Malignaggi vs Judah; Lara vs Trout weigh in VIDEO
All the weights from yesterday, for the big show in Brooklyn tonight on Showtime:
Jamie Moore says Macklin still has plenty left to offer
As was the case after his defeat to Sergio Martinez, questions are being asked about what Matthew Macklin has left to offer at world level ahead of another opportunity to impress on HBO tonight in Atlantic City.
At the end of June this year, Macklin had one of boxing’s most unenviable tasks in trying to thwart the middleweight division’s top dog and Kazakhstan nightmare Gennady Golovkin. After three rounds the frighteningly effective tactics of stalk, hunt and destroy from “GGG” was wrapped up with a left hook to the body that ended Macklin's third world title attempt.
Since then, stories have emerged that Macklin knew he was parting ways from then trainer Buddy McGirt and that, once again, hand injuries hindered his preparations beforehand.
Jamie Moore, a former opponent turned friend of Macklin’s has picked up the reigns to train the 31-year-old and says that the Golovkin defeat may prove to be a blessing in disguise.
“In a way I'm happy the fight ended the way it did. He’s so fired up and the way the fight with Golovkin panned out I think that will stoke his fire,” Moore told Live Fight.
“I said to Matthew, ‘If you’d been 100% you may have lost to Golovkin in a 12-round grueller that could’ve finished your career.’ Now he’s still got a chance to redeem himself and maybe if he wins a world title he can try and set the record straight and go in there 100%. Then he could go and prove to everyone that the first time wasn’t the real Macklin in there.
“He knows he wasn’t 100%, his pride would have been dented and he wants to make a statement. With the hunger and determination he’s shown in the gym it’s going to be an explosive performance.”
Moore’s script will be looking to be ripped up by Lamar Russ, a 14-0 (7 KOs) 26-year-old from North Carolina who goes into the bout having never been involved in a 12-round scheduled contest and who stood in, at short notice, for Willie Nelson after he pulled out through injury.
There are no fears for the newly appointed trainer about who Macklin will face on the Boardwalk such has been the impression left on him during their first camp together at the MGM (Macklin’s Gym Marbella) in Spain.
“First thing in my mind was when I got to Marbella I wanted to see what his work ethic was like because that would give me a good indication as to how much he still wants it and how much he has left. Since I’ve been working with him I’ve seen something. The look in his eyes, you can tell. And from what I’ve seen the best is yet to come,” he predicted.
On the flip-side of his positivity, LF asked Moore about the questions lingering over Macklin’s future at the highest level.
“It’s a legitimate question, really, and on the surface of it you would have to think that but Matthew’s not made a song and dance about the stuff that happened pre-fight. I know he had a lot problems. And let’s not beat about the bush, Golovkin’s a beast.”
Macklin told LF in this interview: http://www.livefight.com/news.php?news_id=2995 before the Golovkin fight things such as “I feel good, I feel sharp…” and “I’m going to be firing on all cylinders against Golovkin.” The right noises were made but behind the scenes things weren’t what they seemed with knuckle problems once again hampering Macklin as they had done for his fight against Sergio Martinez last year.
Moore says that the hand problems are a thing of the past and he would never contemplate sending his newest charge into a fight of such magnitude with such injuries.
“He hasn’t been given the best advice lately going into these fights with his hands like that,” Moore revealed.
“Listen, every boxer goes into a fight with some sort of niggle. Nearly all boxers go in there 80%. He has had problems with his hands early in his career which he’s blown off. Boxing talk aside, when Matthew told you he was 100% last time, he wasn’t.
“He took off all the skin off his knuckles. It sounds like nothing but punching a bag with that it stings like mad. Now you imagine doing all four knuckles to the bone. You’re not going to spar or do bag work because it’s impossible. That has a knock-on effect. Mentally you’re thinking I can’t train properly, can’t spar so you can’t get your timing and co-ordination right. There was times when he was going to get pulled from the fight but he was talked into doing it. That’s not an ideal situation but Matthew’s his own man, he made the decision to go through with it so he has to live with the consequences. He’s aware of that, he knows he maybe shouldn’t have done it and that experience should’ve told him to save it for another day. He’s a fighter and the gamble never paid off. Hindsight’s a great thing, he understands how much doubt was in his mind going into the fight. Add on the fact you’re fighting Golovkin and it’s not a nice situation to be in.”
