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HOLIDAY BRO-NUS Broner-Maidana Is OFF PPV, on Dec. 14

BY Michael Woods ON October 26, 2013
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Schaefer  Espinoza IMG 2100 7d9f6Adrien Broner will fight Marcos Maidana on Dec. 14, but that fight will not be on PPV, as previously announced. Instead, Showtime boxing boss Stephen Espinoza and Golden Boy boss Richard Schaefer said, as a thank you to fans, the card will be on regular Showtime. The duo (pictured above in Jayson Colon/FightImages photo) spoke in AC, at Boardwalk Hall, before the Hopkins-Murat card kicked off.

That scrap will top the Dec. 14 card, which will unfold in San Antonio, and also feature bouts between welter champ Keith Thurman and Jesus Soto Karass; Leo Santa Cruz vs. Cesar Seda; light heavy titlist Beibut Shumenov vs. Tamas Kovas and Victor Ortiz coming back against Alfonso Gomez.

The Dec. 7 Barclays card got more packed, the duo announced. A Zab Judah-Paul Malignaggi faceoff still headlines, but that is now joined by a Devon Alexander title defense, against Shawn Porter. Erislandy Lara meets Austin trout as part of a stellar undercard, and Sakio Bika takes on Anthony Dirrell in the Brooklyn arena.

Espinoza said that Showtimes' boxing rating are up almost 60% over the last two years, and he asked for and received financial concessions from Golden Boy to make these two packed cards happen. They all still see Broner as a PPV attraction int he near future, and said this tussle likely would have done 200-300,000 buys...but right now, it's better for more eyaballs to be on Broner.

Here is the release which went out after the announcement:

 

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (Oct. 26, 2013) - To celebrate one of the strongest years of programming in boxing history, SHOWTIME Sports® and Golden Boy Promotions will deliver back-to-back blockbuster events airing live on SHOWTIME on Saturday, Dec. 7 and Saturday, Dec. 14. Both events will be quadrupleheaders featuring six world championship fights including the most exciting and dynamic champions and challengers in the welterweight, super welterweight and super bantamweight divisions.   

Throughout this past year, month after month, week after week, SHOWTIME and Golden Boy Promotions have featured the sport's biggest stars in the most significant and meaningful fights in every relevant division in boxing.  They joined forces to produce the most lucrative pay-per-view event in television history with perennial pound-for-pound superstar Floyd "Money'' Mayweather,grew the average audience for live boxing on SHOWTIME by more than 30 percent from 2012, and attracted record crowds at sold-out arenas from coast to coast. 

Beginning Dec. 7, the first of consecutive quadrupleheaders takes place at Barclays Center in Brooklyn when former five-time, two-division World Champion Zab "Super" Judah(42-8, 29 KO's) and former two-time, two-division World Champion Paulie "Magic Man" Malignaggi(32-5, 7 KO's) clash in the main event, a 12-round showdown for Brooklyn bragging rights.

The co-feature will match IBF Welterweight World Champion Devon Alexander "The Great'' (25-1, 14 KOs), of St. Louis, Mo., against unbeaten Shawn Porter (22-0-1, 14 KOs), of Akron, Ohio. Also on the card will be Erislandy Lara (18-1-2, 12 KO's) of Houston, Texas against former world champion Austin Trout, of Las Cruces, N.M., for the vacantWBA Super Welterweight Championship.  Rounding out the televised card, Sakio "The Scorpion'' Bika (32-5-2, 21 KO's) makes the first defense of his WBC Super Middleweight crown against unbeaten Anthony Dirrell (26-0, 22 KO's), of Flint, Mich.

Then, on Dec. 14 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, the super-talented WBA Welterweight World Champion Adrien "The Problem" Broner (27-0, 22 KO's), of Cincinnati, will make the first defense of his title when he meets the toughest opponent of his career, the dangerous, hard-hitting Marcos "El Chino" Maidana (34-3, 31 KO's), of Santa Fe, Argentina in the main event.

A ratings goliath, Broner will be making his first start since capturing the 147-pound belt with a hard-fought 12-round split decision over defending champion Malignaggi. He made history when he became the fourth fighter to jump two weight classes and win a welterweight world championship, joining Hall of Famers Henry "Homicide Hank" Armstrong, Roberto "Mano de Piedra" Duran and future candidate "Sugar" Shane Mosley.

Maidana has won three fights in a row, including a smashing sixth-round technical knockout over Josesito Lopez in scintillating slugfest and Fight of the Year candidate last June 8 on SHOWTIME.

