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Spike TV To Rebroadcast Berto-Lopez This Friday 3/20

By Jake Donovan

It's clear that the brass at Spike TV are pleased with the returns from its inaugural offering of Premier Boxing Champions series. So much that an encore performance is in store. 
 
The March 13 edition was topped by Andre Berto's come-from-behind—if not controversial—6th round stoppage of Josesito Lopez at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California. The show was a smash hit with the home audience and the network, as the latest ratings reveal the main event to have averarged 1 million home viewers, peaking at 1.2 million, both of which are massive numbers for a Spike TV broadcast in that time slot. 

Spike TV announced on Wednesday afternoon that an exclusive rebroadcast of the entire card will air Friday, March 20 at 9:00pm ET/PT.

The televised co-feature saw Shawn Porter score a one-sided 5th round stoppage of previously unbeaten Erick Bone, a very late replacement for Roberto Garcia, who was medically scratched from the card.

With plenty of time to kill, viewers were treated to a primitive heavyweight slugfest in the televised swing bout. Chris Arreola—grossly out of shape, even by his (lack of) standards—nearly scored a 1st round knockout of Curtis Harper, but was instead forced to go the eight-round distance in a wild brawl. 

The show came on the heels of the PBC series making its official debut six days prior with its March 7 offering on NBC in prime time. 

Spike TV will return to the boxing business in live form on Friday, April 24. Headlining the show—which takes place at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago—unbeaten Anthony Dirrell takes on Badou Jack in a 12-round super middleweight affair. The co-main event pits cancer survivor Daniel Jacobs versus middleweight trialhorse Caleb Truax, also scheduled for 12 rounds. 

Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by mrlopez on 03-23-2015

[QUOTE=Pigeons;15479780]All 3 fights that aired were good fights.[/QUOTE] this guy right here^^^^^^^^^^^^ they were decent fights at the MOST.

Comment by North Star on 03-18-2015

Maybe they figure a re-run of the fight will match or exceed the ratings of the re-run of COPS?

Comment by frantic fighter on 03-18-2015

[QUOTE=mrlopez;15479755]a replay for what? Is haymon trying to fool casuals into thinking this was a good fight? Lopez belongs nowhere near 147 and Berto, ehhhh[/QUOTE]Lopez is pretty decently sized for a welter he has a height and reach advantage on…

Comment by Gambino on 03-18-2015

Why was this fight for an the interim WBA welterweight world title. Neither guy is a top 15 fighter and the belts are never mentioned or shown on the broadcast. My guess is that Haymon just wants to own all…

Comment by Pigeons on 03-18-2015

[QUOTE=mrlopez;15479755]a replay for what? Is haymon trying to fool casuals into thinking this was a good fight? Lopez belongs nowhere near 147 and Berto, ehhhh[/QUOTE] All 3 fights that aired were good fights.

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