Here is some key information for Saturday’s blockbuster welterweight title unification clash that will see WBC and IBF World Champion Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr. and WBA World Champion Yordenis Ugas headline an explosive night of boxing on both SHOWTIME PPV® and SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® Saturday, April 16 from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas in a Premier Boxing Champions event.
SHOWTIME PPV BEGINS AT 9 pm ET/6 PT: The four-fight telecast features exciting lightweight contender Isaac “Pitbull” Cruz taking on veteran former world champion Yuriorkis Gamboa in the 10-round co-main event.
The lineup also includes unbeaten Jose Valenzuela battling former world champion Francisco “El Bandido” Vargas in a 10-round lightweight fight, plus unbeaten Cody Crowley faces veteran contender Josesito Lopez in a 10-round duel of all-action welterweights that kicks off the telecast.
SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING AT 7 PM ET/4 PM PT: Preceding the Spence-Ugas SHOWTIME PPV telecast, welterweight titleholder Radzhab Butaev and top contender Eimantas Stanionis face off in a special SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast airing live on SHOWTIME® and the SHOWTIME Sports YouTube Channel. The two unbeaten rising talents both have their eyes on a future world championship opportunity in the red hot 147-pound division. The telecast also features unbeaten knockout artist and future star Brandun Lee taking on Zachary Ochoa in a super lightweight bout. Named Ring Magazine’s Prospect of the Year in 2021, the fan-friendly Lee looks to extend his KO streak to 16 consecutive fights.
ON THE CALL: The most trusted and experienced team in combat sports will be on the pay-per-view call. Veteran sportscaster Brian Custer will host the SHOWTIME PPV telecast while versatile combat sports voice Mauro Ranallo will handle blow-by-blow action alongside Hall of Fame analyst Al Bernstein and three-division world champion Abner Mares. Three Hall of Famers round out the SHOWTIME telecast team – Emmy® award winning reporter Jim Grayunofficial scorer Steve Farhood and world-renowned ring announcer Jimmy Lennon Jr. Former junior middleweight world champion Raúl “El Diamante” Marquez and sportscaster Alejandro Luna will serve as expert analysts in Spanish on Secondary Audio Programming (SAP). On the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast, Hall of Famer Barry Tomkins calls the action from ringside with veteran combat sports reporter Brian Campbell and Marquez serving as expert analysts.
SPECIAL WEIGH-IN SHOW ON FRIDAY: A quartet of top SHOWTIME Sports talent will share their thoughts and views on Saturday’s fights during Friday’s weigh-in that will be live-streamed via the SHOWTIME SPORTS YouTube page at youtube.com/c/SHOSports. MORNING KOMBAT hosts Luke Thomas and Brian Campbell join former world champion Raul Marquez and ex-NBA great and ALL THE SMOKE podcast host Stephen Jackson to break down the fights.
HOW TO GET THE SHOWTIME PPV: The four-fight pay-per-view event is available for purchase and live streaming in the US at SHOWTIME.com/ppv and via the SHOWTIME app. The event is also available on major cable, satellite, and telco television providers throughout the US for a suggested retail price of $74.99 (SRP). In Canada, viewers can access the event via traditional distributors as well as digitally on PlayStation and FITE.tv.
SHOWTIME FREE TRIAL OFFER: SHOWTIME will offer a free 30-day trial beginning the day of the big fight, April 16. Consumers can try SHOWTIME free for 30 days, then pay just $3.99 per month for the first four months. The offer runs through May 17. Go to SHOWTIME.com for more information.
TICKETS: Tickets for the April 16 live event at AT&T Stadium, which is promoted by TGB Promotions and Man Down Promotions, are on sale now and can be purchased at SeatGeek.com, the Official Ticketing Provider of AT&T Stadium.
EMMY AWARD-WINNING ALL ACCESS: Fans can now catch up on ALL ACCESS: SPENCE VS. UGAS Episode One, which is available in its entirety now on the SHOWTIME Sports YouTube Channel. Click HERE to watch. Episode Two premiered last Saturday, April 9. To watch click HERE. ALL ACCESS EPILOGUE premieres Saturday, April 23.
ALL ACCESS GARNERS ANOTHER EMMY NOMINATION: ALL ACCESS: CANELO VS. PLANT, which premiered in 2021 prior to the Canelo vs. Plant SHOWTIME PPV event, was nominated last week for the 2021 Sports EMMY Award for outstanding writing. The winner will be announced at the awards ceremony in May. Various editions of the ALL ACCESS series have been nominated 11 times over the years, winning five EMMY Awards thus far.
The Last Stand, one of today’s hottest boxing podcasts for making news, hosted by leading sportscaster, SportsCenter anchor and SHOWTIME® Boxing host Brian Custer, has a new home. The podcast, which debuted in 2020, premiered with a fresh look and revamped production features on Monday, April 4 on the SHOWTIME Sports YouTube Channel.
The revamped video podcast features top-of-the-line production value with new episodes dropping every Monday on the SHOWTIME Sports YouTube Channel and on all major podcast platforms. Custer will continue to provide viewers with unfiltered, straight-talk from the biggest, most important names in the world of boxing as well as other prominent sports luminaries.
In this week’s episode, Custer gets Spence to dive deep into his upcoming SHOWTIME PPV® matchup against fellow world champion Yordenis Ugás, and a potential fight with Jermell Charlo. The conversation also touches on why Spence wants to fight Terence Crawford and much more.
Excerpts from the episode are below:
On a potential fight with Terence Crawford…
Spence – “It’s something that I’m definitely looking forward to and it’s something that I’m willing to work towards. After I get past Ugás, it could be an easy fight to make – it just depends on stipulations between me and him. I’ll bend but I’m not going to break. I’ll take off my coat but I’m not going to give it to you. So, I think it could happen and I’m looking forward to that fight. I think it’s a legacy fight for him and myself.”
On Jaron Ennis and Vergil Ortiz…
Spence – “I’m not one of those older guys that gets mad or stuff like that when a younger guy calls them out. That’s what they’re supposed to do because if a Jaron Ennis or a Vergil Ortiz, I saw he just recently called me out, if a lot of these young dudes didn’t call me out, I’d think there’s something wrong with them because when I was young and I was coming up, man, I was calling out everybody.”
On his future plans…
Spence – “[To become undisputed and then move up in weight] is definitely the plan. That’s definitely the plan. It’s unheard of for a fighter to stay at one weight class his whole career -especially a big fighter like myself. The plan is to definitely move up after I finish what I’m doing at 147.”