Keith Thurman in Brooklyn, AT&T Stadium showdown highlights Premier Boxing Champions’ new deal with FOX
Boxing’s best will get a chance to shine on FOX’s programming.
Premier Boxing Champions has a new home in FOX Sports, and they are looking to take immediate advantage of the partnership.
Live on the FSGO app this past weekend, eight televised world title bouts were revealed for the end of 2018 and throughout 2019. Five fights will be on FOX and FOX Deportes while four will be aired on FS1. The first PBC/FOX associated PPV will be in March inside AT&T Stadium.
“We’re thrilled to have Premier Boxing Champions’ brightest stars coming to FOX Sports reaching the biggest audiences on broadcast television,” stated FOX Sports President Mark Silverman. “The 2019 PBC schedule kicks off with high-stakes action and excitement, making FOX the premier home for boxing and the continued leader in live sporting events.”
Opening up PBC’s new deal on FOX will be the Charlo brothers. Inside the Barclays Center on December 22, Jermall Charlo faces Will Monroe, Jr. while Jermell Charlo and Tony Harrison will do battle. Both fights will be for world titles; Jermell defending his WBC Light Middleweight Title and Jermall defending the WBC interim Middleweight Title.
One of the premier events in 2019 will be Keith Thurman defending his WBA Welterweight Title against Josesito Lopez. That will also be inside the Barclays Center on January 26 on FOX. Thurman (28-0) last fought in March of 2017, defeating Danny Garcia via split decision. After an injury affected his time in the ring, he is set to face a man in Lopez (36-7) who is on a three-fight win streak. Also set for the Brooklyn card will be Adam Kownacki (18-0) putting his undefeated streak on the line against Gerald Washington. Washington (19-2-1) is a former USC football star and a veteran in the U.S. Navy.
Other matches announced include:
January 13, 2019 – IBF Super Middleweight Champion Jose Uzcategui (28-2) v. Caleb Plant (17-0) inside the Microsoft Theater on FS1
February 16, 2019 – Leo Santa Cruz (35-1-1) defending his WBA Featherweight Title against Miguel Flores (23-2). Omar Figueroa Jr. (27-0-1) will also be on the card, facing John Molina Jr. The latter (30-7) is a former title contender while Figueroa is coming off of an injury. The event will be in Los Angeles on FOX.
February 23, 2019 – Two successful fighters will do battle for the vacant WBC Super Middleweight Championship. Anthony Dirrell (32-1-1) and Avni Yildirim (21-1) will clash inside The Armory in Minneapolis, Minnesota on FS1.
March 9, 2019 – Las Vegas will be the place to be as Shawn Porter (29-2-1) defends his WBC Welterweight Title against Yordenis Ugas (23-3), who is on an eight-fight win streak. The event will take place on FOX.
March 16, 2019 – In one of the biggest boxing events in 2019, Errol Spence Jr. will defend his IBF Welterweight Title against Mikey Garcia, the current WBC Lightweight Champion. The fight will be on PPV via Premier Boxing Champions and it will be inside AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys. Garcia (39-0) is moving up two weight classes to face off against Long Island’s Spence Jr. (24-0), who will look to successfully defend his belt for the third fight in a row.
March 24, 2019 – In a non-title bout, Lamont Peterson (35-4-1) will face Sergey Lipinets (14-1) in Maryland on FS1.
April 13, 2019 – While no titles will be on the line, this middleweight bout features two contenders looking to determine who is number one. Caleb Truax (30-4-2) faces off against Peter Quillin at The Armory, only on FS1.
April 20, 2019 – Rounding everything up will be a battle of two powerful stars. Danny Garcia (34-2) will look to rebound from a Shawn Porter loss when he faces Adrian Granados (20-6-2). A destination is not known yet but the fight will air on FOX.
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