HBO SPORTS GOES NORTH OF THE BORDER FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 1977
WHEN HBO BOXING AFTER DARK®: LUCIAN BUTE VS. LIBRADO ANDRADE II
AND JOAN GUZMAN VS. ALI FUNEKA IS PRESENTED SATURDAY, NOV. 28
HBO Sports travels to Canada for the first time in more than three decades to present a double dose of title action Thanksgiving weekend when HBO BOXING AFTER DARK: LUCIAN BUTE VS. LIBRADO ANDRADE II AND JOAN GUZMAN VS. ALI FUNEKA is seen SATURDAY, NOV. 28 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT & 9:00 p.m. CT from the Colisée Pepsi in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. The HBO Sports® team of Bob Papa, Max Kellerman and Lenox 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 playdates: Nov. 29 (8:45 a.m.) and 30 (11:40 p.m.)
HBO2 playdate: Nov. 29 (6:15 p.m.)
In the main event, super middleweight titleholder Lucian Bute (24-0-0, 19 KOs) squares off against Librado Andrade (28-2-0, 21 KOs) in a reprise of their Oct. 2008 encounter, with Montreal native Bute out to prove his controversial unanimous decision victory over Andrade was no fluke. Fresh from knocking out Fulgencio Zuniga, Bute is as sharp as ever heading into this highly anticipated 12-round showdown.
After losing to Bute last year, Mexican native and La Habra, Cal. resident Librado Andrade rebounded with a lopsided victory over Vitali Tsypko in April. Now, with revenge on his mind, Andrade is poised to dethrone his rival.
The opening bout features undefeated Joan Guzman (29-0, 17 KOs) and Ali Funeka (30-2-2, 25 KOs) in a hard-hitting 12-round lightweight title contest. A native of the Dominican Republic currently residing in Brooklyn, Guzman is returning to the late-night HBO spotlight, where he successfully defended his junior lightweight title against former champ Humberto Soto. Now, in just his second fight as a lightweight, he seeks a title belt in his third weight class.
Hailing from East London, South Africa, the formidable Ali Funeka is a lanky and powerful slugger looking to rebound from a tough loss to Nate Campbell on HBO in February. He is returning to his natural fighting weight in hopes of establishing himself as the best lightweight in the world.
The executive producer of HBO BOXING AFTER DARK is Rick Bernstein; producer, Jon Crystal; director, Mike Sheehan.
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