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HBO’s Boxing Best of 2013 schedule released, the year’s best fights set to re-air starting Dec 23

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It’s a holiday treat for HBO Boxing fans.  Over five consecutive nights in late December, the HBO2 service will present 10 of the year’s standout fights, spotlighting some of the biggest names in the sport in riveting performances. Featured are signature wins by Manny Pacquiao, Miguel Cotto, Timothy Bradley Jr. and Carl Froch plus breakout victories by rising stars Gennady Golovkin, Adonis Stevenson and Sergey Kovalev.

Starting Monday, Dec. 23, HBO2 will replay 10 major league showdowns from this year over five consecutive nights.  Each night the doubleheader of action starts at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT.  Fight fans will get to revisit the most memorable, most significant and most compelling bouts that were televised on HBO, including a couple of slugfests that are clear favorites for “Fight of the Year” honors.

HBO’s “Boxing’s Best” of 2013  lineup includes:

Monday, December 23 at 11:00 p.m.Carl Froch vs. Mikkel Kessler II
Sergey Kovalev vs. Nathan Cleverly
Tuesday, December 24 at 11:00 p.m.Timothy Bradley Jr. vs. Ruslan Provodnikov
Miguel Cotto vs. Delvin Rodriguez
Wednesday, December 25 at 11:00 p.m.Brandon Rios vs. Mike Alvarado II
Gennady Golovkin vs. Matthew Macklin
Thursday, December 26 at 11:00 p.m.Timothy Bradley Jr. vs. Juan Manuel Marquez
Adonis Stevenson vs. Chad Dawson
Friday, December 27 at 11:00 p.m.Manny Pacquiao vs. Brandon Rios
James Kirkland vs. Glen Tapia

HBO Boxing 2013 Highlights:

  • HBO Boxing traveled to four continents this year (North America, Europe, South America and Asia) illustrating the sport’s global appeal and reach.  Fight fans were presented live fights from exciting destinations in Macau, Moscow, Montreal and Buenos Aires.
  • The roster of elite fighters appearing on HBO in 2013 included: Sergio Martinez, Manny Pacquiao, Andre Ward, Gennady Golovkin, Timothy Bradley Jr., Wladimir Klitschko, Mike Alvarado, Juan Manuel Marquez, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., Miguel Cotto, Carl Froch, Mikkel Kessler, Brandon Rios, Nonito Donaire and Mikey Garcia.
  • Emerging stars who made their HBO debut this year, launching an impressive  wave of new attractions on the network included: Ruslan Provodnikov, Adonis Stevenson, Sergey Kovalev and Terence Crawford.
  • The two top-rated boxing series on cable television are on HBO, the leading television platform for the sport in the U.S.  HBO Boxing has delivered 21 of the top 25 bouts on cable television in 2013.