On Tuesday, November 13, FOX Sports and Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) held an exciting press conference in the FOX Sports’ Studios in Los Angeles unveiling their new television schedule featuring eight world title fights within the first three months. The standing-room only event featured 27 of PBC’s top boxers, FOX on-air talent, and more than 40 press members.
The FOX Sports – PBC schedule includes five world-class boxing fight nights live on FOX and FOX Deportes, four more on FS1 and FOX Deportes, and the first-ever FOX PBC Pay-Per-View Saturday, March 16 live from AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas. In all, FOX and the PBC announced dates, times, and locations for 14 total matchups.
FOX Sports also announced the FOX PBC broadcaster lineup. Former heavyweight world champion Lennox Lewis and former lightweight world champion Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini will serve as boxing analysts. Emmy Award-winning broadcaster Chris Myers and Emmy Award-nominee Kenny Albert will serve as blow-by-blow announcers for live fights. Seasoned FOX Sports broadcaster Kate Abdo also joins as a studio and fight night host. Plus, Boxing Hall of Famer Larry Hazzard works as a Rules Expert and Unofficial Scorer.
Calling the fights on FOX Deportes, International Boxing Hall of Fame member and former four-division world champion Erik “El Terrible” Morales serves as an analyst, alongside Jaime Motta and Lifetime Achievement Emmy Award winner Jessi Losada.
“We’re thrilled to have Premier Boxing Champions’ brightest stars coming to FOX Sports reaching the biggest audiences on broadcast television,” says Mark Silverman, FOX Sports President, National Networks. “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.”
Scheduled highlights include world champion twins Jermall and Jermell Charlo defending their titles in separate fights live in primetime on FOX on December 22; followed by welterweight champion Keith Thurman’s ring return on FOX January 26; featherweight champion Leo Santa Cruz headlining on FOX February 23; and Champ Shawn Porter defending his world title March 9 on FOX.
The four-year deal will feature 10 marquee fight nights in primetime each year on FOX, while FS1 and FOX Deportes will telecast 12 fight nights annually. The Emmy Award-winning FOX Sports production team will produce more than 175 hours of original PBC boxing content per year across its channels. The Premier Boxing Champions series is created for television by Haymon Sports.
The announced FOX Sports – PBC schedule can be found here.
A replay of the FOX Sports – PBC Press conference can be found here.