JULIAN WILLIAMS BOUT TO BE SHOWN ON SHOWTIME EXTREME
Press Release: On Saturday, January 26th at Las Vegas' Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Showtime Extreme will air two preliminary bouts before switching over to Showtime for the first championship boxing telecast of 2013. Showtime Championship Boxing will feature a tripleheader of Lucas Matthysse vs. Mike Dallas Jr., Selcuk Aydin vs. Jesus Soto Karass and Jermell Charlo vs. Harry Joe Yorgey.
But just prior to that broadcast, Showtime Extreme will show a junior lightweight ten rounder with unbeaten 2008 Mexican Olympian Francisco Vargas battling Memphis' Ira Terry as well as Philadelphia junior middleweight Julian Williams vs. Virginia's Jeremiah Wiggins in an eight rounder.Editor's Note: Williams is trained by Boxingtalk's Stephen "Bread" Edwards
In a bout that might be aired time permitting, 2012 U.S. Olympian Errol Spence Jr. faces an opponent to be determined in a four round super welterweight match-up.
Tickets may be purchased at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Box Office or online at www.ticketmaster.com or by phone at (800) 745-3000.
Mexico City's Francisco Vargas (13-0-1, 10 KOs) believes that at age 28, he is ready to make his move on the 130-pound elite in 2013. A knockout puncher with both hands, Vargas had a busy 2012, going 6-0 with five knockouts, and hopes to stay as active this year, beginning with Saturday's fight against Terry.
Fighting out of Memphis, Tennessee, 25-year-old Ira Terry (26-10, 16 KO's) recently stopped Jered Johnson in less than two minutes and needed less than two rounds to do the same to respected fighter, Verquan Kimbrough, giving him plenty of positive energy heading into Las Vegas.
The 22-year-old Julian Williams (10-0-1, 5 KOs) has wins over Hector Rosario (W8) and Jonel Tapia (TKO7) in his last two fights.
Also looking to make his move this year is Newport News, Virginia's Jeremiah Wiggins (10-1-1, 5 KOs). Fresh off of a near upset against highly touted prospect Daquan Arnett last November, the 31-year-old is ready for a battle with Williams this weekend.
A member of the 2012 United States Olympic team, Desoto, Texas' Errol Spence Jr. (2-0, 2 KO's) has put together two golden performances as a professional thus far, finishing off Jonathan Garcia and Richard Andrews, each in the third round. On Saturday, the versatile 23-year-old will meet an opponent to be determined in a four round bout.
In non-televised action, Los Angeles phenom Julian Ramirez (6-0, 5 KOs) will fight for the second time this month, as he looks to follow up his January 11 stoppage of Sergio Najera with a win over San Bernardino's Juan Sandoval (7-11-1, 4 KOs) in a four round junior featherweight matchup.
The second half of the fighting Charlo brothers, junior middleweight Jermall Charlo (10-0-1, 5 KO's) puts his unbeaten record on the line on the same show as his twin brother in an eight round battle against Westerly, Rhode Island's Joshua Williams (8-4, 5 KO's).
Also featured will be a 10 round super lightweight fight between Chad Bennett and Ben Ankrah. Fighting out of Newcastle, Australia, Chad "Hollywood" Bennett (30-4-3, 21 KOs) has been on a tear as of late, winning six straight over the last two years, with five of those victories coming by knockout. The current WBO Asia Pacific 140 lb. champion, Bennett will return to fight in the United States for the first time since 2010 when he battles Accra, Ghana's Ben Ankrah (17-11, 8 KO's). A 12-year veteran of the sport Ankrah has won six of his last seven and considering that he has ended five of those victories by knockout, expect some explosive action when he squares off with Bennett.
In a four round welterweight opener, New South Wales, Australia's Will Sands (3-0-1) faces San Juan, New Mexico's Herb Begay (0-0-1).