Fights on a Sunday? Fights on a Sunday! And on network TV! What a world we're living in here in the year of 2015. On Sunday, June 21, PBC on CBS will have a fight between Rances Barthelemy and Antonio DeMarco, marking the first time since a date I'm not going to bother to look up that boxing will air live on a Sunday afternoon on American TV.
Barthelemy (22-0, 13 KO) held the IBF super featherweight title briefly before vacating it after a single successful defense, and jumped up to a catchweight between lightweight and junior welterweight for his last bout, a March 26 win over Angino Perez in Florida. The 28-year-old Cuban has the height (5'11") to move up, but DeMarco (31-4-1, 23 KO) will certainly be a tougher test than Perez was.
Most last saw Barthelemy in his win over David Saucedo last October on Showtime.
That said, the 29-year-old DeMarco is coming off of a loss to Jessie Vargas last November, which was an undercard bout on the Pacquiao-Algieri pay-per-view that you still regret paying to see, stealing the show in the opening fight of the broadcast, with two-way action that Vargas did largely dominate. Like Barthelemy, DeMarco is tall (5'10") and lean for the weight, and has even fought a couple of times as a welterweight, winning bouts with Fidel Monterrosa and Lanardo Tyner.
DeMarco held the WBC lightweight title for 13 months in 2011-12.