Showtime to live stream George Groves-Fedor Chudinov title bout
Showtime Sports has added a second title fight to Saturday’s telecast from Sheffield, England.
The network announced Friday that the super middleweight title fight between George Groves and Fedor Chudinov will be streamed live in the U.S. on both Showtime’s YouTube page and its Facebook account at approximately 4:30 p.m. ET. The Showtime telecast featuring the welterweight title fight between Kell Brook and Errol Spence begins at 5:15 p.m. ET.
“When we saw the opportunity to deliver this great super middleweight championship fight to the U.S. audience, we jumped at it,” said Executive Vice President and General Manager of Showtime Sports, Stephen Espinoza. “We thank Matchroom Sport for making it possible for us to carry this bonus coverage to the U.S.
“Doing so compliments our robust digital and social media content plan serving boxing fans online and attracting new ones. This further demonstrates our unrivaled commitment to the sport. No one is making a more significant and impactful contribution to boxing’s momentum than Showtime.”
Groves (25-3, 18 knockouts) has thrice challenged for a title, but each time he’s come up short (two losses to Carl Froch and one to Badou Jack).
“I believe this is the best opportunity for me to achieve my dream and become world champion,” said Groves, who is rated No. 3 by THE RING at super middleweight. “Time is on my side. I had a good year last year, and I’m in a good place. I’ve put in the work, and now, I need to make this count.
“Everything that’s happened in the past has just made me more determined. I know the pressure is on, and I can’t afford to make any more mistakes. This might be my best chance to win a world title, but it could also be my last.”
Chudinov (14-1, 10 KOs) held the WBA’s 168-pound title after topping Felix Sturm in 2015 and then successfully defended it against Frank Buglioni before dropping a decision defeat to Sturm in the rematch. Chudinov is rated No. 8 at 168 pounds by THE RING.