Plus SHOWTIME EXTREME® Delivers Past Super Six Bouts &nFIGHT CAMP 360°: Inside the Super Six World Boxing Classic Replays All Week
NEW YORK (May 27, 2011) – A special 15-minute edition of FIGHT CAMP 360°: Pacquiao vs. Mosley will premiere on SHOWTIME® at 8:45 p.m. ET/PT, just prior to the Super Six World Boxing Classic Semifinal between Carl Froch and Glen Johnson on Saturday, June 4. Viewers will get a behind-the-scenes look at the days leading up to the Manny Pacquiao-Shane Mosley mega fight from Las Vegas, as well as an intimate view of the fighters’ trainers and family members throughout the 12-round championship bout on SHOWTIME PPV® and the aftermath that ensued.
In the week leading up to the deciding Super Six Semifinal, SHOWTIME Extreme will replay past Super Six bouts – including the Fight of the Year candidate slugfest between Froch and Mikkel Kessler and Andre Ward’s coming-of-age championship victory from Group Stage 1 – along with multiple re-airs of the latest episode of the critically acclaimed FIGHT CAMP 360°: Inside the Super Six World Boxing Classic.
Below is the schedule for these programs.
DATE PROGRAM TIME _________
Monday, May 30 FIGHT CAMP 360° – Episode 9 10:45 p.m. ET/PT
Tuesday, May 31 FIGHT CAMP 360° – Episode 9 11:45 p.m. ET/PT
Wednesday, June 1 FIGHT CAMP 360° – Episode 9 10:30 p.m. ET/PT
Wednesday, June 1 Super Six Group Stage 1: Kessler vs. Ward 11:00 p.m. ET/PT
Thursday, June 2 FIGHT CAMP 360° – Episode 9 10:30 p.m. ET/PT
Thursday, June 2 Super Six Group Stage 2: Froch vs. Kessler 11:00 p.m. ET/PT
Friday, June 3 FIGHT CAMP 360° – Episode 9 10 p.m. ET/PT
DATE PROGRAM TIME
Saturday, June 4 FIGHT CAMP 360° – Bonus Episode 8:45 p.m. ET/PT
Saturday, June 4 Super Six Semifinal: Froch-Johnson LIVE 9 p.m. ET/PT
Rios vs. Antillon Tickets For July 9 At Home Depot Center On Sale
LOS ANGELES (May 27, 2011) – Undefeated World Boxing Association (WBA) lightweight champion “Bam Bam” BRANDON RIOS will make the first defense of his world title when he takes on two-time world title challenger and current Top-Five-rated contender URBANO ANTILLO, Saturday, July 9, at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The co-main event will feature former International Boxing Federation (IBF) welterweight champion KERMIT CINTRON and CARLOS MOLINA in a 10-round super welterweight fight. Both bouts will be televised live on SHOWTIME®, beginning at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast.)
The four warriors have a combined record of 105-9-4 (73 KOs) – a winning percentage of 89% and a victory by knockout ratio of 70%.
The SHOWTIME Championship Boxing telecast will also include highlights from overseas as IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute (28-0, 23 KOs), defends his title for the eighth time – but first in his home country of Romania – against mandatory challenger Jean-Paul Mendy (29-0-1, 16 KOs), from France.
Promoted by Top Rank, tickets for The Home Depot Center’s Rios vs. Antillon World Lightweight Championship fight card, priced at $125, $75, $50 and $25, go on sale Next Tuesday! May 31 at 10 a.m. PT. They can be purchased at all Ticketmaster outlets and online at www.Ticketmaster.com as well as The Home Depot Center Box Office (open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.). Suites are available by calling 1-877-604-8777.
Rios (27-0-1, 19 KOs), a native of Lubbock, Tex., now fights out of Oxnard, Calif. Arguably the division’s most exciting fighter, he returns to the ring on the heels of his biggest professional victory, a 10th round TKO of defending champion Miguel Acosta, on February 26, to capture the WBA lightweight title. An all-action fan-friendly fighter, Rios, who is trained by former IBF junior lightweight champion Robert Garcia, possesses a self-described “throwback” style and a warrior’s mentality that screams excitement as proven by the fact that eight of his previous nine victories have been by knockout. Highlights of that streak include victories, all inside the distance, over Acosta (28-3-2), Anthony Peterson (30-0), Jorge Teron (23-1-1) and Omri Lowther (14-2), who had a combined record of 95-6-3 when they were defeated by Rios.