After the Martinez loss there was a one-round blast-out of Joachim Alcine six months later. Now, after the Golovkin defeat there comes the unknown in Russ. A similar result would kick off part two of the Macklin and Moore story perfectly and comparisons have been made to the iconic figures of Arturo Gatti and Mickey Ward. Two men who pummelled the hell out of each other only to become friends because of it and forged the working relationship of boxer and trainer in what would be Gatti’s final professional contest, against Alfonso Gomez.
Moore hopes that their unique bond born from a British boxing classic over seven years ago will pave the way for Macklin to fulfil his dream of becoming world champion.
“I know our fight has been compared to Gatti-Ward a few times and it makes me so proud. My thing when I turned professional was I never really had ambition to win titles or anything like that. I wasn’t overly confident in my own ability. My thing was if people walked away from my things thinking it was brilliant then I’d be really happy. And as my career progressed, I won the British title and I started having more ambition. It’s okay having a fight at a certain level and it be exciting but to have a fight for a British title against someone who then went on to fight for world titles and is proven world class, and I believe I was world class, and to be compared to an iconic fight like Gatti-Ward is such an honour and a privilege. Going through something like that with someone is hard to explain and if I can go on and help him win a world title then that would be the ultimate for me. I’d feel like I’d won it as well! It’s a great story and it couldn’t happen to a nicer fella coz he’s a great lad.
“He’s going in the right direction, if it has a happy ending for Macklin then I’ll feel like I’ve achieved something as well because we’ve been through something together in boxing which a lot of people don’t get to do. So to go and do it together would be a lovely story.”
Macklin vs. Russ is part of a televised card headlined by Guillermo Rigondeaux vs. Joseph Agbeko which will be shown in the UK on Sky Sports 1HD from 2am.
Paul Stevenson reveals story behind Maccarinelli-Fry weigh in farce
As the fighters weighed in for tomorrow night's bill at Liverpool's Echo Arena, the news was announced that Enzo Maccarinelli's scheduled defence of his Commonwealth light heavyweight title against Courtney Fry had been downgraded to a ten round fight.
Following the weigh in, Fry's trainer Paul Stevenson told Livefight that today's announcement was the culmination of a 48 hour long farce.
"At a check weigh in last Friday - one week before the weigh in - Courtney weighed in at 13 stone. Then, at around 10pm on Wednesday night, I got a phone call from the Board [the British Boxing Board of Control] asking us to get Courtney to Steve Wood's office on Thursday afternoon for a second check weigh in.
"Courtney works on the doors at night and turns his phone off but we managed to get hold of him. Now we had the press conference to attend yesterday afternoon and after that the fighters usually have things to arrange like collecting money for tickets and what have you. We told the board that we'd happily weigh in at the press conference and all they had to do was send somebody over. We went to the press conference and there was nobody there to weigh him.
"At 3.30pm, I get a phone call telling me that unless Courtney does his check weigh in at 4.30pm, he can't fight for the title! We rush around, manage to get hold of him and got him to our gym at around 6.30pm where he weighed in at either 12st 11lb or 12st 12lb. Either way, it was within the 3% limit they set (the weight for light heavyweight title fights is 12st 7lb).
"We rush around, get it done and then get a phone call telling us that we were 2 hours too late and it was after the cut off time! They also told us they'd done us a favour in moving it to 4.30pm on the Thursday as it was supposed to be done the day before. Nobody even called me until 10pm the night before!
"Because it's not a title fight, Courtney had his purse reduced and has to fight a ten round fight. If he wins, he can't even win the title. Why not? He's been to the press conference and weigh in and made the weight.
"There's been a total lack of communication from the board. People have failed in their jobs and I'm fuming. They're sitting pretty and the fighter is the only person who's being punished."
Official Barker vs Sturm weigh in VIDEO
Darren Barker and Felix Sturm hit the scales ahead of their IBF middleweight battle tomorrow night in Germany:
Boxing Brothers: Meet the Upton clan
By Michael J Jones
Just beginning their journey in the world of pro boxing are the talented Upton brothers. Paul, Sonny and Anthony have all turned pro this year after winning an impressive brace of amateur titles in the unpaid code.
Anthony and Paul are based at the Trad TKO gym in Canning town under former Commonwealth champion Mo Hussein while Sonny trains in Manchester under former world champion Ricky “The Hitman” Hatton.
