SHOWTIME Boxing Programming Notes

Three days before SHOWTIME presents the highly anticipated rematch between the two best little men in boxing, Rafael Marquez and Israel Vazquez, the network will air their dramatic first fight – a “Fight of the Year” candidate from March 3, 2007..

On Wednesday, Aug. 1, at 11 p.m. ET/PT, SHOWTIME will replay the WBC Super Bantamweight World Championship match between Marquez and Vasquez in its entirety. In the dramatic slugfest, Marquez rallied from an early knockdown to register a seventh-round TKO and capture the WBC 122-pound title. The non-stop, toe-to-toe action finally ceased when Vazquez , who suffered a broken nose early in the fight, retired on his stool after seven rounds.

SHOWTIME, which carried the initial Marquez-Vazquez match-up, will televise the rematch live on Saturday, Aug. 4, at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast).

In a special segment during the telecast, Emmy Award-winning sports reporter Jim Gray will interview two of boxing’s most bitter rivals simultaneously – wild, trash-talking, cigarette-smoking Ricardo Mayorga and fellow former world champion Fernando Vargas via satellite remote – as they prepare for their main event match-up on Saturday, Sept. 8, live on pay per view.

Additionally, SHOWTIME will launch a new Mixed Martial Arts series, ShoXC: Elite Challenger Series this Friday, July 27. The premiere five-bout, two-hour telecast will begin at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast).