ATLANTIC CITY, NJ (May 17, 2005) – WBA junior welterweight champion Vivian Harris will headline the June 25 “Thunder & Lightning” undercard when he defends his crown against Carlos Maussa in a 12 round co-feature bout, it was announced today by Main Events CEO Kathy Duva. HBO Pay-Per-View will broadcast the bout live, beginning at 9pm ET/6pm PT.
Harris (25-1-1, 17 KOs) won the WBA junior welterweight title on October 19, 2002, when he destroyed Diobelys Hurtado in two rounds (TKO 2). The 26-year-old Guyana native who lives in Brooklyn, NY has successfully defended the crown three times, defeating Souleyman Mbaye and Oktay Urkal (twice). Harris is ranked #2 by The Ring magazine and has won nine consecutive bouts.
Maussa (17-2, 15 KOs) is the former WBC Latin Americas super lightweight champion. The 33-year-old Monteria Cordoba, Colombia native captured the vacant title on May 29, 2003, by decisioning Hicklet Lau (W 12). Maussa earned the biggest win of his career on September 26, 2003, when he stopped previously undefeated top-prospect Jeffrey Resto (TKO 6). Three months later on December 6, 2003, Maussa unsuccessfully challenged current WBO junior welterweight champion Miguel Cotto for the WBC International super lightweight crown (TKO 8).
Main Events and Top Rank are promoting the evening of boxing, in association with Caesars Atlantic City and Bally's Atlantic City.
The Gatti vs. Mayweather pay-per-view telecast, beginning at 9pm ET/6pm PT on June 25, has a suggested retail price of $44.95, will be distributed by HBO Pay-Per-View and will be available to over 50 million pay-per-view homes. HBO Pay-Per-View is the leading supplier of event programming to the pay-per-view industry. For more event information log onto www.HBOPPV.com.