Fighter Spotlight: Dmitry Bivol The Hot Young Prospect

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Press Release

November 1, 2017

For Immediate Release

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Fighter Spotlight:  Dmitry Bivol The Hot Young Prospect

Opens Up About Childhood and Family

 

 

Salle Medecin, Monte Carlo: WBA Light Heavyweight World Champion Dmitry Bivol (11-0, 9 KOs) is slated to defend his title against Trent Broadhurst (20-1, 12 KOs) on Saturday in Salle Medecin, Monte Carlo and live on HBO Boxing After Dark® at 5:45 p.m. (live ET/tape-delayed PT). Bivol was elevated from Interim Champion to Regular Champion by the WBA after former WBA Super World Champion Andre Ward retired and former WBA Regular Champion Badou Jack vacated. This will be Bivol’s first voluntary defense of the belt and his fourth fight this year. He became the interim champion when he dethroned Felix Valera, and handed the Dominican boxer his only defeat, in May 2016.

Despite his stellar record and meteoric rise, with only two professional fights on US soil, most American fans know very little about the 26-year-old light heavyweight from St. Petersburg, Russia. He was born in Tokmak, Kyrgyzstan but moved to St. Petersburg when he was 11 years old. He started boxing at the age of six after watching Mike Tyson fight, but Tyson is not his favorite fighter. He said, “My favorite boxer is Sugar Ray Leonard. He’s great. Of course, Muhammed Ali is biggest star. He is very famous. I love to watch fights with Sugar Ray Leonard before my fights. I learn from his fights.. I also like to watch Gennady Golovkin, Vasyl Lomachenko, Terence Crawford and Manny Pacquaio, but my favorite is Sugar Ray Leonard.”

Bivol trains in Southern California with his trainer, Gennadii Mashyanov, while his family remains back home in Russia. It is difficult for Dmitry to be so far away from his wife and two small children. He explained, “I have two baby sons. My older son is 3 years old and my younger son is eight months old. My family is home in Russia and it is hard to know how fast your babies are growing and you can’t be there to see it. Every day I call to them and sometimes my older son calls to me when I am asleep because of the time difference.”

When asked what he wanted his fans to know about him, Dmitry said, “I want the fans to know that, since I was a child, boxing is my life. I want the fans to know I am always trying to do my best. I am doing my best in the ring. I don’t like to speak bad about my opponents; I just want my fans to like my boxing style and appreciate my work. I am trying to do everything for the fans.”

Bivol vs. Broadhurst is a 12-round bout for the WBO Light Heavyweight Title at Casino de Monte Carlo in Salle Medecin, Monte Carlo and televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark® on Saturday, Nov. 4 at 5:45 p.m. (live ET/tape-delayed PT), coupled with a primetime evening replay at 9:45 p.m. (ET/PT).

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CELEBRITIES & BOXERS CHIME IN ON MAYWEATHER VS MCGREGOR

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Check out what celebrities, boxers, and athletes had to say on how Mayweather vs. McGregor will play:

 

Source:  Yahoo

Rachel Lindsay (The Bachelorette):
Mayweather by decision. Both myself and my fiancée, Bryan Abasolo, think Floyd will win and it will go to decision. Floyd is a better boxer and will play defense the entire match. McGregor will tire and punch himself out.”

Ice Cube:
Mayweather, TKO 6. I just don’t see how a guy boxing for the first time can compete with a boxer who is the best of his era.”

Manny Pacquiao, former world champion:
Floyd Mayweather will win by points. Conor doesn’t have experience in boxing. He thinks boxing is easy, but it’s a lot different than MMA. Floyd will outbox McGregor. It’s boxing, though. Anything can happen in the ring. It’s never a guaranteed win no matter how good you are. That’s the great thing about boxing. No one is invincible.”

NFL Hall of Famer Jerome Bettis:
“It’s one of those fights where it sounds like it’s an interesting fight. … I believe, as a fan of boxing, that it’s not going to be much of a fight at all. I don’t see Conor McGregor having a chance to beat Floyd Mayweather because I just don’t believe that he’ll be able to hit him the way that he believes he can hit him. But he’s going to be taking a lot of shots in return, I can promise you that.”

Former NFL star Eddie George:
Mayweather, TKO 8. It’s not even a fair fight. It would be more entertaining if Floyd fought Conor in the Octagon.”

NBA Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar:
“I wouldn’t want to bet on that. I wouldn’t want to bet on that at all.”

NBA Hall of Famer Magic Johnson:
“Oh, that’s easy. Floyd gonna beat him with ease. You know, you can’t beat a man at his own sport. Floyd is undefeated for a reason.”

 

Comedian/actor Rob Riggle:
“I think a lot of people are going to get the pay-per-view, and then they’re going to be really sad that they did. Floyd Mayweather is undefeated, his defense is amazing and he’s a professional boxer. … McGregor is a fighter, he’s an Octagon fighter. I don’t know how they match up just [trading punches].”

Frankie Edgar, former UFC lightweight champion:
“Mayweather will box him up, but Conor will keep it close for a few rounds. Conor never boxed in his life and Mayweather is one of the best of his generation, that’s why. I expect a decision or a late stoppage for Mayweather in Rounds 11 or 12.”

Jeff Mayweather, Floyd’s uncle and boxing trainer:
Floyd will take care of business and I don’t think Conor’s really going to be able to land much. You have to remember, there are Hall of Famers who Floyd has fought who couldn’t hit him. This is a guy who has what, three, four months of boxing? There’s no way he can catch up to what Floyd is doing. Floyd changes like a chameleon and he’ll show him something different every round. That’s a guy who, like I said, has no boxing experience and I just don’t see how he can keep up. Once Floyd starts hitting him, his hands are going to go up, like in MMA, because those MMA fighters are used to being hit in the head. There aren’t a lot of body shots in MMA, so they learn to protect their heads. Once his hands go up, Floyd’s going to go hard after that body.”

