Thanks, everybody, for joining in. I’m so excited about this particular show in general, Saturday, June 22nd at the Barclays Center featuring as its main event, Paulie Malignaggi against Adrien Broner, but I’m really excited about this fight we’re going to talk about on this call today.
Joining us with have Johnathon Banks, the NABO and WBC International Heavyweight Champ as well as Seth Mitchell. We are also joined by Dave Itskowitch and Tom Loeffler who’s the managing director of K2 Promotions, and everybody knows Dave, Chief Operating Officer of Golden Boy, and we will be hearing from both fighters who are on the line at the same time. So, without further ado, I’m going to turn it over to Dave to make the introductions. So, Dave, go ahead.
Thank you everyone for being with us this afternoon. June 22nd Barclays Center in Brooklyn, we’ve got a great show, our main event Paulie Malignaggi versus Adrien Broner in a 12-round fight for the WBA Welterweight World Championship. Of course, we have Johnathon Banks versus Seth Mitchell for in a 12-round fight for Banks’ NABO and WBC International Heavyweight Championship. This is actually going to be the first heavyweight fight in the history of Barclays Center by my calculations, so that’s a little added piece of history for the show, and then, opening the Showtime broadcast will be Sakio Bika versus Marco Antonio Periban in a 12-round fight for the WBC Super Middleweight World Championship.
The event is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions. Banks versus Mitchell is presented in association with K2 Promotions. We’re sponsored by Corona and AT&T. We’ll be live on Showtime Championship Boxing at 9:00 Eastern Time with preliminary fights airing on Showtime Extreme at 7:00 Eastern Time, and the event can be heard in Spanish using second audio programming.
Those of you who are in the New York area, no excuse not to be there. We have great seats still available, but they’re going fast and very reasonably priced starting at $25 and ringside $250, which is again, in this day and age, two world title fights and a great heavyweight fight, you really can’t go wrong. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster or at the American Express Box Office at the Barclays Center.
Now to say a few words, I’d like to introduce a young man who’s a former standout Michigan State University linebacker who found his true calling in the boxing ring. In the first four years of his career, he tore through all of his opposition, beating Taurus Sykes, Timur Ibragimov and Chazz Witherspoon, all those by knockout. He’s extremely eager for the opportunity to avenge his only pro loss when he faces Banks and he’ll look to show the resilience of a champion when he attempts to even the score on June 22nd. He has a record of 25, 1 and 1 with 19 KOs. From Brandywine, Maryland, Seth “Mayhem” Mitchell. Seth? Continue reading