Spence vs. Ugas: Showtime stream details, ALL ACCESS info

SHOWTIME Sports is preparing two major programs to support one of this year’s biggest pay-per-view events.

The network will air a special Showtime Championship Boxing for the first time, headlining WBA welterweight champion Radzhab Butaev and top contender Eimantas Stanionis in an undefeated battle that will take place just before the four-fight Spence vs. Ugas SHOWTIME PPV AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The Showtime telecast begins live at 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT and also features undefeated rising star Brandun Lee taking on Zachary Ochoa in a super lightweight bout.

Additionally, Showtime Sports will premiere a new episode of the Emmy-winning series ALL ACCESS. The multi-part series will premiere Saturday, April 2 at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT on Showtime with the second episode Saturday, April 9 at 9:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. PT before Spence vs. Ugas on Saturday, April 16. Additionally, ALL ACCESS Epilogue will premiere on SHOWTIME the following Saturday, April 23 and will showcase fight week in Dallas as well as all the action from the ropes on fight night and the immediate aftermath.

“We are pulling out all the stops for the April 16 event, which is easily one of the biggest of the year. Bringing a special episode of Showtime Championship Boxing to our subscribers before the start of the four-fight pay-per-view is something that has never been done in the history of this network. We are proud to break precedent,” said Stephen Espinoza, president, Sports & Event Programming, Showtime Networks Inc.

“Adding high stakes and compelling fights to an already strong undercard elevates what is sure to be a memorable night for boxing. Plus, a new episode of our signature ALL ACCESS series to chronicle Spence and Ugas’ divergent paths to reaching this moment will be gripping drama. It’s an embarrassment of riches from top to bottom for the boxing public.

Tickets for the April 16 live event at AT&T Stadium are on sale now and can be purchased at SeatGeek.com, the official ticketing provider for AT&T Stadium.

Butaev, 28 (14-0, 11 KOs), clinched his WBA title with a dominating performance on SHOWTIME in October, as he defeated top contender Jamal James en route to a ninth-round stoppage victory. Butaev turned pro after around 400 amateur fights in 2016 and picked up knockouts in six of his first seven outings. Butaev is now coached by top coach Joel Diaz in Indio, California. His TKO win over James has given Butaev ranged wins in five of his last six fights.

“I feel very well prepared for this April 16 fight,” Butaev said. “Every time I step into the ring, I look to give the fans an exciting fight. Knowing how much Stanionis also loves to show up and compete, this time is a guarantee that there will be fireworks. We’re both definitely going to bring it into this fight, make sure you don’t miss this one because it’s going to be a brutal back and forth.

Stanionis (13-0, 9 KOs) has had a thrilling winning streak as he rose through the ranks from prospect to contender, including a career-best 12-round decision over Thomas Dulorme in April 2021 on SHOWTIME. The 27-year-old former Lithuanian Olympian, who now lives and trains in California, recently fought former champion Luis Collazo without a decision in August 2021 after an accidental header clash ended the action prematurely. Going into 12 rounds for the first time with Dulorme, Stanionis had stopped six of his previous eight opponents.

“I’m thrilled for this huge opportunity to show off my skills in front of thousands of fans at AT&T Stadium,” Stanionis said. “Butaev is a strong opponent. I know it’s going to be a tough fight for both of us and our styles are going to keep it action packed for as long as it lasts. My goal for 2022 is to become world champion. It’s been my dream since I was a kid and now I’m about to take the belt home to Lithuania.

A highly regarded prospect, Lee (24-0, 22 KOs) has won his last 15 fights by knockout, most recently dropping and stopping veteran Juan Heraldez on SHOWTIME in December 2021. Trained by his father Bobby, Lee has fought four times in 2020 and three times in 2021 as he continued to rack up the knockouts. He had a decorated amateur career with an estimated 196-5 record and was the 2015 United States National Junior Champion, winning the gold medal at 145 pounds.

“I think it’s a great idea that our fight leads to the SHOWTIME PPV,” Lee said. “What better way to show all boxing fans some of the best young talent looking to become the next contenders and world champions in the sport.”

A native of Brooklyn, New York, Ochoa (21-2, 7 KOs) trains in Philadelphia with highly regarded trainer Stephen “Breadman” Edwards. The 28-year-old was undefeated in his first 16 professional fights and bounced back from his first pro loss to win five consecutive matches between 2017 and 2020. Ochoa returns to the ring after dropping a narrow, split decision to Argentine contender Juan Jose Velasco. in February 2021.

“I’m very ready and focused on this fight coming up on April 16th,” Ochoa said. “I’m sure Lee will be ready too and that makes me more motivated to be at my best. Believe me, this is one night boxing fans won’t want to miss!”