Daymond John (Shark Tank):
Mayweather, decision 12. I think the fight goes the distance with Mayweather winning by decision. I wish Mayweather’s hands weren’t so brittle. If that were the case, he would knock him out in the ninth.”

Cousin Sal (Jimmy Kimmel Show):
Mayweather, TKO 2. Floyd will spend the first round taunting Conor with his defensive superiority. Then in the 2nd, he’ll deliver a flurry of 8 ounces that will spell the end of America’s favorite MMA-hole.”

Corinne Olympios (Bachelor in Paradise):
Mayweather, KO 1. Mayweather never loses. He will knock McGregor out in the first round.”

Comedian Tony Hinchcliffe:
McGregor, KO 2. The same creepy boxing (a sport which I’ve loved since a child) people that said, “the fight will never happen” are the same ones saying, “McGregor doesn’t have a chance.” I’ve seen the insane feats Conor is capable of, I know Floyd loves money, so Conor wins and Floyd gets a rematch, makes double the cash and everyone is happy.”

Badou Jack, former world super middleweight champion:
I think Floyd is going to stop him with a body shot. I’d say he’ll do it inside of five rounds. It’s going to take a round or two to adjust, I think. I think after that he’ll start breaking him down to the body and stop him with a body shot.”

Angelo Reyes, boxing and MMA trainer:
Floyd by eighth-round TKO. My reasoning is what Paulie Malignaggi was talking about in his sparring with Conor leads me to believe body punches will be the key to breaking McGregor down and will lead to a Floyd stoppage. Also, the pace of a boxing match is extremely different than the pace of an MMA fight. Though Conor was able to do five rounds with Nate Diaz, we have only seen this once, mainly because Conor gets the KO in MMA. He will not be able to do that with Floyd. Mayweather is a master of putting himself in the safest possible positions while maximizing the damage both physically and mentally to his opponents. Conor will be in the best condition of his fighting career, but that in and of itself won’t be enough.”

Former NBA player Tom Tolbert:
“This is a classic Talking Heads fight. … Same as it ever was , same as it ever was. … Mayweather by decision.”

UFC star Justin Gaethje:
“They both win by taking all of our money.”

UFC star Kelvin Gastelum:
“Well, it can go one of two ways: Either McGregor shocks the world and knocks Mayweather out or Mayweather completely clowns McGregor.”

WWE star Big Cass:
“It’s a boxing match. You know, Conor McGregor is great at combat sports, MMA. … he’s amazing at it, but there’s things you can use in there that he’s not used to using. Mayweather is arguably the greatest boxer of all time and he’s undefeated. I just can’t see … I can’t see anybody on planet Earth beating Mayweather.”

Former NFL player Kirk Morrison:
“I do know they’re two of the game’s best and to see them come together for a fight? It’s more about the spectacle. It’s the spectacle. What are they gonna do? Who are they gonna bring out? How do they turn this into entertainment? My pick has to be Floyd Mayweather. He’s a boxer and he’s very technical with what he does. I think he wins it and I don’t think it goes past five rounds.”

More athletes/celebs who have made predictions for the fight
UFC women’s featherweight champ Cris “Cyborg” Justino:
“I don’t believe he will win the fight. Mayweather will win this fight, for sure. He’s at another level. But [McGregor] is brave, and he opened doors for MMA [fighters] in boxing and for boxing fans to come to MMA, and vice versa. It will help our sport grow.”

Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Quinn:
“Like everybody, I’m excited for it. And I’m going, for me, with Mayweather. I just feel like a guy who has had that kind of success and I’ve seen him fight before, in his sport [he would] be hard to compare with. So that’s my reason behind it, like everybody else. I probably won’t get to see it, but I’ll watch the highlights for sure.”

NBA Finals MVP Kevin Durant:
Mayweather’s going to win. I’ll probably watch it. I don’t really care much about it.”

Actor Sylvester Stallone:
I only got the underdog. [McGregor]’s a real life Rocky. But then again I live in fantasy. Mayweather’s gonna get hurt.”

Actor Mark Wahlberg:
Conor, I think is a very different kind of fighter. I don’t think [Mayweather] has the power to knock out McGregor.”

Singer Demi Lovato:
“Floyd is obviously a boxer and he’s very, very good at it. But Conor’s crazy. And I want Conor to win because it would be so good for MMA.”

Singer Justin Bieber:
I don’t think [Floyd will knock McGregor out]. I think it’ll be a good fight.”

WWE star Seth Rollins:
“I guess Conor’s always got a puncher’s chance but that’s about all he’s got in a boxing match against Floyd. I think Floyd’s going to dance around him. I’ll be surprised if Conor lands one punch on Floyd.”

Actor Idris Elba:
Mcgregor. He’s gonna throw some things around that Floyd’s not going to be used to. If Floyd does what he does normally, which is just hold a tight fight, I think McGregor’s going to topple that, strike him. If he gets one on his chin, it could be over.”

Boxing legend Mike Tyson:
McGregor is going to get killed in boxing.”

Comedian George Lopez:
“He won’t touch him. McGregor won’t lay a hand on him. Hey, listen, Floyd — he’s been elusive. I’ve seen Floyd fight a lot. He might not want to mix it up, but if you make him mix it up, he’ll hurt you.”

