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HBO boxing analyst, interviewer, and mainstay Larry Merchant will call his final fight for the cable network Saturday night when Nonito Donaire faces Jorge Arce. The 81 year old commentator has been with HBO since 1978 and has stood as one of the last remaining mainstream voices of boxing. He was also a columnist for the Philadelphia Daily News and New York Post in his sportswriting career.
"Larry Merchant will end his unprecedented 35-year run as a ringside boxing commentator for HBO Sports with the season finale of World Championship Boxing® this Saturday night (9:30 p.m. ET/PT) from Houston. Following the telecast, Merchant will be moving into another phase of his wide-ranging career.
"Starting in January, I will become a Tom Brokaw-like senior kibbitzer on major news and events in boxing," Merchant said, adding,"I was extraordinarily lucky to land with HBO when it was just a startup. I'm proud to be associated with so many talen...
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Looking Ahead to Saturday: Donaire vs. Arce and Rigondeaux vs. Kratingdaengym Previews
On Saturday from Houston, pound-for-pound entrant Nonito Donaire looks to cap off a productive 2012 with a win over longtime standout Jorge Arce. In the main supporting bout, fellow-122-pound titlist Guillermo Rigondeaux takes on former WBA champion--Thailand’s Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym.
The final press conference for this weekend's Nonito Donaire vs. Jorge Arce bout on HBO was held this afternoon in Houston. On the undercard of course is Guillermo Rigondeaux vs. Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym. Right here, you can view a collection of photos from the final Donaire vs. Arce press conference, as well as some video and other notes. Take a look.
The Nonito Donaire vs. Jorce Arce weigh-in took place this afternoon from Houston, where their Saturday night, HBO-televised Super Bantamweight title clash will be held. Both fighters are on weight and fit, and ready for action. Take a look at the Donaire vs. Arce weigh-in results, and some photos of the weigh-ins as well.
Donaire vs. Arce Weights
Nonito Donaire: 121.5 lbs
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WBO and The Ring super bantamweight king “The Filipino Flash” Nonito Donaire will defend his belts against four-division titlist Jorge Arce tomorrow night at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. Donaire (30-1, 19 KOs), who has emerged victorious in 29 … Continue reading →
The WBA super bantamweight title fight between undefeated defending champion Guillermo Rigondeaux and former champion Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym has been canceled from this Saturday's Nonita Donaire-Jorge Arce card in Houston, Texas.
"The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation notified us today that they would not issue a license to Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym,"...
Guillermo Rigondeaux Off Donaire vs. Arce card; Kratingdaenggym fails physical?
The World Boxing Association (WBA) super bantamweight championship fight between undefeated defending champion Guillermo “El Chacal” Rigondeaux and former world champion Poonsawat Kartingdaenggym has been canceled from this Saturday's card at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. Rigondeaux vs...