HBO Boxing Live From Wales: Khan vs Bull, Calzaghe vs Manfredo on April 7

02.04.07 - A super middleweight title fight tops an exciting doubleheader from across the pond when WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING: JOE CALZAGHE VS. PETER MANFREDO, JR. AND AMIR KHAN VS. STEFFY BULL is seen live SATURDAY, APRIL 7 at 5:00 p.m. (ET)/2:00 p.m. (PT), and replayed later that same day at 10:00 p.m. (ET/PT), from Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales on HBO. The WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING team will be ringside for the event, which will be presented in HD-TV and in Spanish language on HBO Latino..

In his second HBO appearance, undefeated super middleweight boxing champ Joe Calzaghe (42-0, 31 KOs) from Newbridge, Wales defends his title against hot newcomer Peter Manfredo, Jr. (26-3, 12 KOs) from Providence, RI in a scheduled 12-round bout. Calzaghe, 34, who has been electrifying sold-out arenas in England, is coming off a dominating 2006 campaign and is eager to impress American fans with his crowd-pleasing style. Co-trained by the legendary Sugar Ray Leonard, the 25-year-old Manfredo has other plans for this 168-pound title. A crowd in excess of 25,000 is expected at Millennium Stadium, which has a retractable roof that will be closed on fight night.

The opening bout is a ten-round lightweight boxing bout between British sensation Amir Khan (11-0, 8 KOs) and fellow Briton Steffy Bull (24-4-1, 5 KOs). Khan captured silver at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens and has been on the fast track since turning pro. Bull, a rugged southpaw with considerably more experience, promises to be the toughest test to date of Khan’s young pro career.

“A year ago, we introduced a new twist: presenting fights from Europe live in the afternoon and replaying them again later in prime time. We’re delighted to offer the same viewing option again for fight fans,” says Kery Davis, senior vice president, programming, HBO Sports.

Article posted on 02.04.2007

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