HBO SPORTS SHOWCASES A WELTERWEIGHT TITLE BOUT
FROM THE WORLD’S MOST FAMOUS ARENA WHEN
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING®: MIGUEL COTTO VS. JOSHUA CLOTTEY
IS SEEN LIVE SATURDAY, JUNE 13 ON HBO
HBO Sports delivers a New York City knock-out of a prizefight with a welterweight title on the line when WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING: MIGUEL COTTO VS. JOSHUA CLOTTEY is presented live SATURDAY, JUNE 13 (10:35 p.m. ET/7:35 p.m. PT) from Madison Square Garden, exclusively on HBO. Jim Lampley, Max Kellerman and Emanuel Steward will be ringside for the event, which will be presented in HDTV and in Spanish on HBO Latino. Larry Merchant and Lennox Lewis are off to Canastota, New York to be inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame on June 14.
Puerto Rican sensation Miguel Cotto (33-1, 27 KOs), returns to The Garden hoping to record another victory at the world’s most famous arena on the eve of the Puerto Rican Day parade. In this venerable sports institution he has tasted memorable triumphs against Shane Mosley, Zab Judah, Paul Malignaggi, Mohamad Abdulaev and most recently, captured his second welterweight crown with a convincing knockout victory against top-rated Michael Jennings in February. Eleven months after absorbing the only loss of his stellar career in the hot spotlight of Las Vegas, the popular Cotto, 28, will be looking to regain momentum in the debate over who is the premier welterweight in the world as he defends his crown in this hot 12-round showdown.
Ghana native Joshua Clottey (35-2, 20 KOs), who now lives in the Bronx, has the potential to establish himself as an elite welterweight with a victory over Cotto. With durability and intense physicality, 31-year-old Clottey achieved prominence after winning his first 20 fights and last year captured his first welterweight title by defeating former undisputed champ Zab Judah. Despite two losses, Clottey has become a feared competitor in the division and is a high-risk, often-avoided opponent who consistently brings his A-game. Delighted at the opportunity to fight for the first time at the Garden, Clottey is sure to bring heat in this highly anticipated clash of powerhouse welterweights.
The big Saturday night of entertainment and boxing on HBO includes the debut of the theatrical box office blockbuster “The Dark Knight” at 8:00 p.m. ET/9:00 p.m. PT. With a free HBO preview weekend offered to cable and satellite distributors, participating systems will be able to show the movie and fight to an expanded audience.
On a programming note, HBO will not be televising boxing on Saturday, June 20 due to the postponement of the Wladimir Klitschko-David Haye heavyweight title bout. HBO Boxing After Dark returns Saturday, June 27 with a doubleheader from Los Angeles at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT preceded by the premiere of “Mayweather/Marquez 24/7” at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT.
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