In 12-rounders underneath Broner-Maidana, undefeated Keith "One Time" Thurman (21-0, 19 KO's), of Clearwater, Fla., gets tested when he defends his WBA Interim Welterweight World title against tough-as-nails Jesus "Renuente" Soto Karass (32-12-4, 19 KO's), of Mexico City, Mexico, who owns back-to-back impressive victories over world-ranked Selcuk Aydin and Andre Berto.  And recently crowned WBC Super Bantamweight Champion Leo "Terremoto" Santa Cruz (25-0-1, 15 KO's) of Los Angeles, Calif. will make his first defense against Cesar Seda (25-1, 17 KO's) of San Juan, Puerto Rico.

The card will also feature, in separate bouts, former WBC Welterweight Champion Victor Ortiz (29-4-2, 22 KO's) against Alfonso Gomez (22-5-2, 11 KO's) of Los Angeles and Light Heavyweight Champion Beibut Shumenov (13-1, 8 KO's) against Tamas Kovacs (23-0, 14 KO's) of Slovakia.

2013 SHOWTIME and Golden Boy Promotions Highlights

On April 27, at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, Danny Garcia faced Judah and Peter Quillin met Fernando Guerrero in two thrilling fights on SHOWTIME.  The event set an attendance record for the largest crowd for a boxing event at that venue. 

More than 40,000 fans, the largest paid crowd for a boxing event in the U.S. in nearly 15 years, filled the Alamodome in San Antonio for the Canelo Alvarez vs.Trout fight that headlined a card on April 20. The peak audience on the telecast was nearly 1.1 million viewers, making it the third most watched boxing event on record for SHOWTIME.

On June 8, the largest crowd in the history of the venue turned out at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif., for an event highlighted by all-action brawls between Maidana and Josesito Lopez and Lara and Alfredo Angulo, both Fight of the Year candidates.

On June 22, undefeated rising superstar Broner and hometown favorite and defending world champion Malignaggi attracted more than 11,000 fans to Barclays Center and drew an audienceof more than 1.3 million viewers on SHOWTIME, the second-largest rating for a bout on the premium network on record.

The April 20 and the June 22 events, two of the top-3 most watched boxing events on record for SHOWTIME, anchored a viewership boon in 2013 whereby the network saw more than 30-percent increases in average viewership for the second consecutive year.

On Aug. 24, a  crowd of 7,686 at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. witnessed perhaps the Upset of the Year when Two-Division World Champion Jhonny Gonzalez (55-8, 47 KO's) captured the WBC Featherweight Championship with a stunning knockout, 2:55 of the first-round over previously unbeaten Abner Mares.

Then, on Sept. 14, on SHOWTIME PPV®, Mayweather defeated Canelo in "THE ONE," a record-setting mega-event that ranks as the highest-grossing pay-per-view of all time with more than $150 million in U.S. revenue alone, surpassing the previous record of $136 million generated by Mayweather vs. Oscar De La Hoya in 2007. "THE ONE" also set records for boxing gate receipts by selling out within 24 hours of going on sale and for live gate revenue at more than $20 million. With approximately 2.2 million buys, "THE ONE'' ranks second all-time to the Mayweather vs. De La Hoya pay-per-view which sold over 2.5 million buys.   

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amayseng says:

Finally some common sense. No need to have a ppv with fighters that are clearly non ppv worthy fighters. a solid card this is, but NOT a ppv worthy card.

amayseng says:

"as a thank you to fans"

hahahaha

you mean "because the ppv is not worthy and we will be losing money"

Radam G says:

It was more money sense instead of common sense. Broner may lose. He already is having weight problems. Dude has no discipline. He's busy eating his arse off like his pops. Broner will be fighting "Lights out" Toney in a couple years at 250lbs. Holla!

brownsugar says:

It was more money sense instead of common sense. Broner may lose. He already is having weight problems. Dude has no discipline. He's busy eating his arse off like his pops. Broner will be fighting "Lights out" Toney in a couple years at 250lbs. Holla!


Hilarious RG........

Showtime did the right thing besides...the money they received from the May/Canelo will hold them over

Shoulder Roll Defense says:

Finally some common sense. No need to have a ppv with fighters that are clearly non ppv worthy fighters. a solid card this is, but NOT a ppv worthy card.


It's a whole lot more PPV worthy than the Bradley vs. Marquez card. That undercard was garbage in comparison.

The Shadow says:

Boxing economics 101 (keep this in mind ALWAYS):

- With a PPV, the promoter is responsible for the cost -- NOT the network. Why? When it's on regular Showtime, the network pays a license fee. With a PPV, the promoter takes ALL the risk.

