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Wednesday, June 10th, 2015
NBC PRESENTS NEW “PBC: CORNER TO CORNER” SUN., JUNE 14 AT 2 PM ET- A LOOK INTO THE LIVES OF 4 PREMIER BOXING CHAMPIONS FIGHTERS BEFORE JUNE 20 BOUTS
Show Highlights Adrien Broner & Mentor Floyd Mayweather, Shawn Porter, Errol Spence & Roberto Garcia
“PBC on NBC” Returns to Las Vegas Saturday, June 20, Live in Primetime
STAMFORD, Conn. – June 10, 2015 – NBC presents a new PBC: Corner to Corner this Sunday, June 14 at 2 p.m. ET. The one-hour show offers a look inside the lives of boxers Adrien Broner, Shawn Porter, Errol Spence and Roberto Garcia, as they prepare for their PBC on NBC bouts on Saturday, June 20 at 8:30 p.m. ET live from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nev. Floyd Mayweather, Jr., a mentor to Broner, also appears in the show.
The PBC: Corner to Corner specials featuring in-depth profiles of the boxers debuts leading into each of NBC’s primetime PBC shows.
Highlights from this week’s episode include:
- ADRIEN BRONER: The show picks up from the Cincinnati native’s unanimous decision win over John Molina Jr. in the PBC on NBC debut in March, examining his close relationship with his father, Thomas “Pops” Knight, who took Adrien to the gym when he was 5 years old. Broner spends the final stages of training in Floyd Mayweather’s Las Vegas gym. Mayweather acts as a mentor to Broner, often stopping by to provide tips and motivation. Broner pays forward the advice, spending time with his own protégé, Robert “Bunny” Easter Jr.
- SHAWN PORTER: A Cleveland native, Porter takes a different approach to boxing than the boisterous Broner, his Ohio rival, unwinding with Bikram Yoga. Porter follows in the footsteps of his father, Kenny Porter, also a professional boxer. Porter, who trains out of Las Vegas, spends a lot of time on the track and bike, training to go the distance in each fight.
- ERROL SPENCE: Spence trains out of Dallas and his hometown of Desoto, Texas, where his father, Errol Spence Sr., accompanies him throughout his training, even moving in with him a few weeks prior to a big fight. Seen as a positive role model in the Dallas community, Spence fought in the 2012 London Olympics, and is a perfect 16-0 as a professional, with 13 knockouts.
- ROBERTO GARCIA: Hailing from Waco, Texas, Garcia trains in New Jersey, where his trainer, Butch Sanchez, is based. Garcia, who has overcome childhood tragedy, is motivated by his wife and two daughters, using video chat to communicate while he trains. Garcia’s nickname, “La Amenaza,” (“The Threat”) comes from his boxing style and his rambunctious personality as a child. “La Amenaza Time,” is a rally cry for Garcia’s training and fights.
Below is the schedule for PBC: Corner to Corner (all times ET):
|Sun., June 14||2 p.m. (Premiere)||NBC|
|Mon., June 15||1 a.m. (Encore)||NBCSN|
|Wed., June 17||Midnight (Encore)||NBCSN|
|Sat., June 20||1:30 p.m. (Encore)||NBCSN|
|Sat., June 20||6:30 p.m. (Encore)||NBCSN|
A highly anticipated showdown between former titleholders Adrien “The Problem” Broner (30-1, 22 KOs) and “Showtime” Shawn Porter (25-1-1, 16 KOs) headlines the Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on NBC primetime event on Saturday, June 20, live at 8:30 p.m. ET from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. Broner defeated John Molina Jr. in the primetime debut of PBC on NBC in March. Coverage begins with the undefeated Errol Spence Jr. (16-0, 13 KOs) vs. hard-hitting veteran Roberto “La Amenaza” Garcia (37-3, 23 KOs) in a welterweight bout. Blow-by-blow announcer Marv Albert and analyst “Sugar” Ray Leonard call the action. Al Michaels will host, B.J. Flores will serve as a corner analyst, and Kenny Rice and Daniel Jacobs will report ring-side. After the NBC show, live boxing continues on NBCSN at 11 p.m. ET.
NBC and NBCSN will present 20 live PBC on NBC boxing events in 2015. Within the 20 live shows, NBC Sports Group will present more than 50 hours of PBC coverage, including NBCSN pre- and post-fight programming for NBC telecasts. The Premier Boxing Champions series is created for television by Haymon Boxing. The PBC on NBC will feature many of today’s brightest stars, in their most compelling matches.
NBC Sports Live Extra — NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs — will stream coverage on NBC and NBCSN via “TV Everywhere,” giving consumers additional value to for their subscription service, and making high quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms. The NBC Sports Live Extra app is available on the iTunes App Store, Google Play, Windows Store, Roku Channel Store and Apple TV. For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at NBCSports.com/liveextra.
–NBC SPORTS GROUP–