PBC on CBS offers Labor Day card: Dirrell vs. Rubio, McDonnell vs. Kameda, 4 p.m. ET

Can Premier Boxing Champions make it two good weeks in a row? Count on the co-main event to carry the show.

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Brit Jamie McDonnell (left) and Tomoki Kameda on Japan should steal the show Sunday in Texas. Photo: Lucas Noonan, Premier Boxing Champions
Brit Jamie McDonnell (left) and Tomoki Kameda on Japan should steal the show Sunday in Texas. Photo: Lucas Noonan, Premier Boxing Champions

SAN DIEGO, September 5, 2015 – Premier Boxing Champions is coming off arguably its best event ever, last Saturday’s event in Los Angeles with Leo Santa Cruz and Abner Mares putting on an action packed show along with several excellent undercard fights.

Can PBC make it two good weeks in a row? Count on the co-main event to carry the show, taking place in Corpus Christi, Texas and broadcast on CBS with a 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. ET start time.

Anthony Dirrell (left) and Marco Antonio Rubio strike the traditional face-off at Friday's weigh-in in Texas. Photo: Lucas Noonan, Premier Boxing Champions.
Anthony Dirrell (left) and Marco Antonio Rubio strike the traditional face-off at Friday’s weigh-in in Texas. Photo: Lucas Noonan, Premier Boxing Champions.

The main event features super middleweights Anthony Dirrell (27-1-1, 22 KOs) of the U.S. against veteran Mexican Marco Antonio Rubio (59-7-1, 51 KOs). Both men are coming off losses. Dirrell lost a majority decision to Badou Jack in April. Rubio hit the canvas after a second round knockout courtesy of a Gennady Golovkin left hook nearly a year ago. It seemed likely Rubio would retire, but after time off to give it some thought, he’s back. Although Rubio is only five years older than Dirrell, he’s had twice the number of fights and three times as many rounds (319 for Rubio, 107 for Dirrell).

Anthony Dirrell is coming off a loss to Badou Jack in April. Photo: Premier Boxing Champions
Anthony Dirrell is coming off a loss to Badou Jack in April. Photo: Premier Boxing Champions

“I’m definitely going to test him, see where his heart is,” Dirrell says of jumping on his opponent early. “He’s a tough fighter. You can’t underestimate a guy like that.”


Rubio’s best years are behind him; his biggest victory looms larger in retrospect, a 2011 knockout over Canadian middleweight David Lemieux, who will face Golovkin in October. Since then, Rubio has taken a lot of punishment. A loss for Dirrell to Rubio would cast serious doubt on his career.

Both came in under their agreed weight limit of 170 pounds, with Dirrell at 169.6 and Rubio at 169.4 pounds.

The co-main event is a rematch of the May bout between Jamie McDonnell of Great Britain (26-2-1, 12 KOs) and Tomoki “El Mexicanito” Kameda of Japan (31-1-0, 19 KOs), with McDonnell’s WBA World Bantamweight title on the line. McDonnell won a narrow decision over Kameda. Kameda put McDonnell on the canvas early in the bout, but McDonnell came on strong in the later rounds and pulled out the victory. Kameda wants to avenge the single loss on his record and is highly motivated. McDonnell is currently ranked the number three bantamweight in the world; Kameda is ranked number four.

Jamie McDonnell (right) came on strong after a knockdown to get a narrow decision against Tomoki Kameda in their first bout in May. Photo: Premier Boxing Champions
Jamie McDonnell (right) came on strong after a knockdown to get a narrow decision against Tomoki Kameda in their first bout in May. Photo: Premier Boxing Champions

This pair will throw punches in bunches. Both are aggressive, come forward fighters. McDonnell says he started off his late fight against Kameda too slowly and will come out more quickly this time. Kameda says he will not let McDonnell get back in the fight the way he did in the last bout. Both are predicting knockouts; someone’s bound to be right.

Although his training camp for this fight was in Las Vegas for the first time, the Japanese native Kameda has trained for years in Mexico, speaks fluent Spanish and will be the favorite of the Texas crowd. But if McDonnell can win again in Texas, he says he’ll move up to junior featherweight for a showdown against fellow Brit Scott Quigg.

Will this event be worth interrupting your Labor Day weekend activities to see? Who knows, but there is value in supporting boxing’s recent return to broadcast TV. You’ll have to find someone else to barbecue those steaks; it’s your duty as a serious fight fan to watch. At the least, set your DVR in case these bouts both exceed expectations.

Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a serious boxing fan covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Ringside Seat in Communities Digital News. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego. Gayle can be reached via Google +

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