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Martin vs Joshua: Showtime won't air live coverage of Selby-Hunter

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Showtime won't be able to go ahead with live coverage of Lee Selby-Eric Hunter as originally planned.

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Due to a change in the fight order of the card at the O2 Arena in London, Showtime will not be able to air live coverage of the IBF featherweight title fight between Lee Selby and mandatory challenger Eric Hunter on April 9, as was originally planned. The U.S. network had planned to pick up that fight along with the Charles Martin vs Anthony Joshua main event, but the event organizers moved things around, and now those two bouts will not be going back-to-back.

Instead, Showtime has promised to air "extensive highlights and analysis" of Selby-Hunter, which will keep the fighters in the fans' visual range, at least. The 29-year-old Selby, from Wales, is advised by Al Haymon, and could fight any number of the other notable featherweights under the PBC banner at some point this year. The same could be said for Eric Hunter if he pulls off the upset.

That fight, of course, will still be available live for those watching the Sky Box Office broadcast from the United Kingdom. The rest of the card also includes George Groves' return against David Brophy, as well as a 154-pound domestic showdown between veterans Matthew Macklin and Brian Rose.