By Reynaldo Sanchez, photo by Alex Nunez
Premier Boxing Champions on ESPN (PBC on ESPN) presented by Corona Extra will feature live coverage on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and WatchESPN on Wednesday, Nov. 25 of Cuban sensation Erislandy “The American Dream” Lara (21-2-2, 12 KOs) defending his super welterweight world title against former world champion Jan Zayeck (35-3, 19 KOs), from Hialeah Park Racing and Casino in Miami, Fla.
Lara weighed 153.6 and Zaveck was 153.2.
The live PBC on ESPN telecast begins at 8:00 pm ET with the co-feature event featuring undefeated Batamweight prospect Emmanuel Rodriguez (13-0, 9 KOs) against Eliver Aquino (17-1-1, 11 KOs). ESPN Deportes will present Spanish-language coverage of the event as part of its Noche de Combates series.
Rodriguez was 118, while Aquino was 115.4
Live coverage on WatchESPN will be available on computers, smartphones, tablets, Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox 360 and Xbox One via an affiliated video provider. It will also air on ESPN International networks in Latin America, Brazil, the Caribbean and the Pacific Rim.
Host Marysol Castro, blow-by-blow commentator Joe Tessitore, and Reporters Todd Grisham and Bernardo Osuna comprise ESPN’s commentary team. In addition, Hall of Fame boxing writer and ESPN boxing contributor Nigel Collins will provide social media content, insight and analysis.
On ESPN Deportes, Pablo Viruega and Delvin Rodríguez will call the fights, while Leopoldo González and Claudia Trejos will host. In addition, UFC Champion Holly Holm will be on the show as special guest to talk about the future of women in combat sports.
· ESPN3 will carry the undercard action between Daquan Arnett and Yudel Jhonson in a super welterweight contest live at 7 pm.
Arnett was 157-pounds while Johnson was 156.4.
Also, Dennis Galarza came in at 136 and Juan Ramos Solis was 133.7.
Jose Quezada was 140.8, while Daniel Lorenzana was 139.
Lara, 32, is from Guantanamo, Cuba. His many amateur titles include a national championship at welterweight, and he participated in the 2007 Pan-Am games. In addition to his recent victory over Delvin Rodriguez on a June 12 PBC card, he has career wins over Alfredo Angulo, Austin Trout, Ishe Smith and Freddy Hernandez.
Zaveck, 39, is a former welterweight world champion and seven-time national champion in his native Slovenia. He has won three straight fights, including his most-recent victory over Sasha Yengoyan in April 2015. His career highlights include a world title victory over Isaac Hlatshwayo, and he defended his title against Rodolfo Martinez, Rafal Jackiewicz and Paul Delgado.
At just 23-years-old, Rodriguez has been on a fast track towards a world title fight since turning pro in 2012. On November 25 he makes his U.S. debut after taking down Gabor Molnar, Luis Hinojosa and Alex Rangel in 2015. The Manati, Puerto Rico-born fighter will bring his exciting style into the ring against his toughest test to date when he fights on November 25.
Undefeated in his first 18 pro fights, Aquino looks to bounce back from a narrow majority decision loss to undefeated Adam Lopez in his last outing. The 28-year-old hadn’t gone the distance since 2012 before his last bout, having stopped seven of his previous eight opponents. Born in Higuey, Dominican Republic, he will be fighting in the U.S. for the second time as a professional.
The PBC series was created for television by Haymon Boxing and features top-level fights between many of boxing’s biggest names. This is the fifth PBC on ESPN event, which debuted on ESPN July 11.