SAN DIEGO – September 14, 2012 – Boxing fans are getting ready for the biggest fight weekend of the year. We get not just one but two big bouts going head to head against each other just a mile apart in Las Vegas, and airing live on television at the same time.
By far the more exciting and more important contest is the middleweight showdwn between between Julio Caesar Chavez Junior, son of the great Mexican champion, and Argentinean Sergio Martinez. This fight is the main event of an HBO pay-per-view package ($49.95 price tag), starting at 9 p.m. Eastern Time/6 p.m. Pacific Time. The event can also be ordered and viewed for the same price online at www.toprank.tv
Martinez, 37, (49-2-2, 28 KOs) considered the third ranked pound for pound fighter on many lists behind Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather, is a class act in the sport, a hardworking family man who usually lets his fists do the talking. But this time, Martinez has a serious dislike for his opponent Chavez Jr., who he feels shows disrespect for the sport and for the opportunities he’s been handed due to his famous name. The younger Chavez, 26, (46-0-1, 32 KOs) has fired back, saying he’s earned the right to face Martinez and will prove he’s the better fighter.
The pair has sold out 19,186 seats at the Thomas and Mack Center, breaking the record set by Lennox Lewis and Evander Holyfield in 1999.
At the MGM Grand Arena, Mexican star Saul “Canelo” Alvarez headlines the card, fighting against Southern Californian Josesito Lopez in the welterweight division. Alverez, just 22 years old, (40-0-1, 29 KOs) is a hard hitting, patient fighter with boy band good looks. Lopez, 28, (30-4-0, 19 KOs) won the right to face Alvarez after his surprising destruction of Victor Ortiz with a ninth round stoppage on June 23. But Alvarez is no Ortiz. He’s a much harder puncher and a far more relentless fighter. This fight seems a bit of a mismatch, but Lopez will give it all he’s got and there is always the potential for a surprise. The entire care which includes some superb undercard fights will air on Showtime starting at 9 p.m. Eastern Time/6 p.m. Pacific Time.
Friday is weigh-in day for all of the fighters. Weigh-ins have become a show all their own. For big bouts like these, the weigh-ins are public events and fans are invited. Recent weigh-ins for big name fighters can draw crowds of 5,000 or more.
The Chavez-Martinez weigh-in takes place at the Encore Theater at the Wynn Las Vegas at 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time/3:30 p.m. Pacific in Las Vegas. General admission tickets are free and fans can start picking up tickets at the Wynn Theater box office at 10 a.m. Friday. The doors to the theater open at 2:30 p.m.
HBO Boxing will air the weigh-in live at 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time, hosted by Jim Lampley. HBO viewers are being asked to participate by tweeting their fight prediction with the hashtag #ChavezMartinez and calling the winner. The weigh-in will be repeated at 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time, followed by a live-half hour special “24/7 Overtime: Chavez Jr./Martinez.” Jim Lampley will report from Las Vegas with last-minute news, observations and fight predictions.
The “Knockout Kings” Canelo Alvarez/Josesito Lopez weigh-in takes place at the MGM Grand Arena at 5 p.m. Eastern Time/2 p.m. Pacific Time in Las Vegas. Fans are also invited to come and watch the event. The doors to the Arena open at 12 noon, and seats are first-come, first-serve. The weigh-in will be shown live online on Showtime’s Ustream channel at www.ustream.tv/shosports
At 4 p.m. following the weigh-in, former boxing champions Oscar De La Hoya and Roberto Duran will hold a “tweetup” party from the MGM Grand Lobby. They will also sign autographs and meet the fans.
All of this should get you ready for our Communities Live Chat following both cards, starting at 9 p.m. Eastern Time/6 p.m. Pacific. Whether you are a hardcore fan or casual observer, we welcome everyone to participate and enjoy the evening with Communities. We’ll give you the inside information and post photos as they are available for those not able to watch.
Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a serious boxing fan covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Ringside Seat in the Communities at The Washington Times. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego. Gayle can be reached via Google +
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