The drought of boxing on Showtime is over. The network, which has not televised an edition of its flagship "Showtime Championship Boxing" series since July 30, unveiled a deep schedule of five fight cards, including two highly anticipated world title unification fights, on Tuesday. The boatload of new fights, all being done in association with Premier Boxing Champions, includes the rematch between featherweight titlist Carl Frampton and Leo Santa Cruz, who waged an intense fight of the year candidate on July 30; a super middleweight unification showdown between Badou Jack and James DeGale; and a welterweight unification match between Keith Thurman and Danny Garcia, contingent on Garcia winning a tune-up fight on Nov. 12.
Next weekend marks what should be a major fight in boxing in 2016 - the in-ring return of future Hall of Fame legend Manny Pacquiao. Pacquiao last competed in April defeating sort-of rival Timothy Bradley in what was billed as Pacquiao’s retirement fight. Now, just 7 months later he returns. By all accounts, this should be a big deal. But it’s not. At all. We are currently 8 days away from fight time and the hype is at a complete zero. Manny Pacquiao is fighting, and no one cares. How did we get to this point? Let’s take a look at the various factors contributing to this dud in the making: Pacquiao’s star power has been fading. The last Bradley fight did just 400,000 PPV buys, the same as his
After a terrific run at the Olympics, it's time to make some money. U.S. Olympic boxing gold medalist Claressa Shields is turning pro and will make her debut on Nov. 19 as a part of the Andre Ward-Sergey Kovalev card. "After working hard for so many years and having the honor to represent my country at two Olympic Games, I am thrilled to take the next big step in my career, fighting professionally and leading the rise of women's boxing world-wide," Shields said in a statement. "There is no better place to begin the journey than to join the biggest fight of the year, Kovalev vs. Ward, and to fight alongside my idol and fellow U.S. Olympic gold medalist Andre Ward. I can't wait to entertain the