Season Premiere of HBO BOXING AFTER DARK

HBO BOXING AFTER DARK®:  DEVON ALEXANDER VS. MARCOS MAIDANA

AND ADRIEN BRONER VS. ELOY PEREZ KICKS OFF A NEW YEAR OF ACTION

FOR THE HIT LATE-NIGHT RING FRANCHISE SATURDAY, FEB. 25

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2 DAYS: PORTRAIT OF A FIGHTER FEATURING JAMES KIRKLAND AT 9:45 P.M.

            HBO’s hit late-night boxing franchise begins a new season with a double dose of action when HBO BOXING AFTER DARK:  DEVON ALEXANDER VS. MARCOS MAIDANA AND ADRIEN BRONER VS. ELOY PEREZ is seen SATURDAY, FEB. 25 at 10:00 p.m. (live ET/tape-delayed PT), from the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, exclusively on HBO.  The team of Bob Papa, Max Kellerman and Roy Jones Jr. 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:  Feb. 26 (11:30 a.m.) and 27 (midnight)

HBO2 playdates:  Feb. 26 (4:45 p.m.) and 28 (11:00 p.m.)

HBO On Demand availability begins:  Feb. 27

In a welterweight showdown, hometown hero Devon Alexander (22-1, 13 KOs), who as a child found refuge from the hardscrabble Hyde Park section of St. Louis in a boxing gym, takes on the formidable Marcos Maidana (31-2, 28 KOs) of Buenos Aires, Argentina in a scheduled ten-round contest.  A former junior welterweight champ, Alexander brings speed and effective combinations to the ring.  Bouncing back from his only pro loss to Timothy Bradley with a victory over Lucas Matthysse, he is moving up to the talent-rich 147-pound division with the ultimate goal of capturing another title.

Maidana, known for his exciting style and knockout power, returns to the U.S. after a memorable victory over Eric Morales in April 2011, which followed his narrow decision loss to Amir Khan in 2010’s consensus Fight of the Year.  A decisive win could reestablish Maidana on the boxing landscape.

The opening bout is a junior lightweight title showdown of undefeated fighters, with Cincinnati’s Adrien Broner (22-0, 18 KOs) defending his crown against Eloy Perez (23-0-2, 7 KOs) of Salinas, Cal. in a scheduled 12-round bout.  Broner, who has taken the boxing world by storm with impressive wins and thrilling performances, is a budding star.  Perez looks to use his speed and aggressive style to halt Broner’s streak and take his title in this intriguing 130-pound contest.

The night of boxing programming kicks off at 9:45 p.m. (ET/PT) with the debut of a new 15-minute edition of “2 Days:  Portrait of a Fighter,” offering an intimate look at junior middleweight James Kirkland in the lead-up to one of his fights.

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All HBO boxing events are presented in HDTV.  HBO viewers must have access to the HBO HDTV channel to watch HBO programming in high definition.

The executive producer of HBO BOXING AFTER DARK is Rick Bernstein; producer, Thomas Odelfelt; director, Mike Sheehan.

® HBO BOXING AFTER DARK is a registered service mark of Home Box Office, Inc.

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