Mark October 31 on your calendar. That’s when you’ll be able to live stream the upcoming Davis vs Santa Cruz title fight. The event starts at 6 PM EST with and culminates in one of these two boxers walking away with the WBA Super Featherweight/ WBA Lightweight World Championship title. This is one of the few events in the past year that will have an in-person audience at Alamodome in San Antonio, TX. Most of us, however, will be streaming online in the US or abroad.
This post will only recommend official sources. As of this time of writing, there’s just one streaming source available for Davis vs Santa Cruz, regardless of where you’re located. That means this fight is likely going to be heavily pirated. We strongly recommend you avoid pirated streams, which can come at a risk to your security from compromised sites, or can be quickly blocked by ISPs. Some ISPs also monitor user activity and work with copyright holders to take action against users who stream from pirated sites.
The Gervonta Davis vs Leo Santa Cruz fight will be geo-blocked. If you’re outside of the US and want access to your usual streaming services, you’ll need two things: A US-based payment method (gift cards work) and a VPN.
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How to live stream Davis vs Santa Cruz from abroad with a VPN
Unlike the Lomachenko vs Lopez fight, which was widely available on services and came at no added cost, the title fight between Gervonta Davis and Leo Santa Cruz is locked behind a fairly strict pay-per-view paywall. Additionally, the only legitimate place to watch it (as of this time of writing) is Showtime PPV, which is geo-blocked outside of the US. As such, the only way to access Davis vs Santa Cruz is to:
- Have or acquire a US payment method, and
- Connect to Showtime using a VPN
Here’s how to watch Davis vs Santa Cruz live online from anywhere:
- Create a VPN account. We recommend ExpressVPN, but you may also find that NordVPN or Surfshark work well for this purpose.
- Install the VPN software, then connect to a US-based server
- Create a free trial account on Showtime. Again, this requires a US-based payment method
- Login to your Showtime account. Once the fight is available, you’ll be able to purchase PPV access.
- Make sure to test the stream with your VPN before the event starts.
PRO TIP: Showtime streams all PPV boxing events free on its service after the event airs. If you can manage to stay away from the news and social media for 24-48 hours, you can likely watch the event on Showtime (and only on Showtime) free the next day. Showtime shifts its PPV boxing events over to free replay following each event.
How to watch Lomachenko vs Lopez on US TV
If you’re in the US, this is easy. Just sign up to Showtime and live stream from there. You won’t need a VPN to watch the fight if you’re in the US, but you won’t be able to get around the PPV cost. Your sign-up is simple:
- Head over to the Showtime website (Showtime.com)
- Create a free trial account (30 days)
- Once the PPV event is ready, purchase access using the link PPV provides
After the fight, go ahead and cancel your Showtime account. Or binge watch some shows like Billions, Shameless, or Homeland and then cancel your account. Just make sure you do so before the 30-day free trial ends, or you’ll be on the hook for the $9.99/month fee.
While you don’t need a VPN to access this fight, you may find a VPN helpful for preserving the quality of the fight, especially if you’re watching on mobile. Many mobile data providers reduce your streaming quality unless you’re paying for the top-tier (and most expensive) data plans. If you aren’t, you can still maintain higher quality streams for the fight by anonymizing your connection with a VPN provider like ExpressVPN. Your mobile provider won’t be able to see where your data is coming from or going to, reducing the potential for video quality throttling.
Davis vs Santa Cruz: Full schedule
The 12-round Gervonta Davis vs Leo Santa Cruz will begin streaming at 6 PM EST / 12 PM GMT+1. The event will have a live audience at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, with the live streaming event broadcasting through Showtime PPV. Thirty-two-year-old Santa Cruz will be attempting to fend off 25-year-old Davis from taking the WBA junior lightweight belt currently in Santa Cruz’s possession.
The two boxers are the only ones on the ticket. The event will also feature:
- Mario Barrios vs Ryan Karl
- Regis Progais vs Juan Heraldez
Be sure to check Showtime’s website leading up to the fight for any changes to scheduling, time, PPV costs, and other updates.