KEY SHOWDOWN BETWEEN
SHAWN PORTER AND PHIL LO GRECO TO BE
FEATURED ON SHOWTIME EXTREME® ON MAY 18
LAMONT PETERSON VS. LUCAS MATTHYSSE UNDERCARD
FROM BOARDWALK HALL IN ATLANTIC CITY
ANTHONY PETERSON, 2012 OLYMPIC BRONZE MEDALIST
ANTHONY OGOGO, HAROON KHAN AND 2012 U.S. OLYMPIANS
RAU'SHEE WARREN AND JAMEL HERRING ALSO IN ACTION
ATLANTIC CITY, May 14 - The explosive May 18 match-up between unbeaten contenders Shawn Porter and Phil Lo Greco at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey will air as part of the event's SHOWTIME EXTREME® telecast live at 7 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). 2012 British Olympic Bronze Medalist Anthony Ogogo will also participate one of the featured undercard bouts.
both Porter and Lo Greco currently ranked in the top 15 (Porter #5 by
the WBO and Lo Greco #12 by the WBA and #13 by the WBO), the stakes have
never been higher for these fighters who will look to not only ignite
the crowd at Boardwalk Hall, but also move further up the welterweight
ladder to challenge the division's elite as they square off in a
10-round 150 lb. catch-weight bout.
The evening of fights is headlined by IBF Junior Welterweight World Champion Lamont Peterson facing Argentinian power-puncher and WBC Interim Super Lightweight World Champion Lucas Matthysse and IBF Welterweight World Champion Devon Alexander defending his title against IBF number four rated welterweight contender Lee Purdy of England. The undercard will also feature Lamont Peterson's brother and lightweight contender Anthony Peterson, Washington, D.C. rising star Thomas Williams, Puerto Rico's Cesar Seda, Amir Khan's younger brother Haroon Khan, 2012 U.S. Olympians Rau'shee Warren and Jamel Herring as well as undefeated prospect Robert Easter Jr.
priced at $250, $125, $75, $50 and $25, plus applicable taxes and
service charges, are available for purchase at the Boardwalk Hall box
office, by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 736-1420 or online
Akron, Ohio's Shawn "Showtime" Porter (20-0-1, 14 KO's), one of the United States' top amateurs for years, is
on his way to even greater success as a professional. Unbeaten in 21
bouts, the aggressive 25-year-old scored the biggest win of his career
last July when he defeated Alfonso Gomez for the NABO welterweight
title. After battling to an exciting draw against Julio Diaz last
December, he will look to turn back fellow undefeated contender Lo Greco
and move a step closer to his first world title shot.
An international star that is now making a name for himself in the United States, Toronto's Phil "The Italian Sensation" LoGreco (25-0, 14 KO's) made his return to the ring after nearly a year off in
2012, thrilling fans in Atlantic City and Las Vegas with his victories
over Hector Orozco, Brandon Hoskins and Daniel Sostre. On May 18, Lo
Greco will make his Boardwalk Hall return in pursuit of victory against
In the SHOWTIME EXTREME opening bout, Lowestoft, England's Anthony Ogogo (1-0, 1 KO) makes his Untied States debut in a six-round middleweight bout against Edgar Perez (5-4, 3 KO's) of Arecibo, Puerto Rico. The 24-year-old Ogogo took home
a Bronze Medal in the 2012 London Olympics and on April 27 he made a
spectacular pro debut, stopping Kieron Gray in two rounds on the Amir
Khan vs. Julio Diaz undercard in Sheffield, England. Perez will look to
regain his winning ways after losing on points on April 27 to hot
prospect Boyd Melson at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
22-year-old Bolton, England native Haroon Khan (1-0) will meet Riverside, California's Vicente Medellin (0-5) in a four-round bantamweight bout which will air on SHOWTIME
EXTREME, time permitting. The brother of British superstar Amir Khan,
Haroon is a former amateur star who got his pro career off to a rousing
start on April 27 when he won a four- round decision over Brett Fidoe on
his big brother's undercard in Sheffield.
Competing in an intriguing 10-round light heavyweight bout will be Washington, D.C. prospect Thomas Williams (13-0, 10 KO's) and veteran Otis Griffin (24-12-2, 10 KO's) of Sacramento, California. The 25-year-old Williams
is already 2-0 in 2013, stopping 8-1 Jason Smith and 20-7 Kevin Engel
in three rounds each. The winner of the reality program "The Next Great
Champ," Griffin is a former USBA Light Heavyweight Champion looking to
get back on track after some tough recent outings.
The blockbuster undercard will also see the return of Anthony Peterson (31-1, 20 KO's) after a 17-month layoff. The talented Washington, D.C.
product, who owns wins over Javier Jauregui, Daniel Attah, and Luis
Arceo, with his only loss a controversial disqualification against
Brandon Rios, will meet Rialto, California's Dominic Salcido (18-4, 9 KO's) in a 10-round lightweight contest. A slick boxer who
isn't afraid of standing toe-to-toe and trading punches, the flashy
Salcido always puts on a show when he steps between the ropes.
Fresh off of their stint at the 2012 Olympics, United States team members Rau'shee Warren (3-0, 1 KO) of Cincinnati and Jamel Herring (2-0, 1 KO) of Rockville Centre, New York continue their pro careers in
Atlantic City this weekend. Bantamweight Warren will face Chicago's Angel Carvajal (2-1) and lightweight Herring meets San Juan's Victor Galindo (1-1), both in bouts scheduled for four rounds.
In an eight-round bantamweight fight, Juana Diaz, Puerto Rico's Cesar Seda (24-1, 17 KO's) will face off against Ciudad Obregon's Miguel Tamayo (13-5-2, 11 KO's) with the undercard being rounded out by a four-round lightweight match between Toledo, Ohio's Robert Easter Jr. (3-0, 3 KO's) against Antoine Knight (2-3) of Merrillville, Ind.
Peterson vs. Matthysse,
a 12-round 141 pound catch-weight fight, will take place Saturday, May
18 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The event is
promoted by Golden Boy Promotions, sponsored by Caesars Atlantic City,
Corona and AT&T and will be televised live on SHOWTIME® at
9:00 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) immediately following ALL
ACCESS: MAYWEATHER vs. GUERRERO Epilogue. In the co-main event, IBF
Welterweight World Champion Devon Alexander defends his title against
IBF number four rated welterweight contender Lee Purdy. SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® is available in Spanish on secondary audio programming (SAP). Preliminary fights will air live on SHOWTIME EXTREME® at 7:00 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).
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