Showtime Bantamweight World Tournament MEDIA TELECONFERENCE ALERT


Thursday, Dec. 2, at 2 p.m. ET / 11 a.m. PT

WHO: IBF Bantamweight World Champion Yonnhy “El Colombiano” Perez

Former IBF Bantamweight World Champ Joseph King Kong Agbeko

Two-Division World Champion Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan

Undefeated, World-Ranked Rising Star Abner Mares

WHEN: Thursday, Dec. 2 at 2 p.m. ET / 11 a.m. PT

Note: Perez & Agbeko will participate in the 30 minutes, followed by Darchinyan & Mares.

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WHAT: Four of the world’s most talented bantamweights will participate in a national media conference call to discuss The Bantamweight Tournament: Winner Takes All – a two-stage, single-elimination tournament of 118-pounders – which begins with two Semifinal bouts on Saturday, Dec. 11, LIVE on SHOWTIME® at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) from Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Wash.

In the opening bout, undefeated, world-ranked rising star Abner Mares (20-0-1, 13 KOs), of Guadalajara Jalisco, Mexico , will face two-division world champion Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan (35-2-1, 27 KOs), of Sydney , Australia , by way of Armenia .

Then, former IBF 118-pound champ Joseph King Kong Agbeko (27-2, 22 KOs), of Bronx, N.Y., by way of Ghana, Africa, will try to earn back the title from the man that won it from him, current IBF champ Yonnhy “El Colombiano” Perez (20-0-1, 14 KOs), of Santa Fe Springs,  Calif., by way of Colombia.

With a win over Darchinyan, Mares could earn a rematch against Perez, who he fought to a disputed majority draw last May 22, or face the hard-hitting Agbeko.  If Darchinyan wins his semifinal bout, he could face the last man to beat him, Agbeko, who won a close, unanimous decision in July 2009.

Regardless of the scenarios, storylines and matchups, each boxer starts the tournament on Dec. 11 with the same chance to make, and win, the Final – and ultimately earn bragging rights as the best Bantamweight in the world.

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