- With a PPV like this one, it doesn't have to sell one million to be profitable. This particular PPV only had to do around 100K to generate a healthy ROI for GBP. Why? Because it doesn't cost as much to put on as a Mayweather PPV, which is EASILY a $50m investment for the promoter(s).

- For that reason, having it be on PPV, Showtime can never "lose money" on it -- they probably had excess money lying around and perhaps Moonves just felt like being ostentatious.

Keep this in mind always. You must understand boxing business before you can speculate on anything else.

On a different note, don't discount the head-to-head BS going on -- SHO is scheming for some Rigo. They will absolutely, totally, completely MURK the HBO broadcast going on the same night. And guess what -- Top Rank doesn't care. They owe him fights and won't cry if they get rid of him.

SouthPaul says:

Interesting read, Shadow, but I ain't buying the gift to fans spin either. Remember: Stephen Espinoza not only represents Showtime but let's not forget he pretty much also represents GBP's. He's their ex attorney/ lawyer handled all their contracts, etc., so more than anything this is a gift from him to them. The gift of lessening the PPV pressure (this card wasn't going to make much cash specially going against a free Hbo card the same night) and the gift of that licensing fee you mentioned. Also makes it much easier to go head to head with their rival. So yea, this is all a matter of dollar and cents/sense. And, oh yea, we'll throw fans a little boxing snack in the process.

amayseng says:

It's a whole lot more PPV worthy than the Bradley vs. Marquez card. That undercard was garbage in comparison.


ya i ripped that event for being a ppv as well. i hear they got terrible results sales wise

Radam G says:

On the Bradley-Hulkquez, the angle was to con fanfaronades, fanboys and dude fluzzies into believing that Marquez in dat Hulkquez syet could really still fight and was going to track down Big Foot Bradley and one shot him.

Well Marquez is SHOT! He took one too many beatings. And showed the affects against Bradley. Hulkquez was zombie bouncing and stutter stepping -- clear signs of a shot fighter. The first to go on a boxer/fighter is his/her legs. Holla!

Radam G says:

Broner's big @$$ is showing eating-too-much-of-his-daddy's-food effects, FIRST and FOREMOST!

Broner needs to be put on a food diet yesterday, or his arrogrant arse will Don-Curry out in 2014. What gives fighters a short boxing life is working women, wrong foods and wrong drugs. Broner is a BIG he ho of all three.

Dude has been a rising star that is gonna be a falling one soon if those around him don't straighten him out yesterday. Holla!

Shoulder Roll Defense says:

Broner's big @$$ is showing eating-too-much-of-his-daddy's-food effects, FIRST and FOREMOST!

Broner needs to be put on a food diet yesterday, or his arrogrant arse will Don-Curry out in 2014. What gives fighters a short boxing life is working women, wrong foods and wrong drugs. Broner is a BIG he ho of all three.

Dude has been a rising star that is gonna be a falling one soon if those around him don't straighten him out yesterday. Holla!


You said a mouth full RG. Broner's talent is undeniable, but his work ethic will be his down fall. He needs to leave the rapping and hood rats alone and focus on his craft if he wants to be great.

amayseng says:

You said a mouth full RG. Broner's talent is undeniable, but his work ethic will be his down fall. He needs to leave the rapping and hood rats alone and focus on his craft if he wants to be great.


Broner is undeniably blessed with phenomenal athletic ability and talent.

how far he goes in the sport depends on his discipline and dedication.

as of today he is not making the proper decisions.

I think he needs to be more active and fight as often as he can, keep him busy

in training camp and out of trouble.

brownsugar says:

Broner's potential PPV value took a huge hit when he tried to employ the same walkem' down tactic he used against Rees and the previous 135 title holder in his fight with Malignacci.
Broner still won but gave the appearance he could only fight one way.
Floyd Mayweather didn't become who he is by trying to emulate another fighter.
There was a long and set of dynamics that created the Mayweather Phenomenon.
You just don't get there by flashing money and having an attitude alone.
You must earn it.
If Broner can take Maidana apart he will get one step close toward reaching his goal.
But he won't get there (PPV) through artificial means.
Showtime was a little premature with this endeavor and the knew it... The show may have been profitable but it would have alienated fans.

amayseng says:

exactly B-sug, Broner barely beat Paulie, and not in impressive fashion. it was a close fight with little excitement on Broners end.

Look what floyd did to make his way to being a ppv attraction: his fight with Corrales, an exciting and phenomenal display of speed and power with a full offensive arsenal.

look at floyds destruction of Gatti, of course gatti was spent and on the decline, but it still was an exciting and brutal fight.

broner vs paulie was boring compared to what floyd displayed in the above mentioned bouts.

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