Friday, December 14, 2007
It’s a holiday treat for HBO Boxing fans. For five consecutive nights during the holidays, HBO Sports will replay five of the most memorable, most significant, most compelling bouts of 2007 that were broadcast on the HBO service.
The lineup includes:
Tuesday, Dec. 25 at 11:00 p.m. - Jermain Taylor vs. Kelly Pavlik
Wednesday, Dec. 26 at 11:00 p.m. - Joe Calzaghe vs. Mikkel Kessler
Thursday, Dec. 27 at 11:00 p.m. - Oscar De La Hoya vs. Floyd Mayweather
Friday, Dec. 28 at 11:00 p.m. - Miguel Cotto vs. Shane Mosley
Saturday, Dec. 29 at 12 midnight - Floyd Mayweather vs. Ricky Hatton
All times are ET/PT.
Thursday, November 15, 2007
After nearly one year of inactivity, WBO junior lightweight champion Joan Guzman (27-0, 17 KOs) makes his highly anticipated return to the ring when he battles the veteran Humberto Soto (43-5-2, 27 KOs) on Saturday, Nov. 17 at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, N.J., on HBO “Boxing After Dark” at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT.
The 12-round championship bout is for Guzman’s WBO junior lightweight title.
The fight is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Sycuan Ringside Promotions and Top Rank.
Guzman and Soto addressed the media in the promotions’ final press conference, Wednesday, Nov. 14 at the Old Homestead Restaurant in New York City.
Sunday, October 28, 2007
HBO Sports is presenting a thirty-minute special analyzing the upcoming HBO Pay-Per-View showdown between welterweight champ Miguel Cotto and world class challenger Shane Mosley. Their eagerly anticipated title bout is set for Saturday, Nov. 10 at New York’s Madison Square Garden.
The special “Countdown To Cotto-Mosley, ” which will feature fighter profiles, expert analysis and forecasts for the 147-pound showdown, will premiere on Saturday, Nov. 3 immediately after the HBO World Championship Boxing (Joe Calzaghe vs. Mikkel Kessler) telecast from Cardiff, Wales, which airs live at 9:00 p.m. ET/ 6:00 p.m. PT.
Cotto (30-0, 25 KOs), a native of Puerto Rico, is a powerhouse in the welterweight division who is seeking to move into the superstar category as he faces his most formidable challenge. The Garden has become one of his favorite sites and he looks for strong home court support on fight night. Mosley (44-4, 37 KOs) is one of boxing’s most accomplished performers over the past decade winning titles in three weight divisions and has reinvigorated his career with a string of impressive triumphs in the past two years. His remarkable career includes two wins over both Oscar De La Hoya and Fernando Vargas.
The countdown special will also be available to HBO On Demand subscribers 24 hours a day from Monday, November 5 thru Monday, November 19.
Monday, October 08, 2007
It’s a special edition of HBO Boxing After Dark when HBO Sports presents the exclusive replay of the super featherweight showdown Manny Pacquiao vs Marco Antonio Barrera II Saturday, October 13th, 11:00 p.m. (ET/PT) on HBO. The HBO Sports team, which was ringside for the live event at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, calls all the action.
The fight, which took place Oct. 6 and was carried live on HBO Pay-Per-View, featured the highly anticipated rematch. Pacquiao scored a unanimous decision victory.
Following the Pacquiao-Barrera II replay, HBO will present the previously announced HBO Boxing After Dark lightweight unification title matchup between Juan Diaz and Julio Diaz from Chicago.
HBO2 playdates for both fights: Oct. 14 (9:00 a.m., 4:45 p.m.) and 16 (11:00 p.m.). Times are ET/PT.
Thursday, September 06, 2007
Heading into the final week of camp, two-time world featherweight champion, Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero is prime and ready for battle. Training in the high altitude mountains of Big Bear, California, for the first time, “The Ghost” is physically in the best shape of his life. Team Guerrero is appreciative toward future Hall of Famer Sugar Shane Mosley as he’s opened up his doors to his training facility in Big Bear while they prepare for Martin Honorio. Guerrero has been sparring with Mosley and good friend Jose Celaya, along with some others that the team has assembled in preparation for this bout.
Robert is excited about defending his title and fighting on HBO PPV as he stated, “When I went to Denmark with my back against the wall, I really had to dig deep inside my soul and prove to myself that I belong with the best fighters in the world. It wasn’t easy traveling overseas with the time change and long travel, but I was determined in bringing my title back home. Now that I’m champion again my focus is on Honorio. Training with Sugar Shane has been a blessing and I’m thankful to him for letting us train at his facility here in Big Bear. This is my second time around fighting on HBO and I want to show the world that I’m worthy of big time fights.”
