HBO Boxing After Dark Kicks Off Saturday at 9:30 PM

BY The Sweet Science ON September 26, 2012
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HBOmage001HBO BOXING AFTER DARK®: EDWIN RODRIGUEZ VS. JASON ESCALERA AND

LUIS DEL VALLE VS. VIC DARCHINYAN AND ALEX PEREZ VS. ANTONIN DECARIE

KICKS OFF FALL FOR THE HIT LATE-NIGHT RING FRANCHISE SATURDAY, SEPT. 29

HBO’s hit late-night boxing show kicks off the fall season with an action-packed tripleheader when HBO BOXING AFTER DARK: EDWIN RODRIGUEZ VS. JASON ESCALERA AND LUIS DEL VALLE VS. VIC DARCHINYAN AND ALEX PEREZ VS. ANTONIN DECARIE is seen SATURDAY, SEPT. 29 at 9:30 p.m. (live ET/tape-delayed PT), from the MGM Grand at Foxwoods Resort in Mashantucket, Conn., exclusively on HBO. The team of Bob Papa, Max Kellerman and Roy Jones Jr. will be ringside for the event, which will be available in HDTV, closed-captioned for the hearing-impaired and presented in Spanish on HBO Latino.

Other HBO playdate: Sept. 30 (9:30 a.m.)

HBO2 playdate: Sept. 30 (4:00 p.m.)

In a scheduled 12-round super middleweight showdown, Edwin Rodriguez (21-0, 14 KOs) of Worcester, Mass., takes on Jason Escalera (13-0-1, 12 KOs) of Hoboken, NJ. Originally from the Dominican Republic, Rodriguez has been dominant since starting his professional career at age 22 in 2008. He made his HBO debut in March, scoring a unanimous decision victory over Donovan George. Known for his brute force, Escalera will be making his HBO debut, having knocked out six of his last seven opponents within the first four rounds. Despite his height and reach advantages, Rodriguez will have his hands full with Escalera.

In the second bout of the evening, Luis Del Valle (16-0, 11 KOs) of Bayamon, Puerto Rico, squares off against veteran brawler Vic Darchinyan (37-5-1, 27 KOs) of South Wales, Australia, in a scheduled ten-round junior featherweight bout. Del Valle has taken significant steps up in competition recently, most notably handing Christopher Martin his second loss in March by a unanimous decision victory. Looking to rebound from consecutive losses, the Armenian-born Darchinyan will rely on his greater experience.

Opening the night, Alex Perez (16-0, 9 KOs) of Newark, NJ, takes on Antonin Decarie (26-1, 7 KOs) of Quebec, Canada, in a scheduled 12-round welterweight battle. The 29-year-old Decarie will use his experience to bring the fight to his opponent, in only his second fight on American soil. Perez, 30, looks to protect his undefeated record by utilizing his height advantage. This fight replaces the originally announced light heavyweight bout between Zsolt Erdei and Isaac Chilemba, which was cancelled due to injury.

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All HBO boxing events are presented in HDTV. HBO viewers must have access to the HBO HDTV channel to watch HBO programming in high definition.

The executive producer of HBO BOXING AFTER DARK is Rick Bernstein; producer, Dave Harmon; director, Mike Sheehan.

® HBO BOXING AFTER DARK is a registered service mark of Home Box Office, Inc.

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