Lopez vs Abe live stream: How to watch boxing online for free tonight, fight card, start time, odds, undercard soon

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Luis Alberto Lopez vs Reiya Abe for the former's IBF featherweight title is the co-feature of a fascinating night's boxing in upstate New York with a world title doubleheader at 126lbs tonight. Read on for how to watch Lopez vs Abe live streams from anywhere with a VPN, including a free option!

The atmosphere is starting to build around the Turning Stone Resort & Casino for what promises to be a fascinating fight night. Lopez and Abe both made weight yesterday, so it's all systems go in a few hours for the world title bout.

Lopez vs Abe live streams: TV schedule, dates

► Date: Tonight (Saturday, March 2)
Venue: Turning Stone Resort & Casino, Verona, New York
► Time: (est. ringwalks) 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT / 3 a.m. GMT (Mar. 3) / 2 p.m. AEDT (Mar. 3)
• FREE LIVE STREAM Azteca 7 (Mexico)
• U.S. — ESPN Plus
• U.K. — Watch on Sky Sports
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Lopez has worked hard to reach the top of the featherweight division. The 30-year-old turned pro in 2015 and has made his way up via small-hall shows in hometown Mexicali to the elite of 126lbs pugilists. Springing to wider consciousness with a knockout of then-unbeaten Isaac Lowe in December 2021, El Venado has gone on to beat more British fighters, including Josh Warrington for the IBF title he has since defended against Michael Conlan, then Joet Gonzalez last September. He has gunpowder in his hands and will be looking for a unification bout next if he wins, as expected.

Abe is the taller fighter and will try to use that advantage to box his way to a victory. The 30-year-old Japanese beat former world champion Kiko Martinez in his most recent bout – the best win of his career – and has the skills to cause Lopez some problems. On a six-fight winning streak and the mandatory challenger for Lopez's IBF strap, Abe will make sure this is an absorbing contest.

This isn't the only featherweight world title fight on a mega card from Verona, New York, though. Otabek Kholmatov vs Raymond Ford for the vacant WBA title is the main event but that fight, and the rest of the card, will not be shown on Azteca 7.

Here's everything you need to watch the Lopez vs Abe live stream tonight, including live streams from around the world.

Lopez vs Abe free live streams available in Mexico

Great news, big fight fans – Luis Alberto Lopez vs Reiya Abe will be shown for FREE on the channel Azteca 7 to all those in Mexico.

The fight is expected to get underway at 9 p.m. CST with Mexican Lopez making a third defense of his IBF world title. It's the only fight from a packed card that also includes Otabek Kholmatov vs Raymond Ford available on Azteca 7.

If you're a Mexican stuck abroad, and want to tune into the free Lopez vs Abe live stream, you'll need to get yourself a knockout boxing VPN, such as ExpressVPN. And if, for whatever reason, you can't get it working, do remember that you have the comfort of a 30-day money-back guarantee with ExpressVPN.

How to watch Lopez vs Abe live streams from anywhere

A VPN, or virtual private network, makes it look as if you're surfing the web from your home country, rather than the one you're in. That means you can access the streaming services you already pay for, from anywhere on Earth. Or anywhere that has an internet connection, at least.

For instance, an American who's currently in the U.K. could watch Lopez vs Abe on ESPN Plus, even though they're not in the U.S..

They're totally legal, inexpensive and easy to use. We've tested lots of the best VPN services and our favorite right now is ExpressVPN. It's fast, works on loads of devices, and even offers a 30-day money-back guarantee.

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Using a VPN is incredibly simple.

1. Install the VPN of your choice. As we've said, ExpressVPN is our favorite.

2. Choose the location you wish to connect to in the VPN app. For instance if you're in the U.S. and want to view a Mexican service, such as Azteca 7, you'd select Mexico from the list.

3. Sit back and enjoy the action. Head to Azteca 7, as you usually would back in Mexico, and watch the Lopez vs Abe live stream.

Lopez vs Abe live streams by country

How to watch the Lopez vs Abe live streams in the U.S.

