Add Showtime Boxing to the list of sports returning this summer after months of inaction amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Showtime Boxing on July 22 announced its schedule for the rest of 2020. It begins Aug. 1 with the undefeated Stephen “Cool Boy Steph” Fulton Jr. fighting another unbeaten boxer in Angelo “El Chinito” Leo with the junior featherweight world title on the line. It ends in mid-December when Nordine Oubaali and Nonito Donaire fight for the WBC bantamweight title.
The highlights of Showtime Boxing's 2020 return schedule include a pair of pay-per-view events.
On Sept. 26-27, both Jermall and Jermell Charlo will fight as part of a pay-per-view doubleheader. Jermall will defend his WBC middleweight title against Sergiy Derevyanchenko, and Jermell will try to unify his WBC junior welterweight title against IBF and WBA title holder Jeison Rosario.
The other pay-per-view event, scheduled for Oct. 24, features Gervonta Davis vs. Leo Santa Cruz. Both Davis’ WBA lightweight title and Santa Cruz’s WBA junior lightweight title will be on the line.
Each of the nine events on Showtime Boxing's 2020 schedule will take place at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., with no fans in attendance.
“We are proud to announce the strongest and most comprehensive schedule of fights in all of boxing,” Showtime Networks Inc. president of sports and event programming Stephen Espinoza said in a statement. “Each bout on this schedule, our largest schedule announcement since 2018, carries high stakes and significant implications.
"From highly regarded prospects to emerging stars to established champions — all in tough matchups — this lineup delivers on our promise to provide boxing fans with the best talent, the most exciting fights and the highest quality presentation in the sport. We are thrilled to return to live boxing with this star-studded schedule of exciting, meaningful fights.”
Below is the complete Showtime Boxing schedule for the rest of 2020.
Showtime Boxing fight schedule 2020
|Aug. 1||Stephen Fulton Jr. vs. Angelo Leo|
|Aug. 15||David Benavidez vs. Roamer Alexis Angulo|
|Sept. 19||Erickson Lubin vs. Terrell Gausha|
|Sept. 26||Jermall Charlo vs. Sergiy Derevyanchenko (PPV)|
|Sept. 27||Jermell Charlo vs. Jeison Rosario (PPV)|
|Oct. 10||Sergey Lipinets vs. Kudratillo Abdukahorov|
|Oct. 24||Gervonta Davis vs. Leo Santa Cruz (PPV)|
|Nov. 28||Chris Colbert vs. Jaime Arboleda|
|Dec. 12||Nordine Oubaali vs. Nonito Donaire|