Spike TV will add live boxing to the lineup this March, announcing the airing of “Premier Boxing Champions” recently.
The monthly prime time event will begin March 13 at 9 p.m. ET with Andre Berto vs. Joseito Lopez and Shawn Porter vs. Roberto Garcia.
Currently, the network airs both Bellator MMA and Glory Kickboxing cards.
“We share the vision of the Premier Boxing Champions series to put the fighters first,” said Kevin Kay, Spike TV president. “The fighters are the stars, and we will give them a platform to demonstrate why they are among greatest and most exciting athletes in the world.”
Below are breakdowns of the two announced fights:
Andre Berto vs. Josesito Lopez
Andre Berto of Winter Haven, Fla., is an electrifying welterweight with an outstanding record of 29-3 with 22 knockouts. It doesn’t matter who he is facing, Berto always comes to fight. He has been in several “fight of the year” battles against Victor Ortiz, Robert Guerrero and Luis Collazo. Josesito Lopez is a battle-tested ring veteran from Riverside, Cal., with a record of 33-6 with 19 knockouts. Lopez blends tenacity with superb boxing skills to give opponents fits in the ring as he did in epic battles against Victor Ortiz, Saul (Canelo) Alvarez and Marcos Maidana. Berto-Lopez shapes up as a no-holds barred ring war.
Shawn Porter vs. Roberto Garcia
Shawn Porter of Akron, Ohio is a perpetual motion machine in the ring, drawing comparisons to the great Aaron Pryor. Heavy-handed with power in both hands, Porter has a record of 24-1-1 with 15 knockouts and that record includes some impressive victories over Devon Alexander and Paulie Malignaggi. Roberto Garcia, a tough veteran from Houston, Texas with a record of 33-3, 22 knockouts, has the kind of ring savvy that comes with experience and superb boxing skills. He has won eight straight matches and will ride that momentum into his fight against Porter, who is coming off the first loss of his professional career. Both Porter and Garcia have something to prove, which always makes for an exciting match.