WELTERWEIGHT STARS TAKE THE LATE-NIGHT SPOTLIGHT WHEN
HBO BOXING AFTER DARK®: JAN ZAVECK VS. ANDRE BERTO
GARY RUSSELL, JR. VS. LEONILO MIRANDA
IS PRESENTED SATURDAY, SEPT. 3 ON HBO
HBO Sports highlights a former world champion’s shot at redemption against a current world titleholder when HBO BOXING AFTER DARK: JAN ZAVECK VS. ANDRE BERTO AND GARY RUSSELL, JR. VS. LEONILO MIRANDA is seen SATURDAY, SEPT. 3 (10:30 p.m. ET/PT) from the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi, Miss. The HBO Sports team of Bob Papa, Max Kellerman and Roy Jones Jr. will be ringside for the Labor Day weekend event, which will be available in HDTV, closed-captioned for the hearing-impaired and presented in Spanish on HBO Latino.
Other HBO playdates: Sept. 4 (9:00 a.m.) and 5 (11:00 p.m.)
HBO2 playdates: Sept. 4 (5:45 p.m.) and 6 (11:15 p.m.)
Former welterweight titleholder Andre Berto (27-1, 21 KOs) returns to the ring for the first time since his tough unanimous decision loss to Victor Ortiz on April 16. Known for his lightning-fast hand speed and quick-burst explosiveness, the 27-year-old Berto, of Winter Haven, Fla., is looking to silence the doubters and take away Jan Zaveck’s hard-earned 147-pound title in this 12-round contest.
Making his American debut, 25-year-old Jan Zaveck (31-1-1, 18 KOs), of Ptuj, Slovenia is the only Slovenian boxer ever to hold a world championship boxing title, and is the reigning Slovenian Sportsman of the Year. Following the first loss of his career in Nov. 2008, the hard-hitting Zaveck has knocked out four of his last five opponents.
Starting the night off, undefeated rising featherweight sensation Gary Russell, Jr. (17-0, 10 KOs), from Capitol Heights, Maryland makes his HBO debut against the hard-hitting Mexican southpaw Leonilo Miranda (32-3, 30 KOs) in a scheduled 126-pound featherweight contest.
The night of boxing action on HBO begins at 10:00 p.m. (ET/PT) with the premiere of episode two of the four-part all-access reality series “24/7 Mayweather/Ortiz.”
Who will win? Wladimir Klitschko or Tyson Fury?