Boxing as a sport was hard hit by the global pandemic that shut down much of the world this spring and summer. Now it’s coming back in a big way. Sports channels and services are pleased to have live events back on the schedule, and DAZN is fortunate to have a big name prospect in their first main event.
This rising star of boxing is facing his toughest test yet as he battles a boxer who has been in the ring with the biggest names in the welterweight division. This Friday night, you can get in on the action when you watch Ortiz Jr. vs. Vargas streaming exclusively on DAZN (opens in new tab).
When is the Ortiz Jr. vs. Vargas fight?
Vergil Ortiz Jr. vs. Samuel Vargas will take place on Friday, July 24 from Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. DAZN (opens in new tab) will have the live stream broadcast of the Main card starting at 8 p.m. Eastern. The Main Event of Ortiz Jr. vs. Vargas should start at approximately 11:30 p.m. Eastern.
Ortiz Jr. vs. Vargas — The Main Event Preview
Vergil Ortiz Jr. (15-0) is one of the biggest rising stars in boxing right now, and he’s expected to do great things in 2020 and beyond. Ortiz Jr. received multiple awards coming out of 2019, including being named Prospect of the Year by both The Ring Magazine and legendary boxing writer Dan Rafael.
Ortiz Jr. has won by knockout in every one of his fights, with only one opponent going beyond the fifth round. If he can close out Vargas in the same way, Ortiz Jr. could have huge fights to come in a Welterweight class filled with big names like Errol Spence, Terence Crawford and Manny Pacquiao.
Ortiz is planning a tribute to his friend and “bro”, boxer Travell Mazion. Mazion died just one week ago in a car crash, and as an undefeated 24 year old boxer he had a bright future ahead like Ortiz Jr.
Samuel Vargas (31-5-2) is a tough opponent with a long career in the ring, and he could be the perfect test to see if Ortiz Jr. is ready to compete at the next level. Vargas has experience winning and defending a title belt, as he spent over two years as the WBA-NABA welterweight champion. His resume includes several greats including Errol Spence Jr, Amir Khan and Danny Garcia.
While many view Vargas as a gatekeeper in this slot, he has the experience and savvy to score points and win a decision against Ortiz Jr., because Ortiz Jr. hasn’t needed to face the judges yet in his career. Vargas' best strategy may be to stretch out the fight, frustrate Ortiz Jr., and see how the young man handles the later rounds.
Ortiz Jr. vs. Vargas Schedule and Fight Card
Here's the schedule for Saturday’s streaming boxing event exclusively on DAZN. All times listed are Eastern.
- Main card: 8 p.m.
- Ortiz Jr. vs. Vargas: approx. 11:30 p.m.
The full fight card, as always subject to change, is as follows:
- Vergil Ortiz Jr. (15-0) vs. Samuel Vargas (31-5-2)
- Hector Tanajara (19-0) vs. Mercito Gesta (32-3-3)
- Shane Mosley Jr (15-3) vs. Jeremy Ramos (11-8)
- Seniesa Estrada (18-0) vs. Miranda Adkins (5-0)
- Hector Valdez (12-0) vs. Josue Morales (11-11-4)
- Evan Sanchez (7-0) vs. Issouf Kinda (18-4)
How to watch Ortiz Jr. vs. Vargas on DAZN
The cost: $20 a month or $100 a year (opens in new tab)
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DAZN (opens in new tab) is a sports streaming service that offers an alternative to pay-per-view. In the past, Ortiz Jr. vs. Vargas might have been a Pay-Per-View event costing as much as $80 for one night. Another option could have been for Ortiz Jr. vs. Vargas to air on a premium movie channel you didn’t really want.
Now DAZN offers this fight night plus more boxing, MMA, and soccer as part of their regular subscription. DAZN also has new shows like JABS with Chris Mannix and Sergio Mora as well as The Ak & Barak Show. With over 100 fights in a normal sports year, including major promotions from Bellator, Golden Boy Promotions, Matchroom USA and World Boxing Super Series, Combate Americas, DAZN is one of the main destinations for combat sports.
How much will Ortiz Jr. vs. Vargas cost on DAZN?
DAZN (opens in new tab) is available for $20 per month, or $99 per year. Boxing fans have a lot of major events to look forward to on DAZN now that fights have returned. They will have the big heavyweight interim title fight with Dillian Whyte vs. Alexander Povetkin on August 22, and Jorge Linares vs. Javier Fortuna on August 28.
MMA fans will find action to enjoy on DAZN too. Bellator MMA is returning to action on the same night as Ortiz Jr. vs. Vargas, so fans can watch Bellator 242 Bandejas vs. Pettis on July 24 at 8:45 p.m.
Sign up today and you can watch Ortiz Jr. vs. Vargas (opens in new tab) this Friday, July 24.
Roy Delgado is a freelance writer for WhatToWatch. His focus is streaming, specializing on sports. He binge-streams 32 games over the first two days of NCAA March Madness annually. He built his own DVR 15 years ago, and still tinkers to make his media setup its best.
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