How to watch George Kambosos Jr. vs Maxi Hughes
‘Ferocious’ vs ‘Maximus’
BBN have provided viewers with all the details needed to tune in and watch former unified and lineal lightweight champ George ‘Ferocious’ Kambosos Jr. (20-2, 10KOs) clash with IBO World champion Maxi ‘Maximus’ Hughes (26-5-2, 5KOs) on the 204th day of the year, promoted by Top Rank, in association with DiBella Entertainment and Ferocious Promotions.
Details below, all dates and times are local (UK):
Date: Saturday July 21, 2023
Venue: FireLake Arena in Shawnee, Oklahoma, America
Rounds scheduled: 12×3 rounds at lightweight (135lbs).
Titles: The contest is an IBF World lightweight title eliminator
Ringwalks: Ringwalks can be expected from 2:30am Sunday morning
Tickets: Tickets starting at $39 are on sale at www.stubwire.com
Undercard Highlights: In the 10-round lightweight co-feature, U.S. Olympic silver medalist Keyshawn Davis (8-0, 6KOs) takes a seismic step up in class against Belgian contender and former European champion Francesco Patera (28-3, 10KOs).
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TV Channel: Coverage starts live Sky Sports Main Event (Sky channel 401) from 2:30am-5:30am (Sunday morning)
Live Stream: You can watch online via the Sky Sports website
Sky Go customers are able to stream the entire fight card through their laptop or mobile device.
You can also sign up to NOW TV to access the live stream of the action. A one-day membership is available for only £11.98 and monthly memberships cost £21 per month.
You can find suitable pubs showing the event by visiting pubfinder.sky.com
BBN will be providing LIVE round-by-round results on fight night HERE
How to Watch in the U.S.
TV Channel: ESPN+ 6:15pm ET / 3:15pm PT
Main Event: ESPN, ESPN Deportes & ESPN+ 10pm ET / 7pm PT
Aussie fighter George Kambosos is a 10-year pro who has traveled to Malaysia, Greece, London, New York City, Connecticut, and Las Vegas in his efforts to conquer the lightweight division. His wins over former world champions Mickey Bey and Lee Selby helped secure a world title shot against Teofimo Lopez in 2021. In a triumph that was named ESPN’s Upset of the Year, Kambosos toppled Lopez via split decision and captured three lightweight world titles. In 2022, the 29-year-old avoided an easy hometown defense and instead faced Devin Haney in back-to-back undisputed world title showdowns in Melbourne, Australia. Following his first career losses, Kambosos has ambitions of reclaiming his throne, but he’ll first need to get past in-form Hughes.
Maxi Hughes, a 33-year-old veteran hailing from the United Kingdom, debuted in the paid ranks in 2010. He secured his first British title by defeating Ryan Moorhead in 2017. In his second bid for a British strap, he suffered a stoppage loss to Sam Bowen in 2018 before handing Kieron McLaren his first setback the following year. He hasn’t lost since a November 2019 showdown for the WBO European title against Liam Walsh, but he rebounded impressively, winning all seven of his subsequent fights, including a 10-round decision win against then-unbeaten Kazakh standout Viktor Kotochigov in 2020. Hughes is coming off a 12-round majority decision win against former world champion Kid Galahad last September.
George Kambosos: “It’s an absolute pleasure to be here in Oklahoma. I’m very excited. I’m very refreshed because I had three massive fights within 11 months. Big fights take a toll. But I was able to step back, refresh my body, and continue my training. I’m here right now. I’m very excited. I feel fantastic. And we can’t wait to handle business.
“I’m only focused on Maxi Hughes. We give him the utmost respect. He’s here. We know what he’s going to bring. Whatever there is to come, that will be spoken about after Saturday. But for now, there is only man in front of me. I’m going to take his head off. That’s what’s going through my mind. I’m ready. I’m looking to absolutely destroy this man in my path.”
Maxi Hughes: “It’s been one of my dreams to fight in the U.S. When you turn professional, you see all the big fights in America and you want to be a part of that. I’ve had my tough times in boxing, and I’ve shown a lot of mental strength. I’ve come through that. I’ve earned my right to be on this stage as the main event.
The preparation has gone very well. My training team has been together for five years. After my last fight in September, I gave myself a week off and went back to the gym. I’m a full-time professional. That’s my job. I don’t just train for fights. I train and learn all the time. And then in February, we got the deal done with George. Since then, George’s face and name has been imprinted in my brain. Preparation went well and I’m very confident.”
Tim Rickson, BBN Editor: “George Kambosos is the favourite, as is to be expected having defeated Teofimo Lopez and Lee Selby in back to back fights before his brace of defeats to undisputed king Devin Haney. But Maxi Hughes has reeled off seven straight victories against many top contenders and prospects he wasn't expected to win against, so he will be stubborn and tough throughout. I'll be backing the Brit all the way, but I think the Aussie will be that one level above to win this fight on points.”
Betting Odds (Betway)
2/7 George Kambosos
57/20 Maxi Hughes
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