The brothers grew up both in Ireland and West Ham and were introduced to boxing at an early age by their father. Granddad Upton was an amateur veteran of some 200 bouts and boxed for Ireland. His Grandsons would follow suit and proceeded to win many Irish and Multi-Nations titles.
Livefight was able to talk to the three promising siblings this week to learn more about them and discuss their careers so far.
Weight and stance: Light-welterweight/switch-hitter
Current record: 1-0
LF) How did your pro debut go?
AU) It went well, I boxed Dan Carr at York Hall (in October) and won on points. Training had gone very well after a ten-week camp and it was a good fight to get me started. I’m out next hopefully January.
LF) How would you describe your fighting style?
AU) I’m a very smooth fighter and quite slick. A lot of people who have watched me spar have said I look completely at home in the ring.
LF) When did you start boxing and what was your favourite amateur highlight?
AU) I started boxing when I was five. My brothers started boxing first and when I was older and my Dad got involved I did the same. I still have a video of me when I was five dropping a kid with a jab when I boxed for Hornchurch.
One of my proudest amateur moments was when I won my first Irish title. I had to box three days in a row to win it, then when I got out of the ring I received a letter from the Irish boxing board telling me I had been selected to represent Ireland in the Four Nations.
Winning the Four Nations gold was another proud moment for me.
LF) Who were your boxing heroes growing up?
AU) I’d say Micky Ward, Sugar Ray Leonard and Ricky Hatton. I went up to train with Sonny this week and spent time with Ricky. It was mad at first and felt weird (training with Hatton) but after a while I got used to it and realised he’s just the same as everyone else even though he’s a legend.
LF) How soon would you like to be contesting titles in your career?
AU) All of those things are up to my team my career is in their hands. If they say I’m ready after six fights then I’m ready. I’ve already sparred some guys who are champions and done really well against them so I know I am capable of winning titles.
LF) How are you finding camp in the TKO gym?
AU) It’s all good training with Mo (Hussein). It’s hard graft in a gritty, old-fashioned gym. I can’t ask for anything else, I’ve got a good team and get fantastic support from my family.
Note: Both Anthony and Paul are handled by Showtime Sports Events Ltd, a newly-formed promotional outfit run by Johnny Eames and business partner Gianluca Di Caro.
Weight and stance: Welterweight/switch-hitter
Current record: 0-1
LF) Your first fight was a split loss in Bulgaria to Spaniard Nabil Krissi last month. Was the decision fair?
SU) It wasn’t really fair no. I should have got the decision I’ve watched it back twice since and gave myself four rounds, him one with one even. A lot of the time he wasn’t hitting me when it might have looked like he was. That’s what it’s like fighting away you need to knock them out to win but although I feel I won, it was a good learning experience and I just have to move on now.
LF) How would you describe your fighting style?
SU) Just a tricky switch-hitter really.
LF) What was your favourite amateur moment?
SU) Winning the Multi-Nations Gold and competing in the world championships where I beat Davey Joyce and Mark McCullough (on the same night incidently). McCullough is a pro now too.
LF) Your other two brothers train in London while you are based in Manchester. Was it tough being separated from your siblings after training with each other for so long?
SU) Yes it was hard as we had been training together all of our lives and have that close bond. Anthony has been with me this week and it’s been great. Before my first fight (on the Sergei Rabchenko-Bradley Pryce undercard) I was running on my own and that so I didn’t feel that helped before my debut.
LF) You’re gym mates with Rabchenko do the two of you ever spar?
SU) Yeah we sparred before the Bulgaria show. I also worked with Junior Witter and a few of the Sheffield lads.
LF) What was it like between Ricky and Witter?
SU) They got on all right obviously things are different from when they were rivals. After a while they were cracking jokes and getting on well together.
LF) Were you a Hatton fan growing up?
SU) Yes I liked his style; he was just furious, just kept coming forward. The night he beat Kostya Tszyu was a great fight.
LF) Who were some of your other boxing heroes?
SU) Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard, Floyd Mayweather Jr, Ricky (Hatton) and Tommy Hearns.
SU) Do you intend to keep busy early in your career?
SU) Yes I’m looking to take any fight I can the more experience the better.
LF) You box this Friday (December 6th) in Italy do you know who your opponent will be?
