NBC brings boxing back to broadcast TV

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07 March 2015

NBC and NBCSN, 8:30 PM ET

Boxing returns to primetime broadcast television with the debut of Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on NBC.

The debut tonight features a pair of blockbuster bouts — Keith Thurman vs. Robert Guerrero, and Adrien Broner vs. John Molina Jr. — from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Blow-by-blow announcer Marv Albert and analyst “Sugar” Ray Leonard call the action. Al Michaels will host. Laila Ali and B.J. Flores serve as corner analysts, joined by reporter Kenny Rice.

NBC and NBCSN will present 20 live PBC on NBC boxing events in 2015. Within the 20 live shows, NBC Sports Group will present more than 50 hours of PBC coverage, including NBCSN pre- and post-fight programming for NBC telecasts. The Premier Boxing Champions series is created for television by Haymon Boxing.  The PBC on NBC will feature many of today’s brightest stars, in their most compelling matches.

All PBC on NBC shows will be streamed live on NBC Sports Live Extra via “TV Everywhere,” giving consumers additional value for their subscription service, and making high quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms. NBC Sports Live Extra is available for desktops at NBCSports.com/liveextra. The NBC Sports Live Extra app is available at the App Store for iPad and iPod touch, on select devices within Google Play, and on windows phones and tablets.

BOXING ON NBC

NBC Sports has a rich boxing history, presenting the sport to millions of viewers across the country beginning with the first-ever live televised fight in 1939. Notable fight coverage by NBC Sports includes:

June 1, 1939 - NBC aired the first-ever live telecast of boxing when Lou Nova defeated Max Baer. Famed NBC announcer Bill Stern called the match from Yankee Stadium. The event occurred just two weeks after NBC presented the first-ever broadcast of a sporting event, a baseball game between Columbia and Princeton.

June 19, 1946 - The first heavyweight championship fight ever televised was part of the Gillette Cavalcade of Sports series with Joe Louis defeating Billy Conn to defend his title. The event was one of the great fights of the decade, as The New York Times dedicated a full page to the results of the bout.

Feb. 14, 1951 - “Sugar” Ray Robinson defeated Jake LaMotta for the world middleweight title. Dubbed boxing’s “St. Valentine's Day Massacre,” the 13-round bout was the last in a bitter rivalry between the fighters that included six fights over a span of nearly eight years.

May 15, 1953 – With one punch after one minute and 25 seconds in the first round, Rocky Marciano knocked out “Jersey” Joe Walcott to regain the world heavyweight championship. Viewers who did not tune in immediately missed the fight, which was the shortest in heavyweight championship history at the time.


 
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