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, where available, come from New Jersey-based bookmaker 888sport.
What: Michael Conlan (11-0, 6 KOs) vs Diego Alberto Ruiz (21-2, 10 KOs)
Where: Falls Park in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Time: pm ET
Odds: Conlan -2000, Ruiz +900, Draw +2500
Synopsis: Conlan, 27, was originally scheduled to fight Vladimir Nikitin, the Russian who controversially defeated Conlan during the 2016 Olympics in Rio. But Nikitin pulled out of the fight with an injured arm, so Ruiz, 25, from Argentina, steps in as the opponent in what is basically a homecoming showcase bout for Conlan in Belfast.
Other Bouts: Among the other bouts that will stream on ESPN+ from Belfast are Josue Vargas vs. Adriano Ramirez in an eigh-round junior welterweight scrap and Joseph Adorno vs. Victor Rosas in a six-round lightweight bout.
What: Adam Kownacki (19-0, 15 KOs) vs Chris Arreola (38-5-1, 33 KOs)
Where: Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York
Time: 8 pm ET
Odds: Kownacki -2000, Arreola +900, Draw +2500
Synopsis: Kownacki, 30, from Brooklyn (via Poland), looks like a solid heavyweight prospect. He’s stopped decent gatekeeps like Gerald Washington and Artur Szpilka, so the next logical step up is a former title challenger like Arreola, 36, from California, who is on the comeback trail after a brief hiatus. It should be the best fight this weekend because both are aggressive combination punchers who gun for the knockout when they get the chance.
Other Bouts: Unbeaten light heavyweight Marcus Browne takes on former champion Jean Pascal in a 12-round crossroads bouts. An impressive performance by Browne should get him a title shot in the near future. In the other fight, Brooklyn’s Curtis Stevens makes his 154-pound debut against Wale Omotoso in a 10-round bout. Stevens is a local favorite, a former middleweight made famous for getting shellacked by Gennady Golovkin in 2013.
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