By Jake Donovan
As has become its annual tradition, HBO wraps up the year with a four-night stretch featuring the best moments from the 2015 boxing season.
A tripleheader of replays kicks off the run of nine HBO-televised fights being rebroadcast over the next four evenings beginning Sunday, December 27 at 11:05 p.m. ET/PT.
The first night's offering begins with the light heavyweight clash between unbeaten, unified titlist Sergey Kovalev and former World champion Jean Pascal. The bout took place this past March at Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada. The same location will host their rematch on January 30, which headlines the 2016 season premiere of HBO's World Championship Boxing.
Also to be rebroadcast on Sunday evening:
- Terence Crawford's latest homecomimg in a super lightweight title defense versus Dierry Jean. The Oct. 24 bout played to a sold-out crowd at CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Nebraska, reased as a live audition for Crawford to potentially land a dream fight with former eight-division champ Manny Pacquiao.
- Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez' triumphant return to HBO following a five-fight stint with network rival Showtime. His May 9 clash with James Kirkland - which came in front of more than 30,000 fans at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas - registered as the most-watched cable-TV bout of 2015 and also the highest-rated since 2006.
The remains schedule is as follows (all start times 11:00 p.m. ET/PT):
The “Boxing’s Best” lineup airs at 11:00 p.m. each night and includes:
Monday, December 28
Lucas Matthysse vs. Ruslan Provodnikov (Originally aired Apr. 18, HBO)
Timothy Bradley Jr. vs. Brandon Rios (Originally aired Nov. 7, HBO)
Tuesday, December 29
Gennady Golovkin vs. David Lemieux (Originally aired Oct. 17, HBO PPV)
Francisco Vargas vs. Takashi Miura (Originally aired Nov. 21, HBO PPV)
Wednesday, December 30
Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez vs. Miguel Cotto (Originally aired Nov. 21, HBO PPV)
Roman "Chocolatito" Gonzalez vs. Brian Viloria (Originally aired Oct. 17, HBO PPV)
Jake Donovan is the managing editor of BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox