Before the highly-anticipated “Action Heroes” televised fights kick off on HBO Pay-Per-View® on Saturday, April 9, fight fans can get ready for one of the biggest cards of the year with three preliminary bouts featuring Danny Garcia, Nate Campbell, Gary Russell Jr. and Rakhim Chakhiev, that will air live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. The broadcast will be available free of charge and shown by several satellite and cable providers, as well as online, beginning at 7:00 p.m. ET / 4:00 p.m. PT. The broadcast will be available online at www.goldenboypromotions.com, RingTV.com, Yahoo! Sports and Foxsports.com.
The free preview main event, which will lead viewers right into the “Action Heroes” pay-per-view broadcast, will see Philadelphia welterweight Danny “Swift” Garcia (20-0, 14 KO’s) square off against former World Champion Nate “The Galaxxy Warrior” Campbell in a 10 round junior welterweight fight. Garcia is one of the sport’s top rising stars, but he will meet a wily veteran with something to prove in Jacksonville, Florida’s Campbell.
The middle bout of the free preview is a six/eight round featherweight matchup pitting Capitol Heights, Maryland’s 2008 U.S. Olympian and top prospect Gary Russell Jr. (14-0, 9 KO’s) against Miami’s Sherali Dostiev (8-0, 2 KO’s). Russell went 7-0 in 2010 and the 2008 U.S. Olympian already has one win in the bank in 2011. Dostiev is looking to keep his undefeated record intact and upset Russell when he makes his Las Vegas debut on April 9.
Kicking off the action will be a four round cruiserweight battle between undefeated Russian southpaw Rakhim Chakhkiev (9-0, 7 KO’s) and Michigan’s Harvey Jolly (11-16-1, 6 KO’s). Chakhkiev won an Olympic Gold Medal for Russia in the 2008 Olympic Games and will be making his United States debut on April 9. Jolly has amazingly faced 16 unbeaten fighters over the course of his six-year career and with Chakhkiev being number 17, it’s business as usual for the upset-minded “Candy Man.”
“Action Heroes,” featuring Morales vs. Maidana in a 12-round junior welterweight bout, Robert Guerrero vs. Michael Katsidis in a 12-round bout for the vacant WBA and WBO Interim Lightweight Championships, James Kirkland facing Nobuhiro Ishida in an 8-round middleweight bout and Paul Malignaggi vs. Jose Miguel Cotto in a 10-round welterweight bout, is presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Erik Morales’ Box Latino and Universum Box Promotions and sponsored by Cerveza Tecate, AT&T, DeWalt Tools and Tres Generaciones Tequila. Guerrero vs. Katsidis is presented in association with Sampson Boxing. The Pay-Per-View bouts will be produced and distributed live on HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.