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Espinoza on Showtime's Second Half Schedule, Joshua-Wilder

By Steve Kim

It was formally announced over the weekend that Showtime will televise the lightweight unification tilt between Robert Easter and Mikey Garcia from the Staples Center on July 28th.

Now their focus turns to the second half of 2018. They began the year with a big roll-out of their schedule that concludes with this weekends broadcast featuring Errol Spence from Frisco, Texas.

When asked about any announcement for the rest of their boxing line-up, Stephen Espinoza, the president of Showtime Sports and Event Programming told BoxingScene.com - "We ideally would love to save everything to bundle with a big mystery pay-per-view announcement. I'm not sure the timing is going to work out. It's always hard to line everything to do these slate announcements."

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For the network it was time to announce Garcia-Easter as they got into June.

"This is one that we thought, 'OK, this is getting close enough, we need to get July 28th out there,' so what we do in August and later in the fall, hopefully we're able to bundle that up with (Deontay) Wilder-(Anthony) Joshua with a little bit of luck."

On Monday, it was revealed by Wilder that he agreed to fight Joshua in the UK - which was one of the biggest sticking points in getting a deal done with Joshua.

Whether or not that aspect being resolved is enough to get an agreement done is another story.

As for the latest in those negotiations, Espinoza stated - "So these are the kind so things that hold up things early in the negotiations. I sort of think once that is resolved the floodgates open and hopefully things move quickly after that."

And if the Wilder-Joshua fight is not consummated?

"(Wilder) is going to need to fight this year," answered Espinoza. "His goal is to have the Joshua fight this year. I think he's going to exhaust every possibility before taking some alternatively. So much so we haven't even discussed alternative opponents."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Mammoth on 07-17-2018

[QUOTE=pillowfists98;18946216]Anybody know who will Broner be fighting now that Vargas is with Hearn?[/QUOTE] Lipinets fight got scraped recently

Comment by pillowfists98 on 07-17-2018

Anybody know who will Broner be fighting now that Vargas is with Hearn?

Comment by MasterPlan on 07-17-2018

Now with thw DAZN announcements out the way PBC can unveil their 2nd half schedule.

Comment by MasterPlan on 06-12-2018

Second Half PBC Schedule so far ... July 28 M.Garcia-Easter August 25 D.Garcia-Porter No dates Broner-Vargas II Wilder (or TBA) -vs- Joshua (or TBA) Charlo vs Hurd Santa Cruz-Russell Jr.

Comment by Drew Bundini Br on 06-12-2018

I'll believe it when the ink is dry on contract. HEARN and JOSHUA are petrified scared of thought of WILDER blasting him out even in his backyard in UK.

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