Showtime Championship Boxing
|Showtime Championship Boxing|
|Country of origin||United States|
|First shown in||March 1986|
|Related shows||ShoBox: The New Generation|
Showtime Championship Boxing is a television boxing program airing on Showtime. Debuting in March 1986, it is broadcast live on the first Saturday of every month. Showtime Championship Boxing, which is very similar to HBO World Championship Boxing, features Mauro Ranallo on blow-by-blow, Al Bernstein as the color analyst and Jim Gray and as reporter.
Some of the memorable fights on Showtime Championship Boxing include:
- "Marvelous" Marvin Hagler defeated John "The Beast" Mugabi in an 11th-round knockout on the debut broadcast of Showtime Championship Boxing in March 1986.
- Diego Corrales defeated José Luis Castillo for the WBC lightweight title in a 10th-round TKO on May 7, 2005. The fight is almost universally regarded as the best fight of 2005.
- The four fight series of Israel Vázquez and Rafael Márquez. Marquez won the first fight on March 3, 2007, after Vazquez couldn't continue after round 7. Vázquez would knock out Marquez in the sixth round of their second fight on August 4, 2007. This fight won Fight of the Year and Round of the Year (Round 3) honors for 2007 by The Ring. Their 3rd fight was considered to be the most exciting, which took place on March 1, 2008. Vazquez won the fight by split decision, after an incredible twelfth-round which saw Vázquez knock Márquez into the ropes, which prevented Marquez from hitting the canvas, resulting in a critical knockdown in the closing seconds of the fight. This fight was recognized as Fight of the Year for 2008 by Ring magazine as well. Marquez won their fourth fight by a third round technical knockout.
Brian Kenny, formerly of ESPN, currently serves as host of the program. The main broadcast team features Mauro Ranallo on blow-by-blow, Al Bernstein as chief color analyst and (when he is available) boxer Paulie Malignaggi as an analyst. The third role was previously filled by Antonio Tarver, Ferdie Pacheco and Bobby Czyz among others. Veteran Jim Gray is chief reporter. Former top commentators include Steve Albert and Gus Johnson.
- Showtime Championship Boxing has had a spinoff series, ShoBox: The New Generation.
- This program celebrated its 20th-anniversary year in 2006.
- Older fights from Showtime air on ESPN Classic and ESPN2.
- ShoBox: The New Generation (a television boxing program airing on Showtime from 2001–present)
- HBO World Championship Boxing (a television boxing program airing on HBO from 1973–present)
- HBO Boxing After Dark (a television boxing program airing on HBO from 1996–present)