SU) He’s a Bulgarian named Traian Dimitrov, I’ve seen a clip of him and he looks awkward. He’s had nine fights, eight losses and been stopped five times but I’m just going to do my best and get the win.
Weight and stance: Light-middleweight/orthodox
Current record: 2-0
LF) You are currently 2-0 as a pro what can you tell us about those two wins?
PU) My first fight (in July) was against a tough journeyman (Dee Mitchell). I think it was his 50th fight, so he had experience. I learned a lot from it and enjoyed going the distance with him (winning 40-37).
It was a shock to fight as a pro the first time; there’s obviously no head-guard, smaller gloves etc. I tired in the 4th round of my first fight but the second (against Dan Carr in October), I felt fitter and less nervous (winning another decision).
LF) How would you describe your fighting style?
PU) I’m a good counter-puncher but I like having a tear-up as well.
LF) What was your proudest amateur moment?
PU) My first Irish title in the Under 21’s was a big thing for me. At the time all my other brothers had won one except me. We made history as we all got to the Under 21’s final in the same year.
LF) You were the brother who first decided to turn pro; why did you feel the time was right?
PU) There was some controversy in the amateur game, and I found there were favourites in the Irish team. I wasn’t happy anymore so after the London Olympics I thought rather than wait another four years I may as well turn pro.
LF) I know all three of you get support from your family, in particular your Dad?
PU) Yeah our Dad has been there from the start and got us all into boxing. He went all over the world with us (in the amateurs) and even sells tickets for us. With him sorting that out we can all just focus on training with a lot of the pressure off.
LF) What are your immediate goals in your pro career?
PU) When I was younger my Dad’s friend Felix Kelly was the Southern Area champion so that’s a title I’d like to win. The British title is the main one most people target so that will be a goal down the line.
LF) You are all accomplished fighters but which brother hits the hardest?
PU) I’d say Anthony. He’s been knocking people out in sparring wearing the bigger gloves so can punch quite hard (Sonny agreed also).
Sonny Upton fights this Friday in Pavia, Italy in his second contest, many thanks to all brothers for talking to Livefight but in particular Sonny who spoke just two days before his fight.
The Upton lads may feature on the same show in the near future as they continue to climb the pro ranks. Anthony and Paul have already appeared on the same show in October at York Hall (both won on points).
To follow the three boxing brothers on Twitter, click here https://twitter.com/AntouptonJR https://twitter.com/PAULY_UPTONCLAN https://twitter.com/SonnyUpton23
Kenny Anderson banned for testing positive for Amphetamine
The reason Scotland's Kenny Anderson was stripped of his British super middleweight title has now finally emerged. He failed a doping test back in November last year.
The 30-year old from Edinburgh has not fought since he defeated former WBC champion Robin Reid to capture the vacant title back in October 2012.
It has been reported that the drug in question was Amphetamine (street name speed) and the boxer alleges that his coffee was likely spiked with it and that he had no knowledge of ingesting such a drug.
The appeal rejected the notion and handed him a two year ban stretching back to the date he was tested and will see him unable to fight again until late 2014.
The drug is known to stunt appetite and give a user immense energy.
Browne not surprised by Price's decision
Lucas "Big Daddy" Browne says he's far from shocked with David Price's decision to vacate the Commonwealth heavyweight title.
The hammer-fisted Aussie won the right to contest the crown when he halted Sheffield giant Richard Towers last month.
He was hoping to square off with Price in early 2014, but the Liverpudlian's new promoters, Sauerland, yesterday confirmed that he'll be relinquishing the championship along with his British belt.
Browne keeps busy against old foe Clarence Tillman on December 13 and will be ready for his title opportunity in the New Year.
"I can't say I'm surprised that Price has vacated to be honest. If Tony Thompson can stop Price, I know I can too," Lucas, 18-0 (16 KOs), said.
"I have a fight in a weeks' time that I'm focusing on and I can't wait to close 2013 with a bang before beginning 2014 with that title fight.
"I'll leave all the negotiations for the Commonwealth title up to my management and Ricky Hatton. I know I'm in good hands and I'm on the right path. "
Matt Clark, Browne's manager, believes his charge's devastating destruction of Towers in Hull five weeks ago has helped influence Price's decision.
"I think it's a wise move by Price and his promoter to relinquish the Commonwealth title rather than have him stopped by Lucas," he added.
