MEXICO CITY, October 26 - Just one day after formally announcing Adrien Broner's first world title fight against Vicente Rodriguez on November 26 from the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio, Golden Boy Promotions and Canelo Promotions are pleased to add another treat for fight fans to help celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday weekend by presenting a second world championship fight on the same night. That treat will come in the form of Guadalajara's undefeated WBC Super Welterweight World Champion Canelo Alvarez defending his title against former World Champion Kermit "The Killer" Cintron from the Bancomer Center in Mexico City, Mexico, which will also be televised live on the November 26 HBO Boxing After Dark telecast.
"Kermit Cintron is a worthy challenger for my title and I'm looking forward to fighting him at home in Mexico," said Alvarez. "Everyone knows what happens when Mexicans and Puerto Ricans meet in the ring, and I expect that we're going to give the world a show to remember, but I guarantee that I will leave with my belt on November 26."
"It's been a while since I've worn a world title belt around my waist and I can't wait to do it again in November," said Cintron. "Alvarez is a good, young fighter, but I have the experience and the power to beat him. I know this fight is in his backyard, but I won't need judges for this one."
"We know it is a huge undertaking, but thanks to HBO, we're able to deliver two world championship fights on the same night from Mexico and the United States on November 26," said Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions. "In pitting a young champion looking to continue his reign against a veteran who is eager to win another world title, Alvarez vs. Cintron looks to be an all out action fight to remember. In Broner vs. Rodriguez, we will see two young fighters battle it out as each tries to win his first world title. On November 26, fight fans in Mexico, the United States and those watching around the world, will not be disappointed."
"We are delighted to offer our subscribers a holiday treat with an international flair, said Key Davis senior vice president of programming, HBO Sports. "With two great fights from Cincinnati and Mexico, this show should provide sports fans with exciting boxing action on Thanksgiving weekend."
Alvarez vs. Cintron is a 12-round bout for Alvarez's WBC Super Welterweight World Championship which will take place Saturday, November 26 at the Bancomer Center in Mexico City, Mexico and is presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Canelo Promotions. "Home for the Holidays: Broner vs. Rodriguez" is a 12-round bout for the vacant WBO Junior Lightweight World Title which will take place the same night at the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio and is presented by Golden Boy Promotions and R&R Promotions in association with Canelo Promotions. The HBO Boxing After Dark telecast will air at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT in the United States, with Televisa airing the fights in Mexico.
21-year old Mexican sensation Canelo Alvarez (38-0-1, 28 KO's) is already a world champion and looking to follow in the footsteps of the other greats from his boxing-rich nation. After making his mark on the world scene in 2010 with wins over Jose Cotto, Carlos "Tata" Baldomir and Lovemore "Black Panther" N'Dou and, Alvarez earned the WBC 154-pound World Title with a near shutout of tough contender Matthew "Magic" Hatton in March of 2011. He successfully defended his title by knockout with victories over Ryan Rhodes in June in his native Guadalajara and against Alfonso Gomez in September in Los Angeles. The charismatic young star will look to end his 2011 campaign with a victory over former World Champion Cintron.
Puerto Rico's Kermit Cintron (33-4-1, 28 KO's) has long been one of boxing's most feared knockout artists. The owner of the kind of power that thrills fans and leaves opponents timid, the former IBF and WBO Welterweight World Champion Cintron has traded punches with the best in the game, including Sergio "Maravilla" Martinez, Antonio Margarito, Paul "The Punisher" Williams and Alfredo "Perro" Angulo. Coming off of a win over Antwone Smith in August, the 31-year-old is ready to prove he can win another world title and on November 26, he gets his chance.
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