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Where To Watch: Vergil Ortiz Jr Headlines The Weekend



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. 

Saturday, August 10, 2019

What: Vergil Ortiz Jr (13-0, 13 KOs) vs Antonio Orozco (28-1, 17 KOs)

Where: Falls Park in Grand Praire, Texas

Channel: DAZN

Time: 8 pm ET

Odds: N/A

Synopsis: It’s a big week for Ortiz, 21, from Grand Praire, Texas, who faces former title challenger Orozco, 31, from Mexico, in a homecoming bout that is suddenly very important to the future of his promoter, Oscar De La Hoya. With Canelo Alvarez and Ryan Garcia seemingly at odds with De La Hoya over alleged mis-promotion of their careers, Ortiz represents the single most important fighter with which De La Hoya still might have a good relationship. Ortiz is considered one of the top prospects in boxing while Orozco is a former prospect who represents a stern test for the Texan.

Other Bouts: The co-feature is the third fight between bantamweights Joshua Franco and Oscar Negrete. Their first two encounters didn’t get any TV time but were reportedly good scraps, so good on DAZN and Golden Boy Promotions for getting the third fight some air time. Lightweights Hector Tanajara and Ezequiel Aviles are also scheduled to fight amongst other prospects and hopefuls. 


What: Jason Sosa (22-3-4, 15 KOs; pictured below)  vs. Haskell Lydell Rhodes (27-3-1, 13 KOs)


Where: Liacouras Center in Philadelphia, Penn.

Channel: ESPN+

Time:  10 pm ET

Odds: N/A

Synopsis: The main event was originally Carl Frampton vs Emmanuel Dominguez, but the Belfast featherweight (Frampton) broke a bone in his hand when a large ornament was knocked over on it in a Philadelphia hotel. Now the main event is Jason Sosa vs. Haskell Lydell Rhodes. Sosa is a former 130-pound titleholder who lost his belt by ninth-round TKO to Vasyl Lomachenko in April 2017. He lost the next bout as well by majority decision to Yuriokis Gamboa but has won two straight. Rhodes is a decent second-tier junior lightweight who has won four of his last five fights. He also went 10 rounds with Sergey Lipinets in a decision loss four years ago. 

Other Bouts: The undercard features welterweights Paul Kroll and Shinard Bunch in a scheduled six-rounder as well as heavyweights Sonny Cotto and Guillermo Del Rio in a scheduled four-rounder. Two other bouts are also on the bill, so it’s a full card even though the promoters lost the original feature because of a freak accident. 

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