By Jake Donovan
There has been a shake-up in the proposed lineup for the June 12 edition of Al Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champions series, which airs live on Spike TV from Chicago, IL. The show will now be headlined by top-rated junior middleweight Erislandy Lara against an opponent to be determined.
Delvin Rodriguez has previously been floated as the possible foe for Lara, but merely remains in the running along with at least two other potential candidates.
The show will also feature Artur Szpilka, a local heavyweight slugger who thrilled the Chicago crowd with his two-round destruction of Ty Cobb this past Friday at the UIC Pavilion. His bout came moments after the cameras stopped rolling following the live tripleheader topped by Badou Jack’s upset win over Anthony Dirrell.
Confirmation has not yet been made as to whether Szpilka will appear on the televised portion of the June 12 card.
Marco Huck was originally scheduled top the event in what would have served as his stateside debut, but sources have informed BoxingScene.com that the cruiserweight titlist from Germany by way of Serbia will no longer appear on the card. Representatives from PBC declined comment. There has not been any indication as to whether or not his opponent - unbeaten Krzysztof Glowacki - will remain on the show.
Lara (20-2-2, 12KOs) is coming off of a 12-round points win over Ishe Smith last December in San Antonio, Texas. The slick Cuban southpaw previously came up short in a disputed split decision loss to Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez in their catchweight bout last July in in Las Vegas.
Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox