GARY RUSSELL JR. vs CHRISTOPHER PEREZ & LARA vs HERNANDEZ JUNE 30 ON SHOWTIME

GARY RUSSELL JR. VS. CHRISTOPHER PEREZ AND

ERISLANDY LARA VS. FREDDY HERNANDEZ ADDED TO THE JUNE 30
SPECIAL SATURDAY EDITION OF

SHOBOX: THE NEW GENERATION

TRIPLE-HEADER INCLUDES CORNELIUS BUNDRAGE VS. CORY SPINKS WORLD TITLE BATTLE AT

FANTASY SPRINGS RESORT CASINO

LOS ANGELES, – A big night of boxing at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in
Indio, Calif. just got even bigger as the special Saturday night edition of
ShoBox: The New Generation on June 30 which features the IBF Junior
Middleweight World Championship bout between champion Cornelius “K9” Bundrage
and Cory Spinks, has been bolstered by the addition of unbeaten featherweight
contender Gary Russell Jr. taking on Christopher Perez and Cuban junior
middleweight star Erislandy Lara facing Freddy Hernandez in a pair of 10-round
co-featured attractions.

Bundrage
vs. Spinks, a 12 round fight for the IBF Junior Middleweight World Championship,
is presented by Golden Boy Promotions and sponsored by Corona. Doors open at
3:30 p.m. and the first fight begins at 4:00 p.m. The ShoBox: The New
Generation
telecast will air live on SHOWTIME at 9:00
p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).

 
Tickets, priced at $25, $35 and $45, are on sale now and available for
purchase at the Fantasy Springs Box Office, by calling (800) 827-2946 or online
at www.fantasyspringsresort.com.

 

A
member of the 2008 United States Olympic team, Gary Russell Jr. (19-0, 11 KO’s)
will make his long-awaited first appearance of 2012 following a stellar 2011
campaign that saw him go 6-0 with blistering knockouts over Antonio Meza and
Heriberto Ruiz. Currently ranked in the top 10 in the world by the WBA and WBO,
the 24-year-old begins his road to a title shot on June 30 against
Perez.

 
One of the most active young fighters in the game today, Culiacan’s
Christopher “Huracan” (Hurricane) Perez (23-2, 14 KO’s) brings a hurricane every
time he steps between the ropes. A hard-hitting competitor with the skill and
stamina to take Russell into deep water, Perez has the determination and desire
to halt his unbeaten opponent’s rise.

 
The latest phenom from the boxing-rich nation of Cuba, Erislandy Lara
(16-1-1, 11 KO’s) has had little difficulty living up to the hype following up
his amazing amateur career with a blistering start to his professional
endeavors. After a 2011 campaign in which he had controversial decision bouts
against Carlos Molina (D10) and Paul Williams (L12), the 29-year-old southpaw
has taken matters into this own hands, knocking out Ronald Hearns in just 94
seconds in April. Now he’s hungry for more fast finishes and will look for a
similar result against Hernandez on June 30.

 
Mexico City’s Freddy “El Riel” Hernandez (30-2, 20 KO’s) is an 11-year
veteran of the sport who has the experience and power to give anyone, including
Lara, a rough night at the office. Having faced four former or current World
Champions in a row (DeMarcus Corley, Mike Anchondo, Andre Berto and Luis
Collazo) in his last four fights (and losing only to Berto), the 33-year-old
veteran plans on handing Lara a loss that he won’t forget.

 

The
event’s non-televised undercard fights will be announced shortly.

 

CONTACTS:
Ramiro Gonzalez/Monica Sears, Golden Boy
Promotions, (213) 489-5631
Bill Caplan, Golden Boy Promotions: (818) 831-0046/(818) 515-1616
(c)
Anndee Laskoe, Fantasy Springs Resort Casino: (760) 238-5873
Chris DeBlasio, Showtime Networks Inc.: (212) 708-1633
Annie Van Tornhout, Showtime Networks Inc.: (212) 708-1663
Chris Legentil, Showtime Networks Inc.: (212) 708-7319

Media Credentials: Email alaskoe@fantasysprings