Showtime Sports announced its Spring boxing telecast schedule Monday, including a pair of major fights from the United Kingdom: the Anthony Joshua-Wladimir Klitschko heavyweight fight on April 29, and the welterweight title fight between Kell Brook and Errol Spence Jr. on May 27.
The lineup includes seven world championship fights across eight live boxing telecasts over an eight-week span.
On Saturday, April 29, Joshua (18-0, 18 KOs) will face Klitschko (64-4, 53 KOs) in the most significant heavyweight world title fight in years, live on Showtime at 4:15 p.m. ET from sold-out Wembley Stadium, where a record crowd of more than 90,000 spectators is expected.
On Saturday, May 20, Brook (36-1, 25 KOs) and Spence Jr. (21-0, 19 KOs) will fight for the IBF Welterweight title from Bramall Lane Football Ground in Sheffield, England.
Also announced Monday, Showtime and Premier Boxing Champions will present the rematch between WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson and Andrzej Fonfara on Saturday, June 3, reprsing a 2014 fight in which Stevenson edged Fonfara to defend his 175-pound ttle.
Other major fight cards include:
–Saturday’s Andre Berto vs. Shawn Porter welterweight bout that will also include the 154-pound world title fight between Jermell Charlo and Charles Hatley, and world champion Amanda Serrano attempting to become the first woman to win a world title in five different weight classes.
–On Saturday, May 20, IBF super featherweight world champion Gervonta Davis (17-0, 16 KOs) meets Liam Walsh (21-0, 14 KOs) in a live broadcast from the Copper Box Arena in London, England. Later that night, Gary Russell Jr. (21-1, 16 KOs) meets challenger Oscar Escandon (25-2, 17 KOs) for Russell’s WBC featherweight title and former world champion Andre Dirrell 25-2, 16 KOs) takes on José Uzcátegui (26-1, 22 KOs) for the interim IBF super middleweight title from the new MGM Grand National Harbor right outside of Washington, D.C. Start times for both live telecasts have yet to be determined.
–On Friday, June 9, ShoBox: The New Generation will broadcast, in conjunction with Hall of Fame Induction weekend, from the Turning Stone Resort & Casino in Verona, N.Y., the main event featuring Joel Diaz Jr. (23-0, 19 KOs) against Abel Ramos (17-2-2, 12 KOs) in a 10-round super lightweight bout at 10 p.m. ET/PT. The next day, the lead announce team, sportscaster Barry Tompkins and boxing historian Steve Farhood, will be inducted into the Hall in nearby Canastota, N.Y.
–Showtime is also in the early stages of planning for the return of four-division world champion Adrien Broner and undefeated IBF lightweight champion Mikey Garcia in separate events this summer.
“Showtime continues its unrivaled commitment to the sport,” said Showtime Sports boss Stephen Espinoza. “Our 2017 schedule already includes some 17 live boxing telecasts, 15 world championship fights, with the top-rated fighters squaring off in boxing’s deepest weight divisions. We continue to break the glass ceiling on women’s boxing, deliver the biggest bouts from overseas and see champions take on champions to unify divisions. We are proud to be re-shaping the boxing landscape both in and out of the ring.”