RISING STARS LIGHT UP THE NEW YEAR WHEN HBO BOXING AFTER DARK(r): ANDRE BERTO VS. LUIS COLLAZO AND SERGIO MARTINEZ VS. JOE GREENE IS PRESENTED SATURDAY, JAN. 17 ON HBO
An undefeated young titleholder looks to start the new year off with a bang and intriguing veterans aim to shine in the 2009 premiere of the network’s hit late-night boxing franchise when HBO BOXING AFTER DARK: ANDRE BERTO VS. LUIS COLLAZO AND SERGIO MARTINEZ VS. JOE GREENE is presented SATURDAY, JAN. 17 at 9:45 p.m. (live ET/tape-delayed PT), from the Beau Rivage Resort and Casino in Biloxi, Miss., exclusively on HBO. The HBO Sports team 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: Jan. 18 (10:15 a.m.)
HBO2 playdates: Jan. 18 (5:45 p.m.) and 20 (11:30 p.m.)
Undefeated Florida native Andre Berto (23-0, 19 KOs) enjoyed a splendid 2008, winning all three of his fights and serving notice he is on the verge of becoming one of the elite stars of the talented welterweight division. Now he gets to test his game against a rock-solid opponent in former welterweight champion Luis Collazo (29-3, 14 KOs) of Brooklyn. The winner gets a head start on sorting out the crowded 147-pound division in 2009.
In the opening bout, fast-rising junior middleweight Sergio Martinez (44-1-1, 24 KOs) of Madrid, Spain returns to the HBO spotlight to meet Joe Greene (20-0, 14 KOs) of Queens, NY. Following his stunning victory over Alex Bunema on BOXING AFTER DARK last October, the 33-year-old Martinez looks to reaffirm his considerable skills in this 154-pound showdown. Standing in his way is Joe Greene, a skilled southpaw with knockout power.
The executive producer of HBO BOXING AFTER DARK is Rick Bernstein; producer, Jon Crystal; director, Mike Sheehan.
(r) BOXING AFTER DARK is a registered service mark of Home Box Office, Inc.
HBO SPORTS BEGINS PRODUCTION ON DOCUMENTARY “BATTLE FOR TOBACCO ROAD: DUKE VS. NORTH CAROLINA,” EXAMINING COLLEGE BASKETBALL’S FIERCEST RIVALRY,DEBUTING FEB. 23
NEW YORK, Dec. 23, 2008 – HBO Sports has begun production on the documentary BATTLE FOR TOBACCO ROAD: DUKE VS. CAROLINA, chronicling what many hardwood observers consider college basketball’s fiercest rivalry, it was announced today by Ross Greenburg, president, HBO Sports. Tracing the history of the rivalry, as well as examining the different cultures and characteristics of the programs in Durham and Chapel Hill, the special debuts MONDAY, FEB. 23 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO.
“This film will explore how a cross-town rivalry between two prestigious academic universities in North Carolina has escalated into one of the most scrutinized and intense rivalries in college sports,” said Greenburg. “The regular season showdowns and the ACC Tournament meetings between these two schools have become national events, and we’ll explore how it all started and what it means to have played in one of these contests.”
Separated by fewer than ten miles, the two schools have been going at it on the hardwood since 1920. But over the past 25 years, their heated competition has steadily grown in intensity, with Duke and North Carolina gearing up each season to reach a common goal: to beat their archrival twice in the regular season, regardless of rankings or won-loss records. These two Atlantic Coast Conference powerhouses frequently dominate the conference standings, and routinely compete for the top spot in the national polls. Remarkably, since the NCAA Tournament expanded to its current configuration in 1985, these two schools alone have combined for more national titles (five) and made more Final Four appearances (18), than any other entire conference.
The high-profile list of interviewees from the Blue Devils and Tar Heels weighing in on the intense rivalry in BATTLE FOR TOBACCO ROAD: DUKE VS. CAROLINA includes Hall of Fame coaches Dean Smith and Mike Krzyzewski, and all-time great players Michael Jordan, James Worthy, Charlie Scott, Grant Hill, Johnny Dawkins and Christian Laettner.
The executive producers of BATTLE FOR TOBACCO ROAD: DUKE VS. CAROLINA are Ross Greenburg and Rick Bernstein; produced by George Roy.