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What time will Elwin Soto vs. Hekkie Budler fight start on Saturday, June 25

Hekkie Budler and Elwin Soto are set to face off in the ring on Saturday in a junior flyweight bout. We break down when the fight starts and how to watch the full card.

Challenger Hekkie Budler (L) of South Africa punches champion Ryoichi Taguchi of Japan during the IBF & WBA Light Flyweight Title Bout at Ota City General Gymnasium on May 20, 2018 in Tokyo, Japan. Photo by Kiyoshi Ota/Getty Images

Saturday evening brings an under-the-radar but potentially action-packed junior flyweight bout. Elwin Soto makes his return following a championship loss and faces the slowly returning Hekkie Budler in a 12-round bout that will serve as a WBC eliminator bout.

The fight tops a card taking place in Baja California, Mexico. It gets going at 9 p.m. and we can expect ring walks for Soto and Budler to begin in the 11 p.m. hour. The event will air on ESPN+.

Soto enters the bout as a sizable favorite, installed at -600 at DraftKings Sportsbook. He lost his WBO title last October in a split decision loss to Jonathan Gonzalez. He had previously won four defenses after claiming the belt with a 12th round KO of Ángel Acosta in 2019.

Budler is a +425 underdog as he continues a slow return to boxing. Budler last fought in May 2021, winning a unanimous decision over Jonathan Almacen to claim the then vacant WBC Silver title. Prior to that, Budler had a three-year layoff. He lost a 2018 title bout against Hiroto Kyoguchi via 10th round TKO, and that cost him the WBA and The Ring titles. That was his second loss in three fights and third in six.

Budler is currently the WBC’s No. 1 ranked contender while Soto is No. 3. Kenshiro Teraji is the WBC title holder and would likely face the winner of Soto-Budler.

Full Card for Hekkie Budler vs. Elwin Soto

  • Main event: Hekkie Budler vs. Elwin Soto, 12 rounds, junior flyweight
  • Rafael Espinoza vs. Gerardo Valenzuela, 8 rounds, junior featherweight
  • Jesus Riegos vs. Genaro Velarde Rodriguez, 6 rounds, junior featherweight
  • Israel Ramirez vs. Jorge Monreal, 8 rounds, junior featherweight
  • Yahir Alan Frank Verdugo vs. Carlos Mejia, 8 rounds, flyweight
  • Bryant Martinez vs. Rodolfo Carbajal, 6 rounds, junior bantamweight
  • Kenin Betancourt vs. Jesus Mercado Cabrera, 6 rounds, bantamweight