NBC held their press conference this morning to announce the start of their new boxing series, dubbed "Premier Boxing Champions." I can't say I love the name, but who really cares so long as they make good fights. And so far - I can't complain. The first card offers a good, and significant, match-up between Keith Thurman and Robert Guerrero, which will also be co-headlined by Adrien Broner vs. John Molina. I actually didn't get a chance to see any of the press conference, so I can't tell you for certain whether or not boxing's Wizard of Oz actually came out from behind the curtain - but I'm guessing he didn't.
What I can tell you, however, is that they also announced an April 11th fight between Danny Garcia and Lamont Peterson in New York City. There were some rumors swirling in the wind regarding this fight for a little while now, but now it's official.
This new boxing series has 20 fight dates set, scheduled throughout 2015 (and possibly beyond), which will be aired on NBC Sports Network and regular ol' NBC. Sugar Ray Leonard will appear as the show's boxing analyst.
As much as Haymon's previous match-ups cultivated collective groans from fight fans, now that he's running his own show, Haymon appears to already be putting together competitive fights amongst top fighters. Here's to hoping he keeps the ball rolling. More details on the press conference to follow...