HBO SPORTS PRESENTS A CLASH OF BOXING GENERATIONS WHEN
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING®: WINKY WRIGHT VS. PAUL WILLIAMS
AND CRISTOBAL ARREOLA VS. JAMEEL McCLINE
IS SEEN LIVE SATURDAY, APRIL 11 ON HBO
HBO Sports presents a compelling mix of rising stars and proven veterans when WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING: WINKY WRIGHT VS. PAUL WILLIAMS AND CRISTOBAL ARREOLA VS. JAMEEL McCLINE is presented live SATURDAY, APRIL 11 (10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT) from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, exclusively on HBO. The WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING team will be ringside for the event, which will be presented in HDTV and in Spanish on HBO Latino.
Other HBO playdates: April 12 (8:00 a.m.) and 13 (1:00 a.m.)
HBO2 playdates: April 12 (4:30 p.m.) and 14 (midnight)
Battle-tested veteran Ronald “Winky” Wright (51-4-1, 25 KOs), the most-avoided fighter of the last decade, is a former junior middleweight champion who has scored back-to-back wins against Shane Mosley, as well as defeating Felix Trinidad. A native of St. Petersburg, Fla., he is one of boxing’s elite defensive specialists, with a precise jab that picks apart opponents. Although he suffered a decision loss to future Hall-of-Famer Bernard Hopkins in 2007, the 37-year-old Wright will make younger fighters earn their spot among boxing’s best.
Two time welterweight champ Paul Williams (36-1, 27 KOs) of Augusta, Ga. is one of the most-feared fighters in boxing. Now on the cusp of stardom, the 27-year-old’s height, agility and raw power have made foes think twice about even entering the ring with him. Williams has defeated Antonio Margarito, among others, and now looks to raise his profile in this 12-round contest.
The opening bout features ambitious, hard-charging young Cristobal Arreola (26-0, 23 KOs) and dangerous vet Jameel McCline (39-9-3, 23 KOs) in a 12-round heavyweight clash. Arreola, of Riverside, Cal., can deliver thunderous blows and is riding a string of 13 consecutive fights in which he has sent his opponent crashing to the canvas. Next, he looks to prove himself the most serious threat to titleholders in the division.
Jameel McCline, from West Palm Beach, Fla., has fought the best the division has to offer, amassing 51 professional bouts against the likes of Wladimir Klitschko, Chris Byrd and Samuel Peter. An imposing 6’5” and 270 pounds, McCline’s experience, ring generalship and hard hitting should provide a formidable challenge for Arreola.
This WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING presentation is part of a compelling night of boxing programming that also includes the debut of the documentary “Thrilla in Manila” and the return of the Emmy®-winning HBO Sports reality franchise “24/7.” Debuting at 8:00 p.m. (ET)/10:00 p.m. (PT), “Thrilla in Manila” tells the story of the final fight between Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali, whose epic three-bout series from 1971 to 1975 transcended the sport. Debuting at 9:30 p.m. (ET/PT), “Pacquiao/Hatton 24/7” sets the stage for the May 2 pay-per-view junior welterweight showdown between reigning pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines and Ricky Hatton, his engaging British opponent.
All WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING events are broadcast in HDTV. HBO viewers must have access to the HBO HDTV channel to watch HBO programming in high definition.
The executive producer of WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING is Rick Bernstein; producer, Dave Harmon; director, Marc Payton.
® WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING is a registered service mark of Home Box Office, Inc.
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HBO BOXING AFTER DARK®: JUAN MANUEL LOPEZ VS. GERRY PENALOSA AND
LAMONT PETERSON VS. WILLY BLAIN TRAVELS TO PUERTO RICO FOR
A NIGHT OF ACTION SATURDAY, APRIL 25, ON HBO
A rising star and battle-tested veteran turn up the heat when HBO BOXING AFTER DARK®: JUAN MANUEL LOPEZ VS. GERRY PENALOSA AND LAMONT PETERSON VS. WILLY BLAIN is presented SATURDAY, APRIL 25 (10:00 p.m. live ET/tape-delayed PT) from the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, exclusively on HBO. The HBO Sports team of blow-by-blow announcer Bob Papa, commentator Max Kellerman and expert analyst Lennox Lewis 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.
Other HBO playdate: April 26 (8:15 a.m.) and 27 (1:00 a.m.)
HBO2 playdates: April 26 (4:45 p.m.) and 28 (midnight)
The main event pits undefeated sensation and junior featherweight titleholder Juan Manuel Lopez (24-0, 22 KOs) of Caguas, Puerto Rico against battle-tested veteran and former two-division champ Gerry Penalosa (54-6-2, 36 KOs) of Manila, Philippines in a scheduled 12-round title match. After a stunning first-round knockout of Daniel Ponce De Leon in his June 2008 HBO debut, local hero Lopez will need his unparalleled speed, power and accuracy to extend a perfect ring record and become the first fighter to knock out his foe. Nicknamed “Fearless” for unwavering boldness in the ring during a long, high-caliber career, the seasoned Penalosa plans on springing a surprise on his rival.
Kicking off the night, undefeated junior welterweights Lamont Peterson (26-0, 12 KOs) and Willy Blain (20-0, 3 KOs) fight for top-rated status in the division and the chance of a division title shot in a scheduled 12-round contest. Overcoming a poverty-ridden childhood in Memphis, Tenn., Peterson has become one of the junior welterweight division’s hottest prospect; he now faces a towering challenge in former world amateur champion and Hamburg, Germany resident Willy Blain. Unbeaten in a combined 46 challenges, Peterson and Blain are both skilled, quick-handed fighters.
The BOXING AFTER DARK doubleheader will be preceded by the debut of the third episode of the all-access reality series “Pacquiao/Hatton 24/7” at 9:35 p.m. (ET/PT).
The executive producer of HBO BOXING AFTER DARK is Rick Bernstein; producer, Jonathan Crystal; director, Mike Sheehan.
® HBO BOXING AFTER DARK is a registered service mark of Home Box Office, Inc.