NEW YORK — IBF bantamweight titleholder Leo Santa Cruz will face Alberto Guevara, of Mazatlan, Mexico, in the main event of a CBS-televised show on Dec. 15 from the Los Angeles Sport Arena, with 2012 U.S. Olympic team member and junior featherweight Joseph Diaz Jr. also appearing on the card, according to Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer.
Tickets will be free for entry into the CBS broadcast, which will feature a toy give-away. The event marks the network’s first live boxing telecast since Bernard Hopkins defended his IBF middleweight title against Glen Johnson in 1997.
“It’s going to be called, ‘Santa Cruz is Coming To Town,’ and it’s going to be live on CBS. And it’s going to have Leo Santa Cruz defending his title, and Joseph Diaz making his pro debut,” said Schaefer.
“This is great for fight fans to see boxing on network television with one of the best young world champions,” said Schaefer, adding that there will be a toy giveaway for fans who attend the CBS show. “It is great for fight fans and families in and around Los Angeles to come and see an event for free.”
Santa Cruz (22-0-1, 13 knockouts) against Guevara (16-0, 6 KOs) will begin a busy day at the LA Arena for Golden Boy, which will later match unbeaten welterweight Shawn Porter (20-0, 14 KOs) against Julio Diaz (40-7, 29 KOs) as part of a Showtime Extreme broadcast that will also feature three U.S. Olympians, according to Schaefer.
The selected Olympians, all of whom signed with advisor Al Haymon, have been identified by Golden Boy matchmaker Eric Gomez as light heavyweight Marcus Browne, middleweight Terrell Gausha and welterweight Errol Spence Jr.
Then, on Showtime, heavyweight Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder (25-0, 25 KOs) will face Kelvin Price (13-0, 6 KOs), and former IBF and WBA junior welterweight titleholder Amir Khan (26-3, 18 KOs) will be matched against Carlos Molina (17-0-1, 7 KOs) — not to be confused with another Carlos Molina (20-5-2, 6 KOs), THE RING’s No. 6-rated junior middleweight.
Also on the Showtime card will be junior middleweight contender Alfredo Angulo (21-2, 18 KOs) against Mexico’s Jorge Silva (19-2-2, 15 KOs).
Angulo’s 56-second knockout of Raul Casarez earlier this month was his comeback fight after being stopped for the first time in his career in an exciting, sixth-round knockout loss to James Kirkland in November.
“Alfredo Angulo is fighting on that same night,” said Schaefer. “So it’s going to be a triple-header that night on Showtime.”
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