“2 Days: Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.” Premieres Saturday, Aug. 25 on HBO®
HBO Sports® debuts an all-new installment of “2 Days” when the feature segment returns Saturday, Aug. 25 at 12:30 a.m. (ET/PT) with a behind-the-scenes look at fast-rising middleweight superstar Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.
“2 Days” is a revealing and intimate look at a 48-hour span in the life of a boxer in the lead-up to one of his fights and the next edition will focus on middleweight title-holder Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. HBO cameras followed the son of Mexico’s most legendary prizefighter prior to his showdown this past June with Andy Lee in El Paso.
HBO air times include: Aug. 25 (12:30 a.m.), 28 (9:15 a.m.), 30 (10:30 a.m.), and 31 (12:00 a.m.) and Sept. 3 (5:35 a.m.), 6 (9:15 a.m.), 7 (11:15 a.m.), 8 (1:15 a.m.), 9 (11:30 a.m.), 10 (2:30 a.m.), 13 (8:45 a.m.), 14 (4:00 p.m.) and 15 (12:45 p.m.).
HBO 2 air times include: Sept. 3 (10:45 p.m., 12:55 a.m.), 9 (6:30 p.m.), 11 (2:30 a.m.), 12 (11:20 a.m., 5:45 p.m.), 15 (6:30 p.m.) and 16 (9:45 p.m.).
All times are ET/PT.
“2 Days: Julio Cesar Chavez” will be followed immediately on Aug. 25 by the premiere of “Face Off With Max Kellerman: Chavez Jr./Martinez” at 12:45 a.m. (ET/PT) on HBO.
In a fight that has the boxing community buzzing, Chavez Jr. and Sergio Martinez will collide in the ring in one of the year’s most eagerly anticipated showdowns Saturday, Sept. 15 on HBO Pay-Per-View® from the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.
“2 Days” as well as “Face Off” will be available on the HBO On Demand® service, HBO GO® and at www.hbo.com/boxing as well as various other new media platforms that distribute the series.
Fast-rising prospect John Thain will head to Freddie Roach’s star packed gym ahead of his appearance on the big Ricky Burns-Kevin Mitchell show next month.
The 24-year-old from Edinburgh, who is heralded as one of the best young talents on the domestic scene and recently featured on Steve Bunce’s Boxing Hour show on BoxNation, will go to Roach’s Wild Card gym in LA with his trainer Terry McCormack this Friday to start a two-week training camp.
Light-middleweight Thain, who’s unbeaten in seven fights, will train and spar in the gym that houses superstar Manny Pacquiao and WBC World Middleweight Champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr who’s preparing to face Sergio Martinez next month.
This will be Thain’s second trip to Roach’s gym with his first visit back in 2009 while he was still an amateur and he’s thrilled to return again.
“I’m excited to be going back to the Wild Card and seeing how I’ve improved in the last three years since I went last. You’re in a gym full of world class fighters and you feel like you’re representing your club and country so you daren’t fail,” said Thain.
“The first time I went it was a real test for me as I went in as an amateur with no professional experience and it was a hard, hard, environment, but I survived. I did quite a few rounds with a tough Mexican called Roberto Garcia, who later fought Antonio Margarito, which was a real eye-opener to the pro ranks, or I should say eye-watering, as he hit me low quite a few times, but overall it was fantastic experience in the gym that has certainly helped me in my career so far,” he added.
He’s seen his hero Pacquiao training on the previous trip and shares a link with the multi-weight world champion in that his mother is also from the Philippines.
Thain continued, “Watching Pacquiao spar was a real honour and pleasure. I’m sure seeing him on TV takes away his speed, power and intensity, you have to watch him live because he is unbelievable. Being in the same environment as him certainly rubbed off on me as success breeds success. I’d like to meet him properly this time as my mum’s a big fan of his and she’ll kill me if I don’t get his autograph this time!”.
When Thain returns he will finish preparations for his six-round contest on the big Burns v Mitchell WBO World Lightweight title card on Saturday 22nd September at the SECC in Glasgow.
Just like Burns learnt from fighting on former two-time WBO World Featherweight Champion Scott Harrison’s card, Thain is picking up experience by featuring on Burns’ undercard which he knows will benefit him when he starts challenging for titles.
Thain added, “It’s like being at university fighting on Ricky’s card, I’m soaking up all the valuable experience from seeing behind the scenes at big arenas, the dressing room to the crowd and I know that this will all help me on the day I graduate by winning the world title,”
“It’s going to be a great fight between Burns and Mitchell and if I wasn’t fighting on the undercard I would definitely be there as a fan. I’m just hoping that I’m on before the big fight so that I can take me seat and watch it.”
Burns’ WBO World Lightweight title defence against Kevin Mitchell headlines a top quality card that also features former WBO World Featherweight Champion Scott Harrison, hot unbeaten prospect Bradley Saunders, plus Scottish stars Stephen Simmons, Jonathan Slowey, Michael Roberts, Ryan Collins, Sammy Hill and Hugh Gray.
Burns v Mitchell will be televised live and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 437/Virgin Ch. 546). Join now at www.boxnation.com
Tickets, priced at £50, £75, £100, £150 and £200, are available from Eventim on 0844 249 1000 or online at eventim.co.uk and Ticket Soup on 0844 295 4000 or ticketSOUP.com
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WBO ANNOUNCES REFEREE AND JUDGES FOR THIS SATURDAY, AUGUST 25, WORLD TITLE BOUT BETWEEN ROBERT STIEGLITZ AND ARTHUR ABRAHAM IN GERMANY
SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO- World Boxing Organization (WBO), by president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel, announces today the referee and judges who will work this Saturday, August 25, in the supermiddleweight title bout between champion Robert Stieglitz and Arthur Abraham to be held at the O2 World Arena in Kreuzberg, Berlin, Germany, in a Sport Events Steinforth and Sauerland Events presentation.
Valcarcel reported that for the seventh title defense of the Stieglitz’s (42-2, 23 KOs) 168 pounds belt against the WBO #1 ranked, Abraham (34-3, 27 KOs), the referee will be Joe Cortez, from United States.
Meanwhile, the three judges for the Stieglitz-Abraham world bout are Noel Monnet, from France, Roark Young, from United States, and Cesar Ramos, from Puerto Rico.
The WBO supervisor for this bout will be president Valcarcel himself.
Remember the 25th Annual Convention WBO Silver Jubilee and Election to be held at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino from October 22 to October 26, 2012. For reservations at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida, you can call 1 800 937-0010 or access www.seminolehardrockhollywood.com . More information at www.wboboxing.com .