Showtime and Premier Boxing Champions announced a much-discussed spring and early-summer schedule Tuesday.
The loaded slate of fights includes seven PBC cards that’ll air live on Showtime and two Showtime Pay-Per-View events, which will feature Errol Spence Jr. and Gervonta “Tank” Davis. From March 26 through July 9, the PBC/Showtime schedule will be highlighted by seven world championship matches, including two title unification fights, and three title eliminators.
Davis, Spence, David Benavidez, twins Jermell and Jermall Charlo, Stephen Fulton Jr. and rising star Jaron Ennis are among the 21 undefeated fighters who will be showcased as part of the aforementioned cards.
“It’s a good time to be a boxing fan and a Showtime viewer, with so many high-level, consequential matchups on our schedule,” Stephen Espinoza, Showtime’s president of sports and event programming, said in a press release. “We continue to grow the sport at every level, from our grassroots series, ‘ShoBox,’ to the crowning of unified and undisputed champions across boxing’s deepest divisions. When you consider the competitive nature of these fights, plus the star power – Errol Spence Jr., ‘Tank’ Davis, the Charlo brothers – and the youthful vitality – Stephen Fulton Jr., Jaron Ennis, Brandun Lee – it’s never been clearer that Showtime is the destination for the most compelling fights and will be for years to come. This Showtime boxing lineup is, hands down, the most potent of any network or platform in 2022.”
Showtime’s entire nine-show schedule is listed below:
The Armory; Minneapolis
Tim Tszyu (20-0, 15 KOs), Rockdale, New South Wales, Australia vs. Terrell Gausha (22-2-1, 11 KOs), Cleveland, 12 rounds, junior middleweights.
Michel Rivera (22-0, 14 KOs), Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic vs. Joseph Adorno (14-0-2, 12 KOs), Allentown, Pennsylvania, 10 rounds, lightweights.
Elvis Rodriguez (12-1-1, 11 KOs), Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic vs. Juan Jose Velasco (23-2, 14 KOs), Buenos Aires, Argentina, 10 rounds, welterweights (142 pounds).
Virgin Hotels Las Vegas
Erickson Lubin (24-1, 17 KOs), Orlando, Florida vs. Sebastian Fundora (18-0-1, 12 KOs), Coachella, California, 12 rounds for the WBC interim super welterweight title.
Tony Harrison (28-3-1, 21 KOs), Detroit vs. Sergio Garcia (33-1, 14 KOs), Torrelavega, Spain, junior middleweights.
Kevin Salgado (14-0, 9 KOs), Tizapan El Alto, Mexico vs. Bryant Perrella (17-3-1, 14 KOs), Fort Myers, Florida, 10 rounds, junior middleweights.
AT&T Stadium; Arlington, Texas
Errol Spence Jr. (27-0, 21 KOs), DeSoto, Texas vs. Yordenis Ugas (27-4, 12 KOs), Miami, 12 rounds for Spence’s IBF & WBC and Ugas’ WBA “super” welterweight titles.
Radzhab Butaev (14-0, 11 KOs, 1 NC), Khasavyurt, Russia vs. Eimantas Stanionis (13-0, 9 KOs), Kaunas, Lithuania, 12 rounds for Butaev’s WBA world welterweight title.
Brandun Lee (24-0, 22 KOs), La Quinta, California vs. Zachary Ochoa (21-2, 7 KOs), Brooklyn, 10 rounds, junior welterweights.
Site TBD; Los Angeles
Brian Castano (17-0-2, 12 KOs), Buenos Aires, Argentina vs. Jermell Charlo (34-1-1, 18 KOs), Houston, 12 rounds for Castano’s WBO and Charlo’s IBF, WBA and WBC 154-pound titles.
Jaron Ennis (28-0, 26 KOs, 1 NC), Philadelphia vs. Custio Clayton (19-0-1, 12 KOs), Ottawa, Canada, 12 rounds, IBF welterweight elimination match.
Venue TBD; Phoenix area
David Benavidez (25-0, 22 KOs), Phoenix vs. David Lemieux (43-4, 36 KOs), Montreal, 12 rounds, super middleweights.
Yoelvis Gomez (5-0, 5 KOs), Havana, Cuba vs. Jorge Cota (30-5, 27 KOs), Los Mochis, Mexico, 10 rounds, junior middleweights.
Barclays Center; Brooklyn
Gervonta Davis (26-0, 24 KOs), Baltimore vs. Rolando Romero (14-0, 12 KOs), North Las Vegas, Nevada, 12 rounds for Davis’ WBA world lightweight title.
The Armory; Minneapolis
Stephen Fulton Jr. (20-0, 8 KOs), Philadelphia vs. Daniel Roman (29-3-1, 10 KOs), Los Angeles, 12 rounds for Fulton’s WBC and WBO 122-pound titles.
David Morrell (6-0, 5 KOs), Santa Clara, Cuba vs. Kalvin Henderson (15-1-1, 11 KOs), Fayetteville, Arkansas, 12 rounds for Morrell’s WBA world super middleweight title.
Venue TBD; Houston
Jermall Charlo (32-0, 22 KOs), Houston vs. Maciej Sulecki (30-2, 11 KOs), Warsaw, Poland, 12 rounds for Charlo’s WBC middleweight title.
Venue TBD; San Antonio
Mark Magsayo (24-0, 16 KOs), Rizal, Philippines vs. Rey Vargas (35-0, 22 KOs), Otumba, Mexico, 12 rounds for Magsayo’s WBC featherweight title.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.