KEITH THURMAN VS. ORLANDO LORA CONTINUES AN ACTION-PACKED SUMMER
FOR THE HIT LATE-NIGHT RING FRANCHISE SATURDAY, JULY 21
HBO’s hit late-night boxing franchise continues with an action-packed doubleheader when HBO BOXING AFTER DARK: ADRIEN BRONER VS. VICENTE ESCOBEDO AND KEITH THURMAN vs. ORLANDO LORA is seen SATURDAY, JULY 21 at 10:00 p.m. (live ET/tape-delayed PT), from the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, exclusively on HBO. The HBO broadcast team of Jim Lampley, 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.
OtherHBO playdates: July 22 (8:45 a.m.) and 23 (11:00 p.m.)
HBO2 playdates: July 22 (5:45 p.m.) and 24 (midnight)
In a junior lightweight title showdown, hometown hero Adrien “The Problem” Broner (23-0, 19 KOs) takes on the formidable Vicente Escobedo (26-3, 15 KOs) of Woodland, Cal. in a scheduled 12-round contest. A ferocious fighter who has established himself as one of the most compelling boxers around, the 22-year-old Bronercreates problems for his opponents inside the ring, but his engaging personality has made him a fan favorite outside it. Knocking out his last three opponents in the fourth, third and first rounds and possessing thrilling speed, he’s on the fast track to joining boxing’s elite. Now Broner looks to prove that he’s unstoppable in the 130-pound division.
Escobedo, a 2004 U.S. Olympian who has spent the majority of his career in the lightweight division, has found new life as a junior lightweight. Since losing back-to-back bouts to Michael Katsidis and Robert Guerrero in 2010, he’s been invincible in his new weight class, reeling off four consecutive victories, including a memorable first-round knockout of Lonnie Smith in March. Armed with experience, as well as a decided size advantage, Escobedo could create a significant roadblock for the unbeaten Broner.
In the opening fight, Keith Thurman (17-0, 16 KOs) of Clearwater, Fla. makes his HBO debut against Orlando Lora (29-2-2, 19 KOs) of Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico in a ten-round welterweight match. Just 23 years old, Thurman is a potential star who uses his power and athleticism to infuriate opponents, and is coming off a dominant third-round knockout of Brandon Hoskins in May. This bout should indicate whether Thurman is ready to move up in the pound-for-pound ranks. Lora, 31, has a wealth of experience, which should come in handy against Thurman.
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The executive producer of HBO BOXING AFTER DARK is Rick Bernstein; producer, Marc Payton; director, Mike Sheehan.
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HBO SPORTS DOCUMENTARY SPECIAL
24/7 ROAD TO WARD/DAWSON, DEBUTING SATURDAY, AUG. 25,
SETS THE STAGE FOR THEIR SEPTEMBER SHOWDOWN
HBO Sports, known for its innovative, award-winning productions, sets the stage for the September super middleweight title fight between Andre Ward and Chad Dawson with the documentary special 24/7 ROAD TO WARD/DAWSON debuts SATURDAY, AUG. 25 (11:30 p.m.-midnight ET/PT), exclusively on HBO.
Other HBO playdates: Aug. 26 (11:00 a.m.), 27 (12:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m., midnight), 30 (2:45 a.m.) and 31 (7:30 p.m.), and Sept. 1 (10:30 a.m., 12:20 a.m.), 4 (1:55 a.m.), 6 (1:30 p.m., 10:00 p.m.) and 8 (11:15 a.m.)
HBO2 playdates: Aug. 28 (4:15 p.m.) and 30 (10:30 p.m.)
The special will also be available on HBO On Demand® and HBO GO®.
24/7 ROAD TO WARD/DAWSON introduces fans to two of the world’s top ten prizefighters: undefeated Oakland native Andre Ward (25-0, 13 KOs) and New Haven, Conn. product Chad Dawson (31-1, 17 KOs), who will meet in a 12-round title showdown, to be presented on Saturday, Sept. 8 on HBO. The 30-minute special offers an inside look at the preparations as the best fighters from 168-pound and 175-pound divisions head toward their intriguing confrontation.
“World Championship Boxing®: Andre Ward vs. Chad Dawson” will be presented from the Oracle Arena in Oakland Saturday, Sept. 8 (9:45 p.m. ET/PT) on HBO.
The executive producer of 24/7 ROAD TO WARD/DAWSON is Rick Bernstein; senior producer, Dave Harmon; coordinating producer, Bentley Weiner; producer, George Jakovic; writer, Aaron Cohen. Liev Schreiber narrates.