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May 15, 2013

SHAWN PORTER VS. PHIL LO GRECO TO BE FEATURED ON SHOWTIME EXTREME

Press Release: The May 18th match-up between unbeaten Shawn Porter and Phil Lo Greco at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey will air on Showtime Extreme's telecast live at 7 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).  Porter and Lo Greco will square off in a ten-round 150-pound catch-weight bout. 2012 British Olympic Bronze Medalist Anthony Ogogo will also participate one of the featured undercard bouts.

The evening is headlined by IBF junior welterweight champion Lamont Peterson facing Argentinian power-puncher Lucas Matthysse and IBF welterweight champion Devon Alexander defending his title against Lee Purdy of England.

The undercard will also feature Lamont Peterson's brother and lightweight contender Anthony Peterson, Washington, D.C.'s Thomas Williams, Puerto Rico's Cesar Seda, Amir Khan's younger brother Haroon Khan, 2012 U.S. Olympians Rau'shee Warren and Jamel Herring as well as undefeated prospect Robert Easter Jr.

Tickets are available for purchase at the Boardwalk Hall box office, by calling  Ticketmaster at (800) 736-1420 or online at www.ticketmaster.com.

Akron, Ohio's Shawn "Showtime" Porter (20-0-1, 14 KOs), one of the United States' top amateurs for years, is on his way to even greater success as a professional. Unbeaten in 21 bouts, the aggressive 25-year-old scored the biggest win of his  career last July when he defeated Alfonso Gomez.

After battling to a draw against Julio Diaz last December, he will look to turn back fellow undefeated contender Lo Greco and move a step closer to his first world title shot.

Toronto's Phil "The Italian Sensation" LoGreco (25-0, 14 KOs) made his return to the ring after nearly a year off in 2012 with his victories over Hector Orozco, Brandon Hoskins and Daniel Sostre. 

In the Showtime Extreme opening bout, Lowestoft, England's Anthony Ogogo (1-0, 1 KO) makes his Untied States debut in a six-round middleweight bout against Edgar Perez (5-4, 3 KO's) of Arecibo, Puerto Rico.  The 24-year-old Ogogo took home a Bronze Medal in the 2012 London Olympics and on April 27 he  stopped Kieron Gray in two rounds on the Amir Khan vs. Julio Diaz undercard in Sheffield, England.  Perez will look to regain his winning ways after losing on points on April 27th to Boyd Melson at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

The 22-year-old Bolton, England native Haroon Khan (1-0) will meet Riverside, California's Vicente Medellin (0-5) in a four-round bantamweight bout which will air on Showtime Extreme's , time permitting.  The brother of British superstar Amir Khan, Haroon is  a former amateur star who got his pro career off to a rousing start on April 27th when he won a four- round decision over Brett Fidoe on his big brother's undercard in Sheffield.

Competing in a ten-round light heavyweight bout will be Washington, D.C. Thomas Williams (13-0, 10 KO's) and veteran Otis Griffin (24-12-2, 10 KO's) of Sacramento, California.  The 25-year-old Williams is already 2-0 in 2013, stopping Jason Smith and Kevin Engel in three rounds each.  The winner of the reality program "The Next Great Champ," Griffin is looking to get back on track after some tough recent outings.

The undercard will also see the return of Anthony Peterson (31-1, 20 KOs) after a 17-month layoff.  The talented Washington, D.C. product, who owns  wins over Javier Jauregui, Daniel Attah, and Luis Arceo, with his only loss a disqualification against Brandon Rios, will meet Rialto, California's Dominic Salcido (18-4, 9 KOs) in a ten-round lightweight contest.  A slick boxer who isn't afraid of standing toe-to-toe and trading punches, the flashy Salcido always puts on a show when he steps between the ropes.

Fresh off of their stint at the 2012 Olympics, United States team members Rau'shee Warren (3-0, 1 KO) of Cincinnati and Jamel Herring (2-0, 1 KO) of Rockville Centre, New York continue their pro careers in Atlantic City this weekend.  Bantamweight  Warren will face Chicago's Angel Carvajal (2-1) and lightweight Herring meets San Juan's Victor Galindo (1-1), both in bouts scheduled for four rounds.

In an eight-round bantamweight fight, Juana Diaz, Puerto Rico's Cesar Seda (24-1, 17 KO's) will face off against Ciudad Obregon's Miguel Tamayo (13-5-2, 11 KO's) with the undercard being rounded out by a four-round lightweight match between Toledo, Ohio's Robert Easter Jr. (3-0, 3 KO's) against Antoine Knight (2-3) of Merrillville, Ind.





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