The GFS Entertainment Group hosts: Celebrity Weekend of Champions!

Photo:  GFS Entertainment

Photo: GFS Entertainment

Story by:  Chip Mitchell

The weekend begins early on September 18, 2014, marking an incredible period of time in the Washington, DC area!  GFS Entertainment Group will be hosting a weekend of events to honor the boxing accomplishments of DMV (DC, Maryland, Virginia) Champions.  Scheduled to be recognized are Mark “Too Sharp” Johnson, Winky Wright, Sharmba Mitchell, William Joppy, Keith Holmes, Demarcus “Chop Chop” Corley, and more.

“Sugar” Ray Leonard will present the “DMV Honors Sugar Ray Leonard Award” to the former Boxing Champions.  Also in attendance will be Floyd Mayweather, Sr, Roger Mayweather, and Jeff Mayweather.  Some highlights from the weekend:

On Thursday September 18 at the Gaylord National harbor there will be an Official Press Conference and Weigh-in for fighters participating on Saturday night’s fight card.

On Friday September 19, there will be the Weekend of Champions Celebrity Golf Tournament.  Scheduled to participate are the aforementioned champions along with former NFL player Brian Mitchell and many other celebrity guests.

Also on Friday September 19, will be DMV Honors Night of Champions at the Warner Theater. Sugar Ray Leonard will present the “DMV Honors Sugar Ray Leonard Award” to the former DC Boxing Champions- hosted by comedian Eddie Bryant.  There will also be a comedy roast with DC all-star comedians and special music performance by Marsha Ambrosius and Secret Society.

Make sure you get plenty of rest fans because the next day will be packed with even more events. First up on Saturday, September 20 is the Mayweather Boxing Boot Camp at Champions Boxing and Fitness.  You can learn the “keys to success” in boxing from the Mayweather family.  You’ll receive one-on-one training from Floyd Mayweather Sr, Roger Mayweather, and Jeff Mayweather.

Also on Saturday, September 20 will be the Weekend of Champions Fight Night at The Washington Convention Center.

Photo:  GFS Entertainment

Photo: GFS Entertainment

Featured bouts with Hector Camacho Jr, Jeff “Left Hook” Lacy, and knockout artist Demond Nicholson will be followed by the Grudge Match Henry “SugarPoo” Buchanon versus Alexander “The Great” Johnson.  Additional Pro-Am bouts will be announced.  Your ring announcer for the evening will be the incomparable Henry ‘‘Discombobulating” Jones. Jones is an inductee of the Washington, DC Boxing Hall of fame.

Finally, on Saturday night September 20 there will be a Casino Night Fight After-Party.  Fans can party with Washington D.C.’s and the boxing community’s biggest names for a night of charity and fun with Vegas style casino games.

For more information about each event and to purchase tickets, please go to http://www.gfsent.com/ or call (202)768-7070.  You can follow GFS Entertainment Group on Twitter @gfsent.  You can also follow us @TheFightJournal.  Tickets are moving fast so please don’t delay!

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“D’BestAtIt” Nicholson Wins in Baltimore!

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Demond “D’BestAtIt” Nicholson scored a fourth round TKO over rugged Taneal Goyco on Saturday night at Patapsco Arena in Baltimore, Maryland. With the win, Nicholson moves his record to 9-0, with all 9 victories coming by stoppage.

The victory, in a sense, could be viewed as revenge victory for Nicholson. Goyco (out of Philadelphia) pulled of a big upset at the same venue by stopping Nicolson’s friend Jeremy Trussell by KO back in April. Nicholson mentioned this fight in an interview with TheFightJournal.com that can be seen here https://thefightjournal.com/2014/08/22/exclusive-interview-with-demond-dbestatit-nicholson

Nicolson dropped and hurt Goyco with a right hand and Goyco attempted to get up, but failed. He tried to rise a second time and made it to his feet before the bell rang to end the round. The doctor took a look at Goyco and determined that Goyco was in no shape to continue. Goyco’s record drops to 6-8-1 (3 KOs).

Nicholson, at age 21 is being moved perfectly at this stage in his career. He’s scheduled to fight again on September 20 in Washington, DC at the Convention Center. He’s also on tap to appear on October 30 at the new Horseshoe Casino in Baltimore. Ladies and gentlemen, he’s one to watch.