Saturday, September 01, 2007
HBO Sports is presenting a thirty- minute special analyzing the upcoming middleweight title fight between reigning champion Jermain Taylor and fast-charging challenger Kelly Pavlik. The highly anticipated 160-pound bout is set for Saturday, Sept. 29 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City and will be carried live on HBO in one of the network’s signature broadcasts of the year. The fight is an intriguing match-up between the division’s most acclaimed competitors.
The special “Countdown To Taylor-Pavlik, ” which will feature fighter profiles, expert analysis and forecasts for the showdown in Atlantic City, will premiere on Saturday, Sept. 22 at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT.
Jermain Taylor (27-0-1, 17 KOs) of Little Rock, Ark., is one the sport’s most accomplished stars. Two years ago he upset reigning middleweight champion Bernard Hopkins to take his place atop the 160-pound division. Kelly Pavlik (31-0, 28 KOs) of Youngstown, Ohio, is a fast-rising power puncher who is hoping to replace Taylor as the division’s top act.
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
NEW YORK – “Fast & Furious” is the only way to describe this epic rumble between two of boxing’s top pound for pound superstars—undefeated WBA world welterweight champion Miguel Cotto and four-time world champion “Sugar” Shane Mosley. Promoted by Golden Boy Promotions and Top Rank, in association with Madison Square Garden, “Fast & Furious” will take place Saturday, November 10, at the “Mecca of Boxing,” Madison Square Garden. The 12-round world welterweight title fight will be produced and distributed live on HBO Pay-Per-View, beginning at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT.
Cotto (30-0, 25 KOs), of Caguas, Puerto Rico, has headlined at the ‘Mecca of Boxing’ on the eve of New York’s annual National Puerto Rican Day Parade the last three years. On June 9, in front of a capacity crowd of over 20,500, Cotto, 26, knocked out two-division world champion Zab Judah to retain his title and improve his Garden record to 3-0.
“I am very excited to be returning to Madison Square Garden and I will be completely prepared for the biggest fight of my career,” said Cotto. “Shane is a great fighter but he will not be the better fighter on November 10. I will be leaving the ring the same way I will be entering it – undefeated and still world champion.”
Monday, July 02, 2007
News, Notes, and Rumors:
- The rumors are true: Felix Trinidad will be coming out of retirement to fight later this year, most likely in December.
- Oleg Maskaev’s showdown against Samuel Peter has been moved from September 29th to October 6th on Showtime and will now take place at Madison Square Garden according to Don King. Showtime is looking to fill the vacant September 29th weekend spot with a possible matchup between Antonio Tarver and Chad Dawson, provided they are both victorious in their bouts on June 9th.
- Contract talks between the camps of Jermain Taylor and Kelly Pavlik are almost finished according to Lou DiBella. Taylor would end up defending his middleweight titles on September 29th on HBO. DiBella says that he is currently attempting to hold the event at Boardwalk Hall.
- NetBoxe is reporting that WBC and WBA Cruiserweight Champion Jean-Marc Mormeck is currently in talks with the camp of David Haye for a possible fight on September 28th.
- Nikolai Valuev and Vladimir Virchis look set to fight at some point this fall. The deadline for purse bids for this fight is July 30th according to Per Ake Persson of Boxing Scene.
Friday, June 29, 2007
HBO Sports is presenting a thirty- minute special analyzing the upcoming HBO Pay-Per-View showdown between Bernard Hopkins and Winky Wright. The highly anticipated bout is set for Saturday, July 21 in Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay. The fight is an intriguing match-up between two of the sport’s elite fighters, who will meet at 170 pounds.
The special “Countdown To Hopkins-Wright, ” which will feature fighter profiles, expert analysis and forecasts for the showdown in Las Vegas, will premiere on Saturday, July 14 immediately after the HBO World Championship Boxing tripleheader telecast that begins at 9:00 p.m. ET/ 6:00 p.m. PT.
Destined for the Hall of Fame, Hopkins brings a record of 47-4-1 32 KOs into the showdown with Wright, who sports a prolific mark of 51-3-1, 25 KOs in his polished career. Neither has ever back down from a challenge and have engineered some of the biggest surprises in the past five years.
The countdown special will also be available to HBO On Demand subscribers 24 hours a day from July 16 thru July 30.
Friday, June 22, 2007
Former world champions and current top-rated contenders Vernon Forrest and Carlos Baldomir collide for the World Boxing Council interim super welterweight title, Saturday, July 28. Promoted by Gary Shaw Productions, in association with Brian Halquist Productions, the Forrest-Baldomir title tilt will be broadcast live from the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington, on HBO Boxing After Dark, beginning at 10:15 P.M. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast.)
“With 81 victories between them, these two warriors know a little something about winning,” said Gary Shaw. “Not only have they been world champions, they became world champions by beating the best in their divisions to win those titles. They are two of the most competitive fighters I have had the privilege to work with. The fans at the Emerald Queen Casino and the viewers watching on HBO are in for a terrific night. It’s now or never for Vernon and Carlos and that’s exactly how they are going to fight each other on July 28.”