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Showtime releases strong Spring lineup

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Keith Thurman and Shawn Porter

Showtime on Friday released a robust 2016 Spring lineup featuring a pair of heavyweight title fights involving Deontay Wilder and Anthony Joshua, the rescheduling of Keith Thurman’s welterweight title clash with Shawn Porter and the Showtime debut of Ruslan Provodnikov, who was rumored to be Terence Crawford’s next opponent.

All told, Showtime revealed seven telecasts that had mostly been kept under wraps. Here is the lineup:

  • Charles Martin will defend his IBF heavyweight strap against Anthony Joshua on April 9 from The O2 Arena in London, with a co-feature between IBF featherweight titleholder Lee Selby and Eric Hunter.
  • Nikolay Potapov takes on Stephen Young in a 10-round bantamweight match on ShoBox on April 15.
  • On April 16, Gary Russell defends his WBC featherweight title against Patrick Hyland at the Foxwoods Resort in Connecticut. In the co-feature, IBF junior lightweight beltholder Jose Pedraza takes on Stephen Smith.
  • Badou Jack faces Lucian Bute for Jack’s WBC super middleweight title on April 30 at a venue to be determined after Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. pulled out with an injury. IBF super middleweight champ James DeGale faces Rogelio Medina in the co-feature.
  • At a date and venue to be determined, Wilder will defend his WBC heavyweight title against Alexander Povetkin, likely in Russia sometime in May.
  • On June 11, Provodnikov will take on John Molina at Turning Stone Casino in Verona, New York.
  • And finally, on June 25, Thurman and Porter will do battle in a bout that was supposed to take place Saturday but was rescheduled after Thurman suffered whiplash in an auto accident. Jesus Cuellar faces Abner Mares in the co-feature. The venue hasn’t been finalized.

Also announced, WBA featherweight titleholder Leo Santa Cruz and unified junior featherweight champion Carl Frampton are nearing a deal for a featherweight match in the late summer.

A copy of the full release is below:

 

SHOWTIME BOXING INTERNATIONAL

Date:

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Start Time:

TBD – early evening; live on both coasts

Main Event:

Charles Martin ( 23-0-1, 21 KOs) vs. Anthony Joshua (15-0, 15 KOs) – IBF Heavyweight World Title Championship

Co-feature:

Lee Selby vs. Eric Hunter – IBF Featherweight Championship

Promoter(s):

Warriors Boxing & Matchroom Sport

Venue:

The O2 – London

Notes:

SHO has long history of televising most significant fights in the HW division; this bout has major implications for the volatile landscape at the top of the division.

Selby v Hunter – SHO committed to televising the most significant title fights in the deep featherweight division.

ShoBox: The New Generation

Date:

Friday, April 15, 2016

Start Time:

10 p.m. ET/PT

Main Event:

Nikolay Potapov (14-0, 6 KOs) vs. Stephon Young (14-0-2, 6 KOs) – 10-Rd Bantamweight Bout

PRO: Nickle-ay Pote – A- Pov

Promoter:

Salita Promotions

Venue:

Turning Stone Casino – Verona, NY

Notes:

Four-fight telecast

SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING

Date:

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Start Time:

11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT

Main Event:

Gary Russell Jr. (26-1, 15 KOs) vs. Patrick Hyland (31-1, 15 KOs) – WBC Featherweight World Championship

Co-Features:

Jose Pedraza (21-0, 12 KOs) vs. Stephen Smith (23-1, 13 KOs) – IBF Super Featherweight World Championship

Promoter:

DiBella Entertainment

Venue:

Fox Theatre at Foxwoods Resort Casino

Notes:

The 2nd featherweight world title fight (if Selby v Hunter) & crucial Super Featherweight bout; Stephen Smith is No. 1 ranked/mandatory challenger.


SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING

Date:

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Start Time:

10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT

Main Event:

Badou Jack (20-1-1, 12 KOs) vs. Lucian Bute (32-3, 25 KOs) – WBC Super Middleweight Championship

Co-Feature:

James DeGale (22-1, 14 KOs) vs. Rogelio Medina (35-6, 29 KOs) – IBF Super Middleweight World Championship

Venue:

TBD

Promoter:

Mayweather Promotions

Notes:

Chavez Jr. injured. In steps Bute which will be a tough challenge for Jack; Bute, former world champ, experienced veteran, coming off great fight vs. DeGale.

 

Medina is mandated by the IBF as the challenger since the “mandatory” is unavailable.

 

Winners have agreed to immediate Unification Match

SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXINGPENDING CONFIRMATION

Date:

TBD – targeting May

Start Time:

TBD

Main Event:

Deontay Wilder (36-0, 35 KOs) vs. Alexander Povetkin (30-1, 22 KOs) – WBC Heavyweight World Championship

Venue:

TBD

Notes:

Working hard with Andrey Ryabinsky and the Wilder camp to televise this major heavyweight event.

SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING

Date:

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Start Time:

9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT

Main Event:

Ruslan Provodnikov (25-4, 18 KOs) vs. John Molina Jr. (28-6, 23 KOs) – TBD-Rd Super Lightweight Bout

Co-Features:

TBD

Promoter:

Banner Promotions

Venue:

Turning Stone Casino – Verona, NY

Notes:

Induction Weekend for Int’l Boxing Hall of Fame;

 

Main event features two men involved Fights of Year: 2013 consensus FOY (Bradley v Provodnikov) & 2014 BWAA FOY (Matthysse v Molina Jr.).


SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING on CBS Presented by PBC

Date:

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Start Time:

TBD

Main Event:

Keith Thurman (26-0, 1 ND, 22 KOs) vs. Shawn Porter (26-1-1, 16 KOs) – WBA Welterweight World Championship

Co-Feature:

Jesus Cuellar (28-1, 21 KOs) vs. Abner Mares (29-2-1, 15 KOs) – WBA (reg.) Featherweight World Championship

Promoter(s):

DiBella Entertainment

Venue:

Notes:

Second world championship fight added. Cuellar replaces Fernando Montiel & a 10-rd bout.

 

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