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News: 24/7 Pacquiao/Bradley (Series Finale Friday Night); Rocky Fielding joins Matchroom Sport

24/7 PACQUIAO/BRADLEY: JUNE 8 EPISODE

(Series finale)

Debut: FRIDAY, JUNE 8 (8:00-8:30 p.m. ET/PT)

Other HBO playdates: June 9 (11:00 a.m.), 10 (9:45 a.m.), 11 (7:30 p.m., 2:15 a.m.), 12 (10:00 p.m.), 13 (9:00 a.m.), 14 (6:30 p.m., 3:20 a.m.) and 15 (12:30 a.m.)

HBO2 playdates: June 8 (1:30 a.m.), 9 (6:30 p.m.), 10 (10:50 a.m., 11:15 p.m.) and 13 (10:00 p.m.)

HBO On Demand® availability begins: June 12

The special will also be available on HBO GO®.

Las Vegas rolls out the red carpet as Manny Pacquiao (54-3-2, 38 KOs) and Timothy Bradley Jr. (28-0, 12 KOs) arrive in town for fight week activities.

Immediately preceding the debut of the series finale, the special “24/7: Road to Pacquiao/Bradley” and the previous episodes of 24/7 PACQUIAO/BRADLEY will be presented back-to-back on HBO (6:30-8:00 p.m.); all four half-hours will also be presented back-to-back Saturday, June 9 (9:30-11:30 a.m.) on HBO.

“Pacquiao vs. Bradley” takes place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Saturday, June 9 at 9:00 p.m. (ET)/6:00 p.m. (PT), and will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View®.

The executive producer of 24/7 PACQUIAO/BRADLEY is Rick Bernstein; senior producer, Dave Harmon; coordinating producer, Bentley Weiner; producers, George Jakovic, Harley Glantz and Gabe Spitzer; writer, Aaron Cohen. Liev Schreiber narrates.

ROCKY FIELDING JOINS MATCHROOM SPORT

Rocky Fielding joins Matchroom Sport

Prizefighter champ boxing on Kell Brook show in July

Rocky Fielding has signed promotional terms with Matchroom Sport and Eddie Hearn.

The Prizefighter Super Middleweight II champion will fight for new promoter Hearn on July 7 as part of the exciting undercard of Kell Brook’s IBF welterweight clash with Carson Jones at the Motorpoint Arena Sheffield.

Fielding burst onto the scene when he clinched the Prizefighter title in March 2011 in his hometown of Liverpool, stopping all three opponents to lift the trophy, turning from 3-0 novice to Merseyside hero live on Sky Sports.

‘Rocky from Stocky’ has fought just four times since his dream night at the Liverpool Olympia, with just one fight in 2012, and the 24 year old, who has a massive fan base in the boxing crazy city of Liverpool, expressed his delight at joining Hearn’s growing and busy stable.

“I’m really excited about the future now I’ve signed with Eddie and Matchroom Sport,” said Fielding. “I won Prizefighter live on Sky Sports and that was a dream night for me, so to be back on Sky is fantastic.

“Eddie is putting on big shows all over Britain and they are all really great bills. I want to be fighting in huge shows in Liverpool and I know that’s the plan Eddie has in mind for me, so I need to hit the ground running in Sheffield with a big performance.”

Fielding joins Team GB stars Kal Yafai and Martin Ward as Hearn’s recent signings, and the promoter has told the Liverpool man where he wants him to be in a 12 months’ time.

“I was there when Rocky became the first fighter to stop all three men to win the tournament and it was clear for everyone then how much talent he has,” said Hearn. “We share the same vision that it’s time for him to step up and we’ve set ourselves a 12 month target to be fighting for the British title. One fight in seven months is good for no-one, so the key is activity and that starts in Sheffield in July before we get him out and in his first title fight in September. We have big plans for Liverpool in the new season and Rocky will be a big part of those.”

Tickets for Kell Brook vs. Carson Jones featuring Rocky Fielding’s 11th pro fight, European title rematches between Gavin Rees and Derry Mathews and Kerry Hope and Greg Proksa and Kal Yafai’s debut are on sale now priced £30, £40, £60, and £100 from the Motorpoint Arena Sheffield box office on 0114 256 5656 and at www.motorpointarenasheffield.com.

VIP packages will be sold exclusively by Matchroom Sport priced £150 on 01277 359900 or at www.matchroomboxing.com. The package includes inner ringside seating (front seven rows), pre-fight party from 5.30pm-8pm with complimentary beer, wine, soft drinks and canapés. (The bar will stay open as a pay bar after 8pm.)

Hitz Boxing Returns for another 'Belvedere Bash'

The Midwest's most successful boxing promoter, Bobby Hitz of Hitz Boxing, is back at it less than a month after his last jam-packed success. On Thursday, June 21, Hitz will present his second installment of "The Belvedere Bash", an evening of professional boxing at The Belvedere Banquet in Elk Grove, Illinois.

Featured in separate bouts that night will be several local favorites including Geesala, County Mayo, Ireland's Henry "Western Warrior" Coyle (16-2, 12 KOs), who will go eight rounds in the junior middleweight division; Chicago's popular slugger Mike "Hollywood" Jimenez (7-0, 4 KOs) will have a six-round super middleweight battle; Chicago super bantamweight Sergio Montes de Oca (6-1, 1 KO) will go four; and Bassett, Virginia's Elijah McCall (9-1-1, 8 KOs), son of former heavyweight champion Oliver McCall, will face TBA in a heavyweight four-rounder.

In a very special added bonus, Anthony "American Assassin" Linenfelser (3-3, 3 KOs) and Paulie Settepani (1-1, 1 KO) will meet in a four-round crosstown lightweight matchup.

Rounding out the action and making their pro-debuts in separate bouts will be MMA fighter PJ Cajigas and Golden Gloves Boxing and World Amateur Kickboxing Champion Simon "The Punisher" Buettner. Both will face opponents that are TBA in super middleweight four-rounders.

Tickets are just $40 and available at www.fanfueled.comor the Hitz txt Hotline at 630-442-4203. The Belvedere Banquet is located at 1170 West Devon in Elk Grove. On fight night, doors open at 6:30 pm and the first bout is at 7:30 pm. All bouts are subject to change.

For more information, visit www.hitzboxing.com.

Article posted on 03.06.2012



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