Two explosive world championship title bouts are on the bill when HBO BOXING AFTER DARK: WILLIAM GUTHRIE VS. REGGIE JOHNSON AND SHANE MOSLEY VS. DEMETRIO CEBALLOS is seen on a special night, FRIDAY, FEB. 6 (10:30 p.m. ET live; tape-delayed MT/PT), from Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, CT. The HBO Sports broadcast team will be ringside to call the action, which will be closed-captioned for the hearing-impaired and presented in Spanish on HBO en Españ ol.
In the evening's main event, red-hot William Guthrie (24-0, 21 KOs) wages his world light heavyweight belt against former middleweight champion Reggie Johnson (36-5-1, 23 KOs). Guthrie is after his 25th consecutive victory as he sets out to prove he is the world's best at 175 lbs. -- a course that may lead to a showdown with Roy Jones, Jr. His opponent, Johnson, is regarded as one of the most talented and skilled fighters in the division and can attain his second world title by defeating Guthrie.
The opening bout on the card features a world lightweight championship battle between "Sugar" Shane Mosley (25-0, 23 KOs) of Los Angeles and No. 1-ranked challenger Demetrio Ceballos (20-1, 13 KOs) of Panama. One of the hottest young talents in the world, Mosley scored a convincing victory over world lightweight champ Philip Holiday on HBO last August. The Mosley-Ceballos fight replaces the Lou Del Valle-Virgil Hill title fight, which was canceled due to an injury sustained by Del Valle.
In two spirited seasons, HBO BOXING AFTER DARK has become an established late-night hit. Thrilling upset victories by Mosley, junior welterweight Vince Phillips and heavyweight David Izon in 1997 reaffirmed the unpredictable nature of this exciting series.
The executive producer is Ross Greenburg; producer, Dave Harmon; director, Marc Payton.