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January 03, 2013

NBC SPORTS RETURNS IN TWO WEEKS

Press Release: NBC Sports Network's Fight Night boxing series kicks off its second year on Saturday, January 19th, with a doubleheader to be shown live from the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT, beginning 9PM ET.  In the main event, light heavyweights Gabriel Campillo (21-4-1 with 7 KOs) of Spain meets Sergey Kovalev (18-0-1 with 15 KOs) of Russia, in a ten rounder. In the ten-round co-feature, Elvin Ayala (26-5-1 with 12 KOs) takes on Curtis Stevens (22-3 withy 16 KOs), in a battle between two middleweights. 

Campillo is a former WBA light heavyweight title holder, who came within a whisker of winning the IBF crown against Tavoris Cloud last year. Cloud retained his title by controversial decision, but most believed slick southpaw Campillo deserved the victory. "The Handsome Man" will look to bounce back by schooling the hard-punching "Krusher", but this main event is a toss-up.

Kovalev has been on the rise, knocking out almost everyone put in his path. He hasn't been extended to the final bell in more than two years, and will certainly be looking to add another KO to his resume, especially one with a name as distinguished as Campillo's. 
 
Ayala, of New Haven, CT, is a well-travelled vet with six straight wins, three of them by KO. He stopped John Mackey at the Mohegan Sun in his last fight, and before that, pitched a near shutout on national TV against Eric Mitchell at Foxwoods, also in CT. Against Stevens, Ayala will again have the home-state advantage.

Stevens, of Brownsville, Brooklyn, has kayoed four of his last six opponents. His most recent foe, Romaro Johnson, didn't make it out of the first round. Another of his KO victims was then-undefeated Pitor Wilczewski, whom Stevens starched in three rounds.



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