HBO SPORTS PRESENTS A THANKSGIVING WEEKEND DOUBLEHEADER WHEN
HBO BOXING AFTER DARK®: CANELO ALVAREZ VS. KERMIT CINTRON AND
ADRIEN BRONER VS. VICENTE RODRIGUEZ IS SEEN SATURDAY, NOV. 26
HBO’s hit late-night boxing franchise presents a split-site doubleheader featuring some of the sport’s hottest young stars when HBO BOXING AFTER DARK: CANELO ALVAREZ VS. KERMIT CINTRON AND ADRIEN BRONER VS. VICENTE RODRIGUEZ is seen SATURDAY, NOV. 26 at 10:30 p.m. (live ET/tape-delayed PT), from U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati and Plaza Mexico in Mexico City, exclusively on HBO. The HBO Sports team of Bob Papa, Max Kellerman and Roy Jones Jr. will call all the action, which will be available in HDTV, closed-captioned for the hearing impaired and presented in Spanish on HBO Latino.
Other HBO playdates: Nov. 27 (9:15 a.m.) and 28 (midnight)
HBO2 playdates: Nov. 27 (5:15 p.m.) and 29 (12:30 a.m.)
The main event showcases super welterweight titleholder Canelo Alvarez (38-0, 28 KOs) of Mexico as he defends his crown on home turf against former welterweight titlist Kermit Cintron (33-4-1, 28 KOs) of Puerto Rico in a scheduled 12-round bout. The 21-year-old Alvarez looks to continue his undefeated reign in the 154-pound division with a win against his toughest challenger to date. The 32-year-old Cintron is a poised former world champ who has faced some of boxing’s elite, including pound-for-pound star Sergio Martinez. The clash between Canelo’s power and straight-ahead style and Cintron’s quick and aggressive offense is sure to produce fireworks.
The opening fight pits undefeated Adrien “The Problem” Broner (21-0, 17 KOs) against Vicente Rodriguez (34-2-1, 19 KOs) of Argentina for a vacant junior lightweight belt in a scheduled 12-round showdown. Broner, 22, has looked razor-sharp in his two previous appearances on HBO this year, and will have the hometown Cincinnati crowd behind him as he seeks his first pro title. Making his American debut, the 26-year-old Rodriguez will draw on his ring experience to try and score an upset victory.
During the telecast, HBO BOXING AFTER DARK will present highlights of the featherweight showdown between undefeated prospect Gary Russell, Jr. (18-0, 10 KOs) and Heriberto Ruiz (48-11-2, 30 KOs).
The night of boxing action begins at 10:00 p.m. with episode two of the all-access reality series “24/7 Cotto/Margarito,” as HBO Sports spotlights the heated rivalry between Miguel Cotto and Antonio Margarito prior to their Dec. 3 pay-per-view showdown.