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SHOWTIME BOXING: SPECIAL EDITION at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT on SHOWTIME
Two-Fight Undercard Featuring Prospects Brandun Lee and Zsolt Daranyi at 6:45 p.m. ET/3:45 p.m. PT on SHOWTIME YouTube and Facebook
Bantamweight Bout – 12 Rounds
Emmanuel Rodriguez – 117 ½ lbs.
Reymart Gaballo – 117 ½ lbs.
Referee: Arthur Mercante (New York); Judges: Don Trella (Connecticut) David Sutherland (Oklahoma), John McKaie (New York)
Welterweight Bout – 12 Rounds
Jaron Ennis – 146 ¾ lbs.
Chris van Heerden – 146 ¾ lbs.
Referee: Johnny Callas (Connecticut); Judges: Glenn Feldman (Connecticut), John McKaie (New York), Waleska Roldan (New York)
Bantamweight Bout – 10 Rounds
Gary Antonio Russell – 119 lbs.
Juan Carlos Payano – 119 lbs.
*Contracted weight is 120 lbs.
Referee: David Fields (New Jersey); Judges: Tom Carusone (Connecticut), Tom Schreck (New York), David Sutherland (Oklahoma)
NOTE: Non-televised undercard action featuring highly-regarded prospect Brandun Lee (20-0, 18 KOs) and undefeated super welterweight prospect Zsolt Daranyi (15-0, 14 KOs) fighting in separate bouts will stream live on the SHOWTIME Sports YouTube Channel and SHOWTIME Boxing Facebook page at 6:45 p.m. ET/3:45 p.m. PT. Lee will look to extend his knockout streak to 12 against Dakota Linger (12-4-2, 8 KOs) while Daranyi aims to continue the perfect start to his pro career against Benjamin Whitaker (14-4, 3 KOs). Ray Flores will call the action. Click HERE to view a recent SHOWTIME Sports digital feature capturing the 21-year-old Lee’s family-first mentality, emphasis on the importance of education and hunger for success inside the ring.
Welterweight Bout – 10 Rounds
Brandun Lee – 143 lbs.
Dakota Linger – 142 ½ lbs.
*Contracted weight is 143 lbs.
Referee: Danny Schiavone (Connecticut); Judges: Peter Hary (Connecticut), Don Trella (Connecticut), Tom Carusone (Connecticut)
Super Welterweight Bout – 8 Rounds
Zsolt Daranyi – 150 ¼ lbs.
Benjamin Whitaker – 150 lbs.
*Contracted weight is 150 lbs.
Referee: Johnny Callas (Connecticut); Judges: Peter Hary (Connecticut), John McKaie (New York), Glenn Feldman (Connecticut)
The event is promoted by TGB Promotions and takes place from Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. Rodríguez vs. Gaballo is promoted in association with Warriors Boxing and Fresh Productions. Ennis vs. Van Heerden is promoted in association with D&D Boxing.
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ABOUT RODRIGUEZ VS. GABALLO
Rodriguez vs. Gaballo will see former bantamweight world champion Emmanuel Rodríguez take on unbeaten former interim WBA bantamweight champion Reymart Gaballo for the vacant interim WBC Bantamweight World Championship in the main event of SHOWTIME BOXING: SPECIAL EDITION® Saturday, December 19 at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT live on SHOWTIME from Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., in an event presented by Premier Boxing Champions.
The action-packed tripleheader will feature unbeaten welterweight Jaron “Boots” Ennis taking on his toughest opponent to date in veteran contender Chris van Heerden in a 12-round co-main event. Plus, unbeaten bantamweight Gary Antonio Russell will face former world champion Juan Carlos Payano in a 10-round showdown to kick off the telecast.
The event is promoted by TGB Promotions. Rodríguez vs. Gaballo is promoted in association with Warriors Boxing and Fresh Productions. Ennis vs. Van Heerden is promoted in association with D&D Boxing.
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