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For Immediate ReleaseMarch 17, 2009


HBO SPORTS PRESENTS A CLASH OF BOXING GENERATIONS WHEN
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING®:  WINKY WRIGHT VS. PAUL WILLIAMS
AND CRISTOBAL ARREOLA VS. JAMEEL McCLINE
IS SEEN LIVE SATURDAY, APRIL 11 ON HBO

HBO Sports presents a compelling mix of rising stars and proven veterans when WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING:  WINKY WRIGHT VS. PAUL WILLIAMS AND CRISTOBAL ARREOLA VS. JAMEEL McCLINE is presented live SATURDAY, APRIL 11 (10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT) from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, exclusively on HBO.  The WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING team will be ringside for the event, which will be presented in HDTV and in Spanish on HBO Latino.

Other HBO playdates:  April 12 (8:00 a.m.) and 13 (1:00 a.m.)
HBO2 playdates:  April 12 (4:30 p.m.) and 14 (midnight)

Battle-tested veteran Ronald “Winky” Wright (51-4-1, 25 KOs), the most-avoided fighter of the last decade, is a former junior middleweight champion who has scored back-to-back wins against Shane Mosley, as well as defeating Felix Trinidad.  A native of St. Petersburg, Fla., he is one of boxing’s elite defensive specialists, with a precise jab that picks apart opponents.  Although he suffered a decision loss to future Hall-of-Famer Bernard Hopkins in 2007, the 37-year-old Wright will make younger fighters earn their spot among boxing’s best.

Two time welterweight champ Paul Williams (36-1, 27 KOs) of Augusta, Ga. is one of the most-feared fighters in boxing.  Now on the cusp of stardom, the 27-year-old’s height, agility and raw power have made foes think twice about even entering the ring with him.  Williams has defeated Antonio Margarito, among others, and now looks to raise his profile in this 12-round contest.

The opening bout features ambitious, hard-charging young Cristobal Arreola (26-0, 23 KOs) and dangerous vet Jameel McCline (39-9-3, 23 KOs) in a 12-round heavyweight clash.  Arreola, of Riverside, Cal., can deliver thunderous blows and is riding a string of 13 consecutive fights in which he has sent his opponent crashing to the canvas.  Next, he looks to prove himself the most serious threat to titleholders in the division.

Jameel McCline, from West Palm Beach, Fla., has fought the best the division has to offer, amassing 51 professional bouts against the likes of Wladimir Klitschko, Chris Byrd and Samuel Peter.  An imposing 6’5” and 270 pounds, McCline’s experience, ring generalship and hard hitting should provide a formidable challenge for Arreola.

This WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING presentation is part of a compelling night of boxing programming that also includes the debut of the documentary “Thrilla in Manila” and the return of the Emmy®-winning HBO Sports reality franchise “24/7.”  Debuting at 8:00 p.m. (ET)/10:00 p.m. (PT), “Thrilla in Manila” tells the story of the final fight between Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali, whose epic three-bout series from 1971 to 1975 transcended the sport.  Debuting at 9:30 p.m. (ET/PT), “Pacquiao/Hatton 24/7” sets the stage for the May 2 pay-per-view junior welterweight showdown between reigning pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines and Ricky Hatton, his engaging British opponent.

All WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING events are broadcast in HDTV.  HBO viewers must have access to the HBO HDTV channel to watch HBO programming in high definition.

The executive producer of WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING is Rick Bernstein; producer, Dave Harmon; director, Marc Payton.

® WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING is a registered service mark of Home Box Office, Inc.

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