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Brandon Rios and Humberto Soto may have already peaked, but their fight Saturday night on DAZN should still for an entertaining night of action, and you can watch it for free.
The 32-year-old Rios has lost two of his last four fights and hasn’t scored a win over a top opponent since 2012. While he’s more than a half-decade removed from his last world title run, Soto, 38, is still potentially dangerous enough to score the upset victory.
“It’s pretty cool that this fight is finally happening,” Rios told BoxingScene.com. “I remember a long time ago, when we were both at lightweight we were supposed to fight but it never happened. So it’s pretty cool that we get to settle this once and for all.”
Here’s everything you need to know to watch the Rios vs. Soto live stream for free.
Brandon Rios vs. Humberto Soto
- When: Saturday, Feb. 23, at 7pm ET
- Where: Municipal Auditorium in Tijuana, Mexico
- Streaming: DAZN (free with one-month trial)
DAZN is the only way you can watch Rios vs. Soto. The streaming service costs $9.99 per month, but DAZN also offers a one-month free trial, so if you haven’t signed up for it yet, you can watch Rios vs. Soto without spending any money.
DAZN was launched in the U.S. in September 2018, and it’s been making huge splashes ever since. Canelo Alvarez, the biggest boxing star in North America, signed a $365 million deal last year, and he’ll fight top-notch middleweight Daniel Jacobs in May in a fight that only can be watched on DAZN. Meanwhile, Anthony Joshua—the heavyweight champion who’s the most popular fighter in Europe—will face American contender Jarrell Miller on the service in June.
In total, DAZN says it’ll live stream 100 fight cards per year. With that, plus the fact that the $9.99 per month fee is much less per year than you’d be spending to watch Alvarez and Joshua on pay-per-view telecasts, DAZN is a great deal.
DAZN works with Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and both iOS and Android phones. All you have to do is download the DAZN app and log-in with your subscription credentials. You can also stream via computer browsers Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Edge, Internet Explorer, and Opera.
Brandon Rios vs. Humberto Soto: Why it matters
Rios retired four years ago after getting knocked out by Timothy Bradley in a 147-pound welterweight title fight, saying he wasn’t giving it his all and was tired of taking beatings. He returned in 2018, got stopped by Danny Garcia, and said again that he’d had enough. But he’s back again, saying he wants to win another world title so he can give the belt to his young daughter. (In exchange, she’s promised him her black belt when she reaches that level in karate).
Rios (35-4-1, 26 knockouts) is a former 135-pound lightweight titlist who had a wicked knockout punch, but he hasn’t found as much success as a welterweight.
Soto (68-9-2, 37 KOs), meanwhile, is a veteran who’s never been a superstar but who has always been a solid fighter. He first won a world title in 2008 in the 130-pound junior lightweight division, and he’s scored victories against strong opposition like Jesus Chavez, David Diaz, and John Molina while also winning a 135-pound lightweight title.
Soto hasn’t fought in Tijuana in a half-decade, but he’s proud to headline DAZN’s first fight card in Mexico.
“I am so excited for this great opportunity in a city that feels like my second home,” Soto told ESPN. “I know that this fight is a do-or-die. That is why I am very motivated and training really hard. We know that we have a tough opponent in Brandon Rios, a true warrior, but so am I. This will be a war and I will be ready to win.”
The oddsmakers aren’t predicting a Soto victory, however. As of late this week, Soto was a 5/1 underdog while Rios was a -800 favorite, meaning you’d have to wager $800 for the chance to win $100.
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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.