On Saturday, IBF junior featherweight titlist Carl Frampton makes his US debut against Alejandro Gonzalez Jr. on CBS.
The rumor is going around the boxing world that Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s next fight, scheduled for Sept. 12, could happen on network TV rather than pay-per-view.
Adonis Stevenson made the fifth defense of his RING/WBC light heavyweight titles with a unanimous decision over former super middleweight beltholder Sakio Bika on Saturday at Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City, Quebec. Stevenson, who won by scores of 116-110, 115-110 and 115-111, scored knockdowns in Round 6 and 9.
Former WBC lightweight champion Omar Figueroa will meet former two-division titleholder Ricky Burns in the main event when Premier Boxing Champions returns to CBS on Saturday, May 9 from the State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, Texas.
Adonis Stevenson, who puts his RING and WBC light heavyweight titles on the line against former super middleweight beltholder Sakio Bika on Saturday, says he’s “the man” at 175-pounds and will prove it in a showdown with Sergey Kovalev later this year. For now his focus is Bika, a fight that marks the first Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) event on CBS.
The money dispute between Time Warner cable and the CBS Corporation that had resulted in CBS and Showtime networks being pulled from cable systems in major U.S. cities last month was settled on Monday to the relief of many boxing fans.
All Access: Mayweather vs. Canelo premieres next Saturday on Showtime, preceding the Abner Mares-Jhonny Gonzalez WBC featherweight title bout. The series documents Floyd Mayweather’s and Canelo Alvarez’s lives during the build up to their anticipated Sept. 14 junior middleweight championship bout.
Showtime has a mega promotional series planned in advance of the May 4 clash between Floyd Mayweather and Robert Guerrero.
Leonard Ellerbe, the CEO of Floyd Mayweather’s promotional company, said: “The business model that we have put into place, in my opinion, will never, ever be duplicated.”
Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer says Floyd Mayweather’s move to Showtime ends the days when the network could not compete with rival U.S. cable giant HBO.
Floyd Mayweather signed a groundbreaking pay-per-view venture with Showtime and the cable network’s parent company, CBS Corporation, staring with a May 4 fight with Robert Guerrero. Under the terms of the deal, Mayweather could fight six times in 30 months.
In part II of Travelin’ Man returns to Los Angeles, Lee Groves explains the significance of boxing’s return to network TV before recounting his CompuBox analysis for the CBS-, Showtime Extreme- and Showtime-televised fights from the L.A. Sports Arena on Dec. 15.