Tyson Cave to co-headline PBC on Spike in Toronto

Shawn Smith
05/08/2015 10:04am

There will be a distinctively Canadian flair to Premier Boxing Championship (PBC) when they make their debut in Toronto on 11 September. After Adonis Stevenson announced that he will headline the show against Tomas Karpency, Boxing Monthly has now confirmed that Halifax native Tyson Cave will co-main event the show against Nestor Hugo Paniagua as part of the Spike TV broadcast.

Cave (27-3-0) is most well-known for his controversial decision loss to Oscar Escandon on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights, which prompted a now infamous rant from commentator and former trainer Teddy Atlas. Cave’s last fight was on 25 July against Antonio Olguin, where Cave as able to score a fifth round knockout [See video at 20.04]. He currently holds the WBA-NABA super-bantamweight championship.

Paniagua (25-8-2) is an Argentine journeyman who is 7-1-1 in his last nine outings. In his last bout in January 2015, Paniagua was stopped in the second round by Rey Vargas.

The PBC card on 11 September marks the return of prominent boxing to the Province of Ontario. While smaller promotions have tried to keep the sport alive, no major boxing events have taken place in Ontario for decades.

The event marks the second time Stevenson was scheduled to fight in Toronto this year. His April 2015 bout against Sakio Bika was originally scheduled to be PBC’s debut in the city, but issues with the Ontario Athletic Commission over handwraps forced the event to Quebec City, Quebec.

Boxing Monthly will have more on this event as it approaches