With HBO finally closing up shop on its boxing broadcasts, the final card on December 8 has been officially set with two world title fights taking place.
In the main event, undisputed women's welterweight champion Cecilia Braekhus defends her titles against Aleksandra Magdziak Lopez. It will be Braekhus' second time fighting on HBO this year as she was also in the first-ever live women's boxing fight on the network back in May.
The co-main event was supposed to be a fight between former world champion Roman "Chocolatito" Gonzalez and Pedro Guevara. Unfortunately, Gonzalez went down with a knee injury and underwent surgery, forcing him out of the card. The back-up plan for the co-main event was to have top contender Juan Francisco Estrada face Guevara, but that fight fell through. Instead, Estrada will now face Victor Mendez.
As for the opening bout on the televised portion of the card, unified WBA, WBC and IBF women's middleweight champion Claressa Shields will defend her titles for the second month in a row when she faces off against Femke Hermans. Shields previously fought on November 17 when she won a unanimous decision against Hannah Rankin.
The card, scheduled to take place at the StubHub Center in California, will be the conclusion of HBO's 45-year affair with boxing as the network announced a few months ago that it will no longer be doing boxing broadcasts starting in 2019. This comes after HBO aired its final pay-per-view event back in September, an event that sold a reported 1.1 million buys.
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