The very likeable Travis Reeves won his third straight fight with a unanimous decison over Brian Donahue. Reeves had a comfortable lead on the cards, but couldn’t finish Donahue (also out of Philadelphia as was Goyco). Appropriately nicknamed “Wildman”, Donahue absorbed an abundance of punishment and motioned for more as Reeves graciously obliged. At the final bell, all three judges scored it 60-54 for Reeves. With the win, Reeves improves to 6-2-1 (2 KOs). Donahue’s record drops to 3-10-2.

Much thanks to Venroy July and HardWork Promotions. Keep up the good work guys!

Gabe Rosado: Adrien Broner needs to Dedicate Himself to Boxing

Story by: Jeff Sorby

If former three division world champion Adrien Broner (28-1, 22 KOs) wants to have a successful career then he’s going to need to dedicate himself fully to the sport of boxing, says former middleweight world title challenger Gabriel Rosado.

Rosado believes that Broner is spending too much time partying and touring and not enough time in the gym training at his craft. Rosado likes the heart that Broner showed against Marcos Maidana last December in taking a beating and getting up from two knockdowns, but he still thinks that Broner isn’t putting everything he has in his career.

Broner lost his WBA welterweight title in his loss to Maidana. Broner’s adviser Al Haymon is lowly bringing him back from that loss. He’s got Broner scheduled to fight Emmanuel Taylor (18-2, 12 KOs) next month on September 6th at the U.S Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio. If Broner can win that fight, Haymon will likely look for a top tier contender to put him in with.

“I think Adrien Broner needs to take advantage of his potential,” Rosado said to EsnewsReporting.com. “I think Broner would be a better fighter if he dedicated himself. If Adrien Broner dedicated himself 100 percent, I think he’d be a problem for real. In the past, he’s been partying and touring. If you don’t put 100 percent in boxing, it’s going to show in the ring. If he’s going to the party and not fighting, he’s going to fall off.”

Broner likes rap music, and it’s unclear if he’s working on a second career in that field. If he’s spreading himself out trying to create a music career at the same time he’s working on his boxing career, then it’s understandable why he’s not doing as well as he should. But Broner likely would have lost to Maidana no matter how much time he spent in the gym.

Broner doesn’t have the power, size or the work rate to beat bigger fighters like Maidana. If Broner were to throw nonstop shots for 12 rounds, he would have beaten Maidana. Broner is more of a pot shot fighter in the mold of Floyd Mayweather Jr, and he’s not going to beat a lot of fighters with that fighting style because he doesn’t throw enough punches.

Exclusive interview with Demond “D’BestAtit” Nicholson!

Fans, check out The Fight Journal’s exclusive interview with Demond “D’BestAtIt” Nicholson 8-0 (8 KOs). Demond takes on Taneal Goyco in the main event tomorrow night at Patapsco Arena in Baltimore.

In the video Demond talks about his favorite fighters, his style of fighting, and how Goyco defeated a friend of his in a boxing match not long ago.

You can also follow Demond on Twitter @DBestAtIt. For ticket information, go to HardworkPromotions.com.

Check it out:

Mayweather/Maidana 30-Day Weigh-in

Story by: Chris Williams

With less than 30 days to go before the mega fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr and Marcos Maidana, both fighters were on target with the regulation weight for their fight on September 13th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mayweather weighed 150 pounds. Maidana weighed in at 158.

The weights that they’re currently at doesn’t mean they’ll stay there by fight time. We frequently see fighters weighing in one month ahead at a considerably lower weight than the weight they come into fight with.

This means that Maidana might end up over 160 pounds again like the last time he fought Mayweather last May. Maidana came into the fight as a super middleweight at 165 compared to the 150 pound Mayweather. Maidana was able to use his 15 pound weight advantage in the early part of the fight when he was able to land some heavy blows to the head and body of Mayweather.

The extra weight that Maidana carried ended up hurting him badly in the 2nd half of the fight when he faded and the lighter Mayweather was able to take the fight to Maidana and win. Based on Maidana’s current weight of 158, we’re going to see the same pattern in the rematch with Maidana having his moments in the early part of the fight, and then wearing down badly by the 6th round.

Maidana and his trainer Robert Garcia have said repeatedly that the plan is for Maidana to come in below 160 in the 154 pound region, but I don’t think that’s going to happen. It might have been just talk to try and throw Mayweather off, or it could that the weight that Maidana put on after his loss to Mayweather has proven to be difficult to take off.

During the recent 5-city press tour, Maidana looked to be close to 180 pounds. Taking off that kind of weight to get near the 147 pound weight limit is obviously going to be a problem for him, and that’s probably why he’s still at 158. I doubt that he’ll be able to go any lower than that without coming into the fight weight drained.

