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Friday, April 8, 2016

Canelo vs Khan live on big screen, Cinco de Mayo weekend

DENVER - April 7, 2016 - On Cinco De Mayo weekend, Golden Boy Promotions, Fathom Events and O'Reilly Auto Parts will present a match-up between two of boxing's biggest stars with Canelo Alvarez vs. Amir Khan, broadcast live from Las Vegas' new T-Mobile Arena to select movie theaters across the U.S. This mega-fight promises high-intensity action between two of boxing's most powerful athletes competing in the prime of their careers; WBC, Ring Magazine and Lineal Middleweight World Champion Canelo Alvarez makes his first title defense of 2016 against former two-time world champion and resurgent contender Amir "King" Khan. The event will be presented live on Saturday, May 7 at 9:00 p.m. ET / 8:00 p.m. CT / 7:00 p.m. MT / 6:00 p.m. PT / 5:00 p.m. AK / 3:00 p.m. HI.

Additionally, three exciting fights have been confirmed leading up to the Canelo vs. Khan mega-fight. In the co-main event of the evening, Canada's biggest boxing star and former IBF Middleweight World Champion David Lemieux (34-3, 31 KOs) will be looking to make an impression and use his power against the swift contender from Passaic, New Jersey, Glen "Jersey Boy" Tapia (23-2, 15 KOs) in a scheduled 10-round middleweight fight. Top rated contender and former WBA Interim Super Lightweight World Champion Mauricio "El Maestro" Herrera (22-5) will move up to welterweight to square off against East L.A.'s undefeated Frankie "Pitbull" Gomez (20-0, 13 KOs) in a ten-round welterweight fight. Opening up the televised undercard, Patrick Teixeira (26-0, 22 KOs) will face Curtis Stevens (27-5, 20 KOs) in a ten-round career-defining middleweight bout.

Tickets for Canelo Alvarez vs. Amir Khan can be purchased online by visiting or at participating theater box offices. Fans throughout the U.S. will be able to enjoy the event in nearly 200 movie theaters through Fathom's Digital Broadcast Network. For a complete list of theater locations visit the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).

At the age of 25, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico's Canelo Alvarez (46-1-1, 32 KOs), the current WBC, Ring Magazine and Lineal Middleweight World Champion, has conquered the boxing world, captivating fans both at home and around the globe with his action-packed fighting style, charisma and willingness to take on the toughest challenges. The 2015 Fighter of the Year candidate's road to stardom began in 2011 with a win over Matthew "Magic" Hatton for the vacant WBC Super Welterweight World title. On November 21, 2015, Canelo defeated future Hall-of-Famer Miguel Cotto for the WBC, RING Magazine and Lineal Middleweight Championship in front of a packed arena at the Mandalay Events Center in Las Vegas and more than 900,000 homes across the country. The unanimous decision victory cemented Canelo's status as boxing's biggest draw and among the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world.

"This fight, against Amir Khan on May 7, is one of the biggest fights of my career, and I am glad that all my loyal fans will have the opportunity to support me not only at the new T-Mobile in Las Vegas, but also in theaters across the country. That makes me even more motivated to defeat Amir Khan and offer fans a fight full of high intensity," said Canelo Alvarez

Bolton, Lancashire, England native, Amir "King" Khan (31-3, 19 KOs) catapulted into the media spotlight after winning the silver medal at the 2004 Olympics in Athens. Khan turned professional on July 16, 2005 with a first round technical knockout victory over Phil Edwards. Since then, Khan's highlights include giving Carlos Molina his first professional loss in December 2012 and defeating former IBF Lightweight World Champion Julio "The Kidd" Diaz in April 2013, securing the WBC Silver Welterweight title. In May 2014 Khan secured the WBA International Welterweight title against Luis Collazo, and went on to defend his titles in spectacular fashion against former three-time world champion Devon "The Great" Alexander in December 2014 and former WBO Super Lightweight World Champion Chris Algieri in May 2015. Now, "King" Khan will be looking to become a world champion again when he faces Canelo.

"Saturday May 7 is going to witness a special moment in my career," said Amir Khan. "I'm facing a great champion in Canelo Alvarez and know I will need to be at my very best. I'm ready to give everything to win this fight and I'm delighted that boxing fans will be able to watch this fantastic event live on the big screen."

Fathom Events Vice President of Programming Kymberli Frueh said, "This event is set to be a 'must-see' fight. Boxing fans nationwide will enjoy thrilling views of this classic speed vs. power bout, up on the big screen and bigger-than-life."

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