CBS to televise boxing shows
Boxing is coming to CBS.
The network will televise up to eight live shows in conjunction with Al Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champions, according to a PBC press release.
The first show, on April 4, will feature a fight between RING light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson and Sakio Bika. Light heavyweight prospect Artur Beterbiev will face veteran Gabriel Campillo on the card.
The new series will be marketed in conjunction with Showtime, a CBS subsidiary.
“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 and general manager at Showtime. “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.”
Omar Figeuroa will face Ricky Burns in a junior welterweight fight on May 9 on CBS.
On March 28, WBC featherweight titleholder Jhonny Gonzalez will defend against Gary Russell Jr. on Showtime Championship Boxing. Junior middleweights Jermell Charlo and Vanes Martirosyan will fight on that card.
On April 18, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. will take on Andrzej Fonfara on Showtime Championship Boxing.
CBS also will television boxing shows in June, July and September. And up to three more dates are expected to be announced.
The CBS premiere will begin at noon PT / 3 p.m. ET. The remainder of the CBS shows will begin at 1:30 PT / 4:30 p.m. ET.
Haymon already has deals in place to televise boxing on NBC and Spike TV.