A few notes from around the boxing world:
The negative publicity surrounding Adrien Broner’s fight against Ashley Theophane this past Friday night, brought on by the fact that Broner was wanted on two felony warrants (he turned himself in on Monday morning) and because he missed weight and was stripped of his junior welterweight world title, seems to have helped its performance. The fight averaged 1.013 million viewers, making it the most-watched boxing match in network history, Spike said Monday. Amir Khan-Chris Algieri last May was the previous best, averaging 1 million viewers. Spike began televising Premier Boxing Champions cards in 2015. The overall Spike telecast on Friday averaged 873,000 viewers, also a network record for a boxing event.
Premier Boxing Champions has made a heavyweight fight between Gerald Washington (16-0-1, 11 KOs) and former world title challenger Eddie Chambers (42-4, 23 KOs). The fight initially was scheduled to take place on the untelevised undercard of the April 30 Victor Ortiz-Andre Berto rematch. However, the fight will be moved a televised slot on another PBC card to be determined. Washington is coming off a draw with Amir Mansour in October. Chambers, who suffered a 12th-round knockout challenging then-champion Wladimir Klitschko in 2010, only fought once in 2015, a third-round knockout of journeyman Galen Brown in September.
One of the more popular pre-fight staples for HBO PPV fight returns on April 16 (HBO, 11:15 p.m. ET/PT) when “Face Off With Max Kellerman: Canelo/Khan” debut. Kellerman will moderate a joint interview session with middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez and challenger Amir Khan. Their trainers, Alvarez cornerman Eddy Reynoso and Khan trainer Virgil Hunter, will also participate. Alvarez and Khan meet May 7 at the brand new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.