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Live Boxing Returns to CBS After 15-Year Hiatus

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For a initial time in 15 years, CBS will lapse unchanging live fighting a schedule. Premiere Boxing Champions will flog off on Saturday, Apr 4, with light heavyweight universe champion Adonis Stevenson defending his WBC pretension against Sakio Bika, a former super middleweight champion from Australia. The network will lift adult to 8 fights in 2015, with others probable on CBS Sports Network. 

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The CBS events will be promoted during Showtime’s long-running Championship Boxing series; Showtime’s Mar 28 doubleheader featuring Jhonny Gonzalez and Gary Russell Jr., and Jermell Charlo and Vanes Martirosyan, will preview a Apr 4 entrance of CBS’ Premiere Boxing Champions.

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Shoulder programming will atmosphere on CBS, Showtime and CBS Sports Network, while a poignant selling bill has been earmarked to foster a fights on CBS.

The try will cap in a May 2 Showtime PPV display of Floyd Mayweather opposite an competition who has nonetheless to be determined. Manny Pacquiao is Mayweather’s expected opponent, though so distant a dual sides have nonetheless to settle on a agreement for what could be a subsequent PPV blockbuster.

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CBS Corp. boss and CEO Leslie Moonves has been a proponent of bringing fighting behind to CBS; a final time a competition aired on CBS frequently was in a late 1990s. The beginning gives CBS some-more live sports programing during a time when sports is about a usually DVR-proof genre left on promote television. And strong cross-promotional efforts on CBS, a most-watched TV network, could potentially move a new assembly to Showtime’s signature Championship Boxing series.

Mayweather has proven to be a large pull for Showtime; his September 2013 quarrel against Canelo Alvarez generated 2.2 million PPV buys on a network, grossing a record $150 million, with sum quarrel revenues closer to $200 million, including sponsorships, general TV rights and a blockbuster $20 million gate.

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