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With just a few days to go before the "Premier Boxing Champions" series makes its debut on CBS on Saturday (3 p.m. ET), the network announced the broadcast team for the event.
Kevin Harlan will serve as the blow-by-blow commentator with former two-division titleholder Paulie Malignaggi and top trainer Virgil Hunter working as analysts. Brent Stover of CBS Sports Network will be the host.
Saturday's card will be headlined by light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson (25-1, 21 KOs) of Montreal, defending his title against former super middleweight titlist Sakio Bika (32-6-3, 21 KOs) of Australia. Opening the card will be Montreal-based Russian light heavyweight Artur Beterbiev (7-0, 7 KOs) facing former titleholder Gabriel Campillo (25-6-1, 12 KOs) of Spain at the Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City.
Harlan, who works for CBS and Turner Sports, is best known for his 30-year career calling NFL, NBA and college basketball games. But he has also called boxing here and there over the years.
Malignaggi is well known to boxing viewers as an analyst for Showtime, a sister network of CBS, since 2012.
Hunter, the Boxing Writers Association of America trainer of the year in 2011, has not worked as a broadcaster, but he is one of boxing's most respected trainers, working with the likes of super middleweight champion Andre Ward, Amir Khan and Andre Berto.
Stover has served as a studio host for CBS Sports Network since 2011 and has done play-by-play announcing for football, basketball and Olympic sports.
CBS was in discussions with former heavyweight champion George Foreman to work with Stover as a co-host, but the two sides were unable to complete the deal.
The second PBC on CBS card will take place on May 9, with former lightweight titlist Omar Figueroa and former lightweight and junior lightweight titlist Ricky Burns both moving up to junior welterweight for their bout. There will also be cards in June, July and September, with up to three more after that in 2015.
With just a few days to go before the "Premier Boxing Champions" series makes its debut on CBS on Saturday, the network announced its broadcast team.