The Shawn Porter-Kell Brook IBF welterweight title bout on Aug. 16 will head up a Showtime tripleheader that includes the WBC 168-pound titleholder Sakio Bika’s rematch with Anthony Dirrell and WBC lightweight beltholder Omar Figueroa Jr. vs. Daniel Estrada.
RING welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s majority decision over Marcos Maidana in May “was a very entertaining and exciting fight” that is “worth seeing again” according to Stephen Espinoza of Showtime.
Top Rank CEO Bob Arum had planned to be on the line for a Tuesday conference call promoting the Showtime-televised bout between Golden Boy’s Gary Russell Jr. and Top Rank’s Vasyl Lomachenko — that is, he says, until Showtime requested he not take part.
Showtime Sports’ Stephen Espinoza said Richard Schaefer’s resignation from Golden Boy Promotions will not effect the July 12 pay per view card headlined by the Canelo Alvarez-Erislandy Lara fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
After Floyd Mayweather’s grueling victory over Marcos Maidana on Saturday, the demand for a showdown against Manny Pacquiao rings loudly from two heavyweight legends.
At this year’s annual Boxing Writers Association of America dinner, WBO welterweight titlist Tim Bradley took a moment to plead for a resolution between the sport’s feuding power players.
Top Rank CEO said it was “thuggery” to hang posters advertising Showtime’s upcoming Mayweather-Maidana bout during the lead-up to HBO’s Pacquiao-Bradley rematch. Showtime Sports boss Stephen Espinoza critcized the “racial overtones” of Arum’s statement, after which Arum referenced horse anatomy.
Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson opined on a variety of subjects during a Monday conference call, and also discussed his upcoming Iron Mike Productions card on April 18, the first to be broadcast on Showtime.
Showtime Sports executive Stephen Espinoza shared his thoughts on his network’s acquisition of RING light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson with RingTV.com. Stevenson, who fought on HBO last year, will fight Andrzej Fonfara on Showtime on May 24.
RING and WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson got “a better offer” from Showtime than HBO, which opted not to renegotiate its deal with Stevenson, according to a statement released to RingTV.com by promoter Yvon Michel.
Adonis Stevenson’s next fight is headed to Showtime, and with that move, a potential fight against Sergey Kovalev could be dead. Stevenson will fight Andrzej Fonfara on May 24.
The Canelo Alvarez-Alfredo Angulo headlined Showtime PPV last Saturday generated well over 350,000 buys, Showtime Networks Inc. and the event promoter, Golden Boy Promotions, announced on Friday.
The Canelo Alvarez-Alfredo Angulo bout that took place this past Saturday in Las Vegas will open the Showtime Championship Boxing telecast on Saturday, Stephen Espinoza told RingTV.com on Sunday afternoon.
Marcos Maidana won the Floyd Mayweather Jr. sweepstakes Monday, but the fighter didn’t know until the last minute. They’ll meet May 3 for Mayweather’s RING welterweight championship.
The lightweight fight between Jorge Linares and Nihito Arakawa will air live on Showtime on March 8 in advance of Golden Boy Promotions’s four-bout pay-per-view show headlined by Canelo Alvarez and Alfredo Angulo from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Abner Mares on his Feb. 15 rematch with Jhonny Gonzalez, whose first-round knockout victory dethroned him as WBC featherweight beltholder: “August 24 was his night, and I take nothing away from him, but Feb. 15 will be my night, and I’m going to get my title back.”
Saturday’s win by Marcos Maidana to dethrone Adrien Broner as WBA welterweight titleholder drew 1.3 million viewers, Showtime’s Executive Vice President and General Manager of Sports, Stephen Espinoza, announced on Tuesday.
Showtime’s Stephen Espinoza on a potential Floyd Mayweather fight in New York: “Floyd is intrigued by being the biggest and the best and being a trailblazer. Coming into the New York market in a way that no one has before would be very appealing.”