Benavidez-Andrade Lead-in Fights

The Showtime PPV Countdown show is set for Saturday, November 25 leading up to the David Benavidez vs. Demetrius Andrade PPV from Michelob ULTRA Arena at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.

The action is topped by former world champion Sergey Lipinets (17-2-1, 13 KOs) taking on Michel (La Zarza Ali) Rivera (24-1, 14 KOs) in a 10-round super lightweight fight. Also Vito Mielnicki Jr. (15-1, 10 KOs) faces Alexis Salazar (25-5, 10 KOs) in a 10-round super welterweight attraction. The live stream will begin will be available on the Showtime Sports YouTube channel and Showtime Boxing Facebook page.

The non-televised undercard will see Panama’s Pablo Vicente (23-1, 17 KOs) battling Tajikistan’s Muhammadkhuja Yaqubov (20-1, 11 KOs) in a 10-round WBC super featherweight title eliminator, Mayweather Promotions’ rising prospect Curmel Moton (1-0, 1 KO) in a four-round super featherweight showdown against Memphis-native Hunter Turbyfill (3-0, 1 KO), plus undefeated Milwaukee-native Daniel Blancas (7-0, 4 KOs) meets Texas’ Raiko Santana (10-3, 6 KOs) in an eight-round super middleweight bout.

Rounding out the lineup is unbeaten lightweight Jabin Chollet (8-0, 7 KOs) stepping in for an eight-round bout, a six-round super lightweight showdown pitting Israel Mercado (9-1-1, 7 KOs) against Wesley Rivers (4-3), plus welterweight prospect Alex Holley (1-0) duels Las Vegas’ Allen Medina (0-1) in a four-round fight.

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  • Lipinets – Rivera is a really good fight, actually. Some of those PBC guys, like Lipinets, get lost in that stable. Wish he was more active, he’s really fun to watch, win or lose.

    • Is Rivera the same fighter that resembles a miniature Mohamed Ali? I think he was featured regularly on show box in recent years, he is a really good prospect.

      • Yep, that’s him. He lost to Frank Martin in his last fight and I think he got suspended for testing positive for something and this is his first fight back. He’s also going up a weight class now.

  • I’m sure the card is not written in stone bad will most likely have some changes. I don’t see Ali, who’s coming off a loss, facing Lipinets for his bounce back fight.

  • Lipinets is tough, but got his boots worn out by “Boots”; gatekeeper status is in his future. Agreed, should be a good fight with the Ali look-alike.

  • This is a really good card!! Great way to not only punctuate the holiday weekend, but also celebrate ShowTime’s great run!! Very sad to see the end of Showtime Championship Boxing!! Thanks for All the Great MEMORIES!!!

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