Special One: Kell “Special K” Brook defeats Shawn Porter to Capture IBF Welterweight Title!

Photo:  Esther Lin

Photo: Esther Lin

In a minor upset, Britain’s Kell Brook (33-0, 22 KOs), of Sheffield, England, won a battle of undefeated welterweights and the IBF world title with a majority 12-round decision over defending champion Shawn Porter (24-1-1, 15 KOs), of Cleveland, Ohio, Saturday on SHOWTIME from StubHub Center in Carson, Calif.

Brook, fighting in his first world championship match and making only his second start in the United States, won by the scores of 117-111, 116-112 and 114-114. There were no knockdowns.

Unbeaten Anthony “The Dog” Dirrell (27-0-1, 22 KOs), of Flint, Mich., became the second cancer survivor and 55th alum of ShoBox: The New Generation to capture a world title when he out-mauled, out-brawled and unanimously outpointed defending champion Sakio “The Scorpion” Bika (32-5-3, 21 KOs), of Sydney, Australia, to take the WBC Super Middleweight World Title in a grudge rematch.

In the opening bout of the SHOWTIME telecast, undefeated Omar “Panterita” Figueroa Jr. (23-0-1, 18 KOs), of Weslaco, Texas, successfully retained his WBC Lightweight World Championship with an exciting ninth-round knockout over determined mandatory challenger Daniel “Tremendo” Estrada (32-3-1, 24 KOs), of Mexico City.

A crowd of 7,025 turned out for the Golden Boy Promotions’ fight card, including a Who’s Who of boxing greats such as Marcos “El Chino” Maidana, Juan Manuel “Dinamita” Marquez, Unified Super Lightweight World Champion Danny “Swift” Garcia, Interim WBA Welterweight Champion Keith “One Time” Thurman, WBC Super Bantamweight Champion Leo “Terremoto” Santa Cruz, Forner WBC Welterweight Champion Andre “The Beast” Berto, Former WBC Continental Americas and the NABF Welterweight Champion Jesus “Renuente” Soto Karass former interim WBO Light Middleweight Champion Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo, and Former WBC and IBF Light Welterweight Champion and former IBF Welterweight Champion Devon Alexander “The Great”.

For Brook, this opportunity at a world title was a long time coming. Three times he was scheduled to challenge then-IBF welterweight world champion Devon Alexander and three times a fight was cancelled due to injuries to both boxers.

Injury-free, confident and determined to make the most of his shot on Saturday, Brook fought perhaps the fight of his life.

“You can tell how much it means to me by my reaction,” said Brook, who was cut over the left eye in the second round. “I’ve been dreaming about this moment since I was nine-years old. It’s unbelievable.

“I was scrappy tonight, and not as slick as I wanted to be. But I’m the world champion now, baby. I was born to do this.

“I’m ready for a mega, mega fight next. I’ll take on Keith Thurman or Floyd Mayweather. Amir Khan should get in queue now. I’m the world champion now so they’re all going to want to fight me.”

Porter, a former U.S. amateur standout, thought he had done enough to win his second title defense despite getting cut over his right eye in the sixth.

“I think I’m still the champion,” he said. “I’m 24-1 and Team Porter will be back to the drawing board. There are no excuses. I do want the rematch.” Continue reading

Weights from Carson, CA!

Shawn Porter 146 3/4, Kell Brook 146 1/2

Sakio Bika 167 3/4, Anthony Dirrell 168

Omar Figueroa 135, Daniel Estrada 134 1/2

Deontay Wilder 224, Jason Gavern 247

Jorge Linares 137, Ira Terry 132

Dominic Breazeale 250, Billy Zumbrun 233

Lydell Rhodes 142 1/2, John Nater 144

Luke Campbell 136, Steve Trumble 132

Shawn Porter vs. Kell Brook Predictions!

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Robert Uzzell and Chip Mitchell give predictions for this Saturday night’s IBF Championship fight between champion Shawn “Showtime” Porter and challenger “Special One” Kell (Special-K) Brook.

Both fighters are undefeated as Shawn Porter, 24-0-1 (15 KOs) and Kell Brook 32-0 (22 KOs) lock horns in the Showtime main event.

Robert Uzzell
I’m one of the few people that believe undefeated Kell Brook from the UK can come to Carson, CA and win a decision. I think Brook can control the fight with his jab and be active enough to beat Shawn Porter by decision.

