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Big Time Bouts Set to Kickoff NBC Boxing

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Boxing legends and current fighters pose for a picture during a news conference in New York, Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015. From left are, Keith Thurman, Adrien Broner, Danny Garcia, Thomas Hearns, Roberto Duran, Sugar Ray Leonard, Lamont Peterson, John Molina, Jr. and Robert Guerrero. NBC plans to air boxing matches on broadcast television beginning with an event on March 7, 2015.

NBC Sports held a conference at the Saturday Night Live studio in New York to announce its new boxing series that will launch five cards a year during primetime TV. These will be the first primetime bouts on NBC in nearly 30 years.

Al-Haymon
(Al Haymon, American boxing adviser/manager to Floyd Mayweather Jr.)

Boxing manager Al Haymon has responded to claims that he would not be able to produce great fights with impressive cards. What will be known as the “Premier Boxing Champions” series will first air live on NBC March 7 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Keith Thurman (24-0, 21 KO’s) will meet Robert Guerrero (32-2-1, 18 knockouts) while Adrien Broner (29-1, 22 KO’s) will face John Molina (27-5, 22 KO’s).

Guerrero spoke on the opportunity, “It’s amazing to see guys like Duran, Hearns and Sugar Ray Leonard up there…It’s amazing now, today, to be in These will be the first prime-time bouts on NBC in nearly 30 years. the right thing and the right time. This is going to be great, not just for myself but for all of boxing.”

NBC also announced a second card, which will air live on April 11 with Danny Garcia (29-0,17 KO’s) facing Lamont Peterson (32-2-1, 17 KO’s) in a showdown between the WBA/WBC light welterweight champion and the IBF World super light welterweight champion, respectfully.

Danny-Garcia
(Danny Garcia, photo via behindthegloves.com)

During the main event, Danny Garcia will be looking to keep his perfect record going after coming off a second round KO against Rod Salka (20-4, 3 KO’s). Only time will tell if NBC can keep up such great bouts, but this is a great way to begin competing with rating heavyweights like Showtime and HBO.

In addition to an eye catching card, Al Michaels will serve as the host and Boxing Hall of Famer Sugar Ray Leonard will serve as a broadcaster for all the fights announced by NBC.