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Ramirez has been an outspoken critic of President Trump.
Jose Ramirez isn’t a mainstream boxing superstar yet, but he’s become a huge fan favorite in central California. He’s spoken out against Donald Trump’s desire for a border wall, and he’s defended the water rights of area farmers. ESPN subscribers can see just how good a fighter he is inside the ring Saturday night. Here’s everything you need to know to watch Jose Ramirez vs. Jose Zepeda for free.
Ramirez (23-0, 16 knockouts) will put his 140-pound junior welterweight belt on the line vs. Zepeda (30-1, 25 KOs), who failed in his only other attempt to win a world title four years ago.
Jose Ramirez vs. Jose Zepeda
- When: Sunday, Feb. 10, at 7pm ET
- Where: Save Mart Center in Fresno, California
- Streaming: ESPN (free trials with various streaming services)
How to watch Jose Ramirez vs. Jose Zepeda for free
The Ramirez-Zepeda main event and the Ray Beltran vs. Hiroki Okada co-feature on Sunday night can only be seen on the main ESPN network, ESPN Deportes, and the ESPN app. Most of the major live streaming services offer ESPN—including YouTube TV, DirecTV Now, and PlayStation Vue—but we’ve highlighted your best two options below, both of which come with a free one-week trial.
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Sling TV is the cheapest way to watch ESPN online. Its Sling Orange package costs just $25 per month and includes ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPN3, plus a host of other great channels. If you really care about sports, though, you’ll want to upgrade to Sling Orange + Blue (seen below), 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.)
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Hulu offers not only a great package of live TV channels that includes ESPN and ESPN2, but you’ll also get access to thousands of on-demand TV shows and movies, plus Hulu original series like The Handmaid’s Tale.
- 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, you’ll need to subscribe toESPN+. The channel’s new subscription service costs $4.99 per month (after a seven-day free trial) and functions as an extension of ESPN’s main app and website, unlocking all sorts of exclusive live sports and original series. The undercard bouts start on ESPN+ at 4pm ET. However, the two main-event bouts will not be on ESPN+.
Jose Ramirez vs. Jose Zepeda: Why it matters
Ramirez has plenty of room to grow in the 140-pound weight class. He holds one of the division’s titles, and a potential title unification against a well-regarded fighter like Maurice Hooker is a possibility. Perhaps the two best boxers in the division, Regis Prograis and Josh Taylor, aren’t belt-holders, and facing either one of those fighters would bring a nice payday to Ramirez.
Ramirez still hasn’t faced a top-notch opponent in his career, but we know he’s talented.
Zepeda isn’t that kind of high-level opponent—and it shows in the betting odds, as he’s a 5/1 underdog. Zepeda fought for a 135-pound lightweight title in 2015 vs. Terry Flanagan, but he had to quit after the second round because of a dislocated shoulder.
Since that lone defeat, Zepeda has won seven straight, including a fifth-round knockout of the previously undefeated Carlos Ramirez. Zepeda, though, also hasn’t faced a talent like Ramirez before.
“I’ve been waiting for this opportunity since my first world title shot against Terry Flanagan,” Zepeda said. “I’m going to train very hard, better than ever before. I’m very thankful to my team and Jose Ramirez for giving me this chance. I’m not going to waste it, and that’s why I’m training so hard.”
There’s a bigger cause for Ramirez on Sunday, though. Aside from giving his support to immigrants and to the area farmers in need of water, Ramirez—who in 2018 said “That man; our president, has done a very good job in dividing this country into many things; he’s brought a lot of racism back”—has turned his focus to making sure a portion of the money for every ticket sold on Sunday goes to the Community Cancer Institute in Clovis, California.
“Jose Ramirez is a great young champion and an even better person,” Top Rank chairman Bob Arum said. “We are proud to be involved with an event that will raise a tremendous amount of exposure for cancer research. Zepeda is a really tough fighter who will give Jose an excellent fight. The fans in the Central Valley have supported Jose since day one, and I expect another fantastic crowd at the Save Mart Center.”
Jose Ramirez vs. Jose Zepeda live stream schedule
- Jose Ramirez vs. Jose Zepeda**
- Raymundo Beltran vs. Hiroki Okada**
- Genesis Servania vs. Carlos Castro
- Joel Diaz vs. Cristian Coria
- Andy Vences vs. Dardan Zenunaj
- Saul Rodriguez vs. Aelio De Mesquita
- Gabriel Flores Jr. vs. Alex Torres Rynn
- Isidro Ochoa vs. Jesus Guzman
- Guido Vianello vs. Andrew Satterfie
**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.