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HBO Oct. 21 Tripleheader: Marquez vs Jaca, De Leon vs Al Seeger, Lazcano vs Garnica

LAS VEGAS, September 18 – On Saturday, October 21, from the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas, WBO featherweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez defends his title against Jimrex Jaca, WBO super bantamweight champion Daniel Ponce De Leon battles Al Seeger and El Paso's own Juan Lazcano takes on Manuel Garnica in an all-star tripleheader presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Romanza Productions Inc. This memorable night of action will be broadcast live on HBO Pay-Per-View at 9 p.m. ET/ 6 p.m. PT..

“I love watching Marquez, De Leon, and Lazcano fight, but all for different reasons,” said Oscar De La Hoya, President of Golden Boy Promotions. “Marquez for his technical brilliance, De Leon for his sometimes reckless fury, and Lazcano for his relentless will to win. This card has something for everyone, and I’m looking forward to a great night.”

“With fighters like Juan Manuel Marquez, Daniel Ponce De Leon and Juan Lazcano all on the same card, Mexican fight fans can expect an exciting, action-packed night on pay-per-view,” said Mark Taffet, Senior Vice President of HBO Sports and pay-per-view.

In the main event, Juan Manuel Marquez defends his newly won interim WBO featherweight title against Filipino warrior Jimrex Jaca. Already a hugely popular fighter in his home country, the dangerous Jaca would like to take that acclaim worldwide if he can score the upset over Marquez, who is determined to get past his young challenger and force some of the big names at 126 and 130 pounds to fight him in the near future.

The WBO super bantamweight title bout between Daniel Ponce De Leon and Al Seeger should be a barnburner. Then again, any fight involving the wild-swinging champion usually turns into a classic. And even though De Leon has rapidly established himself as a rising superstar, he can’t overlook the well-rounded challenger from Georgia, who has his own boxing dreams to attend to on October 21st.

Rounding out the pay-per-view telecast is a WBA title elimination bout between Juan Lazcano and Manuel Garnica. Both fighters have had their ups and downs in the ring but have courageously persevered, and whoever scores the victory on October 21st will have made it all the way back to the top, where a championship bout awaits.

Tickets, priced at $200, $100, $75, $50, and $30, go on sale on Saturday, September 16, 2006 and can be purchased by calling (915) 747-5234 or by visiting www.utep.edu/events and www.ticketmaster.com.

One of boxing’s best, pound for pound, Juan Manuel Marquez (45-3-1, 34 KOs) has thrilled fight fans for over 13 years with his pinpoint accuracy and fight ending power. Best remembered for his thrilling 12 round draw with Manny Pacquiao in 2004, Marquez is a former WBA and IBF featherweight champion with four successful defenses to his credit. In August, he added the interim WBO featherweight title to his resume when he stopped tough Terdsak Jandaeng in seven rounds.

An exciting southpaw known as “The Executioner”, Cebu City’s Jimrex Jaca (27-2-1, 12 KOs) is one victory away from joining his countryman Manny Pacquiao as a Filipino boxing superstar. Winner of four of his last five bouts, three by early knockout, the 23-year-old Jaca always comes to fight and his style has garnered a legion of fans from Tokyo to Las Vegas.

A star in the making, thrill a minute super bantamweight champion Daniel Ponce De Leon (29-1, 27 KOs) gets more impressive with each victory. A native of Chihuahua, Mexico, the 26-year-old southpaw won his first world title on October 29, 2005, when he outpointed Thailand’s previously unbeaten Sod Looknongyangtoy over 12 rounds. After a second round knockout over Gerson Guerrero in his first title defense, De Leon would meet Looknongyangtoy again in July, but this time, the rapidly improving champion was in fearsome form as he knocked his challenger out in just 52 seconds in what will most likely be voted Knockout of the Year for 2006.

De Leon’s challenger, Al Seeger (27-1, 21 knockouts), goes by the nickname ‘The Quiet Storm’, but his recent performances have been anything but quiet. Winner of eight in a row dating back to 2004, the Savannah, Georgia native holds a win over former world champion Eric Aiken, and he also avenged the only loss of his career on April 14 when he stopped Phillip Payne in four rounds. Most recently, the IBA super bantamweight champion halted Cesar Morales in just two rounds.

Charismatic contender Juan Lazcano (36-3-1, 27 KOs) made his name in the fight game as one of the top lightweights in the world. Now at 140 pounds, ‘The Hispanic Causin’ Panic’ (who is a hometown hero hailing from El Paso) is ready to take on the best at junior welterweight. Currently riding a three fight winning streak, Lazcano has recently scored wins over Courtney Burton and Ben Tackie in his campaign at 140.

A native of Guadalajara, 31-year-old Manuel Garnica (20-5-, 11 KOs) had given up on boxing after a close 1999 decision loss to John John Molina. But in 2005, Garnica decided to give the fight game another shot, and in August, he scored one of the biggest upsets of 2006 when he scored a unanimous 12 round decision over former world champion Carlos Maussa to win the WBC Latino and WBA Fedcaribe titles.

The Marquez vs. Jaca pay-per-view telecast, beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT has a suggested retail price of $34.95, will be distributed domestically by HBO Pay-Per-View and will be available to more than 56 million pay-per-view homes. For more event information log onto www.hbo.com.

Article posted on 19.09.2006



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