HBO Boxing Returns Saturday

From HBO Sports –

HBO SPORTS HEADS TO WASHINGTON, D.C. FOR A
UNIFIED SUPER LIGHTWEIGHT TITLE SHOWDOWN WHEN
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING®:  AMIR KHAN VS. LAMONT PETERSON
AND SETH MITCHELL VS. TIMUR IBRAGIMOV
IS PRESENTED LIVE SATURDAY, DEC. 10 ON HBO
PLUS THE EXCLUSIVE REPLAY OF COTTO VS. MARGARITO II
 
            HBO Sports serves up an intriguing unified super lightweight title bout when WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING:  AMIR KHAN VS. LAMONT PETERSON AND SETH MITCHELL VS. TIMUR IBRAGIMOV is presented live SATURDAY, DEC. 10 (9:45 p.m. ET/6:45 p.m. PT) from Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., exclusively on HBO.  Ringside for HBO Sports will be host and blow-by-blow announcer Jim Lampley joined by commentators Larry Merchant and Max Kellerman.  The telecast will be closed-captioned for the hearing impaired, presented in HDTV and presented in Spanish on HBO Latino.
            With regular analysts Emanuel Steward and Roy Jones Jr. unavailable due to previous fight commitments, HBO will pair veteran commentators Merchant and Kellerman with Lampley on what should be a entertaining and engaging night of boxing commentary and opinions.  Merchant joined HBO in 1978, while Kellerman came on board in 2006.
            A 2004 Olympic Silver Medalist, London’s Amir Khan (26-1, 18 KOs) faces the resourceful Lamont Peterson (29-1-1, 15 KOs) in a highly anticipated 12-round title match.  Khan, who is enormously popular in Britain and turns 25 two days before the fight, has displayed a willingness to cross the pond to meet formidable opposition, and will be putting his 140-pound belts on the line in his fourth U.S. fight.  Under the guidance of legendary trainer Freddie Roach, Khan has met every challenge, including a bout with Zab Judah last July.
            Battle-tested Lamont Peterson has defied long odds to reach this point in his career.  He and brother Anthony survived a turbulent childhood that included homelessness on the streets of D.C.  Now the 27-year-old has a shot at the top in this highly competitive division. 

The opening fight features Brandywine, Md. native Seth Mitchell (23-0-1, 17 KOs) in a ten-round heavyweight battle with Uzbekistan’s Timur Ibragimov (30-3-1, 16 KOs).  A former linebacker at Michigan State who didn’t begin boxing until his 20s, Mitchell is making his HBO debut.
The doubleheader marks HBO’s first visit to the nation’s capital for boxing since 1993.

          Prior to the live action, HBO will kick off the night of boxing programming with the exclusive replay of Cotto vs. Margarito II.  The all-action fight took place on Dec. 3 at New York’s Madison Square Garden and featured Miguel Cotto scoring a 10th round TKO victory over Antonio Margarito.

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