Tuesday, May 02, 2006
NEW YORK – Home sweet home. In some major sports, home field advantage is huge and often can be the difference between winning and losing. Not so in the sweet science, however, where performance and what one does in the ring counts most.
“Once the bell rings, it is just you and your opponent,” said Alejandro “Terra” Garcia (25-1, 23 KOs), who defends his World Boxing Association (WBA) super welterweight belt against local favorite and former world welterweight champion Jose Antonio Rivera (37-4-1, 24 KOs) Saturday, May 6, 2006, on Showtime (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). “Rivera may have a big crowd rooting for him, but I still have my fists. They are the great equalizer.”
In front of what will be a raucous setting at the DCU Center at Worcester, Mass., and millions more watching on Showtime Championship Boxing, Garcia will make the first defense in his second stint as WBA 154-pound champion. In an exciting junior bantamweight world title fight that will open the telecast, talented southpaw Luis “El Demoleder” Perez (23-1, 15 KOs) defends his International Boxing Federation (IBF) belt against mandatory challenger and No. 1 contender Dimitri “The Baby” Kirillov (28-2, 10 KOs). The world championship doubleheader is promoted by Don King Productions.
NEW YORK – Showtime will kick off the Cinco de Mayo weekend with the first of excellent back-to-back fight cards on Friday, May 5. In the main event on “ShoBox: The New Generation” (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast), North American Boxing Association (NABA) flyweight champion Cesar El Gallito” Lopez (18-2, four KOs) defends against Glenn “The Filipino Bomber” Donaire (15-2-1, nine KOs). The vacant North American Boxing Organization (NABO) 112-pound belt will also be on the line in the 12-round bout.
In the 10-round co-feature, undefeated super welterweight Juan Manuel Buendia (12-0, four KOs) collides with hard-hitting Alexis Division (16-2, 13 KOs). Gary Shaw Productions, LLC, in association with Tony Holden Productions, will promote the doubleheader from the Lucky Star Casino in Concho, Okla.
Thursday, April 27, 2006
Bob Arum feels that HBO wasn’t repaying him for his loyalty to the company when they decided to air the upcoming Antonio Tarver-Bernard Hopkins fight on June 10th instead of his Top Rank Inc.‘s Miguel Cotto-Paulie Malignaggi bout that same night. HBO had offered Arum a package that would allow his bout to air on June 9th, but Arum refused to take the deal.