As BoxingScene.com previously reported, Brandun Lee, one of the sport’s most exciting prospects and biggest punchers, will take on Will Madera in a 10-round super lightweight bout Saturday, August 20 live on SHOWTIME from Hard. Rock Live at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel. & Casino in Hollywood, Florida at a Premier Boxing Champions event. The newly added bout will serve as the opener for a four-fight loaded SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING TV show that now begins live on SHOWTIME at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT.
Additionally, SHOWTIME SPORTS will provide live coverage of undefeated Cuban heavyweight Lenier Peró fighting Joel Caudle in an eight-round bout and undefeated middleweight Fiodor Czerkaszyn taking on Gilbert Venegas, Jr. in an eight-round duel via the SHOWTIME YouTube channel. Sports and SHOWTIME Boxing Facebook Page before the start of the TV quadrupleheader. The SHOWTIME BOXING COUNTDOWN streaming show begins at 6 p.m. ET / 3 p.m. PT and will be called by SHOBOX analyst and MORNING KOMBAT host Brian Campbell alongside former Unified World Welterweight Champion Keith “One Time” Thurman as guest analyst.
The televised card is topped by four-division world champion Adrien “The Problem” Broner who returns to take on former world champion Omar “Panterita” Figueroa in a super lightweight showdown. Additionally, top 140-pounders Alberto Puello and Batyr Akhmedov square off for the vacant WBA Super Lightweight World Championship in the co-main event and WBA Super Featherweight World Champion Roger Gutiérrez defends his title against undefeated Héctor García.
Lee (25-0, 22 KOs) of La Quinta, Calif., has stopped 15 of his last 16 opponents and is one of the toughest punchers in the sport. Showing both the power of a punch and the ability to dispatch rivals, Lee, 23, recently outplayed tough veteran Zachary Ochoa in April and quickly established himself as a force at 140 pounds. Trained by his father Bobby, Lee maintained a busy schedule, fighting four times in 2020, three times in 2021 and now twice in 2022. He was also an accomplished amateur, fighting around 195 amateur bouts with just five losses and winning gold. at the prestigious 2015 U.S. Junior National Championships at 145 lbs. Lee predicted a resounding victory on August 20.
“Madera is a technical fighter who will do whatever he wants if you let him, so it’s important that I check him out right away,” Lee said. “I’ve been in training camp for 12 weeks now because I was going to fight on August 6, but the show was canceled. I’ve run more miles, fought more rounds and put in more hours in the gym than ever before. I can’t wait to get in the ring next week and give people what they want: knockouts! I’ll be 26-0 at the end of the night, mark my words.
Madera (17-1-3, 10 KOs), of Albany, NY, is an aggressive fighter who has faced some high level competition in his career. In his last fight, the 31-year-old Madera picked up perhaps his biggest win when he stopped then 19-1 Jamshidbek Najmitdinov after the fifth round in October 2021. Madera owns a decision victory over Thomas Mattice in February 2019 and a draw against Wesley. Ferrer in 2017. Mattice and Ferrer entered their fights against Madera undefeated. In total, Madera has conquered three undefeated opponents since turning pro in 2013.
“I want to thank SHOWTIME for this opportunity,” Madera said. “I was training really hard on August 6 against Brandun Lee and I’m very happy that we were able to reschedule the fight. Remember people can sometimes doubt you, but never doubt yourself. If you work and strive for greatness, you will be rewarded. Many thanks to my team for this opportunity.
A 2016 Olympian for his native Cuba, the 6-4 Peró (7-0, 4 KOs) made his successful United States debut in January, winning a unanimous decision over previously undefeated Geovany Bruzón at the Hard Rock Live. Now fighting in Miami, the 29-year-old has fought professionally since 2019 and won five Cuban national championships throughout a glittering amateur career. He will face Caudle of Raleigh, NC (9-6-2, 6 KOs), who recently picked up a stoppage victory over then-undefeated Robert Sabbagh in February. The victory ended a five-game losing streak for the 32-year-old, those defeats against undefeated foes.
Czerkaszyn, 26 (19-0, 12 KOs), will make his United States debut on August 20 after adding three wins to his tally in 2021. Hailing from Ukraine and now fighting in Warsaw, Poland, Czerkaszyn became professional in 2015. and boasts three 10-round unanimous decisions on his record, barely losing a round throughout the contests. He takes on Venegas Jr. (11-1, 7 KOs), a native of East Moline, Illinois who last fought in April 2019 when he knocked out Adam Ealoms in the fourth round. His only loss came in a 2018 showdown against veteran Kendo Castañeda, which he lost by decision after 10 rounds.
The stacked off-TV undercard will feature former world champions returning to action as Sergey Lipinets (16-2-1, 12 KOs) takes on Carlos Portillo (22-4, 17 KOs) in a super lightweight bout in eight rounds, while three- American Olympian Rau’shee Warren (19-3, 5 KOs) takes on Francisco Portillo (17-11-2, 10 KOs) in an eight-round bantamweight affair. Additionally, super lightweight contender Ismael Barroso (23-3-2, 21 KOs) competes in an eight-round bout against Fernando Saucedo (63-9-3, 10 KOs).
Rounding out the action is rising light heavyweight prospect Atif Oberlton (5-0, 5 KOs) in a six-round showdown against Orlando’s Robert Burwell (9-6, 3 KOs) and super welterweight Evan Holyfield (9-1, 6 KOs), the son of former world heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield, in an eight round fight against Jurmain McDonald (7-6, 3 KOs) in a rematch of their May encounter in which McDonald knocked out Holyfield.