Former UFC lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez:
“Conor has about three or four rounds to get this done. … Within those four rounds, if you don’t think Conor can knock this guy out, you’re an idiot or you just don’t know fighting because it can very well happen. If he doesn’t get it done by then, then it could look very one-sided. The technical boxing of Floyd Mayweather is enough to make it look really one-sided for him. But Conor, there is a very real chance that he can put him away.”

Former UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo:
“There is no comparison. It is not similar. Totally different. There is no way McGregor can defeat Mayweather. Mayweather has done this his entire life, and it’s a different sport.”

UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture:
“I think [McGregor] has a 1-in-10 chance to win. I think we’re dealing with arguably the best defensive boxer in 20 years that top boxers on the planet haven’t been able to touch him. What makes anybody think that Conor McGregor, who’s 0-0 in professional boxing, is going to go out there and touch Mayweather, I don’t think it’s going to happen. I think Conor’s going to try to be aggressive and bring the fight. He’s the longer, younger fighter, and I think the more he comes at Mayweather, the more he’s going to get hit.”

UFC star Nate Diaz:
I think it’s a big publicity stunt, but my take on a boxing match between the two — I think McGregor’s got a good chance to make something happen in [the first] two or three rounds. But I think he’s got an amateur style where he’s only got good movement, good punches for six, eight minutes, and I think that’s too amateur for Mayweather. I’m just saying he’s got a puncher’s chance — if anything.”

UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway:
“The big winner of that fight is Dana White and UFC. It’s a show. Everybody keeps saying it’s not good, it’s not bad. This guy’s coming out of retirement to fight Conor. It’s not like he’s this champion defending these belts and then Conor’s jumping in to fight Floyd for a championship. Floyd was just chilling and doing his own. He wanted to come back for an intriguing fight, and he got an intriguing fight.”

UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson:
“I’m riding with Conor. I think Conor, he can probably get it done sooner if he goes out there being ferocious, but I’m going with Conor. I think Conor’s gonna get the job done. It’s hard to say. I’ll tell you what: He ain’t gonna make a big check like that in the UFC. Hopefully Conor goes out there and knocks Floyd out, and then he can go ahead and fight the winner of GGG and ‘Canelo’ Alvarez. I’d love to see that.”

UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones:
“When you live the way Floyd does, he has all the resources to stay healthy and on top of his game. I think what makes this fight interesting is Conor McGregor’s punching power, but at the same time, guys like Miguel Cotto, [Oscar] De La Hoya, all these guys have tremendous punching power. But what they have that McGregor doesn’t is years of experience and tightness to back up that punching power. There are so many guys in UFC who have that punching power but can never land that shot on me. If I were a betting man, I’d say you have to side on the side of greatness.”

Former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva:
“This is a different sport. Conor is the best now. Conor has good condition for talking about this fight. I think Conor broke everything. It’s a new challenge for Conor. It’s a different sport. Mayweather is no simple guy, no MMA guy. This is different sport. I train in boxing for a long time in my life, when I go to sparring with professional guys, it’s so different. Timing is different, movement is different. People need to respect both sports, but boxing is different.”

UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley:
“I’ll be honest, me and Conor ain’t really see eye to eye on a lot of things. At the end of the day, I still want to scrap him, but I’m betting on Conor. You know why? I bet a grand, I win 6,500 bucks. I bet two grand, 13 grand. It’s freaking combat sports. Anybody got a chance at all times, so I’m willing to lose for the chance to win because that’s crazy that somebody that is that big of a underdog.”

James Toney:
“Conor McGregor will make more money than he’s ever made, but he’s not a fighter in this game. He has no chance. McGregor’s a UFC fighter. He doesn’t know how to punch. He’s going to swing for the fences, get counter-punched and Floyd’s knocking him out in two to three rounds.”

WBC heavyweight boxing champion Deontay Wilder:
“It’s like Floyd always say, ‘It’s like robbing a bank because it’s easy money.’ It’s an easy fight for him. I think he knows it. I think it’s more of a money stunt on McGregor’s behalf. Everybody that fight Floyd, they think about the money, some of them really think they can beat him and they can go in there and really test him like [Marcos] Maidana did, you know Maidana was really hungry to beat him. But with McGregor, everybody’s got a chance, this is fighting and whoever got the better strategy will win, but this is easy money for Floyd.”

Unified world heavyweight boxing champion Anthony Joshua:
“It’s probably [going to be] a landslide. Look at the great fighters Mayweather’s fought, and he’s made them look average. Some of the fighters Mayweather’s fought would probably beat Conor McGregor as well. Conor can’t really compete. He’s coming out of his field and going into Mayweather’s domain. Even though he’s an excellent fighter in UFC, he’s not an excellent boxer. Him crossing over is going to be a real big challenge.”

Boxing Hall of Famer Shane Mosley:
“MMA and boxing is like a sprinter running against a long-distance runner in their fields, it just doesn’t work. Strategically, I see Mayweather having a great time in there, smiling and laughing while McGregor is trying to hit him and find him. I see McGregor noticing how hard Mayweather hits, thinking that he doesn’t hit that hard. When he gets hit by Mayweather, he’s going to be like, ‘Oh wow, this is different from UFC punches.’ I think Floyd, if he wants to, can knock him out by the fourth or fifth round. I think that he’ll give the fans a show.”

Former boxing champion Ricky Hatton:
“I’m a big Conor McGregor fan, and if he ever watches this interview, I hope he doesn’t take this to heart, because he’s like me. He’s a real guy, he’s a comedian, he’s a character, he’s a colorful person, and when you watch his style of fighting, I absolutely love the bloke. But it’s two different sports, and I couldn’t hit [Mayweather], Oscar [De La Hoya] couldn’t hit him, Canelo [Alvarez] couldn’t hit him, Conor’s not going to hit him.

