Rob Brant scored a huge upset four months ago, beating Japanese star Ryota Murata by unanimous decision to win his secondary middleweight title. It gave a huge boost to Brant’s name recognition and his reputation. On Friday, Brant will face Khasan Baysangurov—which you can stream for free on ESPN—to prove his high-level win vs. Murata wasn’t a fluke.
“Becoming a world champion was a dream come true. It’s extra special that my first title defense will be in my home state of Minnesota in front of my fans,” Brant said in a press release. “I fully understand the task in front of me, as it is harder to keep a title than it is to win one.”
Baysangurov will try to make sure of that. Here’s everything you need to know to live stream the Brant vs. Baysangurov fight for free.
Rob Brant vs. Khasan Baysangurov
- When: Friday, Feb. 15, at 9pm ET
- Where: Grand Casino Hinckley in Onamia, Minnesota
- Streaming: ESPN (free trials with various streaming services)
How to watch Rob Brant vs. Khasan Baysangurov for free
The Brant vs. Baysangurov fight is available to watch on the main ESPN network, ESPN Deportes, and the ESPN app. The same goes for the co-feature bouts of Joshua Greer Jr. vs. Giovanni Escaner and Mikaela Mayer vs. Yareli Larios. None of those three matchups are available on ESPN+. But the ESPN+ streaming service will be showcasing at least five undercard matches, all of which are listed below. The ESPN+ broadcast begins at 6pm ET.
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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If you’re looking for the cheapest way to watch ESPN online, Sling TV is the way to go. The Sling Orange package costs just $25 per month and includes ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPN3, along with a host of other great channels. If you really have the need to watch sports, though, you’ll want to upgrade to Sling Orange + Blue (seen in the image 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)
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Along with ESPN and ESNP2, Hulu also offers a great package of live TV channels along with access to thousands of on-demand TV shows and movies, plus Hulu original series like The Handmaid’s Tale.
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If you want to watch the entire undercard on Friday , you’ll need to subscribe to ESPN+. If you haven’t signed up before, you’ll get a seven-day free trial. After that, it costs $4.99 per month and functions as an extension of ESPN’s main app and website, unlocking all sorts of exclusive live sports and original series. Remember, the three main fights on this card won’t be available on ESPN+.
Rob Brant vs. Khasan Baysangurov: Why it matters
Brant (24-1, 16 knockouts) was not expected to win vs. Murata in October. Not only did Brant beat Murata, but he dominated him in the decision victory. Murata was a 6/1 favorite, but Brant was phenomenal, throwing more than 1,200 punches in the 12-round fight—his total of 1,262 was the second-most ever recorded for a 160-pound bout—and badly marking up Murata’s face by the end of the fight.
Now, though, Brant will turn his attention to Baysangurov (17-0, 7 KOs). Brant is largely considered a top-10 middleweight, but he hasn’t yet proved he’s the elite of the division. Baysangurov, though, hasn’t fought anybody near the caliber of Brant, so it’s unclear just how good he might be. The Russian-born Baysangurov had a good amateur career, but that won’t necessarily mean much on Friday, especially with the lack of quality pro fighters on the 21-year-old’s resume.
“My opponent is very talented and certainly deserving of his world ranking,” Brant said. “I know that Khasan has weaknesses, and I feel we can exploit them … I am confident and ready.”
The betting odds certainly favor Brant. He’s a 9/1 favorite, meaning you’d have to bet $900 on him to win to score a $100 payday. But Brant can’t look past Baysangurov either. After all, Brant was in Baysangurov’s position as a big underdog just four months ago and he was good enough to pull off the upset. Maybe Baysangurov is, too.
Rob Brant vs. Khasan Baysangurov live stream schedule
- Rob Brant vs. Khasan Baysangurov**
- Joshua Greer Jr. vs. Giovanni Escaner**
- Mikaela Mayer vs. Yareli Larios**
- Tyler Howard vs. Cristian Olivas
- Lennox Allen vs. Derrick Webster
- Ismail Muwendo vs. Hevinson Herrera
- Steve Nelson vs. Felipe Romero
- Cem Kilic vs. Zach Kelley
**Exclusive to ESPN/ESPN Deportes/ESPN app
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