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Fisticuffs and funny business scheduled for upcoming screenings

by Mark Burger

Fathom Events, which has enjoyed great success in recent years with its series of one-nightonly screenings, strikes again in September with a pair of special events that will be shown in two Greensboro theaters.

The first is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 14, as Fathom joins forces with Mayweather Promotions, Golden Boy Promotions and O’Reilly Auto Parts to present The One: Mayweather vs. Canelo, the eagerly anticipated boxing match between eight-time world champion Floyd “Money” Mayweather and super welterweight world champion Canelo Alvarez, which will be simulcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

There’s a distinct air of international competition for this knuckle-busting bout, as Mayweather is the reigning boxing king of the US and Alvarez considered likewise in his native Mexico. The fight also takes place on Mexican Independence Day Weekend. Adding to the suspense is that both fighters are undefeated: Mayweather’s record is 44-0 with 26 knockouts and Alvarez’s is 42-0-1 with 30 knockouts. In his most recent fight in May (which was also simulcast to theaters), Mayweather defeated Robert Guerrero.

Mayweather is not, however, completely undefeated: He was eliminated in the fourth round in the fifth season of “Dancing With the Stars” in 2007, finishing ninth. In this fight, he certainly cedes age to Alvarez, as Mayweather is 36 and Alvarez only 23.

“I love that so many of my fights have been shown in movie theaters,” said Mayweather of in an official statement. “It’s something that I wanted to bring to the fans for a long time. It’s my job to give the fans the best entertainment possible. When I fight, it’s a big event and I want people that can’t come see me fight to be able to see it on the big screens. Entertaining and pleasing my fans is what my fights are all about.”

Boxing buffs will also enjoy the opportunity to see unified super lightweight world champ Danny “Swift” Garcia (26-0, 16 knockouts) duke it out with WBC interim super lightweight world champ Lucas “The Machine” Matthysse (34-2, 32 knockouts). Garcia, a native of Philadelphia — which makes him okay in my book — won the world title last year against Erik Morales, and Matthysse is coming off a third-round knockout of world champ Lamont Peterson.

Additional undercard bouts will be announced shortly.

The One: Mayweather vs. Canelo will be shown starting at 9 pm, Sept. 14 at Brassfield Cinema 10 (2101 New Garden Road, Greensboro) and Greensboro Grande Stadium 16 (3205 Northline Ave.).

Brassfield tickets are $17 (general admission), $16 (senior citizens) and $15 (children under 12). Greensboro Grande tickets are $25 (general admission).

Mere days later — on Thursday, Sept. 19, to be exact, and at the same two Greensboro theaters — Fathom Events teams with Clean Guys Entertainment to present Clean Guys of Comedy, which will be broadcast live beginning 8:30 pm from the Buell Theatre in Denver.

As the title implies, this all-star stand-up comedy extravaganza eliminates the raunch and F-bombs in its presentation while still providing laughs for audiences of all ages.

Veteran comic Dave Coulier — yes, Uncle Joey from TV’s “Full House” — headlines this event, joined by four fellow comedians.

Explained Coulier in an official statement:

“I’ve been in the ‘family’ entertainment industry for decades, starting as a standup comedian on ‘The Tonight Show’ when Johnny Carson was the host. From hosting Nickelodeon’s ‘Out of Control’ and ‘America’s Funniest People,’ and starring in ‘Full House,’ I’ve gotten to know what audiences laugh at, and they trust that my brand of humor is funny without being raunchy. Heck, my mom still comes to my shows!” Also scheduled to perform are Jamie Kennedy (Scream, Malibu’s Most Wanted), Andy Hendrickson (showcase winner of HBO’s US Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Col.), Ralph Harris (“Last Comic Standing” finalist and host of TV One’s series “My Momma Throws Town”) and, adding femininity to the Clean Guys, Heather McDonald (bestselling author and writer/frequent guest on Chelsea Handler’s series “Chelsea Lately”).

There will be also be a special encore showing of Clean Guys of Comedy 8:30 pm Thursday, Sept. 26 at Greensboro Grande only.

Brassfield Tickets are $11.50 (general admission), $10.50 (senior citizens) and $9.50 (children under 12). Greensboro Grande tickets are $12.50 (general admission).

For advance tickets to either of these events, or for more information about these and other Fathom screenings, visit the official website: fathomevents.com

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