This Saturday, according to a press release from the executive producers of HBO, there will be a Thanksgiving boxing feast with a Thanksgiving weekend edition of Boxing After Dark headlined by fast-rising star Saul "Canelo" Alvarez. Alvarez will be defending his title on his own turf in Mexico against former welterweight champion Kermit Cintron.
Also that night will be Adrien Broner vs Vincente Rodriguez, live from Cincinnati, at the US Bank Arena.
Undefeated Adrien "The Problem" Broner (21-0, 17 KOs) will be taking on Vincente Rodriguez (34-2-1, 19 KOs) for the vacated WBO super feather weight title.
Broner is coming off two notable wins. One being a cautious unanimous decision victory over the knockout artist Ponce De Leon where many fans and media criticized him for not taking risks in that fight.
Also most recently, a spectacular 1st round knock-out win over Jason Litzau. Many, including myself, feel Broner used the 1st round knock-out win to silence the criticism he endured for fighting Ponce De Leon so conservatively.
It will be interesting to see which Broner will show up against the veteran Rodriguez who has never been stopped in his career.
In the main event, Canelo Alvarez, who might very well be the next big super star sensation in boxing will be taking on his most legitimate solid opponent so far in the hard hitting former champion Kermit Cintron. Cintron has been in the ring with the top elites such as Sergio Martinez.
Cintron not only has the power to knock his opponents out but he has the technique and skills to outbox them as well as he put a boxing clinic on an undefeated Alfredo Angulo handing him his first loss.
I give full credit to the young fast rising star Canelo in taking on someone like Cintron already this early in his career while only being 21 years old.
Should Canelo look impressive in defeating Cintron Saturday, then he may be on his way to taking on some of the other elite competition at 154 and 147, which will without a doubt make for some huge fights with some big names.
BOXING AFTER DARK: CANELO ALVAREZ VS. KERMIT CINTRON AND ADRIEN BRONER VS. VICENTE RODRIGUEZ is seen SATURDAY, NOV. 26 at 10:30 p.m. (live ET/tape-delayed PT), from U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati and Plaza Mexico in Mexico City, exclusively on HBO. The HBO Sports team of Bob Papa, Max Kellerman and Roy Jones Jr. will call all the action, which will be available in HDTV, closed-captioned for the hearing impaired and presented in Spanish on HBO Latino.
Other HBO playdates: Nov. 27 (9:15 a.m.) and 28 (midnight)
HBO2 playdates: Nov. 27 (5:15 p.m.) and 29 (12:30 a.m.)
KING J is the Bleacher Report Boxing Community Leader and Featured Columnist. All information was provided directly to him via email press release from the executive producers of HBO.
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