Canelo-Kirkland Kicks Off on HBO Saturday, 9 PM ET

HBO BOXING® PRESENTS AN ACTION-PACKED CARD

HIGHLIGHTED BY THE RETURN OF A SUPERSTAR WHEN

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING®: CANELO ALVAREZ VS. JAMES KIRKLAND

AND HUMBERTO SOTO VS. FRANKIE GOMEZ

PLUS THE REPLAY OF MAYWEATHER VS. PACQUIAO

IS PRESENTED SATURDAY, MAY 9

In one of the most-anticipated events on the action-packed HBO Boxing calendar, the brightest, fastest-rising star in the sport meets one of his toughest challenges to date when WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING: CANELO ALVAREZ VS. JAMES KIRKLAND AND HUMBERTO SOTO VS. FRANKIE GOMEZ is seen SATURDAY, MAY 9 at 9:00 p.m. (live ET/tape-delayed PT) from Minute Maid Park in Houston, exclusively on HBO. The HBO Sports team will be ringside to 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: May 10 (10:30 a.m.) and 11 (11:45 p.m.)

HBO2 playdates: May 10 (3:00 p.m.) and 12 (11:30 p.m.)

Canelo Alvarez (44-1-1, 31 KOs) of Jalisco, Mexico and James Kirkland (32-1, 28 KOs) of Austin, Tex. will compete in a scheduled 12-round super welterweight fight. Both men are known for an aggressive, come-forward style, which should produce an all-action affair.

Following an impressive 2014 campaign that included victories over fierce brawler Alfredo Angulo and crafty southpaw Erislandy Lara, Alvarez, 24, makes his 2015 debut looking for another dominant performance in his return to Texas, where a fervent fan base will provide a hometown feel for the Mexican slugger.

With just two fights over the last three years, including a stunning knockout of Glen Tapia in 2013, Kirkland, 31, returns rested and primed for battle. The Texas native boasts remarkable knockout power, having not allowed any opponent to reach the final bell since 2007. The winner will be in line for a super welterweight title fight later this year.

A scheduled ten-round super lightweight fight opens the evening, with seasoned veteran Humberto Soto (65-8-2, 35 KOs) squaring off against undefeated Frankie Gomez (18-0, 13 KOs). Soto, 34, is a former three-division champion coming off a decisive victory last September over John Molina, Jr., while unbeaten prospect Gomez, 23, continues to rise in the ranks.

Leading off the telecast will be the replay of the May 2nd blockbuster pay-per-view event from Las Vegas in which Floyd Mayweather met Manny Pacquiao in a much anticipated welterweight unification title bout.

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The executive producer of WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXINGis Rick Bernstein; producer, Jon Crystal; director, Johnathan Evans

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COMMENTS

-oubobcat :

I am definitely looking forward to Canelo-Kirkland. This fight is almost certain to end in a knockout. However, the die hard boxing fan in me is actually really excited for the Frankie Gomez-Humberto Soto fight. This fight is not to be missed in my opinion. Soto is a brawler, plain and simple. He comes forward throwing punches with no regard for defense. He is also a very good body puncher. Last year, he scored an impressive win over John Molina on the Mayweather-Maidana II undercard. Frankie Gomez was once a very highly touted prospect whose star kind of faded despite the undefeated record. But in what was considered a pick em fight last summer, he dominated Vernon Paris in a televised fight. With that win, Gomez put his name back on the boxing landscape and showed that promise that he had once exhibited in his career. Soto does not fare well against anyone who can move. He thrives when lulling fighters into slugfests. He does this by being so easy to hit that opponents stand and swing at the easy target but that also gives Soto what he wants. Gomez could make this an easy fight for himself. But he has also never fought anyone that brings the kind of pressure Soto will bring for the duration of the fight. Can Soto early drag Gomez into a slugfest and if not will Soto's pressure slow the movement of Gomez to make this a fight in the trenches. This fight could end up stealing the show. I think its the best fight on paper of the weekend and could turn into a really treat for the fans.


-Bernie Campbell :

Pull the Plug on this noise! Amir Mansour is fighting Saturday Night and I do believe HBO is covering the wrong fight!


-flackoguapo :

Pull the Plug on this noise! Amir Mansour is fighting Saturday Night and I do believe HBO is covering the wrong fight!
You rather see a 40 year old, with one legit fight, than two youngin's who have crossed paths with lions? HBO is on point get ya mind right broski!