Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Showtime Extreme lineup set
By Dan Rafael
Showtime on Tuesday announced the lineup of fights for the Showtime Extreme undercard portion of Saturday night's world title doubleheader from the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas.
Heading up the Showtime Extreme telecast (7 p.m. ET/PT) will be longtime super middleweight contender Librado Andrade (30-4, 23 KOs), who will face Rowland Bryant (15-1, 10 KOs) in a scheduled 10-round bout.
Also, 2008 Mexican Olympian Francisco Vargas (9-0-1, 7 KOs), who signed recently with Golden Boy Promotions, will meet Rafael Lora (11-7, 5 KOs) in an eight-round junior lightweight fight.
Time permitting, junior middleweight prospect Chris Pearson (3-0, 2 KOs) will receive television exposure for his fight against Jose Martell (2-1-1, 2 KOs).
After the preliminary bouts, the action will shift to Showtime (9:30 ET/PT) for the two title bouts. Former bantamweight titlist Abner Mares (23-0-1, 13 KOs) is moving up to junior featherweight to face former flyweight titlist Eric Morel (46-2, 23 KOs) for a vacant belt in the main event. Bantamweight titleholder Anselmo Moreno (32-2-1, 11 KOs) of Panama will defend against Mexico's David De La Mora (24-1, 17 KOs) in the co-feature.