NEW YORK – Showtime Networks Inc. is proud to announce that the World Light Heavyweight Championship fight between future Hall of Famer Bernard Hopkins and young upstart WBC World Champion Jean Pascal will be televised live on SHOWTIME.
The 12-round world championship bout, originally proposed as a pay-per-view event in the United States, will be held in Pascal’s home of Quebec, Canada-at the Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City-on Saturday, Dec. 18, and be televisedlive on SHOWTIME at 10 p.m. ET. The event is co-promoted by Group Yvon Michel Inc. and Golden Boy Promotions and sponsored by Casino Montreal and Quebec Tourism.
“We are thrilled to be able to offer this important championship fight directly to our loyal subscribers and fight fans,” said Ken Hershman, Executive Vice President and General Manager of SHOWTIME Sports®. “This is a milestone fight for each man’s respective career and thus this matchup fits perfectly into our programming strategy-to televise the most competitive and meaningful bouts in the sport.
“I want to thank the promoters for this event-Group Yvon Michel Inc., Golden Boy Promotions-and of course the fighters themselves for working with us to bring this bout to our faithful audience. It’s an early holiday present for SHOWTIME fight fans.”
Pascal and Hopkins are setting out on a multi-city, two-country press tour to officially announce their championship showdown with stops in Quebec City, Montreal, Toronto and New York. The press tour will mark Pascal’s first stateside appearance as WBC Light Heavyweight Champion. Please mark your calendars as these are events not to be missed.
PASCAL vs. HOPKINS TOUR DATES AND CITIES
Monday, October 18 Quebec City, Canada (Morning)
Quebec City Hall
Montreal, Canada (Afternoon)
Tuesday, October 19 Toronto, Canada
Air Canada Centre
Wednesday, October 20 New York City
Planet Hollywood – Times Square