Davis vs Gamboa time: Boxing or college football
Tonight, two-time super featherweight champion Gervonta Davis (22-0, 21 KOs) moves up to take on former unified world champion Yuriorkis Gamboa (30-2, 18 KOs) for the lightweight title. And in the co-feature, Jean Pascal (34-6-1, 20 KOs) defends his light heavyweight belt against two-division champ Badou Jack (22-2-3, 13 KOs).
The start time is 9PM ET and the Davis vs Gamboa card will be aired live on Showtime from State Farm Arena in Atlanta.
Look for the main event to start between 10 and 10:30PM ET.
Interestingly, college football's Fiesta Bowl, Ohio State (2) vs Clemson (3), will start at 8PM ET. Did Showtime execs take that into account when scheduling this fight card?
There's a very high probability The Fiesta Bowl will overlap with tonight's main event, Davis vs Gamboa.
Gervonta Davis vs Yuriorkis Gamboa
WBA (Regular) Lightweight Title
9PM ET; Saturday, December 28, 2019
State Farm Arena, Atlanta, GA
Showtime (Non PPV)
* Badou Jack vs Jean Pascal
WBA (Regular) Light Heavyweight Title
Jose Uzcategui vs Lionell Thompson
Angelo Leo vs Cesar Juarez
Ahmed Elbiali vs Brian Vera
Malik Hawkins vs Darwin Pric
Kareem Martin vs Petros Ananyan
Jackson Marinez vs Yardley Aementa Cruz
Ladarius Miller vs Miguel Zamudio
Elvin Gambarov vs Phillip Lars
Malik Warren vs Trayvion Butts
DeMichael Harris vs Amonie Sanders
Mia Ellis vs Uneaka Best
According to NCAA statistics, the average FBS game last season was 3 hours and 24 minutes, the longest in the sport's history and several minutes longer than the average college baseball game.
Unless there's an early blowout in The Fiesta Bowl, the Showtime event will probably lose viewers to what'll likely be college football's second or third biggest game of the year. Moreover, any pre and post fight buzz from mainstream sports media will take a backseat to college football in its entirety including the The Peach Bowl featuring No.1 LSU against No. 4 Oklahoma. That game will conclude prior to the start of the Gamboa vs Davis card.
Why couldn't have the Gamboa vs Davis card taken place last weekend instead? Even 10PM ET start time tonight would have given crossover fans a greater opportunity to watch The Fiesta Bowl and tonight's main event in their respective entireties.
Is this a result of circumstances or poor planning?
It'll be interesting to see the view count next week. Maybe this quality Showtime fight card won't be impacted as much as one would think?