Light Heavyweight Rivals Eleider Alvarez and Michael Seals Give Back to Local Children Ahead of Saturday’s ESPN-Televised Main Event
Alvarez-Seals and Felix Verdejo-Manuel Rey Rojas to air LIVE on ESPN beginning at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT
Undercard to stream on ESPN+ at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT
(Photo Credit: Mikey Williams/ Top Rank)
ONEIDA, N.Y. (Jan. 16, 2020) — Two days before light heavyweight rivals Eleider “Storm” Alvarez and Michael “Cannon Handz” Seals meet in a slugfest scheduled for 10 rounds at Turning Stone Resort Casino (ESPN, 10 p.m. ET), they joined forces, along with lightweight contender Felix “El Diamante” Verdejo, for a special session of “Train with the Champs” at the Oneida Indian Nation Recreation Center.
A group of local children were on hand for this special meet-and-greet, as Alvarez, Seals and Verdejo shared their journeys and taught the youngsters the finer points of the “sweet science.”
Alvarez (24-1, 12 KOs), the former WBO light heavyweight world champion, will fight for the first time since Sergey Kovalev out-boxed him over 12 rounds in a highly anticipated rematch last February. Seals (24-2, 18 KOs), one of boxing’s biggest hitters, has won three in a row by stoppage. Verdejo (25-1, 16 KOs), seeking his first world title shot in 2020, will take on the durable Manuel Rey Rojas (18-3, 5 KOs) in a 10-round lightweight showdown.
ESPN, 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT
Eleider Alvarez vs. Michael Seals, 10 rounds, light heavyweight
Felix Verdejo vs. Manuel Rey Rojas, 10 rounds, lightweight
ESPN+, 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT
Victor Bisbal vs. Devin Vargas, 8 rounds, heavyweight
Abraham Nova vs. Pedro Navarrete, 8 rounds, lightweight
Jonathan Guzman vs. Rodolfo Hernandez, 8 rounds, super bantamweight
Christopher Diaz vs. Adeilson Dos Santos, 8 rounds, featherweight
Jared Anderson vs. Andrew Satterfield, 4 rounds, heavyweight
Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Groupe Yvon Michel, tickets priced at $89, $75, $69, $62, $59 and $40 are on sale now and can be purchased at the Turning Stone Resort Box Office, charge by phone by calling 800.771.7711 or online at Ticketmaster.
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About Turning Stone Resort Casino
Host of the January 18th event, Turning Stone Resort Casino is a Forbes Four-Star Award-winning destination resort, which continues to distinguish itself as a premier venue for fight-of-the-year caliber boxing. Turning Stone features world-class amenities including The Lounge with Caesars Sports, its new sports book in partnership with Caesars Entertainment, four hotels, more than 20 signature dining options, two spas, a 125,000 square foot Las Vegas style gaming floor, multiple entertainment venues, five golf courses, and several bars and lounges offering live entertainment every weekend. Additionally, Turning Stone and the International Boxing Hall of Fame announced a multifaceted partnership to spotlight boxing throughout the entire region. The program includes a series of boxing events at Turning Stone, culminating every year in June with an elaborate and bigger-than-ever International Boxing Hall of Fame Weekend celebration. International Boxing Hall of Fame Weekend will be held June 11-14, 2020.