Light heavyweight boxing champion Andre Ward:
“I think McGregor will be wild for the first three rounds, but when he starts to tire, Floyd will take over and we could see a big knockout. Floyd Mayweather has put on shows for the best part of two decades, so he deserves to do whatever he wants and this isn’t a sideshow, it’s a massive event.”

Welterweight boxing champion Errol Spence Jr.:
“I’ve seen [Mayweather] stop guys in the gym with 16-ounce gloves. Bigger guys. He just beats them up. In his young career, you saw how he was knocking guys out. But now he’s got hand problems, so he’s not turning with it all the way, not putting 100-percent power into his punches. But he can punch hard. That’s why a lot of guys, when he hits them, they start backing up or go on defense. They’re not just walking through his punches. You haven’t seen anybody who’s walking through his punches. Even Marcos Maidana started backing up when Floyd started coming forward.

Former welterweight boxing champion Andre Berto:
“If this were to be an upset, it would definitely be a big blow to the boxing game, for sure. Definitely, definitely. It’s gonna be a big blow to Floyd’s legacy as well. Just being undefeated and able to let some guy upset you and he’s an MMA fighter and he probably talks a little more [expletive] than you talk. It’s gonna be tough for him to swallow if that happens. I see Conor coming in there really showing that bravado, showing that cockiness and showing that he’s really there to fight, and somewhat trying to steal the stage from Floyd just with his antics and he kind of gets Floyd into a mind-game situation, has him pulling some type of mistakes and [Mayweather] gets caught with a big shot and gets hurt. And [McGregor] could stop him.”

Boxing Hall of Famer Evander Holyfield:
“He would have to rough him up. He’d have to do something that get [Mayweather] frustrated and get into a battle. I think his only chance is getting into a battle.”

Irish boxer Michael Conlan:
“The only chance I give Conor is his self-belief. He has self-belief I’ve never seen before, but he’s taking on an almost impossible task.”

Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor Undercard Quotes & Photos

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Fighters Competing on SHOWTIME PPV & FOX & FOX Deportes Prelims

This Saturday, Aug. 26 from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas

 

Click HERE for Photos from Esther Lin/SHOWTIME

Click HERE for Photos from Idris Erba/Mayweather Promotions

 

LAS VEGAS (August 23, 2017) – Mayweather vs. McGregor fight week continued on Wednesday after the main event final press conference with open media workouts for fighters competing on the undercard this Saturday, Aug. 26 from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

 

The four-fight SHOWTIME PPV event, beginning live at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT, will feature undefeated rising star Gervonta “Tank” Davis making the second defense of his IBF Junior Lightweight World Championship against undefeated challenger Francisco Fonseca plus light heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly defending his belt against former super middleweight champion Badou Jack. The telecast begins with unbeaten Andrew Tabiti and former world champion Steve Cunningham meeting in a 10-round battle.

 

Coverage begins on FOX and FOX Deportes with a one-hour Prefight Show at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT. Prelims on FOX and FOX Deportes begin at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT and will see a battle between welterweight contenders Thomas Dulorme and Yordenis Ugas plus a showdown of unbeaten prospects as Juan Heraldez meets Jose Miguel Borrego in a 10-round bout.

 

Here is what the fighters had to say Wednesday from MGM Grand:

 

GERVONTA DAVIS

“It feels great being a 22-year-old world champion on the biggest card in fight sports history. I’m ready to shine.

 

“I’ve watched Fonseca and he’s a tough, undefeated opponent who has a high work rate and good defense. My team has a great game plan for this fight and there are several things we plan to do in order to successfully defend my belt.

 

“It feels great being the youngest U.S. champion and I’m happy that I’m making my fans and the city of Baltimore proud.

 

“I just want to keep winning, look spectacular while doing so and keep building towards being that next PPV superstar in boxing. Keep supporting me and I’ll fight for you.”

 

FRANCISCO FONSECA

“I’m taking in the moment and enjoying it. I’ve always dreamed of being on a card like this, it just so happens to be the biggest card in combat sports history. I’ve trained hard to take this title away.

 

“I’m an athlete. I can box or I can go forward and apply pressure. I can dominate at all three distances; it just depends on the opponent.

 

“Gervonta is a good fighter. He has respectable power but I don’t believe it’s true knockout power. I have a game plan to win this fight.

 

“I will be the first world champion from Costa Rica and that’s what it’s all about. I fight for my family and my country.”

 

NATHAN CLEVERLY

“This is a real good feeling. I’m loving the moment. I’m on the biggest stage in the boxing world. This is already a big fight between me and Jack but to be on this historic stage is truly special.

 

“Jack is a good, solid fighter. He’s a good operator. It’s going to be a good fight and a tough one. I’m going to take him on and get the win.

 

“It’s not a huge jump in weight but I think at some point in the fight he will feel the difference. At this level, it’s different than what he’s used to.

 

“I’m always learning in this sport. I have more experience and I’ve matured as a person and as a fighter. All around I’ve taken big steps to become a world champion again and I’m not planning to lose my title.

 

“It’s going to be an intense fight. There will be a lot of big exchanges of punches. Ultimately, my experience as an established light heavyweight will make the difference. I think I’ll win this fight by a wide decision.”

 

BADOU JACK

“I know Cleverly is a tough guy who comes to fight and I think he’s going to be perfect for my style. We have a great game plan for him.

