Story by: Robert Uzzell
Earlier today in New York, Al Haymon and NBC announced their highly anticipated new “Premier Boxing Champions” (PBC) series. Also announced with the joint venture were the some big fights of note for the first two shows of the series.
The fights that were announced include a March 7th doubleheader in Las Vegas, with Keith Thurman and Robert Guerrero in the main event, supported by a match pitting Adrien Broner against John Molina.
Also, on April 11 super lightweight showdown between RING champ Danny Garcia (WBA/WBC belts) and IBF beltholder Lamont Peterson in New York City.
Premier Boxing Champions has 20 dates scheduled throughout 2015 that will air on NBC NBC (11 episodes) and NBC Sports. The network will also have pre-fight analysis and post-fight commentary and interviews. In addition, each boxer who competes in a PBC series bout will be subjected to rigorous, Olympic-style random drug testing by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).
Former boxer and Hall of Famer Ray Leonard and Al Michaels will be the commentators for the series. My advice is if you can’t get Buffer or Lennon, Jr, there is a guy in Washington, DC named Henry “Discombobulating” Jones who will not only do as well, but who can also “reach” the 21-40 demographic that is critical to our sport.
Once again, if this NBC series does well, what do you expect CBS and ABC to do? They’ll want a piece of the pie and try to get boxing on their networks too. Let’s hope that happens.
More details to come….