Fox Sports 1 goes Toe to Toe with PBC weeknights
FOX Sports today announced that it has reached a multi-year, multi-platform agreement to telecast Premier Boxing Champions (PBC), under which it will be the exclusive boxing program for FOX Sports 1, with content also going to FOX Deportes. The announcement was made by David Nathanson, FOX Sports Head of Business Operations. FOX Sports 1 premieres “Toe-To-Toe Tuesdays,” a new, live primetime boxing series on Tuesday, Sept. 8 (9:00 PM ET), which continues for a total of 21 shows through the end of June, 2016. The fights are simulcast on FOX Deportes, under a series name to be determined soon.
The show kicks off on FOX Sports 1 on Sept. 8, with a super welterweight bout between former world champion Austin “No Doubt” Trout (29-2, 16 KOs) and Joey “Twinkle Fingers” Hernandez (24-3, 14 KOs). The co-main event features a junior featherweight bout between undefeated Jorge Lara (27-0-1, 19 KOs) and Puerto Rico’s Jesus Rojas (21-1, 15 KOs).
After the series debut, the punches keep coming on Tuesday, Sept. 15 (9:00 PM ET), when undefeated welterweight Sammy “The Sergeant” Vasquez (19-0, 13 KOs) faces Jose “Piston” Lopez (25-3, 15 KOs) in the headlining event. Light heavyweights Thomas Williams (18-1, 12 KOs) and Umberto Savigne (12-2, 9 KOs) are featured in the co-main event.
On Tuesday, Sept. 22, undefeated rising star Julian “J-Rock” Williams (20-0-1, 12 KOs) tests his skills against Luciano Cuello (35-3, 17 KOs) in a super welterweight battle. Also featured that night, Moises Flores (23-0, 16 KOs) fights to stay undefeated against Luis Emmanuel Cusolito (21-1, 19 KOs) in a junior featherweight bout.
Super featherweight world champion Javier Fortuna (28-0, 20 KOs) puts his belt on the line Tuesday, Sept. 29 against 2004 Puerto Rican Olympian Carlos Velazquez (19-1, 12 KOs) in the night’s main event. The co-main event features a battle of unbeaten super welterweight fighters when Detroit’s Domonique Dolton (17-0, 9 KOs) faces 2012 Mexican Olympian Oscar Molina (13-0, 10 KOs).
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Hosting Toe-To-Toe Tuesdays is Brian Kenny, a veteran boxing announcer who formerly anchored ESPN 2’s Friday Night Fights.
“I’m so excited to be working on FOX Sports 1 on this new PBC series,” says Kenny. “We’re looking forward to making boxing even more accessible to the fans, providing world class match-ups and putting the spotlight on fighters who deserve to be seen by both hardcore and mainstream fans. We will be real with the audience, show them respect and give them the landscape of the boxing world.”