SHOWTIME Sports and Premier Boxing Champions unveiled the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING television lineup for the first half of 2018 in an unprecedented, first-of-its-kind Boxing Upfront at Cipriani’s in New York City last week.
Legendary ring announcer Jimmy Lennon Jr. introduced the matchups of 10 marquee events featuring 12 world champions, 14 undefeated fighters and 12 World Championship fights across the first six months of 2018.
Among the fighters in attendance included Danny Garcia, Jermall Charlo, Jermell Charlo, Mikey Garcia, Erislandy Lara, Adrien Broner, Keith Thurman, Leo Santa Cruz, Abner Mares and Errol Spence Jr.
WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder was on hand to go face-to-face with forthcoming foe Luis Ortiz and discussed their massive battle on March 3.
“Ever since I’ve been a little boy, I’ve always been doubted no matter what. As a grown man now, I’m still being doubted. I like proving people wrong. There’s nothing like proving somebody wrong," said Wilder.
“As I see it, I’m 39-0 with 38 KOs. Every time I promise I’m going to knock somebody out, I’ve done that. Come March 3, I promise I’m going to knock him out too."
Prior to the event, and regarding Ortiz, Wilder had said: "I'm looking forward to returning to Barclays Center to defend my title for a seventh time.
"Luis Ortiz is one of the toughest guys around and he's supposed to be the boogeyman in the heavyweight division. But I've never been afraid of the boogeyman and I've knocked out every opponent that I've faced.
"I plan on keeping that streak going. Everyone standing in my way of becoming the undisputed heavyweight champion has to go down. It's Luis Ortiz's turn.''