FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, August 17th, 2016
NBC SPORTS GROUP PRESENTS PREMIER BOXING CHAMPIONS THIS SUN., AUG. 21, LIVE AT 5 PM ET ON NBC FROM BROOKLYN, N.Y.
Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr. vs. Leonard “The Lion” Bundu in Welterweight Bout
NBCSN Presents Continued Premier Boxing Champions Coverage Sunday at 9 p.m. ET
Claudio “The Matrix” Marrero (20-1, 14 KOs) takes on unbeaten Derrick Murray in super featherweight bout on NBCSN
Coverage Streamed Live on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app
STAMFORD, Conn. – August 17, 2016 – NBC Sports Group presents Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) this Sunday, August 21, at 5 p.m. ET on NBC, with undefeated rising star Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr. (20-0, 17 KOs) set to face Leonard “The Lion” Bundu (33-1-2, 12 KOs) in a 12-round welterweight world title eliminator from Coney Island Boardwalk in Brooklyn, N.Y. Coverage will follow the Olympic men’s basketball gold medal game at 2:45 p.m. ET on NBC.
NBCSN will present continuing PBC coverage Sunday at 9 p.m. ET, with Claudio “The Matrix” Marrero (20-1, 14 KOs) taking on unbeaten Derrick Murray (13-0-1, 5 KOs) in a super featherweight bout, and undefeated contenders Heather “The Heat” Hardy (17-0, 4 KOs) and Shelly “Shelito’s Way” Vincent (18-0, 1 KO) facing off in a featherweight bout.
Kenny Albert calls the action alongside analyst and professional boxer Daniel Jacobs, with Dave Briggs serving as host.
A LOOK AT THE MATCHUPS
The 2012 U.S. Olympian Spence Jr. will look to move one step closer to becoming the second member of the 2012 U.S. Olympic boxing team to win a world title after Rau’shee Warren won a bantamweight championship in June. Spence Jr. is coming off a dominating performance in which he stopped former world champion Chris Algieri in the fifth-round in a PBC on NBC main event. Previously, Spence Jr. stopped Phil Lo Greco in the third round on NBC in June. His impressive 2015 also included TKO victories over Chris van Heerden, Samuel Vargas and Alejandro Barrera, culminating with him being named ESPN’s Prospect of the Year.
Originally from Sierra Leone but fighting out of Toscana, Italy, Bundu represented Italy at the 2000 Olympic games where he defeated eventual world champion Daniel Geale. A former European welterweight champion, he owns victories over Frankie Gavin, Lee Purdy and Ismael El Massoudi in addition to going the distance in defeat against Keith Thurman.
A former title challenger who lost a narrow decision to Jesus Cuellar in 2013, Marrero has won six-straight bouts since then. Most recently, he dominated Jonathan Arrellano on his way to a decision victory in February. Marrero faces the unbeaten Murray, who fights out of St. Louis, Mo., and has already picked up victories in 2016 over Jose Silveria and Darryl Hayes.
A popular Brooklyn fighter who competed in Barclays Center’s first-ever professional female boxing match, Hardy has become a staple of the Brooklyn boxing scene. A little over two years after her pro debut, Hardy won an international title belt in the super bantamweight division in October 2014. Born in Connecticut but now fighting out of and representing Providence, Rhode Island, Vincent will look to earn the biggest win of her career against Hardy. Vincent has fought 10 rounds twice in her pro career, which dates back to 2011.
The Premier Boxing Champions series is created for television by Haymon Boxing. The PBC on NBC features many of today’s brightest stars, in their most compelling matches.
NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs – will stream Premier Boxing Champions coverage. The NBC Sports app, Powered by Playmaker Media, is available on the iTunes App Store, Google Play, Windows Store, Roku Channel Store, Apple TV and Amazon Fire.
–NBC SPORTS GROUP–