Leading the exciting three-fight SHOWTIME PPV COUNTDOWN is top heavyweight Frank “The Cuban Flash” Sanchez, who will fight Scott Alexander in a 10-round contest on Saturday, September 30.
Also on the card, ex-light heavyweight champ Oleksandr Gvozdyk will clash with Brazil’s Isaac Rodrigues in an eight-round bout. In addition, 2012 U.S. Olympian Terrell Gausha will fight KeAndrae Leatherwood in an eight-round middleweight contest. The live stream kicks off at 5:30 p.m. ET/2:30 p.m. PT, accessible on the SHOWTIME SPORTS YouTube channel and the SHOWTIME Boxing® Facebook page.
Guiding viewers through the event will be the acclaimed MORNING KOMBAT live digital talk show duo, Luke Thomas and Brian Campbell.
The excitement builds as these fights set the stage for the main four-fight pay-per-view broadcast that opens up at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. The main event features Undisputed Super Middleweight World Champion Canelo Álvarez putting his belts on the line against Undisputed Junior Middleweight World Champion Jermell Charlo. This is a significant clash of reigning undisputed champions.
Grab your tickets for this live spectacle through AXS.com, an event brought to you by Canelo Promotions and TGB Promotions.
Trained in California under the guidance of Canelo Álvarez’s respected trainer, Eddy Reynoso, Cuban-born Sánchez (22-0, 15 KOs) made waves in the heavyweight division with his victory over previously undefeated Efe Ajagba in October 2021. Recently, he made quick work of Daniel Martz in just one round. Standing against him is 34-year-old Alexander (17-5-2, 9 KOs), who recently scored a knockout against Jaime Solorio in August 2022.
Representing Ukraine with a bronze medal at the 2012 Olympics, Gvozdyk (19-1, 15 KOs) turned professional in 2014 and climbed the ranks to win the WBC title. After a title loss to Artur Beterbiev, he scored two victories in 2023. His opponent, Rodrigues (28-4, 22 KOs) from Brazil, has a respectable career dating back to 2005.
2012 U.S. Olympian Gausha (23-3-1, 12 KOs), now representing Encino, Calif., has had a solid career with respectable performances. He is set to fight Leatherwood (23-8-1, 13 KOs), a seasoned fighter who’s faced many great opponents.
The non-broadcast undercard features 140-pound contender Gabriel Valenzuela (27-3-1, 16 KOs) against Yeis Gabriel Solano (15-2, 10 KOs), amateur debutant Curmel Moton fighting Ezequiel Flores (4-0, 3 KOs), and rising super featherweight Justin Viloria (3-0, 3 KOs) going head to head with Chicago’s Angel Barrera (4-2).
To wrap up the lineup, unbeaten prospects from Kazakhstan, Bek Nurmaganbet (10-0, 8 KOs) and Abilkhan Amankul (4-0, 4 KOs), will be featured in their respective fights, promising an exciting evening of boxing action.
“I recognize my value in the boxing world. I envision myself as a potential world champion. Recollections of veteran fighters contending at 20, 21, and 22 for titles inspire me. I aim to achieve similar heights, desiring to carve out a unique legacy for myself.
Fans should gear up for an intensely contested fight. I promise an inside, aggressive fight, the kind audiences crave. My goal is to ensure my hand is the one raised in victory.”
“My game plan is straightforward; heed my corner’s advice and remain vigilant. I’m gearing up to display the passionate Mexican fighting spirit that fans adore, especially this Saturday.
I feel honored to share the fight card with the likes of Canelo. Believe me, I’m set to seize this chance fully.
While I’m steering clear of exact forecasts, brace yourself for an electrifying duel. Elijah Garcia is a formidable opponent, and I’m preparing for his best. Spectators are in for a thrilling clash between us.”
“We’re immensely grateful for our Lake Tahoe training camp, shared with Canelo and Eddy Reynoso. The high altitude posed its unique challenges, but we met our objectives head-on.
The heavyweight division is well aware of my capabilities. My talent is the reason why top-contender fighters often sidestep me. Come Saturday, I’ll let my skills do the talking and showcase my true worth in the ring.”