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VERSUS Fight Night Oct 4: Fernando Montiel-Luis Melendez

A 12-round showdown between Fernando Montiel (34-2, 25 KOs) and Luis Melendez (25-2, 20 KOs) for the WBO Super Flyweight Championship will be featured on the next edition of Fight Night on VERSUS in collaboration with Top Rank Boxing, Thursday, October 4 at 9 p.m. ET from the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada..

The 28-year-old Montiel, a native of Los Mochis, Mexico, last defended his WBO Super Flyweight title against Cecilio Santos on July 14, 2007 on Sonora, Mexico, by TKO in the 10th round. Melendez, the 27-year-old Colombian contender, defeated opponent Rafael Castillo (KO) in the 4th round of his last bout, on June 30, 2007 from Cartagena, Colombia.

The undercard will be headlined by a 10-round bout between Urbano Antillon (19-0, 12 KOs) and Alan Visayas (21-7, 15 KOs). Antillon, the 25-year-old Mexico native who trains out of Maywood, California, has not lost a fight since he first entered the Super Lightweight circuit on November 30, 2000. In 19 victories, only one has come by way of split decision: a 10-round bout against Fernando Trejo from Sycuan Resort & Casino in El Cajon, California on December 23, 2005. Visayas, the 33-year-old challenger from the Philippines was defeated by Roger Gonzalez (KO) in the fourth round of an 8-round bout from Maywood, California on April 13, 2007.

Veteran fight announcer Nick Charles and Wally Matthews, a veteran boxing writer who has covered the sport for two decades, will host. Michael Buffer, the tuxedoed announcer who coined the catchphrase "Let's get ready to rumble!" will again serve as the ring announcer for fight.

VERSUS (VERSUS.com) celebrates real competition in all its forms. Now in more than 74 million homes, the network is the national cable home of the National Hockey League (NHL) and the Stanley Cup Playoffs as well as best-in-class events like The Tour de France, the America's Cup, the Professional Bull Riders (PBR), World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC), Professional Boxing, the Boston Marathon and Davis Cup. The network also offers collegiate sports from top conferences such as the Pac-10, Big 12 and Mountain West. VERSUS features the best field sports programming on television and is a destination for sports fans, athletes and sportsmen to find exclusive, competitive events that audiences can't find elsewhere. VERSUS, a wholly owned company of Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ: CMCSA, CMCSK), is distributed via cable systems and satellite operators throughout the United States.

Article posted on 01.10.2007



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