O’Shaquie Foster vs. Abraham Nova: Date, time, how to watch, background

O’Shaquie Foster will defend his 130-pound belt against Abraham Nova on Friday at Madison Square Garden in New York.

VS. ABRAHAM NOVA (23-1, 16 KOs)

  • Date: Friday, Feb. 16

  • Time: 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT (main event later in show)

  • Where: Madison Square Garden Theater, New York City

  • TV/Stream: ESPN, ESPN+

  • Division: Junior lightweight (130 pounds)

  • At stake: Foster’s WBC title

  • Pound-for-pound: None

  • Odds: Foster 8-1 favorite (average of multiple outlets)

  • Significance (up to five stars): ***

  • Also on the card: Andres Cortes vs. Bryan Chevalier, junior lightweights; Bruce Carrington vs. Bernard Torres, featherweights

  • Background: Foster will be making the second defense of the title he won as a result of his break-through unanimous decision victory over Rey Vargas in February of last year. He barely held onto his belt in his first defense. The 30-year-old Texan, showing his gritty side, was behind on two of the three official cards when he stopped Eduardo Hernandez in the 12th and final round of a wild fight in Hernandez’s home country of Mexico. Nova will be fighting for a major title for the first time. The 30-year-old Puerto Rican boxer-puncher, who lives in Albany, New York, has won two consecutive fights since he was stopped by two-time Olympic gold medalist Robeisy Ramirez in the fifth round in 2022. He defeated capable Adam Lopez by a unanimous decision in January of last year and stopped less-accomplished Jonathan Romero in three rounds in July. Nova is ranked No. 12 by the WBC.

Story originally appeared on Boxing Junkie