The sites are set for Premier Boxing Champions’ cards early in August.
BoxingScene.com has confirmed that Showtime’s telecast August 1 will air from Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. Showtime will televise numerous “Showtime Championship Boxing” cards from Mohegan Sun over the subsequent several months.
MMAfighting.com first reported Wednesday night that the “Showtime Championship Boxing” broadcast August 1 will follow a Bellator MMA telecast from Mohegan Sun Arena on July 24. Showtime and Bellator are owned by ViacomCBS, also the parent company of BoxingScene.com.
Before selecting Mohegan Sun as its temporary home base, Showtime Sports’ Stephen Espinoza considered broadcasting the premium cable network’s upcoming boxing shows from a ViacomCBS soundstage in Studio City, California.
BoxingScene.com also has learned that the “FOX PBC Fight Night” broadcast scheduled for August 8 will take place at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. FOX is expected to televise several “FOX PBC Fight Night” shows from Microsoft Theater thereafter.
Fans cannot attend the August 1 and August 8 cards due to COVID-19 restrictions.
FOX’s show August 8 will be headlined by Las Vegas’ Thomas Dulorme (25-3-1, 16 KOs) and Minneapolis’ Jamal James (26-1, 12 KOs) in a 12-round fight for the WBA’s interim welterweight title. The co-feature of FOX’s broadcast that night will pit 22-year-old Cuban prospect David Morrell (2-0, 2 KOs) against Guyana’s Lennox Allen (22-0-1, 14 KOs) in a 10-round super middleweight match.
FOX’s first boxing broadcast since March 7 was supposed to air July 25, but it was pushed back two weeks to accommodate FOX’s commitment to air Major League Baseball games July 25 and August 1. Showtime’s first boxing telecast since March 13 tentatively was scheduled for July 18, but it also was delayed two weeks.
The main event of Showtime’s August 1 show likely will match Mexico’s Luis Nery (30-0, 24 KOs) against countryman Aaron Alameda (25-0, 13 KOs) in a 12-round, 122-pound bout. Nery, a former WBC bantamweight champ, and Alameda were scheduled to headline Showtime’s March 28 broadcast from Park MGM in Las Vegas.
That March 28 show was scrapped due to the coronavirus crisis, as was FOX’s April 11 broadcast, which was to feature Dulorme-James from The Armory in Minneapolis.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.