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“Star Power” Gets an All-Mexico World Championship Showdown: Unbeaten Pablo Cesar Cano Replaces Lucas Matthysse in WBC Bout Against Erik Morales

by on Sep.11, 2011, under Boxing News, Press Releases

LOS ANGELES, CA, September 10, 2011 — Mexico City’s Pablo Cesar “El Demoledor” Cano, the WBC’s leading available contender and a young and hungry Mexican phenom has agreed to step in and face Erik Morales on next Saturday’s “STAR POWER” mega-event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas which will be televised live on HBO Pay-Per-View®. Cano got his chance after Morales’ original opponent, Lucas Matthysse, withdrew from the bout earlier in the week due to a viral infection.

“This is the opportunity of a lifetime and I couldn’t refuse it,” said the 21-year-old Cano who will face Morales for the WBC Super Lightweight World Championship. “I have grown up watching Erik Morales. I know both his strengths and weaknesses. While it’s an honor to fight him, I have the style to beat him and win my first world championship, which is the dream of every fighter.”

“Every time there’s a change in opponent, it forces you to make changes, but I’ve been in this sport long enough to adjust without a problem,” said Morales. “From what I’ve heard, Cano is a strong, young fighter, but whether it’s Matthysse or Cano, the result on September 17 will be the same…me leaving the ring with another world title belt around my waist.”

Not only is the WBC Super Lightweight World title on the line, but also local bragging rights as it will be a clash between Tijuana’s Morales and Mexico City’s Cano. The fight figures to be one that will produce fireworks, especially considering that Cano is trained by Rudy Perez, the former trainer of Morales’ longtime nemesis Marco Antonio Barrera who under Perez’s guidance dealt Morales two defeats.

With crushing knockout power that has brought an end to 17 of his 22 wins, Cano (22-0-1, 17 KO’s) has all the tools to shock the boxing world on September 17. The current NABF champion at 140 pounds, a title he won in June of 2010 when he defeated Oscar Leon, the number 12 WBC rated Cano has stopped Jorge Romero and Pablo Lugo in his last two bouts.     He was preparing for an upcoming bout when he was offered the biggest fight of his young career. Now, he will travel to Las Vegas and look to make history.

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“STAR POWER: Mayweather vs. Ortiz” is a mega-event taking place Saturday, Sept. 17 from two world-class cities with three world titles at stake.  Floyd Mayweather and Victor Ortiz will face off in a 12-round fight for Ortiz’s WBC Welterweight World Title from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. Canelo Alvarez and Alfonso Gomez will do battle in a 12-round fight for Alvarez’s WBC Super Welterweight World Title from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, Calif.  Also live in Las Vegas will be Erik Morales vs. Pablo Cesar Cano in a 12-round fight for the vacant WBC Super Lightweight World Title and an opening fight featuring undefeated rising star Jessie Vargas against top contender Josesito Lopez.  The mega event is promoted by Mayweather Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions and sponsored by Cerveza Tecate, DeWALT Tools, AT&T and Southwest Airlines.  Alvarez vs. Gomez is presented in association with Canelo Promotions and Morales vs. Cano is presented in association with Box Latino Promotions and Arano Box Promotions.  “STAR POWER: Mayweather vs. Ortiz” will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.  Fans in the United Kingdom can watch the fight live on Primetime, channel 480 on Sky, Virgin on Demand and streamed live via the website primetimelive.co.uk at 2:00 a.m. BST (Sunday, September 18).

The “STAR POWER” pay-per-view telecast, which begins at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT, will be produced and distributed by HBO Pay-Per-View and will be available to more than 92 million pay-per-view homes. The telecast will be available in HD-TV for those viewers who can receive HD. HBO Pay-Per-View®, a division of Home Box Office, Inc., is the leading supplier of event programming to the pay-per-view industry. For Mayweather vs. Ortiz fight week updates, log on to www.hbo.com.

Fans in the United Kingdom can watch “STAR POWER: Mayweather vs. Ortiz” live on Primetime, channel 480 on Sky, Virgin on Demand and streamed live via the website www.primetimelive.co.uk . Existing Sky customers can buy through Box Office. New customers must register beforehand online at www.primetimelive.co.uk or by calling 0871 200 4444. Virgin customers Press home > More on Demand > Live Events. The fight will cost £14.95 and a small one-off registration fee will apply for customers new to Primetime.

Remaining tickets for Mayweather vs. Ortiz are priced at $1,250, $1,000 and $600, not including applicable service charges, with a total ticket limit of twelve (12) per person. Ticket sales are limited to ten (10) per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets also are available for purchase at www.mgmgrand.com or www.ticketmaster.com.

Tickets for Alvarez vs. Gomez, priced at $300, $150, $75 and $50, are on sale now and available for purchase online at ticketmaster.com, via Ticketmaster charge-by-phone lines at (800)745-3000. Tickets are also available at STAPLES Center box office.

Seven of the MGM Resorts properties will host closed circuit viewing of “STAR POWER: Mayweather vs. Ortiz.” Tickets for the closed circuit telecasts at all venues are priced at $50, not including handling fees. All seats will be general admission and are on sale now at each individual property’s box office outlets or by phone with a major credit card at 866-799-7711. Ticket sales are limited to eight (8) per person. Tickets for the viewings at MGM Grand and Mandalay Bay will also be available through Ticketmaster by calling (800) 745-3000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com.

NCM Fathom will broadcast “STAR POWER: Mayweather vs. Ortiz” in high definition LIVE to more than 380 movie theaters nationwide at 9 p.m. ET/ 6 p.m. PT.  Tickets to see the fight on the big screen are available at participating theater box offices and online at www.FathomEvents.com

Episode #3 of the all-access reality series “24/7 Mayweather/Ortiz” premieres Saturday, Sept. 10 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on HBO. Episodes #1 and #2 are available at HBO ON DEMAND® and HBO GO® in addition to multiple replays on the network. The four-part series premieres on three consecutive Saturday nights before the finale airs the night before the welterweight championship showdown in Las Vegas.

For more information, visit www.floydmayweather.com, www.goldenboypromotions.com, www.mgmgrand.com and www.staplescenter.com; follow on Twitter at @floydmayweather, @mayweatherpromo, @goldenboyboxing, @VICIOUSOrtiz, @caneloOficial, @AlfonsoSGomez, @terrible100, @Jessie_Vargas, @JosesitoLopez, @mgmgrand; or become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/FloydMayweather, www.facebook.com/Mayweatherpromotions, www.facebook.com/GoldenBoyBoxing. Follow HBO Boxing news atwww.hbo.com/boxing, Facebook at www.facebook.com/hboboxing and on Twitter @hboboxing. Follow STAPLES Center on Facebook at www.facebook.com/staplescenter and on Twitter @STAPLESCenterLA.

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