With the long-anticipated fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor just over two weeks away, Showtime and Mayweather Promotions announced the undercard for the August 26 bout Thursday afternoon.
While the main event consists of a 49-0 boxer fighting a two-time UFC champion in his first professional boxing match, the bouts on the undercard include some of the top young prospects in boxing. The pay-per-view undercard will include two world champions looking to retain their respective belts.
In the co-feature, Gervonta Davis will be defending his IBF Junior Lightweight World Championship against undefeated challenger Francisco Fonseca. And in the other fight involving a current world champion, WBA Light Heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly will fight former 168-pound world champion Badou Jack. Jack is moving up in weight to fight Cleverly in what will be his first light heavyweight bout as a professional.
Also on the pay-per-view undercard is the ten-round USBA cruiserweight title fight between Andrew Tabiti and Steve Cunningham.
“This undercard includes three meaningful matches featuring fighters we’ve seen develop over the years on Showtime,” Showtime Sports executive vice president and general manager Stephen Espinoza said in the release. “Gervonta Davis has fast-tracked himself to stardom on this network, we’ve seen Badou Jack develop from prospect to champion, and we’re now witnessing similar growth with Andrew Tabiti. We’re excited to watch them compete in tough, competitive matchups on this global stage.”
Of the six fighters featured on the undercard three are undefeated. Davis is currently 18-0-0, and he’ll be fighting a boxer in Fonseca who is 19-0-1. The third undefeated boxer is Tabiti, who has won all 14 of his professional bouts to date.