HBO SPORTS® PRESENTS A HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE SHOWDOWN AND
A FEATHERWEIGHT SLUGFEST WHEN
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING®: VITALI KLITSCHKO VS. TOMASZ ADAMEK
AND YURIORKIS GAMBOA VS. DANIEL PONCE DE LEON
IS PRESENTED SATURDAY, SEPT. 10 FROM
WROCLAW, POLAND AND ATLANTIC CITY
HBO’s flagship boxing series presents an intriguing international heavyweight title showdown when WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING: VITALI KLITSCHKO VS. TOMASZ ADAMEK is seen live SATURDAY, SEPT. 10 (4:45 p.m. ET/1:45 p.m. PT) from Wroclaw Stadium in Wroclaw, Poland, exclusively on HBO. Later that same day, at 10:30 p.m. (ET/PT), HBO will present a replay of the bout, along with the live featherweight slugfest YURIORKIS GAMBOA VS. DANIEL PONCE DE LEON from Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. The HBO Sports team will call all the action for both bouts, which will be available in HDTV, closed-captioned for the hearing-impaired and presented in Spanish on HBO Latino.
Other HBO playdates for both bouts: Sept. 11 (9:00 a.m.) and 12 (11:00 p.m.)
HBO2 playdates for both bouts: Sept. 11 (5:30 p.m.) and 13 (11:00 p.m.)
One of the sport’s ultimate warriors, Vitali Klitschko (42-2, 39 KOs) is known for his height, standing 6’ 7-1/2.” The 40-year-old Ukrainian has gone undefeated since ending a four-year layoff in 2008, starting with a victory over slugger Samuel Peter that brought him a heavyweight crown, followed by seven successful title defenses. Most recently, he scored a first-round knockout victory over previously undefeated 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist Odlanier Solis in March. This 12-round fight marks the first time that Vitali, whose younger brother Wladimir holds a collection of heavyweight title belts, is fighting in Poland.
Coming off a unanimous decision victory over Kevin McBride in April, Tomasz Adamek (44-1, 28 KOs) is on a hot streak dating back to 2007, having won his last 13 fights. The Zywiec, Poland native, who now resides in Jersey City, NJ, will enjoy a major hometown crowd advantage, and is an impressive 20-0, 14 KOs when fighting in Poland. Though ceding five inches in both height and reach to Klitschko, Adamek has overcome a size disadvantage before, most notably in April 2010, when he defeated Cristobal Arreola, despite giving away 30 pounds at the weigh-in. This will be his seventh career fight at heavyweight.
Later in the day, HBO visits Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City for a live 12-round featherweight rumble between Yuriorkis Gamboa (20-0, 16 KOs) of Miami and Daniel Ponce de Leon (41-3, 34 KOs), who trains out of Huntington Park, Cal. Both fought on HBO in March, when Gamboa looked sensational with a KO of Jorge Solis, while de Leon stumbled against Adrien Broner.
Adding to the action-packed day of boxing, episode #3 of the all-access reality series “24/7 Mayweather/Ortiz” debuts at 10:00 p.m. (ET/PT).