With so many Premier Boxing Champions cards already on the schedule, a bunch more are in the works.
Here are a few officially added Friday to the calendar -- which you’ll need to keep track of them all, not to mention all of the television networks the fights will appear on:
• On Aug. 15 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, hometown fighter Lucian Bute, a former super middleweight titlist, makes his return to headline on NBC Sports Net against an opponent to be determined. Bute (31-2, 24 KOs) has not fought since a one-sided decision loss to Montreal rival Jean Pascal in their heavily hyped light heavyweight showdown in January 2014, mainly because Bute has been recovering from a back injury.
Promoter Yvon Michel told ESPN.com that up-and-coming light heavyweight Eleider Alvarez (17-0, 10 KOs) and heavyweight prospect Oscar Rivas (17-0, 12 KOs) will also fight on the card.
• Former middleweight titlist “Kid Chocolate” Peter Quillin (31-0-1, 22 KOs) returns to headline a CBS-televised card on Sept. 6, opponent and site to be announced. The fight will be Quillin’s first since April 11, when he fought to a draw with world titleholder Andy Lee. However, Quillin was not eligible to win the belt because he missed weight.
• Light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson (26-1, 21 KOs) will make his sixth title defense on Sept. 11 in the headliner of a Spike TV-televised card. Opponent and site have not been announced, although Michel said the fight likely will take place in Toronto as long as he can secure a venue for the date. It’s an interesting move considering Stevenson is from Montreal and fought primarily there and in Quebec City, where he has been a draw.
If all goes well for Stevenson in September, Michel said, he is still hoping to have his next fight in his native Haiti in December. Initially, the hope was for the fall fight to be there, but Michel said that because of the country’s national elections in October -- the government would be involved in the event -- and the complicated logistics of staging a major fight there, they have delayed the plans until closer to the end of the year.
• Super middleweight titlist James DeGale (21-1, 14 KOs) is another fighter likely to be seen on upcoming PBC cards. The British fighter announced on Friday that he has signed with PBC creator Al Haymon. DeGale won a vacant belt via decision against Andre Dirrell on May 23 in Boston on a PBC card on NBC but was not yet officially signed with Haymon.
• Although the featured fights have not been set, there will also be an afternoon doubleheader on NBC on Sept. 12. One of the bouts is likely to be the rescheduled fight between junior middleweight titlist Cornelius “K9” Bundrage (34-5, 19 KOs) and mandatory challenger Jermall Charlo (21-0, 16 KOs). The fight was originally scheduled for July 18, but when Bundrage suffered a cut over his left eye during a sparring session, it was postponed.