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Matthysse vs. Olusegun

Weights: Matthysse 139, Olusegun 139

(Photo: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME) All the fighters competing in televised fights tomorrow/Saturday, Sept. 8, live on SHOWTIME® and SHOWTIME EXTREME® made weight Friday at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nev.

In an excellent matchup in the main event on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast), unbeaten Olusegun Ajose (30-0, 14 KO’s) of Nigeria will meet hard-hitting Argentine Lucas Matthysse (31-2, 29 KO’s) for the vacant WBC Interim Super Lightweight World Championship.

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 10-round co-feature.

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

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-Olusegun: Mauro Ranallo To Host & Mark ‘Too Sharp’ Johnson To Serve As Guest Analyst

NEW YORK (Sept. 6, 2012) – Veteran sportscaster Mauro Ranallo and International Boxing Hall of Famer Mark “Too Sharp” Johnson will join this Saturday’s SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast, live on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. 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

J’Leon Love faces Ramon Valenzuela on Matthysse-Olusegun undercard on Saturday

NEW YORK (Sept. 5, 2012) – A 10-round middleweight fight between undefeated J’Leon Love (12-0, 7 KO’s) of Las Vegas and Chicago’s Ramon Valenzuela (7-1, 1 KO) will open the telecast this Saturday, Sept. 8, on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING live on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nev. Continue reading

Matthysse-Olusegun elevated to main event on September 8th

NEW YORK (Sept. 1, 2012) — Following a back injury that sidelined Randall Bailey for his International Boxing Federation (IBF) welterweight world title fight against Devon Alexander, the co-featured Lucas Matthysse vs. Ajose Olusegun bout for the World Boxing Council (WBC) Interim Super Lightweight World Championship has been elevated to the main event for the Saturday, Sept. 8 fight card from Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, live on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast).

The co-featured fight of the two-fight SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast is to be determined.

For the unbeaten Nigerian Olusegun (30-0, 14 KO’s) and the power-punching Argentine Lucas Matthysse (31-2, 29 KO’s), this will be the first time that each will fight in the main event of an internationally televised world championship fight card.

“We’re disappointed that Devon will not have the opportunity to fight Randall Bailey for the title this weekend, but we’re hopeful that Randall will recover quickly so we can reschedule this great fight,” said Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions. “As every cloud has a silver lining, we’re excited that the explosive September 8 match-up between Ajose Olusegun and Lucas Matthysse will now be in the spotlight headlining a great night of boxing.” Continue reading