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October 18, 2013

DEVON ALEXANDER-SHAWN PORTER HEADED FOR SHOWTIME

Press Release: 

Showtime will present a championship  doubleheader on Saturday, Nov. 30th, as Devon Alexander defends his IBF 147-pound title against Shawn Porter in a twelve-round bout at Freeman Coliseum in San Antonio, Texas.  Also on the broadcast is a twelve-round WBC 122-pound title bout with Leo 
Santa Cruz defending against Cesar Seda.  

In a preliminary bout, junior welterweight Ricardo "Dinamita" Alvarez, Saul's older brother, will face an opponent to be named in a 10-round matchup.

"I've  heard great things about the fans in Texas and I'm looking forward to  defending my title in San Antonio," said Alexander.  "I promise I won't  disappoint the fight fans and they're going to see a show on November  30th."

"It's  been a long road to get here and ever since I first stepped into the  gym, I wanted to become a world champion," said Porter.  "Now my chance  is here and I'm ready to step into that ring and take the title from  Alexander."

"I'm  looking forward to getting back in the ring and making my debut in  Texas against Cesar Seda," said Santa Cruz.  "Seda is a quality fighter  and a top contender, but I'm not ready to give up my belt to him or  anyone."

"I  admire Santa Cruz for his talent and his accomplishments," said Seda.   "But
 styles make fights and I have the style to beat him and bring the world championship back to Puerto Rico."

Twenty-six-year-old southpaw Devon Alexander "The Great" (25-1, 14 KO's) has done his native St. Louis proud, soaring to the top  of two weight classes throughout  the course of his professional  career.  A gifted boxer,  Alexander first wore championship gold after his 2009 technical 
knockout  of Junior Witter earned him the WBC Junior Welterweight title.   Alexander won the IBF
 belt in his next fight with a stoppage of Juan  Urango and defended  them against Andriy Kotelnik before suffering the  lone loss of his career against Timothy Bradley in 2011.  Alexander got  right back into the title picture though, defeating Lucas Matthysse five  months later and after a move to welterweight, a  win over Marcos  Maidana earned him a title fight against Randall Bailey last October at  Barclays Center. There, he defeated Bailey over 12-rounds to become a  two-division champion.  In his most recent bout, on May 18, 2013,  Alexander stopped Lee Purdy in seven rounds.

A longtime amateur standout who was an alternate for the 2008 U.S. Olympic team,  Shawn "Showtime" Porter (22-0-1, 14 KO's) found out quickly that his action-packed style was  better suited for the professional game and he has the unbeaten record  to prove it.  A victor over the likes of Hector Munoz, Alfonso Gomez and  Phil Lo Greco, Porter had a recent two-fight series against former world titlist Julio Diaz.  After a  draw in their first meeting, Porter pounded out a clear-cut 10-round  decision in their September rematch, opening the door for the  25-year-old from Akron, Ohio to challenge for his first championship.

Leo "Teremoto" Santa Cruz (25-0-1, 15 KO's) has already won world championships in two weight  classes, despite being just 25-years-old.  A native of Huetamo, Mexico  now living in Los Angeles, Santa Cruz's fan-friendly attack in the ring  has garnered him followers from around the world. He has 
2013  knockouts of Alexander Munoz and Victor Terrazas.

San Juan, Puerto Rico southpaw Cesar Seda (25-1, 17 KO's) first made his name in  the fight game with a successful  run at 115 pounds.  His only loss came against WBO 115-pound champion Omar Narvaez  in April of 2011.  Since that bout, the 27-year-old Seda has gone up in  weight and won five bouts straight, two by knockout, earning him a  fight  with Santa Cruz on Nov. 30.

After a fifth-round technical knockout over Humberto Martinez on Oct., Ricardo "Dinamita" Alvarez (22-2-3, 14 KOs)  is experiencing a four-fight hot stretch that he hopes will propel him into a world title fight. The 31-year-old brother of Saul and Rigoberto Alvarez, hopes to add a third title to the family  trophy case in 2014.

"The  fans in San Antonio are among the best in the sport and when they come  out to see Devon Alexander defend his title against Shawn Porter,  they're going to be in for a treat, as this is a great stylistic matchup  that will produce compelling action from start to finish," said Richard  Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions.

"And when you add a  championship fight between an all-action champion in Leo Santa Cruz and  challenger Cesar Seda this may end up being one of the best nights of  boxing we've seen in 2013."

"It's  an honor and pleasure to bring Showtime back to the greatest boxing  fans  in the world here in San Antonio," said Mike Battah, President of  Leija*Battah  Promotions.  "Alexander is facing a young, hungry  challenger in Porter so this  fight will definitely be one of the most  exciting fights of the year. Santa Cruz vs Seda is a battle of the  countries, Mexico vs. Puerto Rico battling it out will round out the  night as a great night of boxing."


Tickets
 go on sale on Monday, Oct. 21 at 10 a.m.CT and are  available for purchase at the AT&T Center box office (walk up sales  only), or through Leija*Battah Promotions by calling (210) 979-3302 or  emailing m@leijabattahpromo.com [mailto:m@leijabattahpromo.com] or online at www.ticketmaster.com and all Ticketmaster locations, by calling (800) 745-3000.



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