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NBC Sports has officially announced that they have entered into a multi-year agreement with Haymon Boxing to televise 20 cards in 2015.
The series is titled “Premier Boxing Champions”, PBC on NBC, and it will include five cards on NBC on Saturday nights, six on NBC on Saturday afternoons and the remaining nine on NBC Sports Network.
It was announced that the series would begin on March 7 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas with Keith Thurman taking on Robert Guerrero while Adrien Broner takes on John Molina in the co-feature.
Moving forward, the second card is slated for April 11 at a site to be determined, but it will involve a junior welterweight unification match between Danny Garcia and Lamont Peterson.
All six fighters were in attendance for the press conference while Sugar Ray Leonard, Thomas Hearns and Roberto Duran were all present as Haymon pulled out the stops to make an impact and send a message that the new deal will allow big fights to be made.
“We are looking forward to presenting the PBC on NBC to develop a new and exciting platform which will be embraced by the millions of boxing fans across the country,” said Jon Miller, president of programming for NBC and NBCSN.
Haymon was not present at the press conference as he continues to avoid appearing in public or speaking to the media. However, it is undoubtedly a coup for him with many of the fighters who had been supported by Showtime in recent years having now defected to NBC.
Nevertheless, Haymon is said to advise or manage more than 150 fighters but due to the fact that he is not a licensed promoter, the cards will be promoted by the companies that he works closely with.