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.
Saturday, June 1, 2019
What: Anthony Joshua (22-0, 21 KOs) vs Andy Ruiz Jr (32-1, 21 KOs)
Where: Madison Square Garden in New York, New York
Time: 8:30 pm ET
Odds: Joshua -2500, Ruiz +1100
Synopsis: Unified heavyweight champion Joshua, 29, from Watford, England, defends his WBA, WBO, IBF titles against replacement opponent Ruiz. The main event is more about Joshua taking Manhattan than anything else. After Jarrell Miller was denied a license to box in New York for failing multiple PED drug tests, Ruiz, 29, from Imperial, California, vaulted into the opponent spot as a former title challenger hoping to get over the hump this time around. It’s a solid get for such short notice and should be a fun fight for however long it lasts.
Other Bouts: The stacked undercard features women’s lightweight star Katie Taylor taking on titleholder Delfine Persoon in a bout to crown the first undisputed women’s lightweight champion ever (and just second in any weight class behind Claressa Shields). Also, WBA super middleweight champion Callum Smith defends his title against rugged veteran Hassan N’dam and rising UK welterweight prospect Josh Kelly takes on Ray Robinson.
What: Devon Alexander (27-5-1, 14 KOs) vs Ivan Redkach (22-4-1, 17 KOs)
Where: Soboba Casino in San Jacinto, California
Time: 8 pm ET
Synopsis: Alexander, 32, from St. Louis, badly needs a win if he hopes to stay somewhat relevant as a welterweight contender. The former 140-pound titleholder is 1-3-1 in his last five fights, so it’s kinda amazing he’s even in this position to headline a televised card on FS1. Redkach, 33, from Ukraine, has never really reached the same heights in boxing as Alexander, but he’s scrappy enough to pull the upset if Alexander is no longer legit.
Other Bouts: The FS1 card also includes middleweight action between Hugo Centeno Jr and Willie Monroe Jr as well as a heavyweight bout between Onoriode Ehwarieme and Rodney Moore.
What: Jay Harris (15-0, 8 KOs) vs Angel Moreno (19-3, 6 KOs)
Where: Vale Sports Arena in Cardiff, Wales
Time: 3 pm ET
Odds: Harris -480, Moreno +340
Synopsis: Rising flyweight prospect Harris, 29, from Swansea, Wales, is in action against Moreno, 35, from Madrid, Spain. Harris is undefeated and positioned to nab a regional title belt. Moreno is coming off a 12-round decision loss to WBC flyweight champion Charlie Edwards. Edwards won just about every round, so how Harris performs against the same opponent is a pretty good measuring stick to see if he’s also world level.
Other Bouts: Lightweights Craig Evans and Stephen Ormond face each other in a rematch of their 2017 fight that saw Evans win by decision. Other fighters in action include welterweight prospect Sultan Zaurbek and junior middleweight Zhankosh Turarov.
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