Premier Boxing Champions has been a lot of things thus far. Some good, some bad. But one thing you can say is that Al Haymon and Co. have been dedicated to putting boxing on TV. A lot of it.
This week, they've hit a new high for output, with televised cards on FS1 (Tuesday), ESPN (Wednesday), Spike (Friday), and NBC (Saturday). Four shows in one week, and none of them garbage. The FS1 show had the sort of fights that show should have. The ESPN show didn't look like much on paper, but we would up with a big upset in the main event and an interesting co-feature, too.
Tomorrow afternoon on NBC, PBC looks to soak up some of the boxing buzz around Golovkin-Lemieux later in the night on HBO pay-per-view, with a doubleheader from EagleBank Arena in Fairfax, Virginia. In the welterweight main event, former junior welterweight titleholder Lamont Peterson will take on 2008 Olympic gold medalist Felix Diaz Jr in a 12-round bout.
Peterson (33-3-1, 17 KO) is coming off of a loss, but he fought very well in April against Danny Garcia, and arguably deserved the victory. The 31-year-old D.C. fighter has lost only to top-level fighters: Garcia, Lucas Matthysse (2013), and Tim Bradley (2009), and has beaten the likes of Amir Khan and Kendall Holt. Peterson is a perhaps not an elite level fighter, but if he's not, he's only a step below that level, and on the right night, he can beat those sort of guys.
Diaz (17-0, 8 KO) is not your typical Olympic gold medalist turned professional. While the stereotype of a top amateur is impressive technical skills without an X factor at worst. Diaz, however, is an erratic fighter with talent whose technical skills sometimes devolve into true sloppiness.
The 31-year-old Dominican southpaw has yet to stand out as a professional, and he's really at sink or swim time, which is why this fight with Peterson makes sense. If he gets to another level and beats the former titleholder, he's made a statement, and put himself in the mix at 147. If he doesn't, well, it wouldn't exactly be an upset. On paper, Peterson is much more proven fighter, and on the eye test, he's simply better.
The welterweights will also take center stage in the co-feature, as prospects Prichard Colon (16-0, 13 KO) and Terrel Williams (14-0, 12 KO) have been bumped to TV following the cancellation of the scheduled Andre Dirrell-Blake Caparello fight.
Colon, 23, is the younger man by eight yards, but the most intriguing thing about fight might be that these are both very tall welterweights, each listed at six feet even. The Puerto Rican Colon has fought four times this year, most recently beating Vivian Harris on September 11. Williams, a Los Angeles fighter, is untested thus far. The fight is scheduled for 10 rounds, a distance unknown to both fighters.
This PBC card isn't the biggest or best, but both fights have something interesting going on, and it's a solid afternoon appetizer for the big drama show.
Live coverage on NBC starts at 4:30 pm EST.