SHOWTIME Sports To Present Carl Frampton’s Interim Title
Defense & Tyson Fury’s Second Comeback Fight On August 18
Live From Belfast
SHOWTIME Sports will present Carl Frampton’s interim
featherweight title defense and the second comeback fight of
lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury on Saturday, August
18 live from Belfast, Northern Ireland. SHOWTIME BOXING
INTERNATIONAL® will stream live exclusively to U.S.
audiences on the SHOWTIME Boxing Facebook page and SHOWTIME
Sports YouTube channel beginning at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT with
an encore presentation later that evening on SHOWTIME
EXTREME (10 p.m. ET/PT).
The August 18 event will be the network’s 24th live
presentation of boxing through the first eight months of
2018. It will be the sixth live streaming boxing event of
the year on SHOWTIME Sports social media platforms and the
third from the United Kingdom as the network continues to
deliver boxing’s biggest events from around the globe.
Former two-division champion Frampton will defend his
interim WBO Featherweight Title against undefeated
Australian contender Luke Jackson on the pitch at Windsor
Park, where an expected 30,000 fans will witness the first
boxing event at the home of Northern Irish football. In the
opening bout, former IBF, WBA and WBO Heavyweight World
Champion Fury will square off against two-time heavyweight
title challenger Francesco Pianeta in Fury’s second comeback
fight after a two-and-a-half year layoff.
Live coverage for the Frank Warren-promoted event will be
provided by BT Sport with U.K. sportscasters John Rawling
calling the action, Barry Jones providing analysis, and
Ronald McIntosh conducting post-fight interviews for Fury-Pianeta.
SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® host Brian Custer and Hall of
Fame analyst Steve Farhood will deliver pre-and post-fight
analysis from New York for the SHOWTIME Sports audience.
The 31-year-old Frampton (25-1, 14 KOs), who rolled back the
years with an inspired performance to win the interim WBO
belt against Nonito Donaire in April, will face the unbeaten
Jackson as he looks to earn a second world title in one of
boxing’s deepest divisions. With a victory, Frampton will
target blockbuster showdowns with WBA World Champion Leo
Santa Cruz, WBC World Champion Gary Russell Jr., and IBF
World Champion Josh Warrington, all of whom have appeared on
SHOWTIME platforms in 2018. The WBO’s interim champion is
also in line to fight full titlist Oscar Valdez, who is
recovering from surgery to repair a fractured jaw.
Jackson (16-0, 7 KOs) was the captain of the Australian
boxing team at the 2012 London Olympics and has won 16
consecutive fights since turning pro in 2013. The
33-year-old is confident he can upset Frampton in front of
his hometown fans and earn a title shot in the deep
Fury (26-0, 19 KOs) returned to the ring in June with a
victory over Sefer Seferi, an outmatched opponent who
retired on his stool after four rounds. Southpaw Francesco
Pianeta (35-4-1, 21 KOs) represents a significant step-up in
opposition for the 29-year-old Manchester native. Prior to
his nearly three-year layoff, the 6-foot-9 Fury established
himself as the premier heavyweight boxer in the world by
becoming the first man to defeat Wladimir Klitschko in more
than 11 years—and by taking the IBF, WBA and WBO world title
belts from the Ukrainian great in the process.
Pianeta (35-4-1, 21 KOs), a 6-foot-5 southpaw who fights out
of Germany, has twice challenged for the heavyweight world
title. Pianeta faced then-unified champion WladimirKlitschko
in 2013 and lost in a bid for a secondary title against
Ruslan Chagaev in 2015. A win over Fury would could put the
33-year-old Italian native back in the heavyweight title