 

“I’m always thinking knockout. It’s easier said than done. I’ve been robbed my last two fights so I know that I have to get this done inside of 12 rounds.

 

“There are bigger and better fights here in the light heavyweight division. There are a lot of big fights and money to be made in this division.

 

“I thought my last four fights were clear wins. But none of them were unanimous. It happens in this sport but hopefully this time I don’t have to worry about the scorecards.

 

“I want to fight Adonis Stevenson. But I’m not overlooking Cleverly at all. I’m 100 percent focused on this fight. After I get the win, I’m going to go after the big fights.”

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GRAMMY Nominated and Multi-Platinum Global Artist Demi Lovato To Sing National Anthem On Mayweather vs. McGregor SHOWTIME PPV

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GRAMMY® Nominated and Multi-Platinum Global Artist Demi Lovato To Sing National Anthem On Mayweather vs. McGregor SHOWTIME PPV® 

 

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LAS VEGAS (August 22, 2017) – Singer-songwriter Demi Lovato will sing the National Anthem prior to the Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor main event Saturday night at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Lovato is a GRAMMY-nominated artist with one of the world’s most powerful voices on-and-off the stage and will be singing the anthem at a boxing event for the first time in her career. With more than 6 billion global single streams and nine platinum and multi-platinum singles to her name, Lovato recently released “Sorry Not Sorry,” which has quickly become one of 2017’s biggest hits.

 

Mayweather vs. McGregor is a 12-round, super welterweight matchup that pits the legendary boxer Mayweather against the all-time MMA great McGregor in the main event of an unprecedented four-fight pay-per-view boxing card. Mayweather vs. McGregor will take place Saturday, Aug. 26 at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The event is produced and distributed live by SHOWTIME PPV and promoted by Mayweather Promotions. The telecast also will be available in Spanish using secondary audio programming (SAP).

For more information visit www.sho.com/sports and www.t-mobilearena.com, follow on Twitter @FloydMayweather, @TheNotoriousMMA, @MayweatherPromo, @UFC, @ShowtimeBoxing, @SHOSports, and @Swanson_Comm or become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MayweatherPromotions, www.Facebook.com/SHOSports andwww.Facebook.com/UFC

 

CONTACTS:

Kelly Swanson/Lisa Milner, Swanson Communications/Floyd Mayweather: (202) 783-5500

Nicole Craig, Mayweather Promotions: (702) 807-1788

Lenee Breckenridge, UFC: (702) 588-5529 Chris DeBlasio, Showtime Networks Inc.: (212) 708-1633

Matt Donovan, Showtime Networks Inc.: (212) 708-1663

Flo Jocou, Showtime Networks Inc.: (212) 708-7319

Steve Pratt, BZA/SHOWTIME:  310-408-4555

Scott Ghertner, MGM Resorts International: (702) 692-6700

Two World Title Fights, Including Champion Gervonta Davis Facing Francisco Fonseca, Announced for Mayweather vs. McGregor SHOWTIME PPV Undercard

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Badou Jack Challenges 175-Pound Champ Nathan Cleverly & Undefeated Andrew Tabiti Takes on Two-Time World Champion Steve Cunningham In Trio Of High-Stakes Matchups Preceding Mayweather vs. McGregor Main Event

Aug. 26 Live on SHOWTIME PPV at 9 p.m. ET From T-Mobile Arena In Las Vegas

 

LAS VEGAS (August 10, 2017) – Two world championship fights including a title defense by America’s youngest world champion are part of the trio of high stakes matchups on the Mayweather vs. McGregor SHOWTIME PPV undercard on Saturday, Aug. 26 from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and presented by Mayweather Promotions.

 

The four-fight SHOWTIME PPV event, beginning live at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT, is headlined by the unprecedented super welterweight matchup between boxing’s undefeated all-time great Floyd Mayweather and UFC superstar Conor McGregor.  In the co-featured bout, undefeated rising star Gervonta “Tank” Davis will make the second defense of his IBF Junior Lightweight World Championship against undefeated challenger Francisco Fonseca as the 22-year-old looks to continue his reign as the youngest current champion from the U.S.

 

WBA Light Heavyweight Titlist Nathan Cleverly will defend his title against former 168-pound world champion Badou Jack “The Ripper”, who is stepping up in weight and into this world title tilt.

 

The pay-per-view telecast will open with undefeated rising cruiserweight contender Andrew “The Beast” Tabiti taking ontwo-time world champion Steve “U.S.S.” Cunningham in a 10-round bout for the USBA cruiserweight title.

 

“What a night this will be for fight fans,” said Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions. “Not only will they witness a first of its kind main event, but they will also see two incredible world title fights, as Mayweather Promotions’ very own current and former world champions go head-to-head in separate bouts. Gervonta Davis is nothing short of pure boxing talent with dynamite power.  Former super middleweight world champion Badou Jack is making his light heavyweight debut, and looking to take the title away from a tough and experienced Nathan Cleverly.  But first, Andrew “The Beast” Tabiti will open the pay-per-view telecast with what I expect to be a magnificent performance.  This diverse card is an epic, international affair stacked with talent.  Make sure you don’t miss the biggest event the sport has ever seen.”

 

“This undercard includes three meaningful matches featuring fighters we’ve seen develop over the years on SHOWTIME,” said Stephen Espinoza, Executive Vice President and General Manager, SHOWTIME Sports.  “Gervonta Davis has fast-tracked himself to stardom on this network, we’ve seen Badou Jack develop from prospect to champion, and we’re now witnessing similar growth with Andrew Tabiti.  We’re excited to watch them compete in tough, competitive matchups on this global stage.”

