'Boxing After Dark' Tripleheader this Saturday on HBO

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June 26th, 2013


via press release:






            HBO’s hit late-night boxing franchise presents a triple dose of hard-hitting action highlighted by a red-hot middleweight title showdown when HBO BOXING AFTER DARK: GENNADY GOLOVKIN VS. MATTHEW MACKLIN, THOMAS OOSTHUIZEN VS. BRANDON GONZALES AND WILLIE NELSON VS. LUCINAO CUELLO is seen SATURDAY, JUNE 29 at 9:45 p.m. (live ET/tape-delayed PT) from the MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Ct., exclusively on HBO. The HBO Sports team of Jim Lampley, Max Kellerman and Andre Ward 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: June 30 (9:45 a.m.) and July 1 (midnight)

HBO2 playdates: June 30 (3:30 p.m.) and July 2 (11:35 p.m.)

The main event pits Kazakhstan’s undefeated Gennady Golovkin (26-0, 23 KOs) against Matthew Macklin (29-4, 20 KOs) of Birmingham, UK, in a scheduled 12-round middleweight title bout. One of the sport’s fastest-rising stars and an emerging force at 160 pounds, Golovkin, 31, has knocked out his last 13 opponents.  In his spectacular HBO debut last September, he scored three knockdowns en route to a fifth-round knockout of Grzegorz Proksa.  This will be the third fight on American soil for the fan-friendly Golovkin.  Macklin, also 31, scored a first-round knockout of Joachim Alcine last September, and in March 2012 mounted a valiant effort against pound-for-pound ace Sergio Martinez, knocking him down once and going toe-to-toe with the middleweight champ before running out of steam in the 11th round.

In the middle bout, South Africa’s Thomas Oosthuizen (21-0-1, 13 KOs) meets Brandon Gonzales (17-0, 10 KOs) of Sacramento, Cal. in a ten-round battle of undefeated talents.  Making his HBO debut, the 25-year-old Oosthuizen is closing in on a title shot in the 168-pound division.  The 29-year-old Gonzales will seek to demonstrate that his stellar amateur background has prepared him for this super middleweight clash.

Leading off the telecast will be a ten-round junior middleweight fight between Cleveland’s Willie Nelson (20-1-1, 12 KOs) and Luciano Cuello (32-2, 16 KOs) of Buenos Aires. Nelson, 25, enjoyed a prolific amateur career before turning pro in 2005.  Cuello, 28, turned pro in 2004 and has challenged the likes of Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr.

Immediately following the boxing action, HBO will present a new edition of “The Fight Game with Jim Lampley” (12:30 a.m. ET/PT).

Follow HBO boxing news at hbo.com/boxing, on Facebook at facebook.com/hboboxing and on Twitter at twitter.com/hboboxing.

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, Doug Getts.

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

  • TryHarder

    Bums vs other bums. HBO boxing is finished without the golden boy/al heymon/mayweather fighters.

  • Donny Baseball

    “Try Harder” is a moron.

    HBO is kicking Showtime’s butt in ratings, only lost one week (Canelo vs. Trout) since they cut ties with Golden Boy.

    Haymon is one of the worst figures in boxing if you’re a fan. He’s good at using Floyd as his leverage to get what he wants for his other fighters but “what he wants” is usually big money for easy fights.

    Haymon is killing the 140lb super fight between Garcia and Matthysse because he viciously resists matching his own fighters against each other.

    Showtime LOST $12 million on Floyd’s last PPV because they couldn’t sell a mismatch between Floyd and Guererro, that’s why Floyd’s been essentially forced into fighting Canelo (because Showtime was ready to exercise their exit clause which gave them the option of leaving the 6-fight guaranteed money deal after the first fight).

    That blew a hole in Showtime’s budget so now they have to hope to make it back (and thensome) off the Canelo fight so that they can keep paying that big roster of Golden Boy fighters.

    Golden Boy basically wants to own boxing or at least get preferential treatment over all other promoters. When they didn’t get a few dates they wanted last year because HBO already had better fights slated on those dates, Golden Boy threw a tantrum and started moving a bunch of guys to Showtime, and HBO said, screw it, take ’em all over there and don’t come back.

    It’s only a matter of time before Golden Boy comes back to HBO and says “sorry, please take us back and we’ll play nice” and we’ll be back to having Showtime and HBO bidding competitively for the best fights, regardless of which promoter is putting them together … which is the way it SHOULD BE.

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