Thursday, May 10, 2012
Reality shows set to relaunch
By Dan Rafael
Can't get enough boxing programming around the big fights? If that's the case, HBO and Showtime have the latest installments of their reality shows to go along with the promotion of major fights.
HBO kicks off the promotion for Manny Pacquiao's welterweight title defense against Timothy Bradley Jr., which takes place June 9 (HBO PPV) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, with the debut of "Face Off With Max Kellerman: Pacquiao/Bradley" on Saturday night -- well, really Sunday morning -- at 12:30 a.m. ET/PT.
Kellerman is the moderator for the interview session with both fighters, who sit face to face while answering his questions. They also have a chance to address each other. There are a slew of replays of the 15-minute program available on HBO and the HBO2 service, as well as availability on HBO On Demand.
Over on Showtime, the network is gearing up for the rescheduled welterweight rematch between former titleholders Victor Ortiz and Andre Berto, with a three-part "Fight Camp 360º: Ortiz vs. Berto II" reality series.
Ortiz and Berto first squared off in April 2011 in one of the best fights of the year, which Ortiz won by decision to claim a world title. The rematch is scheduled for June 23 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. It was originally scheduled for Feb. 11 in Las Vegas but was postponed when Berto suffered a torn biceps.
"Fight Camp" debuts June 13 on Showtime (10 p.m. ET/PT). Episode 2 premiers June 10 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. The first two episodes are 30-minute shows, with the third episode being a 15-minute show that will wrap up the fight on June 30 (9 p.m. ET/PT).
Besides replays being available on the Showtime Extreme platform and Showtime On Demand, episodes will also be replayed on Showtime sister network CBS Sports Network.