Welterweight titlist Keith “One Time” Thurman has been tabbed with the duty of headlining “PBC’s” first show on ESPN when he defends his title against Luis Collazo on July 11th in Tampa, Florida, only minutes from Thurman’s hometown of Clearwater. The news was first reported by ESPN.com’s Dan Rafael.
Thurman held the honors for PBC’s inaugural show on NBC in March when he squared off against Robert Guerrero in a fight that became grueling towards the end. Thurman went on to defeat Guerrero on the prime time premiere, but he left the fight with signs of war on his face.
The co-feature, which will be streamed on ESPN3.com, will pit a couple junior middleweight fighters in Tony Harrison and contender Willie Nelson, scheduled for 10 rounds.
This card will be the first of 24 scheduled PBC cards on ESPN, to air monthly, and PBC holds the option for 6 more, this according to ESPN.com’s Dan Rafael.