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Showtime for The Messenger

Hart High graduate and boxer Said El Harrak will make

Posted: December 17, 2009 10:39 p.m.
Updated: December 18, 2009 4:30 a.m.
Hart High graduate Said El Harrak will fight tonight on the Showtime network at 11 p.m. Hart High graduate Said El Harrak will fight tonight on the Showtime network at 11 p.m.
Hart High graduate Said El Harrak will fight tonight on the Showtime network at 11 p.m.

Hart High graduate and professional boxer Said El Harrak will make his television debut tonight at 11 p.m. on Showtime.

The 27-year-old will fight undefeated Lanard Lane in what should be the two-year pro’s most challenging fight to date.

“He’s my toughest fight in my pro career but I’ve been in the ring with better,” El Harrak said before his weigh-in on Thursday.

El Harrak, a welterweight, is 8-0 with three knockouts.

Lane, also 27, is 9-0 with six knockouts.

The fight will take place at the Grand Casino Hinckley in Hinckley, Minn.

Lane works as a firefighter in the Houston Fire Department.

“He has a life outside of boxing, too. Boxing’s not everything to him,” El Harrak said. “When the fight gets tough, he’s going to think, ‘I don’t need this. I have a respectable job.’ When the fight gets tough for me, it’s like this is all I have. No firefighter can put out the fire that burns inside of me.”

El Harrak will fight Lane at the catch weight of 145.

The 2000 Hart High graduate is actually a humble person who has sacrificed and worked extremely hard the last couple of years.

He was an amateur fighter for nearly eight years and began his training at the Santa Clarita Community Center.

El Harrak made his pro debut May 2, 2008 and defeated Trenton Titsworth by unanimous decision.

His last fight was a six-round unanimous decision victory over Juan Pablo Montes de Oca in Las Vegas on Oct. 17.

El Harrak has sparred with the likes of Manny Pacquiao, Ricky Hatton and Zab Judah.

This fight marks his first eight-round bout.

His fight is scheduled right before the main event of middleweights Fernando Guerrero (16-0) and Jesse Nicklow (19-1-2).

El Harrak said he thinks his diversity made him an attractive draw for Showtime.

He was born in London, is Moroccan and lives in the United States.

The boxer lives just outside of Las Vegas, but visits Santa Clarita often.

El Harrak’s nickname is, “The Messenger.”

He said the message he wanted to deliver fo this fight is: “Tune in (tonight). I want people to know it’s a lack of faith that makes people scared to take chances. You’ve got to believe in yourself.”



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