News: Maidana vs Cayo; Guzman vs Funeka; Rodriguez-Arnaoutis Undecard

HBO’s hit late-night boxing series features a doubleheader of hungry young fighters when HBO BOXING AFTER DARK: MARCOS RENE MAIDANA VS. VICTOR CAYO AND JOAN GUZMAN VS. ALI FUNEKA is seen SATURDAY, MARCH 27 at 10:30 p.m. (live ET/tape-delayed PT), from The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, exclusively on HBO. The HBO Sports team of Bob Papa, Lennox Lewis and Max Kellerman will be ringside for the event, which will be available in HDTV, closed-captioned for the hearing-impaired and presented in Spanish on HBO Latino..

The main event features sluggers with nearly perfect records, as Marcos Rene Maidana (27-1, 26 KOs) of Margarita, Argentina goes up against Victor Cayo (24-0, 16 KOs) of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic in a scheduled 12-round junior welterweight match. Suffering only one loss in his pro career, Maidana possesses a fabulous knockout margin and is one of the division’s top contenders and heaviest hitters. Boasting great ring presence, the undefeated Cayo looks to elevate his standing in the division with a victory.

The opening bout is a rematch pitting undefeated Joan Guzman (29-0-1, 17 KOs) of Brooklyn, by way of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, against Ali Funeka (30-2-3, 25 KOs) out of East London, South Africa, in a scheduled 12-round lightweight title bout. Last November on BOXING AFTER DARK, the two faced off in an action-filled contest that saw Guzman dominating the early rounds before Funeka rallied. The judges’ verdict of a draw left most observers unsatisfied, setting the stage for this highly anticipated encore.

The executive producer of HBO BOXING AFTER DARK is Rick Bernstein; producer, Thomas Odelfelt; director, Mike Sheehan.
® HBO BOXING AFTER DARK is a registered service mark of Home Box Office, Inc.


On Friday April 2nd, at the Mohegan Sun Resort and Casino in Uncasville, CT, two of Star Boxing's brightest young stars, 2007 Amateur World Champion and 2008 U.S. Olympian, Demetrius Andrade (9-0, 7KO) and 2004 U.S. Olympian, Roberto Benitez (6-0, 3KO) will be showcased in separate featured undercard bouts. The show, broadcast live on ESPN's "Friday Night Fights" is headlined by former world title challenger, Delvin Rodriguez (24-4-2, 14KO) defending his USBA welterweight title against another former world title challenger, "Mighty" Mike Arnaoutis (22-4-2, 10KO).

The Providence native Andrade, who is co- promoted by Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing and Banner Promotions, is scheduled to square off against Geoffrey Spruiell (8-8, 2KO). The bout is scheduled for six rounds in the jr. middleweight division, and will be shown live as part of the "Friday Night Fights" broadcast. This will mark the 5th time since Andrade turned professional in late 2008 that he will be featured on an ESPN telecast. Each time out Andrade has been more impressive than the last, garnering rave reviews from boxing insiders. His impressive performances have resulted in Andrade becoming widely considered to be the most promising young prospect in all of boxing. Andrade plans to continue on his ascent up the jr. middleweight contender ladder on April 2nd, and knows Spruiell will be no push over, as he just beat another 9-0 prospect (Brad Jackson) last year, and will certainly have upset on his mind.

The super bantamweight Benitez is scheduled to go six rounds against 2004 Cuban Olympic Gold Medalist Yan Barthelemy (9-2, 2KO).

Like Andrade, the Brooklyn native Benitez had a storied amateur career. He won the United States Junior Olympics at 14 and 15 years of age. During his amateur career he went on to win ten National championships, including two National Golden Gloves Titles, and four National Everlast Boxing Championships (more than any amateur boxer in history). He also won two Olympic trials, was an alternate to the 2000 U.S. Olympic Team as a flyweight and a member of the 2004 U.S. Olympic Team as a bantamweight.

Benitez turned pro in 2005 and got off to a quick start, running his record to 5-0 by October of 2006, before suffering a hand injury that forced him to take some time away from the sport. Returning to the ring in September of last year, Benitez is looking to make even greater strides in 2010 and restart his climb towards super bantamweight supremacy.
"We really wanted to give the fans coming to the Mohegan Sun Resort and Casino and everyone around the world watching on ESPN, a show to get excited about. In addition to the tremendous main event, by adding these two great prospects to the card, we feel we are doing just that," stated Joe DeGuadia, CEO of Star Boxing. "Both Demetrius and Roberto have world class talent, and we are looking forward to watching them fight and are expecting exciting and impressive performances from them on April 2nd."

A complete list of the amazing and talent loaded undercard will be announced shortly. Doors open at 7PM with the first bout scheduled for 7:30PM. ESPN begins televising live at 9PM. Tickets are priced and available at $75, $45 and $30 and are on sale now. Tickets may be purchased by calling the Star Boxing office at (718) 823-2000. To find out more information about exclusive tickets please call Star Boxing at (718) 823-2000 or visit Tickets may also be purchased through Ticketmaster. Ticketmaster customers may log on to or purchase tickets by calling 1-800-745-3000.

Article posted on 23.03.2010

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