Boxing is back. In a return to the days when marquee bouts featuring prominent fighters were available to the masses, NBC Sports Group today announced the launch of the Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) series, with 20 live bouts airing in 2015.
The PBC series, created for TV by Haymon Boxing, will feature great matchups on both NBC and NBC Sports Network.
The first PBC on NBC card, scheduled for March 7 at 9 p.m. ET on NBC, will feature a clash between 147-pound title contenders Keith Thurman and Robert Guerrero, and a showdown between 140-pound contenders Adrien Broner and John Molina Jr.
The second card, on April 11, will highlight a bout between 140-pound title hopefuls Danny Garcia and Lamont Peterson.
The 20 live PBC on NBC events this year will consist of five Saturday prime-time shows on NBC, six Saturday afternoon shows on NBC and nine Saturday prime-time shows on NBCSN.
The host of PBC on NBC will be seven-time Emmy Award winner Al Michaels, who called the classic championship bout between “Marvelous” Marvin Hagler and Thomas “The Hitman” Hearns 30 years ago this April.
Additional on-air personalities for PBC on NBC will be announced in the coming weeks, along with future show dates and times.
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. “We are looking forward to presenting 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.