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January 03, 2013


Press Release: Showtime Championship Boxing returns on Saturday, January 26th at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas with a tripleheader headlined by Argentinean Lucas against Mike "The Silent Assassin" Dallas Jr. in a junior welterweight bout. Also seeing airtime will be welterweight Selcuk Aydin against Jesus Soto Karass and junior middleweight Jermell Charlo against an opponent to be named. Featured in a non-televised junior welterweight encounter will be Chad Bennett and Ben Ankrah.

Tickets go on sale on Friday, January 4th at noon PT and may be purchased at the Hard Rock Hotel Box Office and online at or by phone at (800) 745-3000.

After fighting under the radar for several years, Matthysse (32-2, 30 KOs) began breaking through on the international scene in 2010-11 after controversial decision losses to Zab Judah and Devon Alexander. Following those defeats, four consecutive knockout wins followed, including wins over Humberto Soto and  Ajose Olusegun.

One of California's top young talents, Dallas (19-2-1, 8 KOs) has learned from his experiences in the ring over the last four-plus years.  After bouncing back from losses to Josesito Lopez and Mauricio Herrera in 2011 with wins against Miguel Gonzalez and Javier Castro in 2012, he hopes to make his move in 2013. 

A native of Turkey who fights out of Hamburg, Germany, Aydin (23-1, 17 KOs) lost to Robert Guerrero in a twelve-round battle.

Highly respected by his peers and a growing fan base that appreciates his work ethic and aggressive fighting style, Los Mochis, Mexico's Soto Karass (26-8-3, 17 KOs) has paid his dues fighting the best competition possible over the years and is finally starting to get his time in the spotlight.  An 11 year pro, the 30-year-old has won two of his last three bouts, with the only loss coming against Marcos Maidana in September of 2012. 

Fighting out of Newcastle, Australia, tjhe 39 year-old Bennett (30-4-3, 21 KOs)  has won six straight over the last two years, with five of those victories coming by knockout. 

Ghana's Ankrah (17-11, 8 KOs) has won six of his last seven.

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