Gervonta Davis vs. Francisco Fonseca – IBF Junior Lightweight World Championship

One of the fastest-rising young stars in the sport, Davis (18-0, 17 KOs) became the youngest reigning champion from the U.S. when he knocked out Jose Pedraza in January to capture the IBF 130-pound crown. The 22-year-old made his first title defense in style when he went to London and stopped Liam Walsh in May. Both bouts aired live on SHOWTIME.  Representing Baltimore, Davis won the 2012 National Golden Gloves championship and scored knockouts in his first eight fights after turning pro in 2013. He enters this matchup on a streak of nine-straight fights that have ended with a knockout victory.

 

“I’m really excited to fight as the co-main event on the biggest card in combat sports history,” said Davis. “I plan to put on a great show for everyone in attendance in Las Vegas and for those who purchase the PPV. I want to thank my team for this incredible opportunity. I’m ready for Floyd Mayweather to pass his torch to me. To my fans, I appreciate all of you. Support me and I’ll fight for you!”

 

Fighting out of San Ramon, Costa Rica, Fonseca (19-0-1, 13 KOs) has won 19 straight fights after turning pro with a majority draw in 2013. Fonseca quickly established himself as one of the top fighters from his country with victory after victory, including a fourth-round knockout of Luis Gonzlaez to capture a regional 130-pound belt last August. The 23-year-old will make his U.S. debut when he faces Davis and he enters this contest having won his last five bouts inside of the distance. Fonseca began his 2017 with a third round knockout of Eliecer Lanzas in March and is trained by two-time world champion Ivan Calderon.

 

“I am super grateful for this great opportunity,” said Fonseca. “The dream of every young boxer is to fight for the world title and this opportunity comes at the best moment of my career and in the biggest in the history of this sport. I will beat Gervonta Davis and I will shock the world that night.”

 

Nathan Cleverly vs. Badou Jack – WBA Light Heavyweight World Championship

A two-time world champion at light heavyweight, Cleverly (30-3, 16 KOs) bounced back from a defeat to Andrzej Fonfara in a 2015 Fight of the Year contender to defeat hometown champ Juergen Braehmer last October to pick up his WBA title. Cleverly’s previous title reign saw him take down the likes of Tony Bellew, Nadjib Mohammedi, Shawn Hawk and Tommy Karpency before dropping a contest to Sergey Kovalev. The Wales resident will make his fourth start in the U.S., having won two of his first three contests stateside.

 

“This is a fight I have wanted ever since Badou Jack moved to light heavyweight and I’m delighted to fight in Vegas on an event like this,” said Cleverly. “I’ve trained long and hard for this fight and I’m ready to be let off the leash. This is the biggest fight of my career so far and I’m going to do a number on Badou Jack on August 26.”

 

Now fighting in the 175-pound division, Jack’s final fight at 168 pounds came in a title unification on SHOWTIME in January against James DeGale.  Jack (21-1-2, 12 KOs) shook off an early knockdown to floor DeGale in the final round in a close majority draw in which both fighters retained their belts. The 2008 Olympian from Gambia won his world title in 2015 by defeating then unbeaten Anthony Dirrell and defended the belt against current champion George Groves and former champion Lucian Bute. The 33-year-old is unbeaten in his last six bouts as he seeks a world title in a second weight class.

 

“I’m thankful for this opportunity and I’m excited about getting another shot at a world title,” said Jack. “To be a part of this event and fighting on this card is historic. Nothing beats it. I’m excited to get back in the ring. I’m getting ready to take that belt, and win a title in my second weight class. The biggest difference between past training camps and preparing for this fight is the fact that I was training to get the weight down, now I’m training to build muscle and perfect my boxing strategy. This will be a tough fight, but I don’t see any issues getting through it. I feel confident and fans can expect a win by knockout or decision. He’s not leaving with that belt. It’s staying right here in Las Vegas.”

 

Andrew Tabiti vs. Steve Cunningham – 10 Round Cruiserweight Bout

Originally from Chicago but fighting out of Las Vegas, Tabiti (14-0, 12 KOs) recorded victories against previously unbeaten fighters Keith Tapia and Quantis Graves in his last two outings – both on ShoBox: The New Generation – as he works to solidify himself as a contender in the red hot cruiserweight division. The 27-year-old turned pro in 2013 after amassing a solid 32-6 amateur record and scored knockout victories in his first 10 fights. He’ll battle his most experienced opponent to date when he faces the multiple-time champion Cunningham.

 

“I’ve always been dedicated when it comes to training and this camp has been no different,” said Tabiti. “I know I am fighting a veteran who has a lot of experience, so I can’t slack on my conditioning and training. He’s tough and he’s only been stopped once and that was when he moved up in weight to heavyweight, so it would be a big statement for me to stop him. This fight is a test for me. Anytime you get in the ring you never really know how things will pan out, but I have a great team. To the fans, expect a victory and a great fight on August 26th because I am going to make sure I come out on top.”

 

Representing the great fight city of Philadelphia, Cunningham (29-8-1, 13 KOs) returned to action in March with a victory over Felipe Romero after an exciting challenge of cruiserweight champion Krzysztof Glowacki in April 2016. Twice a world champion as a cruiserweight, he defeated Krzysztof Wlodarczyk in 2006 to capture his belt before successfully defending his title against Marco Huck via a twelfth-round TKO. He became a world champion again in 2010 when he stopped Troy Ross in the fifth round. The experienced veteran also owns victories over previously unbeaten fighters Amir Mansour and Natu Visinia and scored a knockdown of Tyson Fury in a losing effort during their 2013 bout.

