Rivera vs. Martin will see rising undefeated lightweight contenders Michel “La Zarza Ali” Rivera and Frank “The Ghost” Martin clash in an intriguing 12-round WBA Lightweight Title Eliminator as they headline live on SHOWTIME Saturday, December 17 in a Premier Boxing Champions event at The Chelsea inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.
WBA Lightweight Title Eliminator – 12 Rounds
Michel Rivera – 134 ½ lbs.
Frank Martin – 134 ¾ lbs.
Referee: Kenny Bayless; Judges: Steve Weisfeld (N.J.), David Moretti (Nevada), Tim Cheatham (Nevada)
IBF Super Middleweight Title Eliminator – 12 Rounds
José Uzcátegui – 167 ½ lbs.
Vladimir Shishkin – 167 ¼ lbs.
Referee: Celestino Ruiz; Judges: Max De Luca (Calif.), Patricia Morse Jarman (Nevada), David Sutherland (Okla.)
IBF Bantamweight Title Eliminator – 12 Rounds
Vincent Astrolabio – 117 ½ lbs.
Nikolay Potapov – 117 lbs.
Referee: Robert Hoyle; Judges: Tim Cheatham (Nevada), Chris Migliore (Nevada), Steve Weisfeld (N.J.)
Super Lightweight Bout – 10 Rounds
Omar Juarez – 141 lbs.
Austin Dulay – 140 ½ lbs.
Referee: Mike Ortega; Judges: Eric Cheek (Nevada), Max De Luca (Calif.), Patricia Morse Jarman (Nevada)
Note: Contracted weight is 141.
Middleweight Bout – 8 Rounds
Elijah Garcia – 164 lbs.
Cruse Stewart – 162 ½ lbs.
Referee: Robert Byrd; Judges: Chris Migliore (Nevada), David Moretti (Nevada), David Sutherland (Okla.)
Note: Contracted weight is 165.
Veteran sportscaster Brian Custer will host the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast while versatile combat sports voice Mauro Ranallo will handle blow-by-blow action alongside Hall of Fame analyst Al Bernstein and three-division world champion Abner Mares. Two more Hall of Famers round out the telecast team – world-renowned ring announcer Jimmy Lennon, Jr. and boxing historian Steve Farhood as unofficial scorer. The executive producer is four-time Emmy award winner David Dinkins, Jr. with Ray Smaltz III producing and Chuck McKean directing. SHOBOX: The New Generation analyst Brian Campbell and his MORNING KOMBAT co-host Luke Thomas will call the action during the live-stream bouts.
The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® telecast begins at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT and will also see former world champion José Uzcátegui return to action against unbeaten former amateur standout Vladimir Shishkin in a 12-round IBF Title Eliminator. Plus, bantamweight contenders face off as Vincent Astrolabio and Nikolai Potapov battle in a 12-round IBF Title Eliminator that kicks off the telecast.
Tickets for the event, which is promoted by Man Down Promotions and TGB Promotions, are on sale now and can be purchased through Ticketmaster.com.