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HBO Offers Promotional Triple During Boxing's Drought

By Keith Idec

Saturday night was supposed to mark the end of HBO’s unofficial, five-week summer hiatus from televising live boxing.

Kazakhstan’s Gennady Golovkin was scheduled to make his long-awaited American premium cable debut in a meaningful middleweight championship unification fight against Russia’s Dmitriy Pirog. That tantalizing showdown was scrapped in early July because Pirog suffered a back injury.

Polish southpaw Grzegorz Proksa (28-1, 21 KOs) replaced Pirog (20-0, 15 KOs) as the opponent for the hard-hitting Golovkin (23-0, 20 KOs) and their 12-round fight for Golovkin’s WBA middleweight title was shifted to Sept. 1 in Verona, N.Y. HBO will instead offer a different type of tripleheader late Saturday night.

It’ll begin at midnight EDT with the first episode of “24/7 Road To Ward-Dawson,” a half-hour documentary-style preview to promote the super middleweight title bout between WBC light heavyweight champ Chad Dawson (31-1, 17 KOs, 2 NC) and undisputed 168-pound champ Andre Ward (25-0, 13 KOs) on Sept. 8 in Oakland, Calif.

The Ward-Dawson special will be followed immediately by “2 Days: Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.,” a 15-minute, behind-the-scenes look into the life and career of the son of Mexico’s most celebrated boxer. The 26-year-old Chavez (46-0-1, 32 KOs) is just three weeks away from the biggest fight of his nine-year pro career, a 12-round WBC middleweight title fight against Argentina’s Sergio Martinez (49-2-2, 28 KOs), who is 37 yet approximately a 2-1 favorite to win Sept. 15 in their HBO Pay-Per-View main event at Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.

Another 15-minute preview of Martinez versus Chavez, “Faceoff with Max Kellerman,” will premiere at 12:45 a.m. EDT., right after “2 Days: Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.”

Keith Idec covers boxing for The Record and Herald News, of Woodland Park, N.J., and BoxingScene.com.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by ddangerous on 08-25-2012

This year had so much potential, but too many fights got cancelled. :doh:

Comment by -Kev- on 08-25-2012

[QUOTE=Phenom;12450777]HBO had ****ty year as far as boxing what was the best Free HBO fight this year? Chavez vs Lee?[/QUOTE] To me it was Garcia vs Khan. Though I already forgot a lot of the fights. This year has been…

Comment by Fetta on 08-25-2012

HBOGO been my friend this drought. 24/7 cotto margarito then fight, khan garcia, and 24/7 pac jmm then fight (yes still 8-4 jmm no question), angulo kirkland (the funnest). Only thing helping

Comment by mex602 on 08-25-2012

Yeah ain't sit going on in boxing till the jc jr maravilla fight

Comment by bazookajoe on 08-24-2012

Keith's a good writer but he lost me on this one.

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