WILLIE NELSON TO MAKE HBO DEBUT IN TWO WEEKS
Press Release: Willie Nelson (20-1-1, 12 KOs) is looking forward to his HBO debut fight on June 29th against Argentina's Luciano Leonel Cuello (32-2, 16 KOs) at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut. The ten-round fight between Nelson and Cuello will be the HBO opener (9:45 p.m. ET/PT start) on a triple-header headlined by WBA/IBO middleweight titlist Gennady "GGG" Golovkin (26-0, 23 KOs) defending against Matthew "Mack The Knife" Macklin (29-4, 20 KOs). Also on HBO will be Thomas "Tommy Gun" Oosthuizen (21-0-1, 13 KOs) facing Brandon "Flawless" Gonzales (17-0, 10 KOs) in a ten-round super middleweight bout.
Nelson, who stands nearly 6' 4" and has an incredible 81" reach and only 6-percent body fat, is an imposing physical specimen for a 154-pounder. In his last two fights, the Cleveland native is coming off a unanimous decision over former Olympian John "Dah Rock" Jackson (13-1) and a first-round knockout of Michael Medina (26-3-2).
Nelson appreciates fighting on the big stage, HBO, for the first time but he's taking it all in stride as he always does. "I understand how important it is for me to fight on HBO and I'm grateful for this opportunity," Nelson said, "but I don't really think about that because I still have to fight. Whether I'm fighting on a club show or HBO, I'm going in the ring to win, and win impressively."
Cuello is relatively unknown, at least in the United States, but hisonly career losses as a professional have been to world titlists Saul "Canelo" Alvarez (TKO6) and Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (DEC10).
"He is a strong fighter who keeps coming forward, much like Medina," Nelson spoke about his upcoming opponent. "He'll be a measuring stick for me to see where I'm at in the 154-pound division, where he's only lost to 'Canelo' and Chavez. I hope to win impressively, like I did in my last fight, to get close to a fight against the guy I really want, Alvarez.
"It feels good going back to Foxwoods, where people saw what I'm capable of doing in the ring. Coming right back there is good for me and the fans who were there or watching me fight on ESPN. I'm looking forward to it and hope they are, too."
Nelson is co-promoted by DiBella Entertainment and Rumble Time Promotions. Steve Smith of Rumble time commented, "He is the type of fighter who can go to the top and he's getting close to a world title shot. We're confident in his ability and feel that an impressive win on HBO against Cuello, who we expect to be the toughest challenge of Willie's career, will position him for a major fight."
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