The July 12 Showtime Pay-Per-View junior middlweight clash between Saul Alvarez and southpaw Erislandy Lara will be shown at nearly 200 select movie theaters nationwide from the MGM Grand Arena, Fathom Events, Golden Boy Promotions and Showtime announced on Monday.
"I'm expecting one of the toughest fights of my career on July 12," said Alvarez, who turns 24 on July 18. "So knowing that I'll have my fans cheering me on, not just in the arena but in movie theaters throughout the country, has me even more motivated to beat Erislandy Lara and give the fans a fight to remember."
Tickets for the bout between Alvarez (43-1-1, 31 knockouts) and Lara (19-1-2, 12 KOs), entitled "Honor and Glory," are available at participating theater box offices and online at www.FathomEvents.com.
"This is the fight that the fans and I demanded and now they will get to see it on a grand scale," said Lara. "There is no better situation in boxing than to see two hungry fighters willing to put everything on the line for the honor and glory of their fans. I'll be sending a strong message to the world come July 12 that you can count on."
GOLDEN BOY, IRON MIKE PRODUCTIONS GO BACK-TO-BACK ON FOX ON JULY 9-10
Golden Boy Promotions and Mike Tyson's Iron Mike Productions will play host to back-to-back televised boxing events on July 9 and 10 from venues in Las Vegas and Miami, respectively, on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes, the network announced on Tuesday.
Golden Boy Live! will be broadcast from the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas on Wednesday, featuring former title challenger Alfonso Gomez (23-6-2, 12 knockouts) in a junior middleweight battle with Ed Paredes (35-3-1, 23 KOs), and a co-feature matching De la Hoya's cousin, 19-year-old Diego De la Hoya (5-0, 4 KOs) in a junior featherweight clash against U.S. Olympian Joseph Diaz Jr. (10-0, 7 KOs).
On Thursday night from Miami's Convention Center will be the rematch between IBF junior lightweight titleholder Argenis Mendez (21-2-1, 11 KOs) and Rances Barthelemy (19-0, 12 KOs).
Tyson's company out-bid Warriors Boxing, $260,000-to-$251,000 on April 15 for the right to promote the retrun bout, which became necessary after Mendez's controversial second-round knockout loss to Barthelemy in January in Minneapolis was overturned and ruled a "no-decision" by the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry. This decision ultimately restored Mendez as the IBF's junior lightweight titlist.
Mendez, the champion, gets 75 percent of the purse bid and Barthelemy gets 25 percent of the bid," said IBF Championships Chairman Lindsey Tucker in an earlier interview with RingTV.com, meaning Mendez, who is promoted by Tyson, will pocket $195,000 compared to $65,000 for Barthelemy, who is handled by Leon Margules of Warriors Boxing.
In the co-main event to Mendez-Barthelemy II, light heavyweight Humberto Savigne (12-1, 9 KOs) takes on an opponent to be determined with Erickson Lubin (5-0, 5 KOs) participating in a welterweight bout.
BRYANT JENNINGS TRAINING IN LAS VEGAS FOR MIKE PEREZ
Heavyweight Bryant Jennings (18-0, 10 KOs) has set up training camp in Las Vegas for two weeks before his July 26 WBC title eliminator bout against Mike Perez (20-0-1, 12 KOs) on the undercard of the main event featuring WBA beltholder Gennady Golovkin against ex-titleholder Daniel Geale at Madison Square Garden in New York.
"I wanted to come out to Las Vegas for a couple of weeks and train in high elevation. I've been running up at Mount Charleston in high elevation, training alongside Erislandy Lara," said Jennings, a Philadelphia resident.
"Philly for a couple of weeks is only going to help me focus on getting fully prepared for Perez. I'll head back home to finish out camp after this week."
CHAZZ WITHERSPOON PROMOTES HIS OWN RETURN TO THE RING ON JULY 12
Heavyweight Chazz Witherspoon (30-3, 22 KOs), who was last in action for a third-round stoppage loss to Seth Mitchell in April 2012, will return to the ring on July 12 against an opponent to be determined at the Riverwinds Community Center in West Deptford, N.J., Witherspoon's Spoon Promotions announced on Tuesday.
"I feel good and rejuvenated after the layoff. I haven't been out this long because I wanted to. I had several fights fall through," said Witherspoon, 32, a Philadelphia-born resident of Paulsboro, N.J. "So I decided to start my own company and do my own shows and I can't wait until July 12 to put on a great event not far from where I live."
Also on the card will be middleweight Thomas Lamanna (14-0, 7 KOs) of Millville, N.J., against an opponent to be named.
CHRIS ALGIERI'S TRIUMPH OVER RUSLAN PROVODNIKOV WAS A BIG DRAW
Chris Algieri's split decision victory over Ruslan Provodnikov for the WBO junior welterweight title on HBO Boxing After Dark on Saturday produced the third top-performing bout on cable television in 2014, according to Nielsen Media Research.
The HBO audience for the live, first-time airing of the bout from Barclays Center in Brooklyn was 1,046,000 viewers, a number that ranks just under Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.'s unanimous decision rematch over Bryan Vera in a March and Juan Manuel Marquez's unanimous decision over welterweight rival Mike Alvarado last month.
The audience for Provodnikov vs. Algieri peaked at 1,110,000 viewers. HBO's overall boxing event Saturday averaged 954,000 viewers with a two-knockdown, seventh-round stoppage win by WBO junior middleweight titleholder Demetrius Andrade over Brian Rose registering 882,000 viewers.
Leading off the telecast was the replay of four-division titllist Miguel Cotto's 10th-round stoppage that dethroned Sergio Martinez as RING and WBC middlweight champion on June 7 at Madison Square Garden in New York. Cotto-Martinez drew 970,000 viewers with an audience peak of 1,126,000.
CHAD DAWSON-GEORGE BLADES TO BE TELEVISED ON SHOWTIME EXTREME
Former RING and WBC light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson will return to the ring against George Blades on June 21 at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif., and their bout will be broadcast at 8 p.m., ET/PT on Showtime Extreme, the network announced on Tuesday.
As part of an event promoted by Golden Boy, the southpaw Dawson (31-3, 17 KOs), 31, of New Haven, Conn., will face Blades (23-5, 16 KOs) in a bout that will precede two-division titlist Devon Alexander in a welterweight clash against Jesus Soto Karass, featherweights Gary Russell Jr. and Vasyl Lomachenko in a battle for the WBO's vacant featherweight belt and former titleholder Robert Guerrero in a 147-pound return opposite Yoshihiro Kamegai.
The match-ups following Dawson's will be televised as a Showtime tripleheader starting at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT.