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Keith Thurman Headlines New PBC Venture on ESPN

Photo: Hoganphotos / GBP

Photo: Hoganphotos / GBP

After 17 years in the business of televising the sport, tonight marks the series finale for the stalwart boxing program, Friday Night Fights on ESPN. In its place, and premiering on July 11, 2015, Premier Boxing Champions (PBC), will start the latest network takeover for their brand of Al Haymon funded boxing. PBC on ESPN will air 12, two-hour live shows annually on ESPN and ABC. ESPN Deportes, ESPN’s Spanish-language network, will also televise all PBC on ESPN fights as part of its Noche de Combates series and ESPN International will present coverage across its networks in Latin America, Brazil, the Caribbean and Pacific Rim.

This first PBC on ESPN card will take place in Tampa, Florida and will be headlined by Keith “One Time” Thurman (25-0, 21 KOs) versus respected veteran, Luis Collazo (36-6, 19 KOs) in a 12-round welterweight bout. This is a hometown fight of sorts for Thurman, who is from Clearwater, Florida; just across a bridge about 20 minutes away from Tampa. Thurman, 26, is a talented and charismatic rising star, who is a leading contender to be the heir apparent king of the welterweight division, once Floyd Mayweather Jr. retires. The 34 year old Collazo is about a year removed from losing a clear decision to Amir Khan, but he has long been respected as a competitive and quality pro in his weight class.

The co-feature of the card will be a 10-round junior middleweight matchup between undefeated Tony Harrison (21-0, 18 KOs) and Willie Nelson (23-2-1, 13 KOs). Other preliminary bouts on the undercard will be streamed live on ESPN3. The card will take place at a venue to be named in Tampa, Florida. 3morerounds.com will be there live reporting on the event.

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