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Several high-profile fights still in flux for fall on Showtime/PBC

Stephen Espinoza, the president of Showtime sports, says Sept. 26 is the first of many PPV events topped by the Charlos, who views as future stars.
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Photo by: Naomi Fukuda

Photo by: Naomi Fukuda

The fall is in a state of flux.

That’s the buzzword – flux, uncertainty, etc. – for a number of high-profile fights and cards on Showtime and the PBC that have been in the works for some time and have yet to be finalized –- despite a number of well-intentioned tweets and reports.

Danny Garcia’s fall return is rumored to be on Oct. 15 at Staples Center against Andre Berto on Showtime; however, both sides have yet to close on a deal and remain in closed-door discussions. “Berto is an option but not the only choice (for Garcia),” Showtime boxing chief Stephen Espinoza said in an email to on Thursday.

Then, there is the second fight of Mikey Garcia’s long-awaited comeback, also rumored to be on Oct. 15 at Staples. While lightweight titleholder Dejan Zlaticanin has already tweeted that it’s a done-deal and he’s fighting Garcia on the date, Espinoza has yet to receive official confirmation the fight has been made. Thus, the date remains up in the air, even if both fighters appear to want the match, he said.

The same goes for the highly anticipated Oct. 1 junior middleweight title fight between champion Jermall Charlo and mandatory challenger Julian Williams. “The PBC hasn’t decided where to put Charlo-Williams,” Espinoza said on Thursday.

The proposed Oct. 15 date at Staples is shaping up to be a compelling card with Garcia-Berto, Garcia- Zlaticanin, and possibly even Abner Mares against Jesus Cuellar — yet another intriguing match-up. However, officials are trying to determine if all those fights on the same card are feasible and if it makes more sense to split it up into two shows.

So in closing, a number of delicious match-ups seem far along in discussions, and fans (and media members) will have to wait a little longer for official announcements (and travel plans) to be made.

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