Monday, 20 October 2014 20:23

Boxing: HBO and Showtime go "head to head" on December 13th...sort of

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On Saturday, December 13th, two cable giants will stage fight cards on the same evening and in the same city, but at different locations and on different time slots.
Showtime Sports and Golden Boy Promotions is planning to announce a big tripleheader featuring Welterweights Amir Khan vs. Devon Alexander in the main event of the evening. The scheduled twelve round headliner will take place at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, with a brilliant Junior Middleweight Championship fight between WBO title holder Demetrius Andrade and undefeated prospect Jermell Charlo in the co-main event.

Undefeated and very avoided Welterweight Keith Thurman will kick-off the three fight telecast against an opponent that has yet to be determined in a scheduled twelve round defense of his WBA interim 147 pound title.

On the same evening, HBO will feature an entertaining triple header of their own at the Cosmopolitan Hotel and Casino, also in Las Vegas, Nevada, headlined by former two division world champion Timothy Bradley and former WBA interim Welterweight title holder Diego Chaves.

Middleweight contenders, Matt Korobov and Andy Lee, will compete for the vacant WBO title in the co-main event of the evening, and the HBO broadcast will open up with a Junior Welterweight title fight between Golden Boy's WBA interim champ Mauricio Herrera and Top Rank's unbeaten prospect Jose Benevidez.

Eric Gomez of Golden Boy Promotions is excited to be working with both networks.

"Everyone wants to see the best fight the best in boxing," stated the Vice President and chief matchmaker of the Los Angeles based promotional group at the Top Rank press conference this afternoon.

"The only way to accomplish that is to have a working relationship with everyone in the sport. If that means we put together a fight with Bob Arum and Top Rank, then that's what we'll do."

"When the best fighters compete against the best opposition available, then the entire sport wins. The fans win, the media wins, the networks win...the sport of boxing wins."

With limited fight dates left on the 2014 boxing calendar, the situation couldn't be avoided.

In an article with Kevin Iole of "Yahoo! Sports", GBP president Oscar De La Hoya assured fight fans that the two broadcasts would not overlap.

"We at Golden Boy are partners with everyone and this is what you see here," sated the Hall of Fame fighter to "Yahoo! Sports".

"It couldn't be avoided, so there will be different start times. I've talked to HBO about it. I've talked to Todd duBoef about it. I've talked to Showtime. We have so many dates and so many fighters, this couldn't be avoided. But the good thing is, we're giving the fans a great show and that's the most important thing."