I look at Porter as having advantages in speed as well as quickness. The jab can neutralize Porter’s speed. Everyone seems to be on the Shawn Porter bandwagon since his stoppage of Paulie Malignaggi. I just don’t see it. He’s not as good as the guy who destroyed Paulie and he might not be as bad as the guy who I believe lost to the ancient Julio Diaz in their first encounter.

I can’t believe how much of a favorite Porter is in this fight. I might actually lay a few hundred down on Brook. The oddsmakers are way off on this one.

The puncher in this fight is Kell Brook. Everyone that fell in love with the Malignaggi stoppage failed to realize that Porter has only knocked out about 3 guys in his last 10 fights. People talk about Porter’s experience, but he beat Devon Alexander which isn’t as impressive as it sounds. He arguable lost to Diaz. Then he beat a part time fighter in Malignaggi.

Brook on the other hand has wins over Matthew Hatton (wow), Carson Jones twice, and Vyacheslav Senchenko. Carson Jones made Brook work for the win in the first fight. Despite his losses, Carson Jones is a good fighter. Once Brook beats Porter, people won’t undersell his win over Jones any longer.

Look for Brook to start out a bit shaky, due to nerves as well as Porter’s speed. However he is going to settle down in the middle rounds and begin to pepper Porter with shots that will confuse him. As Porter struggles to figure Brook out, he will begin to eat heavier shots as Brook takes control of the fight. If Porter gets wild, he may get hit with something down the pipe that he doesn’t see. My gut says Brook by clear decision. I don’t like the way Porter matches up with Brook.

Chip Mitchell
Shawn Porter is on fire right now. The shocking stoppage of Paulie Malignaggi has Porter as the toast of the town wherever he visits. Kell Brook on the other hand is an unknown commodity in the US. Let’s put it this way- if these two boxers were stocks, Porter would be Microsoft and Brook would be ValuJet after the Everglades situation.

This is boxing, however, and no matter how high your stock may be or how hot you are- styles often dictate how things play out.

I believe the oddsmakers are grossly off the mark as I’ve seen Porter as a 3 to 1 favorite in this fight. I don’t bet in boxing, but I’m tempted to take Brook at those odds.

Nevertheless, I like Brook to win this fight. As long as he properly ties Porter up on the inside and pushes him off during the breaks, he should be able to handle Porter.

Porter has been talking over the past two weeks as if Brook won’t even show for this fight. He doesn’t see anything special in “Special K”, but I look at it the opposite way. What’s so special about Porter?

Porter’s power is overrated. He’s as uncoordinated as he is wild at multiple times. He does have a quickness and hand speed advantage that could trouble Brook early on. However, I think Brook will settle down and show Porter who has the real power in this fight.

Porter I’m sure has studied the Carson Jones fights and feels his pressure will break Brook. I believe Porter will be aggressive, but how much of it will be effective?

The beginning could play out like Mike Tyson (Porter) versus Lennox Lewis (Brook). The smaller American fighter will be looking to to end things early with pressure, speed, and power. The taller UK fighter will have to weather the early storm and then the fight will begin to slow down, just like it did for Lewis.

I expect Brook to weather that storm and wear Porter down. I’m not sure if he stops Porter but he will impose his will on the champion. One thing that beats speed is timing and I see Brook timing Porter often in this fight. Lateral movement is something that I believe is being overlooked. It will serve Brook well enough to allow him to escape with a win. Brook by close decision.

Garcia, Peterson, Jacobs Dominate at Barclay Center!

Danny “Swift “ Garcia (29-0, 17 KOs) looked sharp with a crushing second-round knockout victory over “Lighting” Rod Salka (19-4, 3 KOs) in the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® main event in front of 7,012 fans Saturday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Garcia knocked Salka down twice before laying his challenger flat on his back with a powerful left hook with 29 seconds left in the second round to secure the knockout victory.

Garcia, of Philadelphia, showed his skills outpunching his opponent, landing 52 percent of his power punches, 24 percent of his jabs and 43 percent of his total punches. Salka, of Bunola, Penn., landed only 14 percent of his punches.

After his victory, Garcia spoke with SHOWTIME ringside reporter Jim Gray.

“I came here to purge. I told everybody tonight was going to be the ‘Danny Garcia Show.’ No matter who I fought tonight, they were going to get beat. I was going to purge. I was out to kill.

“I didn’t think this was going to be an easy fight. I thought he’d try to box me. But it is not about the opponent. When I am at my best I can beat anybody and I already proved that.”

