Showtime prepares for its final PPV card with the news that it will be exiting boxing at the end of the year.
After 37 years of televising boxing, the network announced its final PPV card featuring David Benavidez and Demetrius Andrade as the headline event on November 25th, 2023. The two undefeated fighters have the chance to face Canelo Alvarez for his undisputed title if they can come out with a victory. The fight is seen as a test between Benavidez’s power and Andrade’s awkward style. Although boxing fans were wanting to see Benavidez vs. Canelo, it is a defining moment for both fighters. Benavidez’s time to secure the Canelo fight is running out, given his own ambitions of moving up to 175 pounds. As for Andrade, at the age of 35, can he go toe-to-toe with the Mexican Monster? And with those unanswered questions, Showtime’s Stephen Espinoza expected a competitive fight. Meanwhile, Andrade was more than ready for the task ahead.
“Benavidez vs. Andrade is a career-defining matchup of two of the most avoided and skilled fighters in boxing whose desire to be great and will to win should push them both to be at their best,” Espinoza
“We have ourselves a great fight. Our styles are going to clash really well, and I think we’re going to put on a show. May the best man win. This is the Super Bowl of the 168-pound division. This is the biggest fight that can be made. The two most avoided fighters. Yes, I haven’t fought the best because the best doesn’t want to fight me. He can have that same claim. But the time is now,” Andrade
In the co-main event, Jermall Charlo also faces a career-defining fight as he makes his return against Jose Benavidez Jr. in his first fight in more than two years. The WBC middleweight champion has battled past mental health struggles to make his comeback. Although the WBC title is not on the line, a loss to Benavidez Jr. would damage the American’s chances of securing fights against Canelo and Caleb Plant.
Elsewhere on the card, other title fights include Subriel Matias vs. Shohjahon Ergashev, as the former defends his IBF junior welterweight title. It will be the champion’s first defense of his title against the unbeaten mandatory, who is ranked number four. Matias has stopped his last four opponents, while Ergashev has beaten former undefeated fighters Sonny Fredrickson and Mykal Fox in an impressive resume.
Elsewhere, Hector Garcia takes on the number-one ranked contender Lamont Roach in a defense of his WBA super featherweight title. Garcia will have his first fight since his loss to Gervonta Davis at lightweight. Meanwhile, Roach has won his last four fights, showing that he is more than a worthy opponent. And that card has gotten a positive reaction on social media.
Worth every penny. One of the best cards of the year and Benavidez is the heir to the throne but Andrade is a top quality operator 💯
— Lewis Su Boxing (@Lewissu123) November 16, 2023
— boxingp4p Jack (@Boxingp4pJack) November 16, 2023