SHOWTIME Sports and Premier Boxing Champions have announced the television lineup for SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® for the first half of the year.
Airing 10 live world-class boxing events - featuring 12 world champions and 12 world title fights - PBC and SHOWTIME are establishing an industry standard for a top-flight boxing season and a level of organization never before seen in the sport.
The schedule features more than two dozen elite fighters competing in boxing's deepest and most talent-laden weight divisions and boasts the largest collection of stars in the sport today. The slate offers seven matchups of top-10 ranked fighters, four matchups of top-five ranked fighters, four top-10 pound-for-pound rated world champions and one world title unification bout.
Led by SHOWTIME and PBC, boxing experienced a renaissance in 2017 with established world champions Mikey Garcia, Keith Thurman, Danny Garcia, Deontay Wilder, Leo Santa Cruz and Anthony Joshua, alongside budding stars Gervonta Davis, Errol Spence Jr., Jermell and Jermall Charlo and David Benavidez. In 2018, all are taking center stage in the wake of the retirement by Floyd Mayweather, Wladimir Klitschko, Miguel Cotto and others.
"The stars have truly aligned, and SHOWTIME and PBC will once again set the pace for a landmark year in boxing," said Stephen Espinoza, President, Sports & Event Programming, Showtime Networks Inc. "To continue with the positive momentum, our goal is to deliver the very best fights on a consistent basis to the broadest possible audience. This lineup delivers pivotal bouts with frequency and purpose - all free to our subscribers. SHOWTIME is far and away the No. 1 destination for boxing fans nationwide."
The 27 fighters unveiled in this industry-leading lineup own 731 total wins, 106 world title victories and a staggering win percentage of .957. Fourteen of the fighters are undefeated and all but four have earned at least one world championship. Also included in this lineup are four of the consensus top-10 ranked welterweights, two of the consensus top-five ranked featherweights, and three of the consensus top-five fighters in the 154-pound division.
The full slate of boxing events airs live across all SHOWTIME platforms - television, mobile and the network's internet streaming service.
In 2017, SHOWTIME Sports delivered the industry's most significant and consistent schedule - 25 nights of live boxing featuring 33 world championship fights and more than 70 bouts in all. Once again, the brightest stars will face off as the network presents the most comprehensive and compelling schedule in boxing, shown below:
2018 SHOWTIME BOXING SCHEDULE
Presented by Premier Boxing Champions
Feb 17 GARCIA vs. RIOS Las Vegas
WBC Welterweight Title Eliminator
BENAVIDEZ vs. GAVRIL II
WBC Super Middleweight World Championship
Mar 3 WILDER vs. ORTIZ Brooklyn
WBC Heavyweight World Championship
CHARLO vs. CENTENO JR.
WBC Interim Middleweight Championship
Mar 10 GARCIA vs. LIPINETS San Antonio
IBF Junior Welterweight World Championship
BARTHELEMY vs. RELIKH II
WBA Super Lightweight World Championship
April 7 LARA vs. HURD
154-Pound World Championship Unification
April 21 BRONER vs. FIGUEROA
WBC Super Lightweight Title Eliminator
May 19 KEITH THURMAN Brooklyn
WBA/WBC Welterweight World Championship
May 19 STEVENSON vs. JACK Canada
WBC Light Heavyweight World Championship
June 9 SANTA CRUZ vs. MARES II Los Angeles
WBA Featherweight World Championship
WBC Super Welterweight World Championship
June 16 ERROL SPENCE JR. Dallas
IBF Welterweight World Championship