On a potential matchup with Lamont Peterson…“I leave it up to Al Haymon, but if he [Peterson] wants it. I’ll give it to him. I show up fight night and sometimes I have good nights or bad nights, but I always find a way to win.” Continue reading

THE BOXING PROMOTERS ASSOCIATION TO COLLABORATE WITH BOX FAN EXPO IN LAS VEGAS!

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Press Release – Las Vegas (August 4, 2014)- The BOXING PROMOTERS ASSOCIATION have confirmed that they will collaborate with Box Fan Expo and offer a special package deal for the Boxing Promoters that want to have an exhibitor booth at the Las Vegas Convention Center for the inaugural Box Fan Expo that will take place this September from 10am to 6pm. The Boxing Expo will coincide with the rematch fight between Floyd Mayweather jr. vs Marcos Maidana.

Formed in 2009, the BOXING PROMOTERS ASSOCIATION consists of many of the largest and most well-known promoters in the United States, aiming to work together and tackle some of the most pressing concerns in the sport. The organization’s president is Joe DeGuardia, of Star Boxing, and for him, the goal of the BPA is a seemingly simple one on the surface. “The betterment of boxing”

A more thorough to do list for the BPA, according to DeGuardia, includes issues such as medical records and standards, health care and insurance, the impact of federal legislation on the sport and the ability of the sport as a whole to be heard by legislators, internal relations between promoters, the myriad sanctioning bodies which exist, judges and their competency, the amount, quality and tone of coverage that boxing receives in the media, and the sport’s credibility to spectators.

Quote from Joe DeGuardia, President of the Boxing Promoters Association :

“I look forward to the inaugural Box Fan Expo. The Expo is great for our fans and symbolizes some of our goals (Boxing Promoters Association). Boxing is evolving and this Expo exemplifies the progress of boxing and its re-emergence as a major world sport which has the capacity to solidify under the right circumstances.”

Every year, one of the biggest boxing weekends of the year is Mexican Independence Day. In 2014, that weekend has just got bigger, better and more fan accessible with the announcement of the FIRST-EVER BOX FAN EXPO.

Box Fan Expo will take place on Saturday, September 13th, 2014 at the Las Vegas Convention Center and will run from 10am to 6pm.

To Purchase tickets click: http://www.BoxFanExpo.eventbrite.com/

Box Fan Expo is the ultimate fan experience that was created to promote the entire boxing industry and to allow fans to celebrate, Meet and Greet their favorite boxers and boxing celebrities. The event will feature boxing legends, today’s superstars, Hall of Famers, future prospects and the stars of today all under one roof.

The event will also feature major promoters, ring card girls, sanctioning organizations as well as trainers, referees, commentators and announcers. Anyone that directly or indirectly represents the sport of boxing will have a chance to showcase themselves to the boxing fans and whole industry. Also in attendance will be exhibitors, sponsors, television broadcasters and media.

Box Fan Expo will also feature different activities such as autograph sessions, photo ops, weigh in, face off with your favorite fighters and buy merchandise.

Throughout the next several months, there will be weekly updates on the many stars that have already committed their appearance at the Box Fan Expo.

For anyone in the industry who would like to be involved and reserve a booth, contact

Box Fan Expo at:

U.S.A Telephone Number: (702) 997-2099 or (514) 572-7222

Email: info@boxfanexpo.com

For more info go to: http://www.boxfanexpo.com

Follow Box Fan Expo on twitter: https://www.twitter.com/BoxFanExpo

Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BoxFanExpo

Box Fan Expo is committed to helping the Retired Boxers Foundation which is a nonprofit organization that helps improve the quality of life for retired fighters. This is a fantastic opportunity for sponsors, retailers and anybody involved in the boxing industry to get involved and be a part of this once in a lifetime event and help out this great cause. Box Fan Expo is proud to announce that part of the proceeds from the event will help the Retired Boxers Foundation.

Kovalev Krushes Caparello!

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Story by: Chip Mitchell

Last night at Revel Resort in Atlantic City, New Jersey, WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev set up a November 8 showdown with Bernard Hopkins with a second round stoppage of previously unbeaten Blake Caparello.

Caparello began the fight aggressively enough to score a 1st round knockdown of an off-balance Kovalev. Replays show that Caparello stepped on Kovalev’s foot while landing the punch that dropped him. Kovalev finished the round strongly despite Caparello successfully landing his left hand multiple times in the round.

Kovalev wasted little time getting started in the second round and it paid off. A right hand to the body, that barely seemed to graze Caparello sent the challenger down in pain early in the second round. Shortly after, Kovalev backed Caparello against the ropes where he followed up his assault, dropping Caparrelo twice more before referee Sparkle Lee called for a stoppage at 1:47 of the round.

