WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING®: AMIR KHAN VS. MARCOS MAIDANA
AND VICTOR ORTIZ VS. LAMONT PETERSON
IS SEEN LIVE SATURDAY, DEC. 11 ON HBO
HBO Sports wraps up its 2010 boxing season with an intriguing super lightweight title showdown under the bright lights of Las Vegas when WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING: AMIR KHAN VS. MARCOS MAIDANA AND VICTOR ORTIZ VS. LAMONT PETERSON is presented live SATURDAY, DEC. 11 (9:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. PT) from the Mandalay Bay Events Center, exclusively on HBO. The WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING team will be ringside for all the action, presented in HDTV and in Spanish on HBO Latino.
Other HBO playdates: Dec. 12 (9:00 a.m.) and 13 (midnight)
HBO2 playdates: Dec. 12 (5:45 p.m.) and 14 (midnight)
Knockout specialist Marcos Maidana (29-1, 27 KOs), from Buenos Aires, Argentina, meets the pride of British boxing in super lightweight champion Amir Khan (23-1, 17 KOs), training out of Lancashire, in a scheduled 12-round title bout. Regarded by experts as one of the hardest-hitting pound-for-pound brawlers in the sport, Maidana has scored all but two of his 29 victories via knockout. He enters the fight with momentum, following hard-fought yet decisive victories over Victor Cayo and DeMarcus Corley. Maidana and Khan have been deadlocked in intense pre-fight verbal sparring, which has fueled the fire of their newfound rivalry.
Khan is ready to counter Maidana’s raw strength with his own blinding speed. Since winning a silver medal for Britain during the 2004 Athens Olympic Games at age 17, Khan has taken the boxing world by storm. Now 23, he has set his sights on becoming the best 140-pound fighter of his era, and is coming off a convincing victory over the resilient Paulie Malignaggi last May.
The opening bout is an exciting 12-round junior welterweight collision between fast-rising Victor Ortiz (28-2-1, 22 KOs) of Oxnard, Cal., and Lamont Peterson (28-1, 14 KOs) of Memphis, Tenn. The 23-year-old Ortiz has won four fights in a row since a tough loss to Marcos Maidana in June 2009, while Peterson’s only defeat came at the hands of the formidable Timothy Bradley in Dec. 2009.
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.
This exclusive WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING presentation is just part of a full evening of sports programming on HBO Dec. 11. The 90-minute documentary “Lombardi” debuts at 8:00 p.m. (ET) and 8:30 p.m. (PT), and an encore of the 12-minute special “Preview to 24/7 Penguins/Capitals: Road to the NHL Winter Classic” will be seen at 7:45 p.m. (ET) and 6:15 p.m. (PT).
The executive producer of WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING is Rick Bernstein; producer, Jon Crystal; director, Marc Payton.
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