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Boxing fans in the U.S. can catch the IBF featherweight world title fight live stream between Luis Alberto Lopez vs Reiya Abe on ESPN Plus.

It's $10.99 per month for the basic package or you can save over 15% by signing up for a year for $109.99. That brings access to more boxing, MLB, NHL, golf, lacrosse and even UFC if you're happy to add the occasional PPV fee.

ESPN Plus also is available in a bundle with both Hulu and Disney Plus for $24.99 a month. That gets you all of the ESPN Plus events, the best Hulu shows such as The Dropout and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, as well as the Disney Plus library of classic Disney and Star Wars content.

If you already use those services but aren't in the U.S. right now, you can watch Lopez vs Abe live streams by using a VPN such as ExpressVPN. And if, for whatever reason, you can't get it working, do remember that you have the comfort of a 30-day money-back guarantee with ExpressVPN.

How to watch the Lopez vs Abe live streams in the U.K.

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Sky Sports is broadcasting the Lopez vs Abe live stream in the U.K., so if you already have a Sky subscription that doesn't include Sports, you'll need to pay £18/month to add those channels. The fight will be shown on Sky Sports Action.

Whichever package you go for, you'll also gain access to coverage in 4K and HDR, so long as you also have an HDR-ready Sky Q box and HLG-compatible TV.

Sky Glass is another option. This gives you Sky TV within a 4K TV that has a built-in Dolby Atmos soundbar, and without the need for a dish. Prices start at £14/month for the TV, plus a sky sub on top of that. 

If you don't want to shell out for a full Sky subscription, you could also consider its Now streaming service. This gives you 24-hour access for £11.98 or month-long access for £34.99. 

All sounds great, right? But if you're not in the U.K., you can still follow the Lopez vs Abe live streams by country live stream by using one of the best VPN services, such as ExpressVPN.

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Watch the Lopez vs Abe live streams in Canada

One of the cheapest Lopez vs Abe live stream options can be found in Canada, where the fight is being shown on TSN Plus.

A subscription starts at CA$8 per month, and the ringwalks for Lopez vs Abe are expected from 11:30 p.m. ET / 8:30 p.m. PT on Saturday. 

Not at home right now? Use ExpressVPN or another VPN service to access the live stream from anywhere.

Can you watch Lopez vs Abe in Australia?

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Unfortunately, as it stands there is no broadcaster for the Lopez vs Abe live stream in Australia. 

Kayo Sports is a regular for boxing live streams, so you may want to keep an eye out closer to the fight to see if a late deal has been struck.

Remember, if you're traveling Down Under at the minute and want to catch the fight with your regular subscription from abroad, get yourself a VPN to stop yourself being geo-blocked.

Luis Alberto Lopez vs Reiya Abe tale of the tape

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Header Cell - Column 0 Luis Alberto LopezReiya Abe
NationalityMexicanJapanese
Date of birthAugust 21st, 1993March 25th, 1993
Height5' 4"5' 7.5"
Reach66.5"N/A
Total fights3129
Record29-2 (16 KOs)25-3-1 (3 KOs)

Loez vs Abe Fight card

  • Otabek Kholmatov vs. Raymond Ford; For the vacant WBA world featherweight title 
  • Luis Alberto Lopez vs. Reiya Abe; For Lopez's IBF world featherweight title 
  • Brian Norman Jr. vs. Janelson Figueroa Bocachica; Welterweight
  • Rohan Polanco vs. Tarik Zaina; Welterweight
  • Troy Isley vs. Marcos Hernandez; Middleweight
  • Floyd Diaz vs. Edwin Rodriguez; Bantamweight
  • Brandon Moore vs. Helaman Olguin; Heavyweight
  • Bryce Mills vs. Gerffred Ngayot; Super lightweight
  • Nico Ali Walsh vs. Luke Iannuccilli; Middleweight

Lopez vs Abe odds

DraftKings has the odds significantly in favor of Lopez (-800) to the big underdog Abe (+500).

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