HBO heads to the brand-new Barclays Center in Brooklyn to present a doubleheader highlighted by future Hall of Famer Bernard Hopkins’ quest for a world title when WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING: TAVORIS CLOUD VS. BERNARD HOPKINS AND KEITH THURMAN VS. JAN ZAVECK is seen SATURDAY, MARCH 9 (9:30 p.m. live ET/tape-delayed PT), exclusively on HBO. The HBO Sports team will call all the action, presented in HDTV and in Spanish on HBO Latino.

Other HBO playdates: March 10 (10:45 a.m.) and 11 (1:25 a.m.)

HBO2 playdates: March 10 (4:45 p.m.) 12 (11:30 p.m.)

In HBO’s first presentation from the Barclays Center, undefeated light heavyweight Tavoris Cloud (24-0, 19 KOs) from Tallahassee, Fla., puts his belt on the line against Philadelphia legend Bernard Hopkins (52-6-2, 32 KOs) in a scheduled 12-round bout. Known for his hard-hitting punches, Cloud is making his fifth title defense in this main event. Hopkins, considered to be a first-ballot Hall of Famer, looks to make history by becoming the oldest fighter to capture a world title at age 48, having set the previous record at age 46 in May 2011 when he bested Jean Pascal. Hopkins also set a record by successfully defending his middleweight title 20 times over a ten-year reign.

Also from Brooklyn, the opening bout of the evening features Keith Thurman (19-0, 18 KOs) of Clearwater, Fla. and Jan Zaveck (32-2, 18 KOs) of Ptuj, Slovenia, in a scheduled 12-round welterweight contest. Thurman has been fast-tracking through the welterweight and junior middleweight divisions, and this match with the veteran Zaveck kicks off the undefeated 24-year-old’s 2013 quest for a world title shot.

The originally scheduled heavyweight fight between Chris Arreola and Bermane Stiverne was postponed due to Arreola’s illness.

The night of boxing programming continues with the season premiere of the half-hour boxing news program “The Fight Game with Jim Lampley,” which debuts live from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn at 11:30 p.m. (ET/PT), or immediately following the conclusion of WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING.

Kicking off the special evening of boxing programming, HBO Latino presents HBO LATINO BOXING: JUAN CARLOS SALGADO VS. ARGENIS MENDEZ at 8:30 p.m. (live ET/tape-delayed PT). In this junior lightweight title fight, Juan Carlos Salgado (26-1-1, 16 KOs) of Mexico City defends his belt against mandatory challenger Argenis Mendez (20-2, 10 KOs) of the Dominican Republic at The Hangar at the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa, Cal. The pair previously met in Sept. 2011, with Salgado scoring the victory. The fight will enable boxing fans to enjoy a title fight exclusively on the HBO Latino service with commentary by the HBO Spanish-language announcers.

Other HBO Latino playdates for the Salgado-Mendez bout: March 10 (9:45 a.m., 3:45 p.m.), 11 (12:25 a.m.) and 12 (7:00 p.m.)

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-Bernie Campbell :

I heard Hopkins is coming into the ring with a Jackie Wilson do on! He has let his hair grow out little vaseline and got back to his roots! No humility, No contrition, No Charity, No Passion! Hes always been a walikng billboard, a fcn politician! Now the chickens come to roost! Whats your excuse now Bernard? I dare you too match toe to toe, strength to strength! You wanna go out on your shield, give your fans a real look!

-Bernie Campbell :

Bernard H Hopkins will knock Clouds a** out in the first round or Im a Monkeys uncle!

-Bernie Campbell :

I think it would have more of an effect that instead of wearing the executioner mask, Hopkins should wear a friggun Bell Hop hat, you know with the little string around his chin!

-amayseng :

im confused bernie campbell are you alledging hopkins goes out on his shield or knocks cloud out in the first round?

-brownsugar :

Gotta put in 12 hours of overtime today and tomorrow ..... so I'm making my prediction early. Cloud by UD and Thurman by spectacular and systematic destruction of Zaveck by 8 rounds or less. The Old Man will fight valiantly but father time will not be denied..... Hope the winner gives Kovalev a shot at the 175 title.......Thurman will become more avoided than ever but the money will get him a high profile fight after this win....after tonight ...and after another grueling week of OT I'll set my sights on the can't miss barn burner between Bradley and Provodnikov. Good way to bring in the spring...