Showtime To Re-Air Historic Israel Vazquez
vs. Rafael Marquez Trilogy On March 28
SHOWTIME Sports will delve into its rich archive of historic
boxing events to re-air the epic Israel Vázquez vs. Rafael
Márquez trilogy this Saturday, March 28 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on
SHOWTIME. The telecasts will also be available via the
SHOWTIME streaming service and SHOWTIME ANYTIME®.
The fierce Mexican rivals squared off in three consecutive
award-winning fights which aired live on SHOWTIME in 2007
and 2008 before meeting for a fourth and final time in 2010.
The first three bouts were all contested with the WBC Super
Bantamweight World Championship on the line.
Described by the network’s Hall of Fame analyst Steve
Farhood as, “an explosion of artistic brutality,”
Vázquez-Márquez I was a unanimous selection for 2007 Fight
of the Year and left the fans and fighters clamouring for a
rematch. The two warriors delivered yet again in their
second meeting just five months later in another bloody
slugfest that produced a Round of the Year winner and a
result that demanded a rubber match. Vázquez-Márquez III,
contested just 363 days from their first meeting, was the
only match in the rivalry to go the distance and was named
the 2008 Fight of the Year.
During Saturday night’s re-airing of the trilogy, combat
sports analysts Luke Thomas and Brian Campbell will host a
live episode of the duo’s popular digital talk show, MORNING
KOMBAT WITH LUKE THOMAS AND BRIAN CAMPBELL on the Morning
Kombat YouTube Channel. Thomas and Campbell will watch and
react to the fights in real time and conduct a Q&A session
The Vazquez-Marquez series was called by the SHOWTIME
CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® announce team, all four members of the
International Boxing Hall of Fame: host and play-by-play
from Steve Albert, popular ringside analyst Al Bernstein,
Emmy Award winning reporter Jim Gray and world renowned ring
announcer Jimmy Lennon Jr.
“We all knew the first fight would be great, and it more
than lived up to expectations,” said Bernstein, who called
all four fights. “The second fight was exciting, and when
fight three came, I didn’t think they could top Nos. 1 and
2, but they did just that. It’s one of the top five fights
I’ve ever announced or seen. The ebb and flow was
tremendous, and you almost felt it didn’t matter who ended
up getting the decision because they both had been so great.
I can’t admire two boxers more than these two men.”
Fans new to SHOWTIME® who sign up through the recently
announced 30-day free trial before May 3 can watch these
fights, the network's original series, documentaries,
specials and movies online via the SHOWTIME streaming
service on SHOWTIME.com or the SHOWTIME app, available on
all supported devices.