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HBO BOXING® PRESENTS A SPLIT-SITE, WORLD-CLASS TRIPLEHEADER

HEADLINED BY TWO OF BOXING’S BIGGEST STARS WHEN

 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING®: MIGUEL COTTO VS. DELVIN RODRIGUEZ,  TERENCE CRAWFORD VS. ANDREY KLIMOV AND

WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO VS. ALEXANDER POVETKIN IS SEEN

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2013

            WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING, HBO Sports’ flag­ship box­ing series, presents a dyna­mite split-site triple­head­er head­lined by the return of two of the sport’s biggest stars on SATURDAY, OCT. 5. The action begins at 3:30 p.m. (live ET/­tape-delayed PT) with the heavy­weight title fight WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO VS. ALEXANDER POVETKIN from SC Olimpiyskiy Are­na in Moscow. Fol­low­ing a replay of the fight lat­er that day at 9:45 p.m. (ET/PT), the dou­ble­head­er MIGUEL COTTO VS. DELVIN RODRIGUEZ AND TERENCE CRAWFORD VS. ANDREY KLIMOV will be pre­sent­ed from Amway Cen­ter in Orlan­do, Fla. (live ET/­tape-delayed PT). The HBO Sports team will call all the action, which will be avail­able in HDTV, closed-cap­tioned for the hear­ing impaired and pre­sent­ed in Span­ish on HBO Lati­no.

            Ukraine’s Wladimir Klitschko (60−3, 52 KOs), 37, who has held his heavy­weight title for sev­en years, defends his crown for the 15th time against 34-year-old Russ­ian Alexan­der Povetkin (26−0, 18 KOs), a chal­lenger many regard as a for­mi­da­ble test.  The Moscow venue of 12-round clash – Klitschko’s 18th appear­ance on HBO – will draw enthu­si­as­tic fans of both men, adding to the excite­ment of the con­test.

            The main event pits super­star Miguel Cot­to (37−4, 30 KOs), 32, from Caguas, Puer­to Rico against intrigu­ing chal­lenger Delvin Rodriguez (28−6−3, 16 KOs), 33, of the Domini­can Repub­lic in a 12-round super wel­ter­weight bat­tle.  Mak­ing his 19th appear­ance on HBO, Cot­to looks to reignite his hall of fame-cal­iber career after two tough set­backs last year. Though he trained in Orlan­do for his last three fights, Cot­to now holds camp at the famed Wild Card in Hol­ly­wood under the super­vi­sion of leg­endary train­er Fred­die Roach. Rodriguez, who now calls Dan­bury, Conn. home, seeks to pull off a major upset.

            In the open­ing bout from Orlan­do, fast-ris­ing light­weight prospect Ter­ence Craw­ford (21−0, 16 KOs) of Oma­ha, Neb. meets Russia’s Adrey Klimov (16−0, 8 KOs) in a ten-round con­test.  Craw­ford, who cel­e­brates his 26th birth­day a week before the fight, has recent­ly been on the fast track in the 135-pound divi­sion and will look for a big effort against the 31-year-old Klimov.