"Adam Booth is Price's new trainer. He was ringside for Lucas stopping Richard Towers and he presumably didn't like what he saw."
He added: "Lucas is the mandatory challenger and our goal for a few years now has been to see him become the first Aussie in over 120 years to become Commonwealth heavyweight champion.
"Hatton Promotions have been instrumental in helping this to almost become a reality."
Photo credit: Mark Robinson/Hatton Promotions
Shumenov looking forward to GBP debut on Broner undercard
WBA Light Heavyweight World Champion Defends Against Tamas Kovacs on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING Quadrupleheader,
Undefeated Rising Superstar Adrien Broner Risks WBA Welterweight Belt Against Dangerous Marcos Maidana In the Main Event; Tickets On Sale Now
NEW YORK (Dec. 4, 2013) - Beibut Shumenov is a former amateur standout in Europe and represented Kazakhstan in the 2004 Olympic Games. The WBA Super Light Heavyweight World Champion, he became the fighter with the fewest professional fights to win a 175-pound world title when he captured the crown in his tenth start.
On Saturday, Dec. 14, Shumenov (13-1, 8 KO's) will make his Golden Boy Promotions debut and his fifth title defense when he faces unbeaten Tamas Kovacs (23-0, 14 KO's) of Slovakia, in the opening bout of a SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING quadrupleheader live on SHOWTIME® (8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT) from the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. It is the second of back-to-back four-fight telecasts on SHOWTIME. This Saturday, Dec. 7, friends-turned-foes and former World Champions Zab Judah and Paulie Malignaggi fight for Brooklyn bragging rights when they meet in the featured match at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.
In the eagerly awaited main event on Dec. 14, popular, colorful, undefeated rising superstar Adrien "The Problem" Broner faces the toughest test of his career when he risks his WBA Welterweight World Championship against hard-hitting Marcos "El Chino" Maidana. In addition to Shumenov-Kovacs, there are two more 12-rounders on the stacked card: Undefeated WBA Interim Welterweight World Champion Keith "One Time" Thurman defends against dangerous Jesus "El Renuente" Soto Karass and undefeated WBC Super Bantamweight Champion Leo "Terremoto" Santa Cruz defends against Cesar Seda.
Shumenov,a personable, humble 6-foot-2, 30-year-old who has lived in Las Vegas since 2007, grew up with his father, an accountant, mother, a school teacher, and younger brother in a one-unit home when Kazakhstan was a part of Russia. His parents were business-minded and hard-working, frequently putting in 10-to-12-hour days, and were often on the road.
Shumenov nearly died when he was less than a-year-old. While under the care of his aunts, he was fed spoiled milk. Two weeks later, when his father returned Beibut was blue-faced and had to be rushed to the hospital. They could not locate a vein and had to give him IV through the head. His parents were told he would die.
He survived, but was a sickly child for years. He was unable to play sports until he was nearly six when he started taking Taekwando, karate, wrestling, Muay Thai and kickboxing. He mostly kept involved in the family's businesses. He and younger brother, Chingis, were to become attorneys. Beibut once worked as a clerk for a judge in Kazakhstan and Chingis once worked as a prosecutor and is the current Deputy Mayor of Shymkent, Kazakhstan.
After watching a Mike Tyson fight on television, Shumenov turned to boxing at the age of 13 and quickly established himself as a fighter with ability. In the amateurs, he went 180-20 pounds. There were enormous expectations for him to bring home the gold in the Olympics. He won his first fight, but broke his hand in the process and then lost his second bout.
"I broke my right hand in the fight that I won,'' Shumenov said, "But I wasn't able to punch with it and lost my second fight against the guy from Turkey. Before the Olympics, I fought the guy and won.''
The defeat demoralized Shumenov. "I quit boxing after the Olympics,'' he said. "I couldn't handle the loss. Everyone was so confident I'd win the gold medal. There was so much pressure. So after returning home in 2004 I quit to concentrate on the family businesses. Even though I suffered a broken hand, I felt I'd let so many people down, including my father, mother and country. But I always maintained my condition.''
In 2006, Shumenov returned to the ring with an eye on the 2008 Olympics, but after dominating his opposition he was urged by a former coach to turn pro, which he did at age 24 on Nov. 17, 2007.
