Like a crowd-pleasing boxer that never takes a backward step, SHOWTIME will come out swinging in 2008 with back to back fight cards the first week of January.
On Saturday, Jan. 5, flashy, charismatic Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi (23-1, 5 KOs), of Brooklyn, N.Y., will make the initial defense of his IBF junior welterweight championship against mandatory challenger and IBF No. 1 contender, Herman “The Black Panther” Ngoudjo (16-1, 9 KOs), of Montreal, by way of Cameroon, on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast).
The night before, Friday, Jan. 4, the talented, undefeated, world-ranked Peterson brothers, Anthony (25-0, 18 KOs) and Lamont (23-0, 11 KOs), of Washington, D.C., face dangerous assignments in the 10-round co-featured bouts on the 2008 premiere of ShoBox: The New Generation (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast).
Anthony, a lightweight who is ranked No. 1 in WBO, No. 6 in WBC and No. 13 in IBF, faces Mexican champion Guadalupe Rosales (25-2, 15 KOs) of San Luis Potosi, Mex.
Lamont, who is ranked No. 6 in the WBC and WBO at 140 pounds, will be opposed by fellow unbeaten Antonio Mesquita (34-0, 26 KOs), a Brazilian now residing in Las Vegas.
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