A few notes from around the boxing world:
There is no deal yet, but Roc Nation Sports and HBO are working on one to have Andre Ward (29-0, 15 KOs) fight July 9 or July 16 at the Oracle Arena in his hometown of Oakland, California. It would be Ward’s final interim bout before a November HBO PPV showdown with unified light heavyweight titlist Sergey Kovalev in a fight that is already signed. Kovalev’s final interim bout is against Isaac Chilemba on July 11 in Ekaterinburg, Russia. It is possible that Ward could sit, however, because there is very little money to make a fight for him given HBO’s budget constraints. Roc Nation approached Golden Boy about contender Vyacheslav Shabranskyy (16-0, 13 KOs) facing Ward, but they were way apart on the money.
Showtime’s super middleweight world title doubleheader from the DC Armory in Washington, D.C., averaged 317,000 viewers, a slight increase on the average for “Showtime Championship Boxing” so far in 2016, according to Nielsen Media Research. The Badou Jack-Lucian Bute draw in the main event averaged 336,000 viewers and peaked at 400,000. James DeGale’s decision against Rogelio “Porky” Medina averaged 342,000 viewers and peaked at 397,000. Jack and DeGale will meet to unify belts in the fall.
The Premier Boxing Champions card Saturday night on Fox in prime time, headlined by the welterweight rematch between former titleholders Andre Berto and Victor Ortiz at the StubHub Center in Carson, California, drew 1.6 million viewers. That was a 22 percent drop from the January Fox prime time PBC card headlined by Danny Garcia’s vacant welterweight title win against Robert Guerrero, which averaged 2.1 million viewers.
Friday night’s PBC card on Spike, featuring decisive wins by super middleweight brothers Andre and Anthony Dirrell in Atlantic City, New Jersey, averaged 513,000 viewers, which was 26 percent lower than Spike’s PBC average for 2016 (693,000 viewers).