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Love vs. Valenzuela

Olusegun, Matthysse, Love, Valenzuela final quotes

(Photo: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME) LAS VEGAS (Sept 6, 2012) – The four boxers who’ll appear this Saturday, Sept. 8, live on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nev. pronounced themselves fit and ready to go during Thursday’s final press conference.

In what should be a terrific, hard-fought main event between two eager, determined and hungry fighters, undefeated Olusegun Ajose (30-0, 14 KO’s) of Nigeria will face hard-hitting Argentine Lucas Matthysse (31-2, 29 KO’s) for the vacant WBC Interim Super Lightweight World Championship on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING.

Promising, unbeaten middleweight J’Leon Love (12-0, 7 KO’s) of Las Vegas will risk his perfect record against Chicago’s Ramon Valenzuela (7-1, 1 KO) in the co-feature.

Preceding Saturday’s doubleheader on SHOWTIME will be two live undercard fights on SHOWTIME EXTREME (7 p.m. ET/PT): Daquan Arnett (6-0, 4 KO’s) of Orlando, Fla. meets Jesus Tavera (3-2, 1 KO), of Mexico City, Mex. in a six-round junior middleweight scrap and Ishe Smith (23-5, 11 KO’s) of Las Vegas takes on Puerto Rico’s Irving Garcia (17-7-3, 8 KO’s) in a 10-round junior middleweight bout. Continue reading

Matthysse fights Olusegun & Love battles Valenzuela this Saturday on Showtime

(Photo Credit: Tom Casino / SHOWTIME) NEW YORK (Sept. 5, 2012) –- For sheer drama, excitement and exhilaration, there are few, if any, spectacles in sports that can compare to witnessing the sudden, stunning and memorable ending that comes with a one-punch knockout.

Below is a Top 10 list of today’s heaviest-handed hitters compiled by renowned boxing historian and SHOWTIME analyst Steve Farhood.

Two of Farhood’s top three will be seen in action in the next two weeks on SHOWTIME. One is Lucas Matthysse (31-2, 29 KO’s), whom Farhood ranks No. 3. Matthysee meets unbeaten Nigerian Olusegun Ajose for the vacant World Boxing Council (WBC) Interim Super Lightweight World Championship this Saturday, Sept. 8, in the main event on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nev.

Farhood’s No. 2, Jhonny Gonzalez (52-7, 45 KO’s), will defend his WBC Featherweight World Championship against former World Champion Daniel Ponce De Leon in one of three world title fights on Saturday,Sept. 15, on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT). In the main event of “Knockout Kings” from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev., superstar Canelo Alvarez risks his WBC Super Welterweight World Championship against breakout star Josesito Lopez. Continue reading