Live

Time: 7:45 pm ET

Facebook Fightnight Live is back Friday, Feb. 22, 2019, in NY.


Odds: N/A

Synopsis: Who doesn’t like free fights streamed on Facebook by FightNight Live called by NYF’s own superstar analyst Michael Woods? Nobody. That’s who. The main event is Belgian cruiserweight Djeko versus Italian boxer Federici in a scheduled 10-round battle.

Other Bouts:  The undercard features a slew of streamed bouts promoted by Star Boxing including a co-feature fight between lightweights Johnny Hernandez, 27, from Huntington, New York, and Marquis Hawthorne, 27, from Waco, Texas.

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Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019

What: James DeGale (25-2-1, 15 KOs) vs. Chris Eubank Jr. (27-2, 21  KOs)

Where: O2 Arena in London, England

Channel: Showtime

Time: 3:45 pm ET


James DeGale says the loser should retire, so if Chris Eubank Jr beats DeGale, then that might be it for "Chunky."

Odds: Eubank -137, DeGale +120

Synopsis: Former IBF titleholder DeGale, 33, meets former secondary titleholder Eubank, 29; this is a meaningful 168-pound battle across the pond. DeGale is riding a two-fight win streak and Eubank is 1-1 over his last two fights. Both are ranked among the top 10 super middleweights in the world by The Ring and could conceivably garner title challenges with a win.

Other Bouts: In the co-featured bout, fast-rising heavyweight prospect Joe Joyce battles former WBC titleholder Bermane Stiverne in a 12-round heavyweight battle. Joyce was the silver medalist at the 2016 Olympics. He turned professional at age 32 so is being fast-tracked to divisional relevancy with this meaningful resume builder versus 40-year-old Stiverne. Joyce is already 33, so look for him to keep getting bigger and better fights at a fast pace.

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What: Brandon Rios (35-4-1, 26 KOs) vs. Humberto Soto (68-9-2, 37 KOs)

Where: Auditorio Municipal Fausto Gutiérrez Moreno in Tijuana, Mexico

Channel: DAZN

Time:  9 pm ET

Brandon Rios is favored to defeat 79 fight vet Humberto Soto on Feb. 23.


Odds: Rios -1000, Soto +550

Synopsis: Action-fighter Rios, 32, continues his comeback against Mexico’s Soto in a bout that should provide plenty of fireworks. Rios took a few rounds to get going in his last fight versus Canelo Alvarez’s brother, Ramon, but stopped Alvarez in round 9 in near-classic form. Soto is one of the toughest fighters in boxing, though the 38-year-old is probably only a gatekeeper at this point in his career.

Other Bouts: The undercard includes a bantamweight rematch between Jose Quiniro and Joel Cordoba, who fought to a split-draw last year at the same venue.  There’s also a contest in the women’s strawweight division between unbeaten prospect Seniesa Estrada and Yenifer Leon.

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What: Anthony Dirrell (32-1-1, 24 KOs) vs. Avni Yildirim (22-1, 12 KOs)

Where: Minneapolis Armory in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Channel: FS1

Time:  10 pm ET

Anthony Dirrell is favored to beat Turk Avni Yildrim on FS1, on Feb. 23.


Odds: Dirrell -670, Rivera +450

Synopsis: Cancer survivor Dirrell, 34, returns to action for the first time in 2019 against once-beaten Turkish boxer Yildirim on a PBC on FS1 card. Dirrell is an athletic fighter with solid power. He’s the No. 6 ranked super middleweight in the world per The Ring.  Yildirim, 27, is a relative unknown seeking the biggest win of his career.

Other Bouts: In a battle between once-beaten welterweights, Jamal James takes on Janer Gonzalez. James is riding a four-fight win streak while Gonzalez is coming off the only blemish of his career. James, 30, appears to be the better fighter on paper having only lost a decision to Cuban contender Yordenis Ugas.

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