Showtime Championship Boxing to Feature Super Middleweight Championship, Undefeated Prospects from 2000 Olympics

Former World Champion/IBF No. 4 Super Middleweight Contender Charles Brewer

vs.

NABF/USBA Middleweight Champion Antwun Echols



2000 U.S. Olympian/Super Middleweight Contender Jeff Lacy

vs.

TBD



2000 Mexican Olympian/Junior Lightweight Contender Francisco 'Panchito' Bojado

vs.

TBD



Saturday, May 19, 2001, At 10:05 PM ET/PT

From Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT



Apr 24, 2001, 01:00 ET from SHOWTIME

    NEW YORK, April 24 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- In a terrific
 matchup, Antwun Echols, the North American Boxing Federation (NABF) and United
 States Boxing Association (USBA) middleweight champion, will move up in weight
 to take on former world champion and current International Boxing Federation
 (IBF) No. 4 contender Charles Brewer for the vacant North American Boxing
 Association (NABA) super middleweight title on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING
 Saturday, May 19, in the Uncas Pavilion at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Ct.  In
 the six-round co-features, 2000 Olympians and undefeated prospects Jeff Lacy
 (United States) and Francisco "Panchito" Bojado (Mexico) will face opponents
 to be announced.  SHOWTIME will televise all three bouts in their entirety at
 10:05 PM ET/PT.  Main Events, Inc. will promote the fight card.
     SHOWTIME also will feature highlights of a six-round junior welterweight
 attraction featuring undefeated lightweight prospect Juan Diaz (6-0, 5 KOs),
 of Houston, Texas, as well as highlights of a four-round featherweight bout
 featuring 2000 Olympic silver medallist Ricardo "Rocky" Juarez (2-0, 1 KO), of
 Houston.  Rounding out the telecast will be clips of a four-round contest
 featuring heavyweight Malik Scott (3-0, 2 KOs), of Philadelphia.
     Brewer (36-7, 26 KOs), of Philadelphia, captured the vacant IBF super
 middleweight championship by stopping Gary Ballard in the fifth round on June
 21, 1997.  Following three successful defenses over Joey De Grandis, Herol
 Graham and Antoine Byrd, Brewer lost the title in a disputed 12-round decision
 to Sven Ottke on Oct. 24, 1998.  The former world champion received a second
 shot at Ottke on Sept. 2, 2000, but again dropped a controversial, split
 12-round decision.  The Philadelphia native earned his first pro title, the
 USBA super middleweight championship, with a win over Frank Rhodes on
 March 12, 1996.
     Echols (24-4-1, 23 KOs), of Davenport, Iowa, unified the NABF and USBA
 middleweight crowns with a ninth-round TKO over Brian Barbosa on Feb. 10,
 1998.  He has made three successful title defenses of both crowns, including a
 seventh-round TKO over Lionel Ortiz on May 5, 2000, in Cherokee, N.C.  Echols
 gave current IBF middleweight titleholder Bernard "The Executioner" Hopkins
 everything he could handle in two world championship showdowns on Dec 12,
 1999, and in his last ring appearance on Dec. 1, 2000.  The Memphis, Tenn.,
 native followed his pro debut setback by destroying his next 13 opponents by
 knockout, including four in the first round.
     Lacy (2-0, 2 KOs), of St. Petersburg, Fla., quickly dispatched of Jerald
 Lowe in his pro debut with a first-round knockout on Feb. 2, 2001, in
 Columbus, Ohio.  Lacy, who will turn 24 one week before his SHOWTIME debut on
 May 19, required only 101 seconds to record his second professional victory
 when he dropped Tom Attardo twice with two shots for the first-round KO on
 March 2, 2001, in Las Vegas.  The native Floridian made it to the second round
 of the 2000 Olympics.  A super middleweight nicknamed "Mini Holyfield" by some
 of his Olympic teammates, Lacy went 209-12 in the amateurs, and won numerous
 competitions.  Roger Bloodworth serves as Lacy's trainer.
     Bojado (3-0, 3 KOs), of Guadalajara Jalisco, Mexico, devastated Detrick
 Castor in his professional debut at the Mohegan Sun Jan. 13, 2001, on
 SHOWTIME.  Bojado dropped his opponent in the opening round and finished him
 off at 1:38 of the second.  The youngest member of the 2000 Mexican Olympic
 team who will turn 18 years old eight days prior to the May 19 bout, ran his
 record to 2-0 by stopping Alejandro Rivera at 2:08 of the first round on March
 2, 2001, in Las Vegas.  In yet another sensational performance, Bojado knocked
 out Mario Lacey at 1:30 of the first round on April 20, 2001.  Known as "The
 Natural," Bojado compiled an amateur record of 168-15 with 85 knockouts and
 earned a bronze medal at the Junior World Games.
     Mohegan Sun, one of the largest and most distinctive casino destinations
 in the world, is owned by the Mohegan Tribal Nation.  Conveniently located
 between New York and Boston, Mohegan Sun is easily accessible from the
 Massachusetts Pike and Interstate-95, just off Interstate-395, in Uncasville.
 Mohegan Sun provides its guests with the ultimate in action, entertainment and
 excitement in a place that looks and feels like no other.  The Uncas Pavilion
 is Connecticut's newest music and event theater.  Featuring some of the
 state's biggest events, with prime viewing from every seat, Uncas Pavilion is
 the opening act of Mohegan Sun's $1 billion expansion.
     SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING's Steve Albert and former world champion
 Bobby Czyz will call the action from ringside.  The executive producer of the
 SHOWTIME telecast is Jay Larkin, with Ray Smaltz producing and Don Dunphy
 directing.
 
