EPIX Will Show Vitali-Solis On March 19

EPIX Presents World Boxing Heavyweight Championship

Klitschko v. Solis Live on March 19 on EPIX and EpixHD.com

New York, NY, February 17, 2011 – EPIX, the premium entertainment channel, video-on-demand and online service, brings heavyweight championship boxing back to the American airwaves when WBC Heavyweight Champion Vitali Klitschko defends the coveted crown against #1 ranked challenger Odlanier Solis March 19, 2011 on the EPIX channel and on EpixHD.com LIVE at 6:00 pm ET, followed by a replay at 10:00pm ET.

Klitschko vs. Solis will originate from the Lanxess Arena in Cologne, Germany, which sold out in minutes after tickets went on sale in January. Klitschko, who sports a record of 41 wins and 2 losses, with 38 wins coming by way of knockout, will be making the eighth defense of his crown, and his seventh since 2008 when he ended a four year hiatus from the ring. Along with his young sibling, Wladimir, the Klitschko brothers are world renowned as being the premiere forces in the heavyweight division.

 “We are pleased to bring this exciting heavyweight championship to American boxing fans on television and online,” said EPIX President and CEO Mark Greenberg.

 Klitschko vs. Solis marks the first boxing event televised on EPIX, and the first time a Klitschko bout has aired live on American television since 2009. Launched in October 2009, EPIX continues to expand its original programming, adding to a formidable list of music, comedy, and sports talent and garnering an Emmy nomination in its first year.

About EPIX

EPIX, a joint venture between Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA and VIA.B), its Paramount Pictures unit, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. (MGM) and Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF), is a next-generation premium entertainment channel, video-on-demand and online service launched on October 30, 2009. With access to more than 15,000 motion pictures spanning the vast libraries of its partners and other studios, EPIX provides a powerful entertainment experience with more feature films on demand and online and more HD movies than any other service.  It is the only premium service providing its entire monthly line-up of new Hollywood titles, classic feature films, original series, music and comedy specials through the linear channel, video-on-demand and online at EpixHD.com, the leading online destination for movies. EPIX has made the commitment to deliver the industry’s most expansive online collection of movies, making more than 3,000 titles available on EpixHD.com. The service is available to over 30 million homes nationwide through distribution partners including Charter Communications, Cox Communications, DISH Network, Mediacom Communications, NCTC, Suddenlink Communications and Verizon FiOS.

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Radam G :

Doc-peepee-using Vilali and eating-every-dang-thing Solis are the best that the heavies can do. Wow! Maybe this will be a good fight if da doc's son's peepee on doc's handwraps doesn't dry up, and Solis doesn't get hungry during a round. I can see Solis quitting because he wanna run off before the buffet closes. Maybe between rounds somebody and dey momma can feed Solis Cuban gumbo and rum, and supply da doc with his son's peepee and some brave pills. Doing these things would be the most excitement in this hugging, tugging and lugging match between a bum chump -- I mean champ -- and a pathetic obese pretender [I mean contender]. Holla!

Isaiah :

Dr. IronFace/"Ill break your face" Vitali Klitschko is an alltime great. Haters will hate and NEVER give credit where it's deserved. Who beat him legit? Chris Bryd? Everyone knows they can't say Bryd beat him and say that with a straight face. Vitali's own shoulder beat him. Lennox Lewis? I highly respect Lewis, but you all know he was behind on the scorecards and would have gotten knocked out if the fight continued. There's a reason there was never a rematch. Although Wladimir is the LEGIT heavyweight champion of the world, I think the real reason the 2 brothers never will fight is because Wladimir knows nothing he throws at his big brother will hurt him enough to keep Vitali from coming forward and laying him out. Hey, if you all get the chance, look up the video where Vitali is flirting with Wladimir's girlfriend Hayden and see that Wladimir just stays back and doesn't say anything. You know why? It's because Vitali is the BIG brother in more ways than one. Kind of funny when you're the champ and the only man who is fighting in your sport that can whoop you is your own brother. Vitali: "So Hayden, you want to ditch my little brother and get out of here"... Wlad: "Hey, wait a minute bub! Who do you think you are?!..... Oh crap! It's you! I'm so sorry big brother! Please continue what you were doing."