The third edition of HBO The Fight Game, hosted by four-time Sport Emmy Award-winning broadcaster Jim Lampley, will air on Saturday starting at 10:35 p.m. ET/PT, the network anounced on Thursday.
Among the topics that will be addressed are the facts that Mexican star and former WBC middleweight titleholder Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., promoted by Top Rank, and WBC junior middleweight beltholder and countryman Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, handled by Golden Boy Promotions, competed in separate bouts this past Saturday night in Las Vegas on Mexican Independence Day weekend.
RING champion Sergio Martinez (50-2-2, 28 knockouts) dominated Chavez (46-1-1, 32 KOs), who managed to score a 12th-round knockdown despite losing a unanimous decision in an HBO Pay Per View-televised clash.
On Showtime, Alvarez (41-0-1, 30 KOs) scored a fifth-round stoppage of Josesito Lopez (30-5, 18 KOs), dropping him in the second, third and fourth rounds.
During The Fight Game, HBO will have Roy Jones Jr. break down the 12th round of Martinez-Chavez.
MORE ON MARTINEZ-CHAVEZ, ALVAREZ-LOPEZ
Martinez-Chavez drew a live gate of more than $3 million thanks to a sellout crowd at the Thomas and Mack Center.
Chavez, 26, earned $3 million compared to $1.4 million for Martinez, 37, and was coming off a seventh-round stoppage victory over southpaw challenger Andy Lee in June. Martinez was last in the ring for an 11th-round knockout victory over Matthew Macklin.
The Alvarez-Lopez broadcast established new ratings records for its overall live viewers, the largest Hispanic audience for an individual bout, and, also, average viewership.
The headlining bout of the four televised fights, featuring Alvarez, attracted 1.04 million viewers for the live telecast, surpassing the Bernard Hopkins’ majority draw with light heavyweight Jean Pascal in December of 2010 for the highest viewership.
Also, the average viewership for the Alvarez-Lopez card ranked as the highest Showtime boxing telecast of the year, and the second-highest average viewership on the network since 2007.
Alvarez earned $2 million to $212.500 for Lopez, and was given a bonus of $100,000 from promoter Golden Boy for coming up with the night’s best knockout.
In an earlier bout, IBF bantamweight titleholder Leo Santa Cruz (21-0-1, 11 KOs) scored a sixth-round TKO over veteran contender Eric Morel (46-4, 23 KOs), who was stopped for the first time in his career.
Also on the undercard, hard-punching Argentine Marcos Maidana (32-3, 29 KOs) scored an eighth-round technical knockout over welterweight rival Jesus Soto Karass (26-8-3, 17 KOs), whom he dropped in the seventh round.
In a mild upset, Daniel Ponce de Leon (43-4, 35 KOs) emerged victorious over WBC featherweight beltholder Jhonny Gonzalez (52-8, 45 KOs), coming away with an eighth-round unanimous technical decision victory that ended Gonzalez’s 12-fight winning streak that had included 11 knockouts.
Santa Cruz, Maidana and Ponce de Leon were each granted an extra $25,000 to their purses for their efforts, according to Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer.
DEMETRIUS ANDRADE RETURNS ON THURSDAY
Southpaw middleweight Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade (17-0, 12 KOs) weighed in at 159 pounds compared to 158 for rival Alexis Hlores (16-4-2, 12 KOs) for Thursday’s 11th-annual Fight To Educate at Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, N.H.
A 2008 U.S. Olympian and former 2007 world amateur champion, Andrade is after his fourth straight knockout victory as part of a venture geared toward helping children and seniors in need.
HOLLYWOOD FIGHT NIGHT
Welterweights Zachary “Kid Yamaka” Wohlman (4-0, 1 KO) and Jesus Vallejo (3-7, 3 KOs), weighed 148.4, respectively, Terrell “Tyger” Williams (5-0, 4 KOs) was 145.2 to 145.8 for rival Lawrence Hughes (4-4, 3 KOs), and junior welterweight Dinmukhamed Niyazov (1-0) tipped the scales at 144.2 compared to 143.8 to Alonso Loeza (2-6-1, 2 KOs) for Thursday night’s installment of “Hollywood Fight Night” in Hollywood, Calif.
The event is promoted by Steve Bash and Art of Boxing Promotions at the Florentine Gardens.
JONATHAN ROMERO MEETS EFRAIN ESQUIVIAS ON SHOBOX: THE NEW GENERATION
Junior featherweight Jonathan Romero (21-0, 12 KOs), of Cali, Colombia, will meet Efrain Esquivias Jr. (16-1, 9 KOs), of Gardena, Calif., in the 10-round main event of a Friday night’s edition of Showtime’s ShoBox: The New Generation from Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, Calif.
Promoted by Gary Shaw Productions, the first bout will feature junior featherweights Roman Morales (12-0, 6 KOs), of San Ardo, Calif., against Jonathan Arellano (13-0-1, 3 KOs), of Ontario, Calif., in an eight-rounder.
PAUL MENDEZ RIDING FOUR-BOUT UNBEATEN STREAK
Middleweight Paul Mendez (9-2-1, 3 KO’s), of Woodland, Calif., will face Donyil Livingston (8-1-1, 4 KOs), of Palmdale, Calif., in an eight-round bout on Saturday from the Woodland Community Center in Woodland, Calif., on Telefutura’s Solo Boxeo Tecate.
Mendez has a mark of 3-0-1 in his last four fights, and is coming off a knockout of Loren Myers in August. In another bout, junior featherweight Manuel “Tino” Avila (9-0, 3 KO’s), of Fairfield, Calif., will face Jhon Alberto Molina (30-19-3, 19 KO’s), of Cartagena, Colombia.
On the undercard, Sacramento featherweight Guy Robb (8-1, 4 KO’s) will meet Tijuana’s Leopoldo Gonzalez (12-7-1, 7 KO’s), junior welterweight Jonathan Chicas (6-0, 3 KO’s), of San Francisco, takes on Guadalajara’s Jorge Mendoza (7-6, 3 KOs), and Sacramento featherweight Alberto Torres (1-0) will take on an opponent to be determined.
The event is being presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Don Chargin Productions in association with Paco Presents. Doors open at 6:00 pm, the first bell rings at 7:00 p.m., and the TeleFutura broadcast begins at 12:00 a.m. ET/11:00pm PT.
MICKY WARD, DICK EKLUND TO BE ON HAND AT FANTASY SPORTS CASINO ON SEPT. 29
“Irish” Micky Ward, known for his riveting triology with the late Arturo Gatti, and his half-brother and former trainer, Dicky Eklund, will be present to greet fanst at a Sept. 29 edition of Telefutura’s “Solo Boxeo Tecate” at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif., Golden Boy Promotions has announced.
Portrayed in the movie, “The Fighter,” the brothers will be on hand at an event which co-features former titleholder Julio “The Kidd” Diaz (39-7, 28 KOs) of Coachella against Puerto Rico’s Hector Sanchez (19-2, 9 KOs), and, Andrew “Chango” Cancio (14-1-2, 11 KOs) opposite veteran contender Roger “Speedy” Gonzalez (27-6, 18 KOs).
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