                     MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT -  Click Here
                http://tbutton.prnewswire.com/prn/11690X15235780
 
 

SOURCE SHOWTIME
    NEW YORK, April 24 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- In a terrific
 matchup, Antwun Echols, the North American Boxing Federation (NABF) and United
 States Boxing Association (USBA) middleweight champion, will move up in weight
 to take on former world champion and current International Boxing Federation
 (IBF) No. 4 contender Charles Brewer for the vacant North American Boxing
 Association (NABA) super middleweight title on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING
 Saturday, May 19, in the Uncas Pavilion at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Ct.  In
 the six-round co-features, 2000 Olympians and undefeated prospects Jeff Lacy
 (United States) and Francisco "Panchito" Bojado (Mexico) will face opponents
 to be announced.  SHOWTIME will televise all three bouts in their entirety at
 10:05 PM ET/PT.  Main Events, Inc. will promote the fight card.
     SHOWTIME also will feature highlights of a six-round junior welterweight
 attraction featuring undefeated lightweight prospect Juan Diaz (6-0, 5 KOs),
 of Houston, Texas, as well as highlights of a four-round featherweight bout
 featuring 2000 Olympic silver medallist Ricardo "Rocky" Juarez (2-0, 1 KO), of
 Houston.  Rounding out the telecast will be clips of a four-round contest
 featuring heavyweight Malik Scott (3-0, 2 KOs), of Philadelphia.
     Brewer (36-7, 26 KOs), of Philadelphia, captured the vacant IBF super
 middleweight championship by stopping Gary Ballard in the fifth round on June
 21, 1997.  Following three successful defenses over Joey De Grandis, Herol
 Graham and Antoine Byrd, Brewer lost the title in a disputed 12-round decision
 to Sven Ottke on Oct. 24, 1998.  The former world champion received a second
 shot at Ottke on Sept. 2, 2000, but again dropped a controversial, split
 12-round decision.  The Philadelphia native earned his first pro title, the
 USBA super middleweight championship, with a win over Frank Rhodes on
 March 12, 1996.
     Echols (24-4-1, 23 KOs), of Davenport, Iowa, unified the NABF and USBA
 middleweight crowns with a ninth-round TKO over Brian Barbosa on Feb. 10,
 1998.  He has made three successful title defenses of both crowns, including a
 seventh-round TKO over Lionel Ortiz on May 5, 2000, in Cherokee, N.C.  Echols
 gave current IBF middleweight titleholder Bernard "The Executioner" Hopkins
 everything he could handle in two world championship showdowns on Dec 12,
 1999, and in his last ring appearance on Dec. 1, 2000.  The Memphis, Tenn.,
 native followed his pro debut setback by destroying his next 13 opponents by
 knockout, including four in the first round.
     Lacy (2-0, 2 KOs), of St. Petersburg, Fla., quickly dispatched of Jerald
 Lowe in his pro debut with a first-round knockout on Feb. 2, 2001, in
 Columbus, Ohio.  Lacy, who will turn 24 one week before his SHOWTIME debut on
 May 19, required only 101 seconds to record his second professional victory
 when he dropped Tom Attardo twice with two shots for the first-round KO on
 March 2, 2001, in Las Vegas.  The native Floridian made it to the second round
 of the 2000 Olympics.  A super middleweight nicknamed "Mini Holyfield" by some
 of his Olympic teammates, Lacy went 209-12 in the amateurs, and won numerous
 competitions.  Roger Bloodworth serves as Lacy's trainer.
     Bojado (3-0, 3 KOs), of Guadalajara Jalisco, Mexico, devastated Detrick
 Castor in his professional debut at the Mohegan Sun Jan. 13, 2001, on
 SHOWTIME.  Bojado dropped his opponent in the opening round and finished him
 off at 1:38 of the second.  The youngest member of the 2000 Mexican Olympic
 team who will turn 18 years old eight days prior to the May 19 bout, ran his
 record to 2-0 by stopping Alejandro Rivera at 2:08 of the first round on March
 2, 2001, in Las Vegas.  In yet another sensational performance, Bojado knocked
 out Mario Lacey at 1:30 of the first round on April 20, 2001.  Known as "The
 Natural," Bojado compiled an amateur record of 168-15 with 85 knockouts and
 earned a bronze medal at the Junior World Games.
     Mohegan Sun, one of the largest and most distinctive casino destinations
 in the world, is owned by the Mohegan Tribal Nation.  Conveniently located
 between New York and Boston, Mohegan Sun is easily accessible from the
 Massachusetts Pike and Interstate-95, just off Interstate-395, in Uncasville.
 Mohegan Sun provides its guests with the ultimate in action, entertainment and
 excitement in a place that looks and feels like no other.  The Uncas Pavilion
 is Connecticut's newest music and event theater.  Featuring some of the
 state's biggest events, with prime viewing from every seat, Uncas Pavilion is
 the opening act of Mohegan Sun's $1 billion expansion.
     SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING's Steve Albert and former world champion
 Bobby Czyz will call the action from ringside.  The executive producer of the
 SHOWTIME telecast is Jay Larkin, with Ray Smaltz producing and Don Dunphy
 directing.
 
                     MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT -  Click Here
                http://tbutton.prnewswire.com/prn/11690X15235780
 
 SOURCE  SHOWTIME