Shumenov won his initial eight starts, suffered his lone defeat on a 12-round majority decision to defending WBA light heavyweight champion Gabriel Campillo, then reversed the result in a rematch on a controversial 12-round split decision in his tenth outing on Jan. 29, 2010.
Here's more of what the physically strong, aggressive-minded Shumenov had to say about his life, career, Golden Boy and upcoming bout against Kovacs:
On signing with Golden Boy Promotions after basically promoting all his fights with the exception of his pro debut...
"I'm very excited and really appreciate what Golden Boy is doing for me. I finally get to show the world my boxing skills and that I am the best light heavyweight in the world. Really, to get this opportunity on a big card like this, on SHOWTIME, has brought a whole new level to my training.
"I'm so thankful for Golden Boy and SHOWTIME. Since signing with Golden Boy in late September, I've felt like a weight has been lifted. I always wanted to be on a major network when I was promoting myself (he and his brother formed KZ Event Productions), but everything was coming out of my pocket. It got frustrating and very stressful for me to try and do everything and the business outside the ring. It was taking away from what I needed to do inside the ring.
"Before, I was my own manager, trainer, fighter and promoter. I'm still my own trainer but I feel very confident. I don't have to think about promoting, only the preparation for the fight. It is a great relief.''
On his goals...
"My main goal is to unify all the titles. I've always wanted to fight for world titles against other great champions. Sure, I'd fight Bernard Hopkins. I'd feel very honored."
On what this fight means to him...
"This is by far my greatest opportunity. I'm going to try to win impressively. That's how you get popular. That's what the exposure of fighting on SHOWTIME can do. This is like starting over as far as opportunity goes on this kind of platform. I want to utilize my skills. I'm comfortable. I've trained hard and enjoyed my preparation. I feel everything's going well. There's no pressure. I'm very focused.''
On this being his fifth title defense yet first fight in 18 months and only fourth since July 2010..."The reason I've fought so little was because I only wanted big fights, and I was trying to do it on my own with no promoter. We tried a long time to make a unification with (Chad) Dawson and (Nathan) Cleverly when they were champions. I tried to reach out to their promoters. I thought I was close against Cleverly, but he disappeared on me. Dawson disappeared, too. I thought I had a unification with Juergen Braehmer when he was WBO champ but he also just disappeared.''
On what he knows about Kovacs...
"To be honest, I haven't seen many of his highlights on tape but I know he's an aggressive, come forward fighter that throws a lot of punches. I'm sure he'll try and make it exciting. But I have the style and the knowledge to fight against anyone. I'm a power puncher-boxer. I have a lot of power but l like to show my skills. I feel confident against any style. I'm excited to get back in the ring and I'm really looking forward to this fight."
On leaving the family business to return to boxing...
"Our family is very close. I'm sure I get my drive from my parents. Every business decision we make is a family decision. If my parents had their way, I wouldn't fight. They would prefer I run our family business. They're very proud of me, but I'm sure they'd rather me be involved in more business-related ventures than to be in this kind of sport. I only plan to fight a couple more years.''
"For me to get this far is an accomplishment. Kazakhstan was not an easy place to grow up. I broke my hand in the Olympics and a few other things on the streets.''
On coming to America...
"I chose to move to Las Vegas to live and train because it is the boxing capital of the world. When I first said I was coming by myself to the United States, my dad laughed. He thought I'd be here about a week and was just coming to party.
"The first English I learned came from watching movies. I watched all kinds of movies for about six months and then hired a tutor, who worked with me for two months. My favorite movie is 'The Godfather.' ''
ABOUT "BRONER VS. MAIDANA":
"DANGER ZONE: Broner vs. Maidana," a 12-round fight for Broner's WBA Welterweight World Championship taking place on Saturday, Dec. 14 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions and Leija*Battah Promotions and sponsored by Corona, AT&T, Casamigos Tequila and Grudge Match. In the 12-round co-featured attraction, Keith Thurman will defend his interim WBA Welterweight World Championship against Jesus Soto Karass. Leo Santa Cruz will put his WBC Super Bantamweight World title on the line against Cesar Seda in a 12-round bout and Beibut Shumenov faces Tamas Kovacs in a 12-round clash for Shumenov's WBA Super & IBA Light Heavyweight World titles. The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® telecast will air live at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and can be heard in Spanish using secondary audio programming (SAP). Preliminary bouts will air live on SHOWTIME EXTREME® at 6:00 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).