 

“This is one of the biggest cards of the decade and its mind blowing to be a part of it,” said Cunningham. “I have to top it off with a victory. Taking on a good, undefeated young prospect is a challenge in itself, but a victory will prove age is just a number. Hard work is a part of my everyday life.” Continue reading

SHOWTIME SPORTS TO PRESENT LIVE COVERAGE OF MAYWEATHER vs. McGREGOR MEDIA DAYS VIA SATELLITE & YOUTUBE

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SHOWTIME SPORTS® TO PRESENT LIVE COVERAGE OF MAYWEATHER vs. McGREGOR MEDIA DAYS VIA SATELLITE & YOUTUBE

 

THURSDAY: Floyd Mayweather At 5 p.m. ET / 2 p.m. PT

FRIDAY: Conor McGregor At 6 p.m. ET / 3 p.m. PT

 

Live Coverage Available For All News Outlets; Satellite Coordinates, Embed Codes & Instructions To Download Promotional B-Roll Are Below

 

WHAT: SHOWTIME Sports will present live HD Satellite and Internet coverage from Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor Media Days as the boxing legend and UFC superstar open their training camps in preparation for their August 26 SHOWTIME PPV® blockbuster from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

 

Satellite coordinates, YouTube links/embed codes, and instructions to download past-fight, workout and lifestyle b-roll footage are included below. All Footage must credit SHOWTIME.

 

THURSDAY – Floyd Mayweather Media Day:

5 p.m. ET/2 p.m. PT From Mayweather Boxing Club in Las Vegas

Satellite Window:  5 p.m. PT/2 p.m. PT to 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.  Approx. 60 Minutes

Satellite Coordinates: Galaxy 25, Transponder 14K Slot AB; Location: 93 degrees west; Bandwidth: 18 MHz; Uplink Freq: 14262 Mhz V; Downlink Freq: 11962 Mhz H; Video: HD 1080i/59.94; Compression: MPEG 2; Chroma: 4:2:0; Modulation: DVBS-2, 8PSK; FEC Rate: 2/3; Symbol Rate: 15.0 Msym/s; Data Rate: 29.709543 mbps; Audio PID(s): 256: Ch. 1: Mono; Ch. 2: Mono

 

YouTube Link: http://s.sho.com/2uGDwY7

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FRIDAY – Conor McGregor Media Day

6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT From UFC Performance Institute in Las Vegas

Satellite Window:  6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT to 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.  Approx. 60 Minutes

Satellite Coordinates: Galaxy 25, Transponder 14K Slot AB; Location: 93 degrees west; Bandwidth: 18 MHz; Uplink Freq: 14262 Mhz V; Downlink Freq: 11962 Mhz H; Video: HD 1080i/59.94; Compression: MPEG 2; Chroma: 4:2:0; Modulation: DVBS-2, 8PSK; FEC Rate: 2/3; Symbol Rate: 15.0 Msym/s; Data Rate: 29.709543 mbps; Audio PID(s): 256: Ch. 1: Mono; Ch. 2: Mono

YouTube Link: http://s.sho.com/2vPrbpI

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SHOWTIME Sports BOX LINK: https://cbs.box.com/s/ogkrd7925aoahng4a4vy8yp4au5z83sv

Available B-Roll Footage Includes:

  • Mayweather vs. McGregor World Tour Highlights
  • Floyd Mayweather: Past-fight highlights, Workout & Lifestyle footage
  • Conor McGregor: Past-fight highlights & Lifestyle footageTECHNICAL/SATELLITE CONTACT:# # #MAYWEATHER vs. McGREGOR For more information visit www.sho.com/sports and www.t-mobilearena.com, follow on Twitter @FloydMayweather, @TheNotoriousMMA, @MayweatherPromo, @UFC, @ShowtimeBoxing, @SHOSports, and @Swanson_Comm or become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MayweatherPromotions, www.Facebook.com/SHOSports and www.Facebook.com/UFC
  • Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor is a 12-round super welterweight matchup that pits the legendary boxer Mayweather against the all-time MMA great McGregor in the main event of an unprecedented four-fight pay-per-view boxing event.  Mayweather vs. McGregor takes place on Saturday, August 26 at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.  The event is produced and distributed live by SHOWTIME PPV and promoted by Mayweather Promotions.

THE FLOYD MAYWEATHER JR. FOUNDATION AND MAYWEATHER PROMOTIONS RETURNS FOR THE 5TH ANNUAL “BACK-2-SCHOOL SUPPLY GIVEAWAY” AT WEST FLAMINGO PARK IN LAS VEGAS

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THE FLOYD MAYWEATHER JR. FOUNDATION AND MAYWEATHER PROMOTIONS RETURNS FOR THE 5TH ANNUAL “BACK-2-SCHOOL SUPPLY GIVEAWAY” AT WEST FLAMINGO PARK IN LAS VEGAS

 

SATURDAY, AUGUST 5 AT 11 A.M. PT

 

SUPPLY & LAPTOP GIVEAWAYS, FOOD,  PRIZES,  ENTERTAINMENT, PLUS MORE!

 

WHO:          FIGHTERS: Badou Jack, Andrew Tabiti, Ishe Smith, J’Leon Love, plus more!

 

WHAT:           This year marks the 5th year that The Floyd Mayweather Jr. Foundation and

Mayweather Promotions have been able to put together an event geared toward helping the youth, as we approach the upcoming 2017-2018 school year. The event will be joined by Mayweather Promotions’ fighters who will help to hand out backpacks filled with supplies supplies to more than 700 underprivileged youth from grades K-12. Over the course of the past 4 years, more than 2,500 students in the Las Vegas Valley have benefitted from the combined efforts of all that have chipped in to make this event possible!

