Where to Watch: Pacquiao-Thurman, Whyte-Rivas 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, where available, come from New Jersey-based bookmaker 888sport.
Friday, July 19, 2019
What: Teofimo Lopez (13-0, 11 KOs) vs Masayoshi Nakatani (18-0, 12 KOs)
Where: MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Md.
Time: 10 pm ET
Odds: Lopez -3335, Nakatani +1100
Synopsis: Lopez is clearly one of the most talented fighters in all of boxing. He’s fast, athletic and powerful but also has a penchant for making his opponent miss. The sky’s the limit for this guy. Lopez takes on undefeated Japanese fighter Nakatani who has never fought outside his home country of Japan. It’s basically a showcase fight for Lopez as he builds toward a world title shot.
Other Bouts: Undefeated junior welterweight prospects Maxim Dadashev, from Russia, and Subriel Matias, from Puerto Rico, square off in a must-win bout for each if they hope to rise in the rankings. New York-based heavyweight prospect Cassius Chaney, 32, is also in action against Joel Caudle.
Saturday, July 20, 2019
What: Dillian Whyte (25-1, 18 KOs) vs Oscar Rivas (26-0, 18 KOs)
Where: O2 Arena in Greenwich, England
Time: 4 pm ET
Odds: Whyte -435, Rivas +310
Synopsis: UK heavyweight Whyte is the most accomplished heavyweight in boxing who has yet to get a title shot. He faces Rivas, a Columbian upstart coming off the biggest win of his career against former contender Bryant Jennings. The winner of the bout becomes the No. 1 contender to Deontay Wilder’s WBC title.
Other Bouts: The heavyweight division has become the hottest in the sport and this card keeps that going with meaningful scraps that look like good matchups on paper. Former contenders Dereck Chisora and Artur Szpilka hope to climb back up the ladder with wins against each other as do popular UK sluggers Dave Allen and David Price.
What: Manny Pacquiao (61-7-1, 39 KOs) vs Keith Thurman 29-0, 22 KOs)
Where: MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nev.
Channel: PBC on FOX PPV
Time: 9 pm ET
Odds: Pacquiao -152, Thurman +125
Synopsis: Pacquiao-Thurman is the best and most important fight of the weekend. Pacquiao is 40 and hoping to stave off retirement for as long as he can. He’s looked pretty good in recent outings, but beating a 30-year-old (and undefeated) Thurman for the American’s WBC title would be a huge feather in his already impressive cap.
Other Bouts: The PPV card is pretty stacked with solid fights. Undefeated welterweight Omar Figueroa takes on Yordenis Ugas in an important fight at 147. Welterweights Sergey Lipinets and John Molina Jr will also throw hands as will undefeated bantamweight Luis Nery against former titleholder Juan Carlos Payano. The action will be preceded by a two-fight boxing showcase on FOX at 7 pm ET. Heavyweight prospect Efe Ajagba takes on Ali Eren Demirezen in a battle of undefeated hopefuls, and Caleb Plant takes on Mike Lee at 160 for Plant’s IBF title.
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