Showtime and Golden Boy have a mega day of boxing planned on Saturday, culminating with the return of former junior welterweight titlist Amir Khan taking on Carlos Molina at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena.
Beginning at 4:30 p.m. ET, Showtime’s sister network CBS will mark its return to boxing for the first time since 1997 (when then-middleweight champ Bernard Hopkins stopped Glen Johnson) when it airs bantamweight titlist Leo Santa Cruz's defense against Alberto Guevara and the pro debut of junior featherweight Joseph Diaz, a 2012 U.S. Olympian, on a broadcast that will use Showtime's announcers.
At 9 p.m. ET/PT, Showtime Extreme will air Khan-Molina preliminary bouts, including welterweight prospect Shawn Porter against Julio Diaz in a crossroads battle.
Junior middleweight titlist Austin Trout's upset decision win against Miguel Cotto at New York's Madison Square Garden was two weeks ago, so most fight fans no longer have it on their minds, but Showtime will debut the second part of it's excellent "All Access" series on the fight at 10 p.m. ET/PT. The epilogue episode will take viewers behind the scenes during the final days before the fight, cover the fight itself and follow the aftermath of the battle.
And at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT comes a tripleheader on Showtime: Khan-Molina, heavyweight prospect and 2008 Olympic bronze medalist Deontay Wilder facing Kelvin Price and junior middleweight brawler Alfredo Angulo taking on Jorge Silva.
Fans who want to attend the fights can get a great deal too -- free tickets for the Santa Cruz-Guevara card and the boxing "fanfest" that Golden Boy is putting on outside the arena.
Plus, fans who present ticket stubs from the CBS event when purchasing tickets for the Showtime card will receive a 20 percent discount on tickets purchased (with a limit of one discounted purchased ticket per ticket redeemed, while supplies last).
Golden Boy is also sponsoring a toy drive throughout fight week and, in order to help get fans into the holiday spirit, will give two tickets to the Khan-Molina card to anyone who donates an unwrapped, unopened toy with a value of $20 or more (two tickets per toy, per person while supplies last).
Golden Boy president Oscar De La Hoya will distribute the donated toys, as well as 2,500 toys purchased by the Oscar De La Hoya Foundation, to pre-selected underprivileged families from three Green Dot Public Schools. The giveaway will take place on Saturday morning outside the main entrance of the arena.
The fanfest is free and will run from approximately 3 p.m. PT until approximately 5 p.m. PT, and will include music, a beer garden, autograph sessions with top boxing stars, games, boxing memorabilia, food, and even a visit from Santa Claus (who I didn't know was a fight fan). I went to a Golden Boy fanfest outside of Staples Center in Los Angeles a couple of years ago before one of its pay-per-view shows and it was a blast.
"The holiday season is a great time to remember that giving is just as important as receiving," De La Hoya said. "With our fanfest, toy drive and giveaway, free CBS fights and a great night of Showtime fights, I think we're all going to walk away filled with the amazing feeling of the holiday spirit. I am looking forward to distributing the toys to those families who need them most. There will be a surprise that morning too, so don't miss it."