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Leo Santa Cruz vs. Alberto Guevara on CBS, Dec. 15th

NEW YORK – Boxing returns to network television when SHOWTIME Sports, Golden Boy Promotions and CBS Television Network team up for an unprecedented day-night doubleheader that features up to seven live fights on two networks on Saturday, Dec. 15 from the Los Angeles Sports Arena.

A special Saturday of boxing will begin with a live afternoon doubleheader of “SHOWTIME Boxing on CBS” (4:30 p.m. ET / 1:30 p.m. PT, CBS).  In the main event, voracious young IBF Bantamweight World Champion Leo Santa Cruz (22-0-1, 13 KOs) will face fellow unbeaten Alberto “Metro” Guevara (16-0, 6 KOs) of Mazatlan, Mexico.

2012 United States Olympian, the highly regarded Joseph “Jo-Jo” Diaz Jr., 19, of South El Monte, Calif., will make his anticipated professional debut against an opponent to be announced in the opening bout of the CBS broadcast.

It has been 15 years since CBS last aired live boxing.  On Jan. 20, 1997, the most watched network presented then-middleweight champion Bernard Hopkins’ knock-out win over Glen Johnson.  The most recent broadcast network presentation of live boxing was The Contender in 2005.

“We are proud to deliver one of today’s most exciting fighters in Leo Santa Cruz, taking on an undefeated challenger in Alberto Guevara, to a broadcast television audience,” said SHOWTIME Sports Executive Vice President and General Manager, Stephen Espinoza. “Coupled with the pro debut of Olympian Jo-Jo Diaz on CBS and the evening’s SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING event makes December 15 a very special day for boxing.”

Later that evening, SHOWTIME EXTREME (8:30 p.m. ET/PT) and SHOWTIME (10:30 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) will present an additional slate of boxing on the premium network.  The  live fistic marathon will culminate with popular fan favorite and former Unified Super Lightweight World Champion and British superstar, Amir “King” Khan (26-3, 18 KOs), of Bolton England, facing undefeated contender  Carlos Molina (17-0-1, 7 KOs), a former National Amateur Champion from Norwalk, Calif., in a 12-round junior welterweight fight. Additional fights on SHOWTIME and preliminary fights on SHOWTIME EXTREME are to be announced.

This has been a breakout year for the fast-rising, 5-foot-7½, 24-year-old Santa Cruz, who’ll be making his fifth start of 2012.  He won the IBF 118-pound crown with an impressive 12-round unanimous decision over Vusi Malinga last June 2. A volume-punching pressure fighter, Santa Cruz retained his title with a fifth-round technical knockout win over former World Champion Eric Morel on Sept. 15 and by ninth-round knockout over Victor Zaleta this past Nov. 10.  All three of his thrilling title fights were on SHOWTIME.

Guevara, who will be making his United States debut, has fought exclusively in Mexico with all but six of his pro fights in his native Mazatlan.  A pro since November 2009, Guevara will be fighting for the third time this year.  He is coming off of a unanimous eight-round decision victory over Raul Hidalgo last Aug. 4 in Mazatlan.  Guevara’s most noteworthy victory came two outings ago when he captured a lopsided 10-round decision in a wild, one-sided bout against Khabir Suleymanov on April 14, of this year.

Diaz is a talented, promising southpaw who was the youngest member of the 2012 U.S. Olympic team.  A two-time national amateur champion at bantamweight and graduate of South El Monte High, Diaz went 108-6 in the amateurs.  He advanced to the round of 16 in the London Games before losing to top-rated Cuban and eventual Bronze medalist, Lazaro Alvarez. Diaz, who is trained by his father, turns pro with one immediate goal: buy his parents a new house.

Other bouts on SHOWTIME and SHOWTIME EXTREME will be announced soon. All the fistic action on Saturday, Dec. 15 is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions and sponsored by Corona and AT&T.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Mayweather41-0 on 12-03-2012

awesome to see leo santa cruz fighting on cbs this should be great im def going to watch

Comment by onechance87 on 12-03-2012

[QUOTE=Cali boxer;12763981]This is huge, not only for us and boxing fans all over this country, but Leo is on his way to becoming a super star. Huge![/QUOTE] agreed,Dude is exciting and a very likeable guy.

Comment by Cali boxer on 12-03-2012

This is huge, not only for us and boxing fans all over this country, but Leo is on his way to becoming a super star. Huge!

Comment by ErikTheGreat on 12-02-2012

Leo Santa Cruz is hella fighter. His body shot is farkin' crispy. I'm beginning to like this guy. [SIZE="1"][I]Posted from Boxingscene.com App for Android[/I][/SIZE]

Comment by onechance87 on 12-02-2012

This is great,I only got basic cable.So i will be able to catch leo live on my tv:boxing:

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