Where to Watch: Cancio-Machado, Charlo-Cota and More
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, June 21, 2019
What: Andrew Cancio (20-4-2, 15 KOs) vs Alberto Machado (21-1, 17 KOs)
Where: Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, Calif.
Time: 9 pm ET
Synopsis: Nobody expected Cancio to stop Machado in four rounds at the same venue earlier this year for Machado’s WBA featherweight title, but Cancio pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the year and will try to make it two-in-a-row on Friday night in Cali.
Other Bouts: WBO junior flyweight champion Angel “Tito” Acosta, 28, from Puerto Rico, defends his belt against Elwin Soto, 22, from Mexico. Soto lost his third fight but has won every bout since to earn his chance at a world title. Welterweight prospect Blair Cobbs, 38, from Philadelphia, Penn., is also in action.
What: Sebastian Fundora (12-0, 8 KOs) vs Hector Zepeda (17-0, 4 KOs)
Where: WinnaVegas Casino & Resort in Sloan, Iowa
Time: 10 pm ET
Odds: Fundora -345, Zepeda +250
Synopsis: Here’s the main question about Fundora that needs to be answered: Is he a legitimate junior middleweight prospect or a circus freak? Nicknamed “The Towering Inferno,” Fundora stands six-feet-seven. He’s basically the tallest 154-pound fighter even. But does that kind of body really lend itself to professional boxing? So far, so good for the 21-year-old prospect.
Other Bouts: Undefeated lightweight prospects Michel Rivera and Yeis Solano are also in action in separate bouts on this “Shobox: The Next Generation” tripleheader.
What: Steven Ward (11-0, 4 KOs) vs Liam Conroy (17-4-1, 9 KOs)
Where: Ulster Hall in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Time: pm ET
Odds: Ward -186, Conroy +150
Synopsis: Are you super into the Northern Ireland boxing scene? No? Well, you can watch Ward-Conroy anyway because content overlords like ESPN+ are intent on streaming thousands of hours of fights from all over the world these days.
Other Bouts: Other bouts from Belfast include a junior welterweight bout between Tyrone McKenna and Darragh Foley as well as a welterweight scrap between Lewis Crocker and Karime Aliliche.
Saturday, June 22, 2019
What: Lee McGregor (6-0, 5 KOs) vs Scott Allan (9-3-1, 0 KOs)
Where: Emirates Arena in Glasgow, Scotland
Time: 3 pm ET
Synopsis: Undefeated 22-year-old bantamweight sensation McGregor defends his Commonwealth title against Allan. McGregor, from Scotland, is a standout who seems on his way to doing big things. He’s promoted by Barry McGuigan and has been fast-tracked as a professional because he’s so very talented.
Other Bouts: Junior middleweight Kieran Smith, 26, from Scotland is also in action against Ivan Montero, 28, from Mexico. Smith is undefeated while Montero has lost two of his last three fights.
Sunday, June 21, 2019
What: Jermell Charlo (31-1, 15 KOs) vs Jorge Cota (28-3, 25 KOs)
Where: Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nev.
Time: 8 pm ET
Odds: Charlo -, Cota +
Synopsis: Former junior middleweight titleholder Charlo, 29, from Houston, Texas, was supposed to get another crack at Tony Harrison but instead has to settle for Cota, 31, from Mexico. Charlo lost by decision to Harrison in December 2018 and is itching to get a chance at another world title opportunity.
Other Bouts: Guillermo Rigondeaux, 38, from Cuba, returns to action under new trainer Ronnie Shields against Julio Ceja. Rigondeaux might technically still be the 122-pound lineal champion, but he still doesn’t seem to get chances against other junior featherweight titleholders. Junior middleweight phenom Joey Spencer, another of Shields’ fighters, is also in action.
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