HBO to air Saul Alvarez special on April 12th; Hammer-Tshabalala on April 5th

One of boxing’s most fascinating stars, Mexico native Canelo Alvarez, who at the age of 21 holds a world super welterweight title belt, will be showcased on the all-new HBO feature presentation PORTRAIT OF A FIGHTER: CANELO ALVAREZ, set to premiere in prime time Thursday, April 12 (9:15 p.m. ET/PT) on HBO.

“Portrait of a Fighter” is a new feature designed to strengthen the viewer’s connection to prizefighters and explore an aspect of a fighter’s backstory that is not typically well known by boxing fans.

HBO air times include: Apr. 12 (9:15 p.m.), 16 (9:45 a.m.), 17 (12:00 a.m.), 19 (2:50 a.m.), 25 (8:15 p.m.), 27 (4:45 p.m.) and 29 (12:45 p.m.).

HBO2 air times include: Apr. 29 (9:45 p.m.) and 30 (3:50 p.m.).

All times are ET/PT.

The 13-minute feature will also be available on HBO ON DEMAND® and HBO GO®.

With loads of talent, a red-hot ring record (39-0-1, 29 KOs), a head of red hair to match, and a healthy sprinkling of freckles and charisma, Canelo Alvarez has captivated a nation since turning pro in 2005. He has also shown a willingness to fight on the big stage and will be putting his 154-pound title on the line for the fourth time when he squares off with future Hall of Famer Sugar Shane Mosley (46-7-1, 39 KOs) on Saturday, May 5 in Las Vegas. The date coincides with the Mexican holiday Cinco de Mayo, historically one of boxing’s most popular weekends.

“Alvarez vs. Mosley” will be part of the blockbuster “Mayweather vs. Cotto” boxing card that takes place Saturday, May 5 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9:00 p.m. (ET)/6:00 p.m. (PT).

Huge crowd greets WBA Female Lightweight World Champion Cecilia "La Reina" Comunales

Over 22,000 people in Paysandu, Uruguay, were waiting to greet new World Boxing Association (WBA) Female Lightweight World Champion Cecilia "La Reina" Comunales today, as she arrived home after her title-winning victory Saturday night in Panama.

Fighting in one of the featured bouts of the night at Arena Roberto Duran in Panama City, Panama, Comunales (9-1, 6 KOs) stopped the Dominican Republic's Maribel Santana in one round, due to injury, to capture the belt.

"South America is not like North America," explained Comunales' promoter, Sampson Lewkwicz of Sampson Boxing. "Boxers over here, especially champions, are like movie stars. Cecilia was greeted by the mayor and a huge crowd. She is now one of the most famous people in all of Uruguay."

The 23-year-old Comunales seems to be handling her sudden fame well and graciously accepted the well wishes from thousands of her countrymen in style.

"She loved it," Lewkowicz continued. "She's been waiting a long time to become a champion and now she's done it. She deserves all the attention she is getting. Cecilia is a terrific fighter and she will remain champion for a long time.

Hammer vs. Tshabalala on April 5th

21 years old, and considered the number-one female middleweight in the world, Christina Hammer is making her third defense of the World Boxing Federation World title on Thursday April 5 at the Vodova Arena in Brno, Czech Republic.

Hammer, 11-0 (7), is taking on South African challenger Julie “Queen” Tshabalala, 4-1-1 (1), on a show promoted by SES Boxing that also features a championship fight between local hero Lukas Konecny and Frenchman Salim Larbi.

Born in Novodolinka, Kazakhstan, the nationalized German has become something of a Globetrotting champion, winning the WBF World title in Slovenia in February 2011 and defending it in the Czech Republic three months later before returning to Germany for her second defense last October. Now she will go back to the Czech Republic for the Tshabalala encounter.

Julie Tshabalala from Johannesburg is the reigning South African Middleweight Champion. Making her professional debut in August 2008, she captured the national title almost exactly a year later with a ten-round unanimous decision over Bomkazi Klaas. She defended the title the following year in a rematch with Klaas, and again last summer with a stoppage over Lilian Molala.

While Hammer has five more professional bouts than Tshabalala, and been in four title fights compared to the South Africans three, the champion will do herself a favor by not underestimating her challenger who is known for her fighting spirit and determination. The Christina Hammer vs. Julie Tshabalala WBF Women’s World Middleweight title fight will be streamed live and exclusively to the world via from 8 PM local time.

Article posted on 03.04.2012

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