Stellar tripleheader on HBO Saturday night


Stellar tripleheader on HBO Saturday night

HBO spans the country with a tripleheader of welterweight action when WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING:  ARTURO GATTI VS. ALFONSO GOMEZ, KERMIT CINTRON VS. WALTER MATTHYSSE AND ANTONIO MARGARITO VS. PAUL WILLIAMS is seen live SATURDAY, JULY 14 (9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT) from the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ and the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.  An HBO Sports team will be ringside at both venues of the tripleheader, which will be presented in HDTV and in Spanish on HBO Latino.

            Calling the Atlantic City doubleheader will be Bob Papa and Max Kellerman. Jim Lampley and Larry Merchant will be ringside in California. Unofficial scorer Harold Lederman will work all three fights from his Atlantic City position.


            In his 21st appearance on HBO, human highlight reel Arturo Gatti (40-8, 31 KOs) from Jersey City, NJ takes on Alfonso Gomez (16-3-2, 7 KOs) from Whittier, Cal. in a scheduled ten-round welterweight contest.  Known for his determination, Gatti will be fighting in front of his loyal south Jersey fan base as he tries to rebound from a KO loss to the formidable Carlos Baldomir last July.   Gomez, a competitor in the first season of “The Contender,” has been building support and name recognition, and needs a victory over the ring legend to raise his profile.


            The opening contest, also from Atlantic City, pairs two fighters with nearly identical records, as Kermit Cintron (27-1, 25 KOs) from Reading, Pa. faces off against Walter Matthysse (26-1, 25 KOs) out of Trelew, Argentina in a scheduled 12-round welterweight title bout.  


       The tripleheader concludes with a live switch to the west coast, where Antonio Margarito (34-4, 24 KOs) from Tijuana, Mexico and now living in southern California, squares off against undefeated Paul Williams (32-0, 24 KOs) of Augusta, Ga. in a highly anticipated scheduled 12-round, 147-pound title fight.  Titleholder Margarito faces the formidable six-foot, one-inch Williams, who has been fast-tracking through the division.

            All WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING events are broadcast in HDTV.  HBO viewers must have access to the HBO HDTV channel to watch HBO programming in high definition.

            The executive producer of WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING is Rick Bernstein; producer Thomas Odelfelt and director Marc Payton in Atlantic City; producer Jon Crystal and director Mike Sheehan in Los Angeles.