By Jake Donovan
The August 3 edition of Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on Fox is now a tripleheader.
As previously reported by BoxingScene,com, the summertime telecast—which will air live from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York—is headlined by a heavyweight clash between unbeaten local favorite Adam Kownacki and veteran contender Chris Arreola.
“That is one fight I’m really looking forward to,” noted welterweight titlist Shawn Porter in his role as co-host of FS1’s Inside PBC Boxing, with the most recent installment announcing the full PBC summer lineup. “Styles make fights and that one is going to be a banger.”
As much likely won’t be said of the supporting cast, which—for better or for worse—has been made official as Wednesday evening.
Unbeaten light heavyweight Marcus Browne will bide his time while awaiting a mandatory title shot versus lineal champion Oleksandr Gvozdyk, facing badly faded former Jean Pascal in the opening bout of the telecast.
Staten Island’s Browne (23-0, 16KOs) enters on the heels of his best career win to date, scoring a one-sided decision over a bludgeoned but game former two-division titlist Badou Jack this past January in his opponent’s Las Vegas hometown. This time around, he enjoys a local fight in welcoming Pascal (33-6-1, 20KOs), who has long ago seen better days.
One of the most famous fighters ever to come out of Canada, Pascal once served as the lineal light heavyweight champion of the world. His Aug. 2010 title win over Chad Dawson was followed by a draw with and loss to Bernard Hopkins in their two-fight set, never quite returning to glory. He enters this bout having dropped a one-sided and painfully dull 12-round decision to unbeaten titlist Dmitry Bivol last November in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Another boxing graybeard appears on the August 3 show, as former welterweight titlist Andre Berto ends a year-long break. The Winter Haven, Fla. native and 2004 Haiti Olympian will take on fellow Floridian welterweight Miguel Cruz.
Berto (32-5, 24KOs) has not fought since a 10-round split decision win over former two-division titlist Devon Alexander last August on Fox. The 35-year old former tltlist is just 7-5 on the decade as a whole, his downward spiral beginning with his title reign coming to a close in a 12-round firefight with Victor Ortiz in April 2011.
The first loss of his career would be avenged five years later, but by which point he added three more defeats to his résumé and had clearly seen better days.
Cruz (18-1, 12KOs) rebounded from the lone loss of his career—a 10-round decision to Josesito Lopez last April, which also aired on Fox—with a 2nd round knockout win of Luis Flores this past January at this very arena.
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox