NEW YORK (Feb 17, 2015) – CBS Sports and Showtime Sports have announced a joint venture to air live boxing on the CBS Television Network.  There will be 8 Live events in 2015, premiering on Saturday April 4th at 3PM Eastern Time.  This joint venture, which is titled “PREMIERE BOXING CHAMPIONS”, will feature the likes of Adonis Stevenson, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, Andrzej Fonfara, Omar Figueroa, Ricky Burns, Sakio Bika, Artur Beterbiev, Gabriel Campillo, and many other yet to be determined. The April 18th Showtime broadcast and the May 9th CBS broadcast will support the May 2nd Showtime PPV featuring Floyd Mayweather and whoever his opponent might be.

The schedule of upcoming live boxing events on CBS and SHOWTIME is as follows:

SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING

  • On Saturday, March 28, SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING will present a doubleheader featuring a featherweight showdown between WBC champion Jhonny Gonzalez and top contender Gary Russell Jr., and a matchup of 154-pound contenders Jermell Charlo and Vanes Martirosyan.  The live SHOWTIME telecast will preview the following week’s April 4 CBS debut of Premier Boxing Champions. 

PREMIERE BOXING CHAMPIONS ON CBS

  • The CBS premiere on Saturday, April 4 (3 p.m. ET/Noon PT) will feature light heavyweight world champion Adonis Stevenson defending his WBC title against former super middleweight champ Sakio Bika.  In the co-feature, undefeated light heavyweight contender Artur Beterbiev will face veteran former world champ Gabriel Campillo.  The CBS broadcast, with its national reach of more than 110 million households, will offer a broad platform to promote a major SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING event just two weeks later. 

SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING

  • On Saturday, April 18, SHOWTIME presents the network debut of former world champion and Mexican superstar Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., as he takes on light heavyweight contender Andrzej Fonfara. 

PREMIERE BOXING CHAMPIONS ON CBS

  • On Saturday, May 9 Premier Boxing Champions returns to CBS for the second installment (4:30 p.m. ET/1:30 p.m. PT).  This broadcast will pit undefeated Omar Figueroa, who recently vacated his Lightweight World Championship to move up in weight to 140 pounds, against former champion Ricky Burns. 

-David Jukic, INSIDERINGSIDE

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