News On: HBO BAD, Rosado-Ayala, Herrera

BY The Sweet Science ON October 24, 2012
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HBO BOXING AFTER DARK® : THOMAS DULORME VS. LUIS CARLOS ABREGU,

MAURICIO HERRERA VS. KARIM MAYFIELD AND

MIGUEL VAZQUEZ VS. MARVIN QUINTERO

LIGHTS UP THE HIT LATE-NIGHT RING FRANCHISE SATURDAY, OCT. 27

The latest edition of HBO Sports’® hit late-night boxing series, HBO BOXING AFTER DARK: THOMAS DULORME vs. luis carlos abregu, mauricio herrera vs. karim mayfield and MIGUEL VAZQUEZ VS. MARVIN QUINTERO presents an action-packed tripleheader on SATURDAY, OCT. 27 at 10:15 p.m. (live ET/tape-delayed PT) from Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, NY, 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 playdates: Oct. 28 (10:00 a.m.) and 29 (12:15 a.m.)

HBO2 playdates: Oct. 28 (4:00 p.m.) and 30 (midnight)

In the scheduled ten-round welterweight main event, one of boxing’s top prospects, Thomas Dulorme (16-0, 12 KOs) of Carolina, Puerto Rico, puts his flawless record on the line against Luis Carlos Abregu (33-1, 27 KOs) of Salta, Argentina. Abregu, 28, whose only loss came against current welterweight champion Timothy Bradley, will look to use his experience and knockout power to overcome the boxing prowess of the 22-year-old Dulorme. Either fighter could earn a title shot with a win.

The second fight features Mauricio Herrera (18-2, 7 KOs) of Lake Elsinore, Cal., and San Francisco’s Karim Mayfield (16-0-1, 10 KOs) in a scheduled ten-round light welterweight battle. Herrera, 32, most recently lost by unanimous decision in an exciting fight with Mike Alvarado, while Mayfield, 31, improved his spotless record by knocking out the previously undefeated Raymond Serrano in his last fight.

The opening bout features two Mexican nationals going toe-to-toe when Miguel Vazquez (31-3, 13 KOs) of Guadalajara defends his lightweight title against Tijuana’s Marvin Quintero (25-3, 21 KOs). The 25-year-old Vazquez has a significant reach and height advantage, while the left-handed Quintero, also 25, owns a 75% knockout percentage and will look to make a statement with his power punching in this 12-round tilt.

The evening of boxing programming starts at the 10:00 p.m. ET/PT with the premiere of “2 Days: Seth Mitchell” on HBO.

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Philadelphia, PA - Gabriel Rosado, the fastest-rising contender in the junior middleweight division, goes for his fourth consecutive knockout and his eighth consecutive win when he boxes Elvin Ayala, of New Haven, CT, in a 10-round bout Saturday evening, Dec. 8, at Pearson/McGonigle Halls on the campus of Temple University.

Sharing the spotlight will be another Philadelphian, Bryant "By By" Jennings, who defends his USBA heavyweight championship against Bowie Tupou, of Tongo, in a scheduled 12-round contest.

The eight-fight live card begins at 7pm and the NBCSN broadcast will begin at 9PM ET.

"A lot of fighters boast they will fight anybody but Rosado actually backs up his words," said promoter J Russell Peltz. "Ayala has fought as a middleweight and even as a super middleweight but none of that fazes Rosado. He's a throwback to the old-time fighters and this will be his fourth fight in 2012.

"Gab could sit around and wait until March when IBF champ Cornelius Bundrage has to fight him, but that's not in Gab's DNA. He's a fighter and fighters want to fight. It's that simple."

The weight limit will be 156 pounds, two pounds over the junior middleweight limit, four under the middleweight limit.

The 26-year-old Rosado is the poster boy for good fighters who came up the hard way. His 21-5 record includes 13 knockouts, including three big ones in 2012 over

Jesus Soto-Karass, of Mexico; Sechew Powell, of Brooklyn, NY; Charles Whittaker, of Georgetown, Cayman Islands.

Rosado is ranked No. 1 in the world by the IBF.

Ayala, 31, has won his last six fights in a row and is 26-5-1, 12 K0s. A pro since 2003, he boxed a 10-round draw with Sergio Mora, of Los Angeles, CA, and was stopped in 12 by Arthur Abraham for the IBF middleweight title in Germany. He has wins over Derrick Findley, of Gary, IN; John Mackey, of Montgomery, AL; Eric Mitchell, of Philadelphia; George Armenta, of Silver Spring, MD.

Originally from Reading, PA, Ayala recently moved back there to train with Marshall Kauffman.

"I think Rosado bit off more than he can chew this time," said Kauffman. "Ayala is the strongest puncher I've ever been associated with, pound-for-pound."

Pearson/McGonigle Halls, at Broad and Motgomery Avenues in North Philadelphia, a 4,500-seat venue at Temple University, has hosted both professional and amateur boxing in the past, but when NBC Sports Network broadcasts the sixth installment of its "Fight Night" series on Dec. 8, it will be the first professional boxing event held at Pearson/McGonigle Halls in over 19 years.

Eight bouts are planned for the Philadelphia card. The fight is promoted by Main Events, Peltz Boxing, and Goossen-Tutor Promotions in association with BAM Boxing. Tickets will go on sale Wednesday, Oct. 24. Contact Peltz Boxing for further ticket info, 215-765-0922, www.peltzboxing.com. Tickets also are on sale at www.comcastTIX.com

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Orange, CA (October 23) - Earlier today, Mauricio Herrera (18-2-0, 7 KOs) arrived with his team in New York. The junior welterweight is set to battle against WBO NABO Junior welterweight champion Karim Mayfield (16-0-1, 10 KOs) in a title defense fight at Turning Stone Casino in Verona, New York this Saturday, October 27. The 10-round bout will be televised live on HBO's BOXING AFTER DARK® beginning at 10:15 p.m. ET/PT as the co-feature to a special tripleheader featuring WBC #1 welterweight contender Thomas Dulorme vs. Argentina's Carlos Abregu in a 12-round welterweight war and Miguel Vasquez vs. Marvin Quintero.

The Herrera-Mayfield 10-round bout is promoted by Gary Shaw Productions in association with Thompson Boxing Promotions.

Doors open at the Turning Stone Resort Casino Event Center at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, October 27. The first undercard bout starts at 7:30 p.m. The live HBO Boxing After Dark telecast begins at 10:15 p.m.

Tickets range from $25 to $75 and are available at the Turning Stone box office or www.Ticketmaster.com. Active military members and current college students with valid ID are eligible for discounted $15 tickets. Call the Turning Stone box office at (315) 361-7469.

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