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December 02, 2012


Press Release: Boxing returns to CBS when the network teams up with Showtime for a day-night doubleheader that features up to seven live fights on two networks on Saturday, Dec. 15th from the Los Angeles Sports Arena. At 4:30 p.m. ET / 1:30 p.m. PT, in the CBS main event, IBF bantamweight champion Leo Santa Cruz (22-0-1, 13 KOs) faces Alberto “Metro” Guevara (16-0, 6 KOs) of Mazatlan, Mexico. 2012 United States Olympian Joseph “Jo-Jo” Diaz Jr., 19, of South El Monte, Calif., will make his pro debut against an opponent to be announced in the opening bout of the CBS broadcast. It has been 15 years since CBS last aired live boxing.  

Later that evening, Showtime Extreme (8:30 p.m. ET/PT) and Showtime (10:30 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) will present an additional slate of boxing, headlined by ex-140 pound champion Amir “King” Khan (26-3, 18 KOs), of Bolton England, facing Carlos Molina (17-0-1, 7 KOs). Additional fights are to be announced. 

This has been a breakout year for the 5-foot-7½, 24-year-old Santa Cruz, who’ll be making his fifth start of 2012.  He won the IBF 118-pound crown with a unanimous decision over Vusi Malinga last June 2nd. A volume-punching pressure fighter, Santa Cruz retained his title with a fifth-round technical knockout win over ex-112 pound titlist Eric Morel on Sept. 15th and by ninth-round knockout over Victor Zaleta this past Nov. 10th. 

Guevara, who will be making his United States debut, has fought exclusively in Mexico with all but six of his pro fights in his native Mazatlan.  A pro since November 2009, Guevara will be fighting for the third time this year.  He is coming off of a unanimous eight-round decision victory over Raul Hidalgo last Aug. 4 in Mazatlan.  Guevara’s most noteworthy victory came two outings ago when he captured a lopsided 10-round decision in a wild, one-sided bout against Khabir Suleymanov on April 14th of this year.

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