Yesterday evening in Atlantic City, Golden Boy Promotions and Showtime Sports held a press conference to announce some changes to their end-of-year lineup, which resulted in one show canceled and split up onto two bigger shows, and the December 14 Broner-Maidana fight moving from pay-per-view to regular Showtime.
It's good news for most fight fans, since this means there will be two really significant cards on Showtime on December 7 and December 14, both loaded up with notable names, world title fights, and good matchups. It also means that boxing fans will get a break near the holiday season, not having to add another $65 to their viewing budget after pay-per-view events in September, October, and November.
"The real hesitation with the pay-per-view to the extent that we had hesitation was just the time of the year. We ran out of time on the calendar. Any other time of the year, this does 250-300,000 pay-per-views, easily," said Showtime's Stephen Espinoza.
"It's a massive fight, it's the best fight for both of them right now. It was unfortunate scheduling on the calendar. That's the only thing that caused us to be at all hesitant."
So if you're still having trouble putting together exactly what's what, here's a rundown of the cards. The November 30 doubleheader from San Antonio (Alexander-Porter, Santa Cruz-Seda) is canceled, and those fights have moved.
December 7 (Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY)
- Welterweights, 12 Rounds: Zab Judah vs Paulie Malignaggi
- Welterweights, 12 Rounds (IBF Title): Devon Alexander vs Shawn Porter
- Junior Middleweights, 12 Rounds: Erislandy Lara vs Austin Trout
- Super Middleweights, 12 Rounds (WBC Title): Sakio Bika vs Anthony Dirrell
December 14 (Alamodome, San Antonio, TX)
- Welterweights, 12 Rounds (WBA Title): Adrien Broner vs Marcos Maidana
- Junior Middleweights, 10 Rounds: Victor Ortiz vs Alfonso Gomez
- Welterweights, 12 Rounds: Keith Thurman vs Jesus Soto Karass
- Super Bantamweights, 12 Rounds (WBC Title): Leo Santa Cruz vs Cesar Seda Jr
- Light Heavyweights, 12 Rounds (WBA Title): Beibut Shumenov vs Tamas Kovacs