Six months after the most high-profile victory of his career, Shawn Porter is back to defend his 147-pound welterweight title. It’s another primetime event where he can continue to amass boxing fans and prove he’s one of the best fighters on the planet. He’ll face Yordenis Ugas in a match that can be live streamed for free on Fox, and though Porter is a solid favorite to win, Ugas is on an eight-fight winning streak and could be a tough outing. Porter is -335 favorite, which means you’d have to wager $335 to win $100 on a Porter victory.
While it’s disappointing that Fox is once again showcasing a star boxer fighting somebody well below his talent level for its primetime Saturday night broadcast, the relatively unknown Ugas has the ability to make things entertaining.
Here’s everything you need to know to watch the Porter vs. Ugas live stream.
Shawn Porter vs. Yordenis Ugas
- When: Saturday, March 9, at 8pm ET
- Where: Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California
- Streaming: Fox (free trials with various streaming services)
Porter vs. Ugas live stream: How to watch Fox boxing online for free
If you don’t have the ability or the desire to watch Fox on television, you’re in luck: Every major live streaming service offers the channel, and all of them give at least a one-week free trial. That includes YouTube TV and DirecTV Now. Here are some of your other best options to stream Fox.
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
- Sling TV local channels: NBC, Fox (check your local availability here)
If you want to watch Porter vs. Ugas online via Sling TV, you’ll need either Sling Blue ($25 per month) or Sling Orange + Blue ($40 per month). Both of those packages include the local affiliates for Fox and NBC. Whichever direction you go—and it’s a nice perk that Sling provides a la carte packages—you’ll get a large number of channels. If you want ESPN, though, you’ll have to spend a little more per month. Sling TV also offers a special Latino package for bilingual viewers. (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
- Hulu local channels: ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, the CW (check your local availability here)
Hulu with Live TV offers nearly 60 channels of live TV streaming, and it also features a massive on-demand library of TV shows, movies, and original series. It’s the best way to bundle your streaming services into one place. (Here’s the complete list of Hulu Live TV channels.)
- Cost: $44.99 for your first month and $54.99 per month thereafter (after a 7-day free trial)
- FuboTV devices: Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Android TV, iOS and Android devices
- FuboTV local channels: Fox, NBC, CBS (check local availability here)
FuboTV is the best service for streaming sports, especially if you’re looking for bilingual programming, and its soccer coverage is unmatched. If you love international soccer and you’re a Spanish speaker, FuboTV offers various add-on packages, including Fubo Latino and Fubo Português. (Here’s the complete FuboTV channels list.)
- 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 local channels: NBC, Fox, ABC, CBS (enter your ZIP code here to check your availability)
Want to watch live TV from your PS4? PlayStation Vue is your best bet, but it also works with other streaming devices like Roku, Amazon Fire products, and even Kodi. No matter how you stream, you’ll get to choose from four tiers of channels, all of which include Fox, FS1, FX, HGTV, Syfy, and more.
- Cost: Free
- Devices: Most web browsers
Unfortunately, Locast, a free not-for-profit service, isn’t available everywhere. You’re in luck, though, if you live in New York City, Philadelphia, Chicago, Houston, Denver, Boston, Dallas, or Washington, D.C. Locast allows you to watch all of your local channels, including your Fox affiliate, for free from your web browser. If you have Google Chromecast or a comparable device, you can then “cast” Porter vs. Ugas to your big screen.
Porter vs. Ugas: Why it matters
Last September, Porter beat Danny Garcia by a close unanimous decision to win a vacant welterweight title—the second such belt of Porter’s career—and it solidified the notion that Porter is one of the best 147-pound fighters in what has become a deeply talented welterweight division. Here’s how Porter beat Garcia and won the belt (you can also check out brief highlights of Ugas beating Cesar Barrionuevo on the undercard).
It was a significant win for Porter (29-2, 17 knockouts), who had always been good enough to beat most of his opponents but had fallen just short against the absolute top of the division. His win vs. Garcia proved that he belongs in rarified welterweight air.
“I’m not going to downplay it like it wasn’t satisfying,” Porter said. “I think first and foremost it was satisfying to be able to perform like that against Danny Garcia and win a unanimous decision like that, but at the same time yes, to be able to prove to other people out there who think that I have just one level to my game. It was definitely an opportunity to show everyone out there that I have more and if you thought that was it, wait until you see me against Yordenis Ugas.”
Ugas (23-3, 11 KOs) might have something to say about that. He lost back-to-back fights against emerging prospects in 2014. That perhaps painted him as a fighter who was known simply as a B-side opponent for those with undefeated records who were looking for a quality yet nearly assured victory. But after spending the next 27 months away from the ring, Ugas beat the undefeated Jamal James and the undefeated Bryant Perrella in a 46-day span in 2016.
He hasn’t lost a fight since. Though Ugas doesn’t have much punching power, he does have the ability to stop lesser boxers.
Ugas said he can be even better, as well. “I really don’t feel you’ve seen the best of Yordenis Ugas,” he said. “I feel like every day I’m growing as a fighter and as a person. I’m learning more things. I’m getting stronger.”
Porter vs. Ugas live stream schedule
- Shawn Porter vs. Yordenis Ugas
- Abel Ramos vs. Francisco Santana
- Efe Ajagab vs. Amir Mansour
- Damien Vazquez vs. Juan Carlos Payano*
- Eimantas Stanionis vs. Sammy Figueroa*
*Available only on the FS1 broadcast, which is available on most of the streaming services listed above. Those two fights begin at 6:30pm ET.
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