This weekend, the Boxing Channel will be providing extensive coverage of the WBA lightweight title match between Brandon Rios and Urbano Antillon at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California, as well as the Paul Williams-Erislandy Lara junior middleweight match at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. All the coverage can be seen at www.boxingchannel.tv.
For the Rios-Antillon title fight, Crystina Poncher and Al Bernstein will be hosting coverage at the July 8th weigh-in, which will be shown live starting at 4:50 PM EST/1:50 PM PST, courtesy of Top Rank. The undercard fights will also be shown live, courtesy of Top Rank, on July 9th starting at 7 PM EST/4 PM PST, and you can visit our site for post-fight coverage.
This is Rios' first defense of the lightweight title he won earlier this year from Miguel Acosta. Antillon gets his second chance at a title. In his first opportunity last year, he lost a close decision to WBC champ Humberto Soto in a fight of the year candidate.
Award winning commentator Dave Bontempo will be in Atlantic City to anchor post-fight coverage of the July 9th Williams-Lara fight. This is Williams' first fight since a second round KO loss to Sergio Martinez in November 2010 for the WBC middleweight crown. He is taking on undefeated Cuban left-hander Lara.
IN OTHER NEWS:
Boxing Channel will stream live a July 16th boxing card featuring middleweight prospect Michael Oliveira, who will battle Jose Soto for the WBC Latino middleweight tile. The evening of live boxing can be seen free of charge on www.boxingchannel.tv.
The 21 year old Oliveira, a Brazilian native now living in Miami, has 11 KOs in his 14 wins. He is considered a promising young prospect at the 154 and 160 pound limits. Soto comes into this match with a record of 24-7-2.
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