FOX Sports is expanding its media rights agreement for Premier Boxing Champions with multiple primetime Saturday evening bouts on FOX broadcast network and FOX Deportes in 2016.
PBC on FOX debuts Saturday, January 23 with a two-hour show. The event will be headlined by Danny Garcia (31-0, 18 KOs), who will be facing former three-division world champion Robert Guerrero (33-3-1, 18 KOs).
That bout, along with others to be announced, airs on the broadcast network and in Spanish on FOX Deportes. The January 23 event is the first of three PBC cards scheduled to appear on FOX in primetime during 2016.
“We’re thrilled to present the first professional boxing on FOX in almost 20 years with Premier Boxing Champions’ exciting primetime Saturday shows,” said David Nathanson, FOX Sports Head of Business Operations. “With the success of the PBC’s Tuesday night boxing series on FS1 and FOX Deportes, we knew boxing would make a great addition to FOX alongside the FOX Sports portfolio that includes the world’s premier sports properties.”
Both fighters have fought in the STAPLES Center before, but this will be the first time these fighters will main event in the building.
“I’m excited to be fighting in Primetime on FOX and to get back in the ring in such a big way,” said Garcia. “I know people are going to say this is a Puerto Rico vs. Mexico matchup, but I fight for all Latinos and I have the fan-friendly style to back it up. Guerrero comes to fight and he’s faced the best in the sport. This is a huge opportunity for me to show why I’m a star there’s no better place to do that than in Los Angeles, where stars are born.”
Boxing is making a main stream resurgence with the addition to broadcast television. Leading the way with the push is PBC. Lets hope for more big named boxers fighting on free TV.