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Will Al Haymon quiet doubters with new NBC deal

Boxing writers and fans alike have criticized Al Haymon relentlessly over the past year for what they view as a lack of competitive fights amongst his fighters in 2014. 1st Drink On Me tends to disagree with the view of the majority and point to fights such as Amir Khan vs. Devon Alexander, Amir Khan vs. Luis Collazo, Mayweather vs. Maidana I and Lucas Matthysse vs. John Molina as quality fights for Haymon fighters regardless of how you feel about Danny Garcia vs. Rod Salka.

Well, Haymon didn’t waste any time in kicking off the 2015 boxing year with major news for the sport. Three days before one of his fighters, Deontay Wilder, is set to compete for the Heavyweight Championship of the World, Haymon has confirmed what most boxing insiders have known for months, big time boxing is coming back to prime-time network television.

Haymon Boxing, a non-promotional entity, has scheduled 20 fights in 2015 to appear on NBC proper and the NBC Sports Network. And if the first two cards are any indication of what is to come, then boxing fans, both casual and die hard, are in for a real treat, a mostly free one at that.

The first card, scheduled for March 7, features interim welterweight champion Keith Thurman vs. Robert Guerrero. On the underside to that bout, former three division champion Adrien Broner will face John Molina. Then on April 11, Danny Garcia will face Lamont Peterson in a junior welterweight unification match-up. If quality fights such as the first two cards announced continue to occur, 1st Drink On Me assumes that like his fighters, fans and boxing experts alike will be thanking Al Haymon.


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