Frampton-Santa Cruz rematch highlights action-packed 2017 for PBC

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Can we interest you in a Carl Frampton-Leo Santa Cruz rematch? How about a 147-pound title unification clash between Danny Garcia and Keith Thurman? Both blockbuster bouts are coming your way just in the first quarter of 2017—with many more edge-of-your-seat fight cards to follow.

PBC 2017

Many of boxing's biggest stars will shine bright in 2017, which promises to be the most exciting yet for Premier Boxing Champions. (Photo illustration by Paul Palmer)

It’s all courtesy of Premier Boxing Champions, which announced today that it will roll into its third season by once again partnering with a slew of broadcasting networks—including Fox, NBC, ESPN and Showtime—to feature the most talented fighters competing in some of the most compelling matchups the sport has to offer.

That includes the 126-pound rematch between Carl Frampton and Leo Santa Cruz on January 28, as well as the long-awaited Danny Garcia-Keith Thurman showdown set for March 4.

In addition to those pivotal contests, fight fans in 2017 will be treated to more prime-time action on network television than in either of the PBC’s first two seasons. For instance, Fox will televise three prime-time shows, with the first slated for February 25.

NBC will also air a trio of prime-time fight cards beginning on September 23. Additionally, Showtime well televise select PBC fights throughout the year, including Frampton-Santa Cruz II, while Garcia-Thurman will air live in prime time on CBS or Showtime.

Beyond that, FS1 will carry 25 shows from February to October; ESPN will air a dozen PBC telecasts from April to August; Bounce will have quarterly matches beginning March 31; and PBC also returns to Spike as part the network’s Combat Sports Friday platform, with the first show scheduled for January 13.

Before turning the calendar to 2017, though, PBC will close this year with two big shows. Garcia will headline a PBC on Spike card on November 12 from his hometown of Philadelphia with a non-title fight against Samuel Vargas, while December 10 will feature a pair of world title fights on Showtime. In the main event, 126-pound champion Jesus Cuellar will face former three-division champion Abner Mares, while 154-pound titleholder Jermall Charlo will risk his crown against unbeaten challenger Julian Williams at the Galen Center on the campus of USC in Los Angeles.

Stay tuned to for specific details regarding all 2017 fight cards, including main event matchups, as well as venues, ticket information and broadcast times.

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