Tonight's Showtime Championship Boxing card goes live at 10 pm EST on Showtime, with a lightweight title main event and one of the top U.S. prospects in the sport in the co-feature. We'll also have live coverage of the full undercard, which starts at 8 pm EST on Showtime Extreme.
In the main event, Richar Abril (17-3-1, 8 KO) fights for the first time since his dubious decision loss to Brandon Rios in April 2012, facing Golden Boy prospect Sharif Bogere (23-0, 15 KO). Bogere, 24, is best-known for his ring entrance, which if you haven't seen it yet is deserving of the attention it gets. Abril, 30, was elevated to full "regular" WBA champ despite losing an interim title fight to Rios, because in this case the WBA felt like doing that.
In the Showtime co-feature, featherweight Gary Russell Jr (21-0, 13 KO) returns to face Vyacheslav Gusev (20-2, 5 KO), in a fight that probably only looks like a step up for Russell on paper. More likely than not, Russell has long been past this level, but he's taking his career slowly, is happy to say so, and says he's not letting any criticism of his career path get to him, so that's just how it is.
Here's the Showtime Extreme lineup:
Middleweights, 8 Rounds
Jorge Melendez (25-2-1, 24 KO) vs Ryan Davis (24-9-3, 9 KO)
Light Heavyweights, 8 Rounds
Thomas Williams Jr (12-0, 9 KO) vs Kevin Engel (20-7, 16 KO)
Lightweights, 6 Rounds
Jeffrey Fontanez (10-0, 9 KO) vs Daniel Attah (28-13-1, 11 KO)