FOX's BDSSP Boxing

Bowe vs. Zumbrun

Ward vs.  Ashworth

April 7, 2005

Pechanga Resort and Casino

Temecula, California

Live on Fox's BDSSP (Check local listings)



Line-up (not in fight order):

Heavyweight Bout (10 Rds)

Riddick Bowe (41-1, 33 KOs) vs. Billy Zumbrun (18-5-1)


Middleweight Bout (6 Rds)

Andre Ward (2-0, 1 KO) vs. Roy Ashworth (3-1)


Non-televised bouts:

Heavyweight Bout (10 Rds)

Vassily Jirov (33-3, 29 KOs) vs. Forrest Neal (16-5, 12 KOs)


Jr. Welterweight Bout (8 Rds)

Steve Forbes (26-3, 7 KOs) vs. Sergio Macias (14-16, 6 KOs)


Heavyweight Bout (6 Rds)

Travis Walker (8-0, 7 KOs) vs. Carl Davis (7-1, 6 KOs)


Heavyweight Bout (4 Rds)

Sean Rogers (2-1-1, 2 KOs) vs. Daniel Gonzalez (2-1-2, 1 KO)


Welterweight Bout (4 Rds)

Lorenzo Reynolds (3-0, 2 KOs) vs. Oscar Ortiz (1-8-3, 0 KOs)





Former Champ
Riddick Bowe Continues Comeback Bid On FSN'S Best Damn Sports Show Period

Plus Olympic Gold Medalist Andre Ward Looks To Go 3-0

During Special Two-Hour Edition of BDSSP, Live on April 7


Riddick Bowe took on Evander Holyfield three times, winning twice. He took on former heavyweight

champions Tony Tubbs and Bruce Seldon. He compiled a 41-1 record with 33 KOs. Then Bowe took off.

He left boxing for eight years. Now the former heavyweight champion is back in the ring and gearing up for

another shot at a championship.


Bowe's second fight since his return from hiatus is against Billy Zumbrun as part of a tremendous fight

night on BEST DAMN SPORTS SHOW PERIOD in conjunction with Goossen Tutor Promotions. Also on the

card for the fights from Pechanga Hotel and Casino in Temecula, CA, is Olympic Gold Medalist Andre

Ward, who is coming off a victory in the last BDSSP fight night and is looking to pave the way for his own

pro title fight. The BEST DAMN HEAVYWEIGHT FIGHT PERIOD airs on Thurs., April 7 at 8:00 PM local.


This two-hour event is FSN's fourth live boxing special since September 2004. The first three live bouts

featured some of the biggest names in boxing, such as James "Lights Out" Toney, Rydell Booker,

Michael Moorer and Vassiliy Jirov, who is also on the April 7 card. Each event has proved to be a ratings

success for BDSSP. In fact, the Toney-Booker fight on Sept. 23, 2004 is the most-watched primetime

episode in the history of BDSSP, and all three prior boxing events rank in the show's top five.


"We are thrilled to have former heavyweight champion Riddick Bowe and a fresh face like Andre Ward fight

on BEST DAMN SPORTS SHOW PERIOD," said George Greenberg, FSN's Executive Vice President of

Programming and Production. "Our live monthly boxing package in conjunction with promoter Dan Goossen

has developed into a solid franchise for BDSSP that consistently delivers big audiences."


After winning the silver medal in the 1988 Olympics, Bowe took on all comers early in his pro career,

defeating numerous heavyweight champions and top contenders, earning him a 1992 shot at then undisputed

heavyweight champion Holyfield. The spectacular fight went 12 rounds and Bowe was crowned champion by

unanimous decision. The fight was voted the 1992 Fight of the Year. Training under the tutelage of Jimmy

Adams, Bowe is planning on quickly climbing the ranks back to a title shot. Bowe steps in the ring for a 10-

round heavyweight fight against Billy Zumbrun (18-5-1), who hails from Ogden, Utah.


Ward (2-0, 1 KO), a 20-year-old Oakland native, first made a name for himself in Athens at the 2004 Olympic

Games where he became the only boxer from the United States to win a gold medal, capturing the top spot

in the light heavyweight division. Weeks later, the southpaw fighter won his first professional fight by

knockout, and went 2-0 defeating a then undefeated Kenny Kost Feb. 5 on BDSSP. Ward takes on Roy

Ashworth (3-1) of Lake Charles, Louisiana in a six round middleweight bout.


BDSSP's Chris Rose and John Salley host the event, alongside guest analyst James "Lights Out" Toney.

The trio previews the fight then hands it off to FSN's veteran boxing announcer Barry Tompkins to call the

fight. Plus FSN's Jay Glazer will conduct pre-and post-fight in-ring interviews with the fighters.


FSN reaches more than 81 million homes through its 20 regional sports channels, and serves as the only

supplier of national, regional and local sports programming.



- Press Release issued by Fox Sports with a little editing from us (color, highlights, etc...)


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