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Boxing New Opportunity
Boxing with the upcoming Mayweather-Pacquiao bout has been given a golden opportunity to become a more than an afterthought in the sporting world. So far Boxing has taken advantage with extended promotions and good fights. The recent addition of Premier Championship Boxing is one example as boxing has return to network television in a big way including Keith Thurman fighting Robert “the Ghost” Guerrero on NBC on March 7th.
The Championship series is on CBS, Spike and NBC has the potential of reaching new fans or maybe even attract those lukewarm fans who deserted the sweet science in past years. The key to boxing revival is rather simple, produce good bouts. The Premier Championship series has many attractive bouts coming up with some big name fighters like Danny Garcia, Danny Jacobs, Anthony Dirrell, Adonis Stevenson and Peter Quillin.
These bouts will be building steps to even bigger fighters just as Garcia fighting Peterson for junior welterweight championship unification bout. Or if Adonis Stevenson get past Sakio Bika, we will be talking a major light heavyweight between Sergery Kolalev and Stevenson.
Garcia and Peterson fight in a catchall weight with no title on the line but a close bout could lead to a rematch for titles. In boxing past, it was not uncommon for fighters to fight in non-title bouts in order to set up future bouts for title and the goal of these fights was to increase interest in future bouts. Ruslan Provodnikov faces Lucas Matthysse in one of those bouts that features two big sluggers in one of those bouts that promises to be a slug fest.
Showtime features Gary Russell, Jr. facing Jhonny Gonzalez for the WBC featherweight at the end of March. NBC features not only Garcia-Peterson but Quillin and Andy Lee for WBO Middleweight and if Quillin wins, a potential fight with Gennady Golovkin. And Julio Cesar Chavez Jr returns as a light heavyweight and he is hoping for his shot at Golovkin.
Terrace Crawford makes his junior lightweight debut against Thomas Dulome and Wladimir Klitschko fights in the United States for the first time in seven years against Byrant Jennings at the Mecca of boxing, Madison Square Garden.
All this before Mayweather and Pacquiao. For boxing to make a go of network television is to have fights that not just competitive but exciting so that fans want to keep watching. For the first time in years, interest in boxing has exceeded MMA and that is due to Mayweather-Pacquiao.