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Here’s everything you need to know to watch one of the best 175-pounders in the world.
The last time Oleksandr Gvozdyk was in the ring, he put the longtime light heavyweight champion of the world into a coma. Now, Gvozdyk will make his first title defense vs. a sturdy fighter in Doudou Ngumbu on Saturday night on ESPN. While the challenger doesn’t have much of a chance to pull the upset, the Gvozdyk vs. Ngumbu live stream will be a must-watch nonetheless.
That’s because Gvozdyk is a destructive force at 175 pounds, and he’s the kind of exciting fighter who could dominate the light heavyweight division for the next several years.
Here’s everything you need to know to live stream the Gvozdyk vs. Ngumbu fight on Saturday.
Oleksandr Gvozdyk vs. Doudou Ngumbu
- When: Saturday, March 30 at 10pm ET
- Where: 2300 Arena in Philadelphia
- Streaming: ESPN (free trials with various streaming services)
How to watch Oleksandr Gvozdyk vs. Doudou Ngumbu for free
Gvozdyk vs. Ngumbu will be the ESPN main event, and Egidijus “Mean Machine” Kavaliauskas vs. Ray Robinson will be the co-feature for the telecast that begins at 10pm ET. The undercard will be streamed on the ESPN+ streaming service beginning at 6:30pm ET. Most of the major live streaming services offer ESPN, and all of the ones featured below include a free one-week trial.
1) Sling TV
- Cost: $25-$40 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
- Sling TV devices: Amazon Fire TVs, Android Fire Stick, Apple TV, Android TV, Roku, Xbox One, Google Chromecast, Oculus Go, and iOS and Android devices
The cheapest way to watch ESPN online is through Sling TV. The Sling Orange package costs just $25 per month and it includes ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPN3, along with a number of other great channels. If you really love sports, though, you’ll want to upgrade to Sling Orange + Blue (see above), for $40 per month. Either way, you’ll start with a free seven-day trial. (Here’s a complete guide to Sling TV channels and our Sling TV review.)
- Cost: $44.99 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
- Hulu devices: Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Nintendo Switch, and iOS and Android devices
Not only does Hulu offer a great package of live TV channels that includes ESPN and ESPN2, you’ll also get access to thousands of on-demand TV shows and movies, plus Hulu original series like The Handmaid’s Tale.
- Cost: $44.99-$79.99 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
- PlayStation Vue devices: PlayStation 3 and 4, Roku, Amazon Fire, Google Chromecast, Kodi, iOS and Android devices
PlayStation Vue offers four different tiers of channels, but you’ll find everything you need for Oleksandr Gvozdyk vs. Doudou Ngumbu (and so much more) in its basic package, which includes ESPN, ESPN2, FS1, FX, Cartoon Network, and a lot more.
4) YouTube TV
- Cost: $49.99 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
- YouTube TV devices: Google Chromecast, Roku, Apple TV, Android TV, Xbox One, iOS and Android devices
YouTube TV puts all of your favorite channels in one place and lets you add up to six accounts for every subscription, all of which come with free cloud DVR. If you’re a sports fan, it’s worth considering for specialty options like NBA TV and MLB Network.
- Cost: $4.99 per month (after 7-day free trial)
- Devices: Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Fire tablet, Android TV, Chromecast, Oculus Go, PS4, Roku players and Ts, Samsung smart TVs, and iOS and Android devices
If you want to watch the entire undercard on Saturday, you’ll need to subscribe to ESPN+. The channel’s new subscription service costs $4.99 per month (after a seven-day free trial), and it functions as an extension of ESPN’s main app and website, unlocking all sorts of exclusive live sports and original series. That includes 20 UFC Fight Night cards per year and the entire 30 for 30 series. The undercard bouts start on ESPN+ at 6:30pm ET. However, the two main-event bouts will not be on ESPN+.
Oleksandr Gvozdyk vs. Doudou Ngumbu: Why it matters
Gvozdyk (16-0, 13 knockouts) made a monumental statement in December when he took on Stevenson, weathered a few frightening moments, and ultimately knocked out the longtime champ. After the fight, Stevenson collapsed and had to be put into a medically induced coma (he’s currently recovering and rehabbing from his traumatic brain injury). But for Gvozdyk, it was a star-making night.
There’s a history of boxers who have seriously injured or killed their opponents while in the ring and who have had a difficult time working through that horror for the rest of their careers.
“There’s no one to blame here. It’s boxing and I’m happy to hear and see that Stevenson is doing much better,” Gvozdyk told RingTV.com. “I’m glad that Adonis is OK. …I don’t want to be known as a killer. We’re all fighters and people like to blame someone. People blamed the referee (Michael Griffin). Some people said it was a bad stoppage. It wasn’t. Stevenson hits really, really hard. He’s a great puncher. He hurt me in round 10. I was the one in trouble. He’s a tough fighter and a hard puncher. It’s the bad side of boxing. We all put our lives on the line. It’s the speck of dirt in a bowl of honey.”
Gvozdyk is a massive -10000 favorite vs. Ngumbu, meaning you’d have to wager $10,000 to win a paltry $100. So, hardly anybody is giving Ngumbu (38-8, 18 KOs) a chance. If you look at his record, you can understand why. He’s fought a number of solid light heavyweights—including Isaac Chilemba, who beat Ngumbu in 2009 but was stopped by Gvozdyk in 2016—but he’s never beaten anybody who is close to approaching an elite level.
Gvozdyk is elite. But he also doesn’t have the pro experience Ngumbu boasts.
“It is a great opportunity to face arguably the best light heavyweight fighter in the world. After 12 years and 46 fights in my career with serious opposition, I get my first shot at a major world title,” Ngumbu said. “I have the utmost respect for Oleksandr Gvozdyk, a great champion who took the WBC title in a war against Adonis Stevenson. It is not going to be easy, but I believe I am much more experienced as a pro and I intend to use that to my advantage.”
It probably won’t matter what Ngumbu tries. He’s likely to get blasted by Gvozdyk. Ngumbu has only been knocked out once in his career. Gvozdyk will try to be the second fighter to try to do it.
Oleksandr Gvozdyk vs. Doudou Ngumbu live stream schedule
- Oleksandr Gvozdyk vs. Doudou Ngumbu**
- Egidijus Kavaliauskas vs. Ray Robinson**
- Kudratillo Abdukakhorov vs. Keita Obara
- Sonny Conto vs. Omar Acosta
- Jose Lopez vs. Askhat Ualikhanov
- Josh Ortiz vs. James Thomas
- Fredrick Lawson vs. Juan Ruiz
- Christian Mbilli vs. Humberto Gutierrez
- Cassius Chaney vs. Christian Mariscal
- Donald Smith vs. Jose Antonio Martinez
- Jeremy Adorno vs. Sebastian Baltazar
**Exclusive to ESPN/ESPN Deportes
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Josh Katzowitz is a staff writer at the Daily Dot specializing in YouTube and boxing. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times. A longtime sports writer, he's covered the NFL for CBSSports.com and boxing for Forbes. His work has been noted twice in the Best American Sports Writing book series.