Broadcasts to Be Produced by Showtime Sports
Golden Boy Promotions is teaming up with Showtime Sports and CBS Sports in an effort to air the professional boxing debuts of current Olympic participants. The two dates that have been slotted for the broadcasts are Sunday, October 14th, and Saturday, December 15th.
"It is a great pleasure for Golden Boy Promotions to be working with CBS on this exciting network television opportunity for these young athletes," said Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions. "It is a chance of a lifetime and a guaranteed career jumpstart for some of these fighters to be able to make their professional debuts in front of millions of viewers on the CBS Television network."
Schaefer is in London for the Olympics right now, and he has been keeping a close eye on the boxing competition since the Games started this past weekend. The United States sent a total of 12 men and women to represent the country, and four of the six male fighters have already advanced to the next round of the tournaments in their respective weight classes.
"It is a dream come true for any Olympic fighter to make his or her pro debut on network television," said Stephen Espinoza, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Showtime Sports. "I am grateful to my colleagues at CBS who are giving Showtime the opportunity to present the future of the sport to the largest possible audience. It will be an exciting moment for boxing, and I am proud to be part of this special presentation."
Golden Boy President and 1992 Olympic Gold Medalist Oscar De La Hoya has also committed to assisting the development of those fighters from the London Games as they make the turn to the professional level.
"I know from my own experience the pressure these young fighters are under to compete in the Olympics, to represent their country well and to bring home a medal," said De La Hoya. "Once the celebrating is over and they turn professional, there are certain things that happen during that transition that I feel I can assist them with because I did it myself."
Golden Boy has mostly a West Coast presence at the current time, but all of that will soon change when the Barclays Center in Brooklyn opens this fall. Golden Boy has already been granted promotional rights for boxing at the new venue.