Antillon (28-2, 20 KOs), of Maywood, Calif., has given sensational performances in recent fights, most notably his last one, against World Boxing Council lightweight champion Humberto Soto last December, the consensus “Fight of the Year.” Though he lost to Soto by one point on two of the judges’ cards due to a controversial point deduction by the referee, Antillon emerged from that fight a certified world-class contender. Trained by Abel Sanchez, 10 of Antillon’s last 11 victories have been by knockout. Notable scalps hanging from Antillon’s belt include Rene Gonzalez (27-1-1), Tyrone Harris (23-4), former world title challenger Daniel Attah (24-4-1), and Bobby Pacquiao (28-13-3), the younger brother of Filipino icon Manny Pacquiao.
Cintron (32-3-1, 28 KOs), of Carolina, Puerto Rico, captured the IBF welterweight title in 2006 by knocking out Mark Suarez in the fifth round. He held the title for close to two years, successfully defending it against Walter Matthysse and Jesse Feliciano, both by knockout, before losing it to Antonio Margarito in 2008. Since moving up in weight in 2009 Cintron has become a force in the superr welterweight division where he is still the only man to defeat top-rated contender Alfredo Angulo. He also boasts a Draw against 2010 Fighter of the Year and World Middleweight Champion Sergio Martinez.
Molina (18-4-2, 6 KOs), a native of Michoacán, México, who fights out of Chicago, enters this fight riding a three-year, 11-bout unbeaten streak. In 2011 he knocked out Allen Conyers (12-4) in the seventh round and had a 10-round Draw against undefeated contender Erislandy Lara (15-0). Other highlights of Molina’s unbeaten streak include an NABO junior middleweight title victory over Danny Perez (34-5), and 10-round decision victories over Ed Paredes (21-2), and Alexis Camacho (17-1).
Darren Barker in action on 7/23
‘Dazzling’ Darren Barker will make the first defence of his European Middleweight title in Brentwood, Essex on July 23 – the home of the BAFTA winning TV show The Only Way Is Essex.
Barker claimed the belt for the second time with a fine performance against tough Italian Domenico Spada at London’s Olympia on April 30 and will defend that title and his unbeaten record in Essex live on Sky Sports against a top ranked European opponent, to be named soon.
After the fight, Sky Sports pundits Johnny Nelson and Glenn McCrory were wowed by Barker’s performance against Spada, with Nelson saying he “boxed supremely well having been out for 12 months” and McCrory calling Barker’s appearance “World class and from someone who belongs at World level”. The man himself wasn’t totally satisfied but said the time in the ring was valuable after 12 months out, and he’s looking forward to fighting in Brentwood again for the first time since stopping Danny Butler in 2009 to defend his Commonwealth title and pick up the vacant British belt.
“I got rid of some ring rust against Spada – a man ranked at number six in the WBC, and I beat him handily,” said Barker. “They were 12 good rounds to get under my belt and I’m really looking forward to defending that title in Brentwood at the end of the July, when you’ll see much more from me.”
Also on the bill, Romford’s Tony Conquest will fight Leon Williams for the Southern Area Cruiserweight title and Waltham Abbey’s Daniel Cadman faces Danny Butler for the Southern Area Super-Middleweight belt. John Ryder will also feature on the bill and promoter Eddie Hearn is anticipating a hot night of action in his backyard of Brentwood.
“I wanted to get Darren out one more time before we fight for a World title and we are looking for a devastating razor sharp performance,” said Hearn. “Last time Darren fought in Brentwood the atmosphere was electric and with local boys Conquest and Cadman already confirmed, the place is going to be banged out!”
Tickets for Darren Barker’s European Middleweight title defence with a full Championship undercard at the Brentwood Centre in Essex are available now priced £35 unreserved, £60 ringside and £100 VIP – to buy call Matchroom Sport on 01277 359900.