HBO’s hit late-night boxing show kicks off the fall season with an action-packed tripleheader when HBO BOXING AFTER DARK: EDWIN RODRIGUEZ VS. JASON ESCALERA AND LUIS DEL VALLE VS. VIC DARCHINYAN AND ZSOLT ERDEI VS. ISAAC CHILEMBA is seen SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 at 9:30 p.m. (live ET/tape-delayed PT), from the MGM Grand at Foxwoods Resort in Mashantucket, Conn., exclusively on HBO. The telecast will be presented in Spanish on HBO Latino.
In a scheduled 12-round super middleweight showdown, Edwin Rodriguez (21-0, 14 KOs) of Worcester, Mass., takes on Jason Escalera (13-0-1, 12 KOs) of Hoboken, NJ. Originally from the Dominican Republic, Rodriguez has been dominant since starting his professional career at age 22 in 2008. He made his HBO debut in March, scoring a unanimous decision victory over Donovan George. Known for his brute force, Escalera will be making his HBO debut, having knocked out six of his last seven opponents within the first four rounds. Despite his height and reach advantages, Rodriguez will have his hands full with Escalera.
In the second bout of the evening, Luis Del Valle (16-0, 11 KOs) of Bayamon, Puerto Rico, squares off against veteran brawler Vic Darchinyan (37-5-1, 27 KOs) of South Wales, Australia, in a scheduled ten-round junior featherweight bout. Del Valle has taken significant steps up in competition recently, most notably handing Christopher Martin his second loss in March by a unanimous decision victory. Looking to rebound from consecutive losses, the Armenian-born Darchinyan will rely on his greater experience.
Opening the night, Zsolt Erdei (33-0, 18 KOs) of Budapest, Hungary, takes on Isaac Chilemba (19-1-1, 9 KOs) of Johannesburg, South Africa, in a scheduled ten-round light heavyweight bout. A bronze medalist at the 2000 Olympics and former titlist in two weight classes, Erdei is fresh off a knockout victory over Brian Mitchell in March and hopes to reestablish his dominance in the division. Originally from Malawi, Chilemba scored a unanimous decision victory over Edison Miranda in February.
The executive producer of HBO BOXING AFTER DARK is Rick Bernstein; producer, Thomas Odelfelt; director, Mike Sheehan.
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