Premier Boxing Champions will be doing a three-fight prelims broadcast Saturday at 6 pm ET, ahead of their Erislandy Lara vs Greg Vendetti-led FOX card, which starts at 8 pm ET.
The move to air fights on FS1 before the FOX show instead of after is a change of pace, a possible experiment to see if they can get more people tuning in on FS1 early instead of late. It may or may not work, but the numbers can’t really be a lot worse than they have been at 10 pm ET.
As far as those recent numbers, the Aug. 8 FOX show headlined by Jamal James vs Thomas Dulorme did 885,000 viewers, which is very low compared to boxing’s normal figures on FOX, but about in line with the decline we’ve seen in everyone’s numbers since the sport’s return from lockdown in June. The postlims on FS1 did 127,000.
This past weekend, the Aug. 22 FOX show headlined by Shawn Porter vs Sebastian Formella did 810,000 viewers while facing a lot of competition not even limited to a competing boxing show on ESPN+ and also a UFC show and the FS1 postlims didn’t even register on cable’s top 150 for the evening.
Pre/postlims are never going to keep a majority portion of the audience from a main card, to be clear, but it’s worth seeing if one way does better than the other.
Anyway, the fights set for the broadcast are:
- Thomas LaManna vs Brian Mendoza, junior middleweights, 10 rounds: LaManna (28-3-1, 10 KO) is a 28-year-old veteran from New Jersey, coming off of a fifth round TKO loss to Jorge Cota in January. The 26-year-old Mendoza (18-1, 13 KO) was briefly with Top Rank, signing with them in Apr. 2019. He fought on three of their cards last year, but was upset by Larry Gomez in November. He’s fought at welterweight thus far in his career, and is moving up here.
- Abraham Martinez vs Luis Arcon, junior welterweights, 8 rounds: The 24-year-old Martinez is 8-0 (6 KO) and got a look on a Top Rank card in his last fight in Nov. 2019, where he stopped previously-unbeaten Jose Rodriguez in three. Arcon, 28, is an unbeaten Venezuelan fighter, 10-0 (10 KO) thus far. He’s based in California now, and has fought and won in the U.S. four times already.
- Henry Arredondo vs Juan Lopez, featherweights, 6 or 8 rounds: Not sure on the distance here, and not 100 percent sure on which Lopez this is, but I’m guessing it’s the 26-year-old from Dallas, who is 15-7 (6 KO). Arredondo, 23, is 7-0 (4 KO), but his last fight in Nov. 2019, originally a decision win, was changed to a no-contest after the fact.
Bad Left Hook will be here for full live coverage of the entire Lara-Vendetti card, now starting at 6 pm ET on Saturday, Aug. 29.