Top Rank Presents World Junior Lightweight Championship: O’Shaquie Foster vs. Abraham Nova

Friday, February 16, 9 p.m. ET/ 6 p.m. PT Live on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN+

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Top Rank Boxing on ESPN presented by AutoZone: Foster vs. Nova will be presented live this Friday, February 16, at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT, on ESPN, ESPN Deportes, and ESPN+ from The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

In the main event, WBC junior lightweight world champion, O’Shaquie “Ice Water” Foster will make his second world title defense against Abraham “El Super” Nova.

Foster (21-2, 10 KOs) is unbeaten in 11 fights since a split decision loss to Rolando Chinea in July 2016. He won the WBC world title in February 2023 with a one-sided decision over Mexican standout Rey Vargas. Eight months later, he salvaged his title with a come-from-behind 12th-round knockout over Eduardo “Rocky” Hernandez.

Nova (23-1, 16 KOs) had nearly 200 fights during a storied amateur career that included victories over Frank Martin, Richardson Hitchins, and Nahir Albright. In June 2022, he suffered his lone career setback, a one-punch knockout at the hands of two-time Cuban Olympic gold medalist and eventual world champion Robeisy Ramirez. Following the Ramirez defeat, Nova returned to junior lightweight and picked up wins over veteran Adam Lopez and former world champion Jonathan Romero.

In the 10-round junior lightweight co-feature, Andres “Savage” Cortes takes on Puerto Rican contender Bryan Chevalier. Undefeated Cortes (20-0, 11 KOs) emerged in August 2021 with a first round knockout of former world title challenger Genesis Servania and has recorded four knockouts in his last six appearances. Chevalier (20-1-1, 16 KOs), a 10-year-pro, is unbeaten in his last 12 fights.

In the 10-round televised opener, rising featherweight Bruce “Shu Shu” Carrington, will face Filipino-born standout Bernard Torres. Carrington (10-0, 6 KOs), 2020 U.S. Olympic trials champion, has been rapidly ascending the ranks since turning pro in October 2021. In his last performance, Carrington stunned former world title challenger Jason Sanchez by knocking him out in two rounds. Torres (18-1, 8 KOs), a Filipino-born southpaw, debuted in the paid ranks in October 2017. Torres is coming off a 10-round points verdict over Tanzanian veteran Nasibu Ramadhani in June.

Undercard action exclusively on ESPN+ begins at 5:20 p.m. ET/ 2:20 p.m. PT.

Calling the action will be ESPN’s Joe Tessitore, Hall of Famer Timothy Bradley, Jr., Mark Kriegel, and Bernardo Osuna.

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Foster vs. Nova (All Times ET)

Date Time Event Fights Title Platform
Wed. Feb 14 Noon Main Event Press Conference  

ESPN+

Thu. Feb 15 1 p.m. Weigh-in
Fri. Feb 16 9 p.m. Main O’Shaquie Foster (C) vs. Abraham Nova WBC Jr. Lightweight

 

ESPN, ESPN Deportes, ESPN+ (simulcast)

 

Co-Feature Andres Cortes vs. Bryan Chevalier
Opener Bruce Carrington vs. Bernard Torres
5:20 p.m. Feature Guido Vianello vs. Moses Johnson ESPN+
Undercard Isaah Flaherty vs. Julien Baptiste
Undercard Ofacio Falcon vs. Edward Ceballos
Undercard Tiger Johnson vs. Paulo Galdino
Undercard Euri Cedeno vs. Antonio Todd
Undercard Arnold Gonzalez vs. Charles Stanford

 

 

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