With the win, Kovalev improves to 25-0-1 (23 KOs). Caparello drops to 19-1-1 (6 KOs).

“After the punch to the liver, I felt he was done,” Kovalev told Max Kellerman. “I finished the job.”

Bernard Hopkins was brought ringside and asked what he saw in Kovalev as an opponent.

“I see a champion like myself,” Hopkins told HBO’s Max Kellerman. “I see a champion who wants to unify the division like I do.”

November 8 will present an interesting matchup between these two warriors. Stay tuned for analysis and predictions on that unification bout.

In other action:

Dmitry Mikhaylenko remained unbeaten by dominating Sechew Powell over eight rounds. Scores were 80-72, 79-73 and 78-74. The Fight Journal scored it 80-72 for Mikhaylenko.

Light heavyweight contender Isaac Chilemba scored a seventh round stoppage over Baltimore’s Cory “Black Ice” Cummings in a sloppy, soon-to-be-forgotten tussle.

In possibly the most entertaining fight of the night (outside of a scuffle between fans outside of Revel’s Ovation Arena), Adam Kownacki scored a fifth round stopped of Charles Ellis. Each fighter threw and landed big shots in this battle of limited big men. Both guys were extremely tired, especially over the last two rounds. Fans looked intently as everyone had the feeling that the fight would end on the next big shot. That big shot was landed by Kownacki as the referee stepped in to call the fight. This is a matchup I’m sure fans would like to see take place again.

Weights from Atlantic City!

Sergey Kovalev 174, Blake Caparello 174

Isaac Chilemba 175.5, Cory Cummings 174

Dmitry Mikhaylenko 153, Sechew Powell 148

Joey Dawejko 236.5, David Williams 233

Adam Kownacki 258, Charles Ellis 233

Decarlo Perez 158, Marcus Willis 158.5

Hakim Bryant 155, Anthony Watson 154

Quotes from Kovalev/Caparello Final Presser!

Photo: Larry Levanti/Main Events

Photo: Larry Levanti/Main Events

We are one day away from the WBO Light Heavyweight battle between champion, Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev, 24-0-1, 22 KO’s and challenger, Blake “Il Capo” Caparello, 19-0-1, 6 KO’s. The bout will take place at Revel Casino Hotel in Atlantic City. This bout is part of an HBO dual-site triple header, beginning at 9:45pm eastern.

Sergey Kovalev: “I prepare the same for each fight. I am not a talker, I am a fighter. I want to get in the ring Saturday and win my next fight.”

Blake Caparello: “I am coming to America to beat Sergey. He is a good fighter but I am looking forward to Saturday night.”

John David Jackson, Kovalev’s trainer: “Whether it goes 1 or 12 Sergey will do what he always does and that’s destroy.”

Egis Klimas, Kovalev’s manager: “I don’t think he (Kovalev) is going to give to somebody what he has been working so hard to get, his world title. We have been through hell to get to this point. Whoever I put in the ring he will fight. He never asks how big or tall he just asks when is the fight…Don’t go for beer and peanuts because you might miss something!”

Kathy Duva, Main Events: “Sergey brings electricity and excitement every time he steps in the ring. It should a great night of fights. In 1984, Main Events won four world titles. In 1985, I learned that it is easier to win a title than it is to keep it. The pressure that is put on a world champion, especially one as dominant as Sergey, is something that none of us could possibly imagine.”

Brendan Bourke, Caparello’s manager: “Blake’s in great shape, really confident, and looking forward to the opportunity. We think we have what it takes to pull off an upset.”

Ron Rizzo, DiBella Entertainment: “People weren’t jumping at the opportunity to fight Sergey. Blake’s manager wanted this opportunity and craved the opportunity for this fight…Blake has a calming type of influence, not many things have that type of effect on my boss, Lou DiBella. Blake is well prepared for this opportunity; he is in this position because he wants to become a world champion.”

Also, Johannesburg, South Africa’s Isaac Chilemba, 22-2-2, 9 KO’s, will square off against Cory Cummings, 17-6-1, 13 KO’s of Newark, NJ in a 10-round light heavyweight co-feature bout that will not be shown on HBO, but will internationally televised.

The event at Revel Hotel and Casino is presented by Main Events in association with DiBella Entertainment. Tickets are $55, $80, $160, and $250. They are available at http://www.Ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000. Doors will open at 6:30 PM.