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CANELO VS. ANGULO A KNOCKOUT SUCCESS WITH OVER 350,000 PPV BUYS

By Press Release | March 14, 2014
CANELO VS. ANGULO A KNOCKOUT SUCCESS WITH OVER 350,000 PPV BUYS

Last Saturday's SHOWTIME PPV® presentation of "TOE TO TOE: Canelo vs. Angulo" generated well over 350,000 buys, Showtime Networks Inc. and event promoter, Golden Boy Promotions, announced today.

The four-fight telecast, headlined by Mexican boxing superstar Canelo Alvarez' impressive 10th-round TKO over fellow countryman, Alfredo Angulo, was a "knockout success," according to Stephen Espinoza, Executive Vice President and General Manager, SHOWTIME Sports®.

"We are thrilled with the numbers from Saturday's event," said Espinoza. "March 8 was the first time Canelo Alvarez headlined his own pay per view, and he decisively proved that he was ready to carry a pay per view card.  These results are especially impressive in comparison to the pay per view performances of other boxing events over the past few months. Add in the near sellout crowd and there is no doubt this event was a huge success for Canelo, Golden Boy Promotions, MGM Grand, SHOWTIME and boxing as a whole."

"The fans have spoken," said Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions.  "Canelo is without a doubt the brightest young star in the sport today.  He's been a huge star in Mexico for quite some time. Now there is no denying that he is a star in the United States as well.  We're already in discussions with Canelo to find the next opportunity to bring another exciting event to boxing fans worldwide."

The Canelo vs. Angulo slugfest will premiere on SHOWTIME this Saturday, March 15, and open the liveSHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING doubleheader at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT from Bayamon, Puerto Rico.  In the main event, undefeated Unified Super Lightweight World Champion Danny "Swift" Garcia takes on Mauricio Herrera.

Following the telecast, ALL ACCESS: CANELO VS. ANGULO  EPILOGUE will premiere on SHOWTIME. EPILOGUE, the third and final installment of the ALL ACCESS series devoted to "TOE TO TOE," will feature unprecedented access from Fight Week in Las Vegas, highlights of the drama inside of the ring and a rare look inside of the minds of the fighters and their camps in the aftermath of the fight.

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ABOUT "TOE TO TOE: Canelo vs. Angulo," was a scheduled 12-round super welterweight fight that took place Saturday, March 8 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and was promoted by Golden Boy Promotions and Canelo Promotions and sponsored by Corona, AT&T and Casamigos Tequila. On the PPV televised undercard, two-division world champion Leo Santa Cruz successfully defended his WBC Super Bantamweight World title against former three-time world champion Cristian Mijares, Jorge Linares outpointed Nihito Arakawa in a 10-round lightweight bout, and Sergio Thompson scored an upset 10-round decision over Ricardo Alvarez. The four-fight telecast was produced and distributed live by SHOWTIME PPV beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. The event could be heard in Spanish using secondary audio programming (SAP).  "TOE TO TOE: Canelo vs. Angulo" was broadcast in over 400 select movie theaters across the country.

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