By Jeremiah Delgado
Fasten your seat belts, fight fans.
On Tuesday afternoon, Showtime Sports announced a slate of seven marquee boxing events — including four world title bouts and two world title unification bouts between multiple Top 10-ranked fighters and challengers — that will undoubtedly be the talk of the boxing universe for weeks and months to come.
In fact, according to a press release from Showtime, seven of the 14 fighters in these bouts are undefeated, while the champions and challengers in the six world title fights boast a combined 313 wins versus just six losses.
Here’s the complete rundown, courtesy of Showtime:
December 10: Jesus Cuellar (28-1, 21 KOs) vs. Abner Mares (29-2-1, 15 KOs)*
Jermall Charlo (24-0, 18 KOs) vs. Julian Williams (22-0-1, 14 KOs)*
January 14: Badou Jack (20-1-2, 12 KOs) vs. James DeGale (23-1, 14 KOs)**
January 28: Carl Frampton (23-0, 14 KOs) vs. Leo Santa Cruz (32-1-1, 18 KOs)*
Dejan Zlaticanin (18-0, 11 KOs) vs. Mikey Garcia (35-0, 29 KOs)*
February 11: Adrien Broner (32-2, 24 KOs) vs. Adrian Granados (18-4-2, 12 KOs)
March 4: Danny Garcia (32-0, 18 KOs) vs. Keith Thurman (27-0, 22 KOs)**
*World title bout
**World title unification bout
Kicking off the slate will be Jesus Cuellar making his second defense of his WBA 126-pound title against Abner Mares on Dec. 10th.
Cuellar is the current WBA Featherweight champion and is the fourth ranked fighter in the world. Born and raised in Argentina, Cuellar has only suffered one loss and is what boxing analysts would call a “southpaw.”
Mares was forced to withdraw from the fight in June because of an unknown medical issue that prevented him from being licensed in New York, according to ESPN. Mares was born in Mexico and raised in California. He is looking to hand Cuellar his second loss ever and strip him of his title.
The fight will take place at the Galen Center in Los Angeles, California.
That is not the only marquee fight that will take place that night as Jermall Charlo will take on Julian Williams for the IBF World Super Welterweight Championship.
Williams has won his last six fights and like Charlo has not lost in 24 bouts. The Philly native is looking to defeat Charlo and then take on what he says is the “better” brother, in Jermell Charlo.
On January 14, two Europeans will go head to head in a unification title fight when Badou Jack fights Jack DeGale for the WBC World Super Middleweight Championship and the IBF World Super Middleweight Championship.
DeGale is the second ranked fighter in the world and is looking to take both titles home at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Just fourteen days later on Jan. 28, Leo Santa Cruz will get his rematch against Carl Frampton. Frampton went up a weight class to take on Santa Cruz and took his WBA Super World Featherweight Championship.
The loss to the Northern Irish boxer is Santa Cruz’s only loss. Their fight back in July already is receiving buzz for fight of the year and this fight should be an encore and is a must-see fight.
Dejan Zlaticanin will join this fight card to take on Mikey Garcia for the WBC Lightweight Championship. This is Zlaticanin’s first title defense since winning it back in June. He is the first boxer from Montenegro to ever win a title.
These two boxers are coming into this match undefeated and these two fights will also be held at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The only non-title fight will take place on Feb. 11 and will feature Adrien Broner fighting Adrian Granados. Boxing enthusiasts are glad to see Broner in this fight after a suicide scare a few weeks ago. Granados has won his last five fights including an upset over Amir Imam while Broner has not fought since April.
Showtime’s final fight in this boxing series is going to be an epic one between Keith Thurman and Danny Garcia. This will be a unification fight for the WBA World Welterweight Championship and the WBC World Welterweight Championship. Both of these fighters are at the top of their career and have not suffered a single defeat.
On March 4, these two will put their titles on the line. These fights can all be seen live on Showtime except for the Thurman-Garcia bout, which could potentially air live in primetime on CBS similar to Thurman’s recent bout with Shawn Porter.
Jeremiah Delgado is a fan of the Jets, Yankees and Knicks. He doubts he will, but hopes to live long enough to see the Jets or the Knicks win a championship.
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