On with the Show

By Robert Ecksel on February 18, 2015
On with the Show
As Manny and Floyd diddle about, boxing goes on without them. (Raffy De Guzman)

Haymon Boxing’s Premier Boxing Champions has released its CBS/SHOWTIME schedule and it’s a doozy…

While Mayweather and Pacquiao diddle about, as optimists bust into piggy banks in anticipation of the first $100 pay-per-view fight card in history, CBS Sports and SHOWTIME Sports have been busy.

Fueled by Al Haymon’s vision, Haymon Boxing’s Premier Boxing Champions has released its CBS/SHOWTIME schedule and it’s a doozy.

On Saturday, March 28, SHOWTIME will present a doubleheader featuring a featherweight showdown between WBC champion Jhonny Gonzalez and top contender Gary Russell Jr., and a matchup of 154-pound contenders Jermell Charlo and Vanes Martirosyan.

On Saturday, April 4 (3 PM ET/Noon PT), CBS will feature light heavyweight world champion Adonis Stevenson defending his WBC title against former super middleweight champ Sakio Bika. In the co-feature, undefeated light heavyweight contender Artur Beterbiev will face veteran former world champ Gabriel Campillo.

On Saturday, April 18, SHOWTIME presents the network debut of former world champion and Mexican superstar Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., as he takes on light heavyweight contender Andrzej Fonfara.

On Saturday, May 9 Premier Boxing Champions returns to CBS for the second installment (4:30 PM ET/1:30 PM PT). This broadcast will pit undefeated Omar Figueroa, who recently vacated his Lightweight World Championship to move up in weight to 140 pounds, against former champion Ricky Burns.

“The Premier Boxing Champions series on CBS will help usher in a new era in the storied history of boxing,” said Stephen Espinoza, Executive Vice President & General Manager of SHOWTIME Sports. “With the support of our parent company, we are uniquely positioned for a three-tiered approach that includes live boxing broadcasts on America’s No. 1 network, the cable reach of CBS Sports Network and, of course, the premium television leader in boxing, SHOWTIME. The benefit of elevating the sport across these platforms for all involved, including SHOWTIME, is immeasurable.”

Mayweather and Pacquiao may eventually fight, but boxing goes on without them.

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  1. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo akaGimpel 06:57am, 02/18/2015

    Gary Russell!....I was hoping for Robinson Castellanos!....Now I have to load up on Molina!

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