Boxing’s latest fight night series is set for its 2021 run.
Ring City USA is set to return to NBC Sports Network, armed with working dates of February 25 and March 11 to kick off the new year, sources have informed BoxingScene.com. The 2021 launch will be headlined by a repurposed main event, as unbeaten Ukrainian knockout artist Serhii Bohachuk (18-0, 18KOs) will face Brandon Adams (21-3, 13KOs) atop the February 25 show, to air on NBC Sports Network from a location to be determined.
News of the main event was first reported by Steve Kim, co-host of The 3 Knockdown Rule podcast.
The rescheduled bout was due to take place last December 3rd, atop the second of the series’ introductory three-show block. Bohachuk was forced to withdraw after having tested positive for COVID-19.
Adams remained on the show, facing late replacement Sonny Duversonne whom he stopped inside of two rounds in a makeshift venue outside of the Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood, California. The famed gym—owned and operated by Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach—housed the first three shows of the promoter-agnostic series.
A new venue is being sought for the 2021 season premiere, as well as for a planned March 11 show, according to sources. At least four more shows are being planned before shutting down for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics which have been rescheduled to take place this summer.
NBC serves as the primary broadcaster for the Summer Olympics, running on all NBC Universal platforms including NBC Sports Network which re-entered the boxing business last November.
Evan Rutkowski, head of boxing for Ring City USA previously told BoxingScene.com at the start of the series that there remained a commitment in place to air a minimum of 14 shows and with a strong commitment of featuring competitive, no-strings attached televised bouts. Shows will continue to run on Thursday evenings, as a concentrated effort to not compete with other platforms and rather for now serve as a feeder series to “the big four” in the U.S.—Fox (prime), ESPN, Showtime and DAZN.
Of course, that’s not to say the series can’t grow into something bigger. For now, the intention is to provide a gateway for prospects to advance to the contender level. Adams figures to be a rare repeat headliner on the series, if only to settle unfinished business.
Bohachuk—who is promoted by Tom Loeffler and trains out of Norwalk, California under the guise of Manny Robles—will fight for the first time since a stay-busy knockout win last September in Merida, Mexico. The bout served as his lone fight of 2020, with the coronavirus shutting down plans for a fight intended for last spring before the infectious virus directly impacted him by year’s close.
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox