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Spike TV Enters the Ring with “Premier Boxing Champions”

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(Josesito Lopez (L) vs. Andre Berto (R))

Spike TV pulls no punches with Showtime, HBO, and NBC in airing air its own monthly boxing series beginning on March 13th. Al Haymon’s “Premier Boxing Champions” looks to usher in the next generation of boxing greats. With the sweet science added to the Spike TV portfolio, “Premier Boxing Champions” joins Bellator MMA and Glory kickboxing for combat sports coverage on Spike TV. As Spike TV network president Kevin Kay tells MMA Fighting,

“You’ll have a boxing event on Friday nights once a month,” Kay said. “You’ll have a Bellator event on Friday nights once a month. You’ll have a Glory event pretty much every month — not quite every month, but almost every month. And then in the weeks off you’ll have shoulder programming that supports all of that. So you’ll know that Friday nights on Spike is combat sports.”

Announced for the debut of “Premier Boxing Champions” on March 13th are the following fights:

Andre Berto vs. Josesito Lopez

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(Former Welterweight World Champion Andre Berto)

Andre Berto ( 29-3, 22 KO’s) has been in several “fight of the year” battles against Victor Ortiz, Robert Guerrero and Luis Collazo. His opponent, Josesito Lopez (33-6, 19 KO’s), has scrapped in historic battles against Victor Ortiz, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Marcos Maidana. Josessito lost back-to-back KO’s against Marcos Maidana and Canelo, but has rebounded for 3 consecutive wins heading into March.

Shawn Porter vs. Roberto Garcia

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(Shawn Porter in action during his IBF Welterweight title fight against Devon Alexander at Barclays Center on December 7, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City)

Shawn Porter (24-1-1, 15 KO’s) holds impressive victories over Devon Alexander and Paulie Malignaggi, winning and retaining the IBF Welterweight Title. He suffered his first professional loss to Kell Brook in August of 2014 by majority decision, needing a strong rebounding opportunity against Garcia. Roberto Garcia (33-3, 22 KO’s) is a tough veteran who has won eight straight fights heading into March. As Porter Tells ringtv,

“So I know that I could be in for a long night and also a great night and on a great platform to showcase my boxing ability as opposed to some of the brawling and some of the aggressiveness that you’ve seen in my past few fights. So for anyone tuning in on Spike TV on March 13, you’re going to see an old-school night of fighting.”

Catch the debut of “Premier Boxing Champions” on March 13th at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on Spike TV.

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