 

The “Back-2-School Giveaway” is designed to support the Las Vegas community by providing a fun day for families, which will promotes literacy, implements interactive activities and games, entertainment, and resources that benefit the entire community. In addition to each student receiving a backpack with grade appropriate supplies and a book, the event will feature free sports physicals, a live DJ, activities courtesy of the Discovery Children’s Museum, lunch sponsored by Sammy’s Pizza & Papa John’s, games and fun physical activities brought to you aby the YMCA, and a chance to win prizes that are sure to be a great addition to start the school year off! Students in grades 5-12 can also bring their local library card for a chance to win a brand new laptop & printer.

 

The 2017 Back-2-School Giveaway is sponsored by: Mayweather Promotions, The Money Team, AEG, & FNOM. Other supporters include: MGM Grand, Screaming Images, Healthier 4U, Snowie Shaved Ice, Target, Best Buy, YMCA of Southern Nevada, Discovery Children’s Museum, Sammy’s Pizza, Papa John’s, Sam’s Club, and Krispy Kreme Donuts. For updates and additional information, visit: tfmjf.org, Follow on Twitter: @tfmjf, Facebook: at Facebook.com/TFMJF, Instagram at: Instagram.com/tfmjf.

 

WHEN:          Saturday, August 5

                        10:30 a.m. PT – Media Arrival

                        11:00 a.m. PT – Event Begins

3:00 p.m. PT – Event Concludes

 

WHERE:       West Flamingo Park

                        6255 W. Flamingo Road

Las Vegas, NV 89103

 

CONTACT:   Nicole Craig, Mayweather Promotions: (702) 807-1788

Crystal Frost, Mayweather Promotions: (213) 434-5809

Kelly Swanson/Lisa Milner, Swanson Communications: (202) 783-5500

The Floyd Mayweather Junior Foundation: contact@tfmjf.org

WORLD CHAMPION BADOU JACK CONFIRMED FOR THIRD EDITION OF BOX FAN EXPO TAKING PLACE ON CINCO DE MAYO WEEKEND, SATURDAY MAY 6, IN LAS VEGAS

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WORLD CHAMPION BADOU JACK CONFIRMED FOR THIRD EDITION OF BOX FAN EXPO TAKING PLACE ON CINCO DE MAYO WEEKEND, SATURDAY MAY 6, IN LAS VEGAS

Box Fan Expo is the ultimate fan experience event that gives boxing fans the opportunity to meet-and-greet top fighters, current and former world champions, boxing celebrities and industry people in an up-close personal setting.

Tickets On-Sale Now at EventBrite

For Immediate Release

Las Vegas (May 1, 2017) – World Champion Badou Jack has confirmed that he will appear to Meet & Greet his fans at the Las Vegas Convention Center for the 3rd edition of Box Fan Expo that will take place Saturday May 6, 2017 from 10am to 5pm, during Cinco De Mayo weekend.

Jack will appear once again at this years’ Expo at the Mayweather Promotions booth and will be signing gloves, photos and merchandise. Boxing fans will also have a great opportunity to take pictures with this boxing star also known as “The Ripper”. Fans will get an experience like no other at the Mayweather Promotions booth, with a chance to shop Mayweather Promotions, TMT, Mayweather Sports merchandise, and meet other great boxing superstars under the Mayweather Promotions banner.

Badou Jack, is a Swedish professional boxer who held the WBC Super Middleweight title from 2015 to 2017. On April 24, 2015 he defeated Anthony Dirrell to win the WBC championship belt and defended it successfully against George Groves at the MGM Grand Las Vegas on September 12th, 2015 during Mexican Independence weekend. He went on in defeating another great champion in Lucian Bute to retain his belt and then had a Majority draw against Gold medalist James Degale at the Barclays center in Brooklyn New York on January 14, 2017. He has recently decided to move up in weight and challenge the top light heavyweights in the division.

Jack joins, Brandon Rios, Jorge Linares, Marcos Maidana, Jessie Vargas, WBA, Mayweather Promotions, Marco Antonio Barrera, Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame, Yuriorkis Gamboa, Al Bernstein, Thomas Hearns, Kronk Boxing, WBC, Christy Martin, Mia St.John, Fernando Vargas and Joel Casamayor among early commitments to this year’s Box Fan Expo.

Box Fan Expo has been a huge success with fans and boxing industry people. Many boxing stars have attended the last two Expo’s such as Mike Tyson, Roberto Duran, Tommy Hearns, Roy Jones Jr., Sergio Martinez, Keith Thurman, Danny Garcia, Tim Bradley, Deontay Wilder, Amir Khan, Shawn Porter, Fernando Vargas, Zab Judah, James Toney, Vinny Pazienza, Mikey Garcia , Mia St.Johns, Leo Santa Cruz, Badou Jack, Terry Norris , Riddick Bowe , Earnie Shavers, Leon Spinks and many more…

Exhibitors such as boxing gear, apparel, new equipments, energy drinks, alcohol, supplement products, broadcasting media, sanctioning bodies and other companies who wish to participate will once again have a chance to showcase their brand to fans, media and the boxing industry.

Tickets to the Box Fan Expo are available online at:

http://bit.ly/BoxFanMayweatherPromo

Box Fan Expo is the ultimate boxing fan experience event, which allows fans to Meet and Greet Boxing Superstars of today, current and former world champions, Legends of the sport and other boxing Celebrities at their booth. On Site, fans will experience different activities from Autograph Sessions, Photo Sessions, FaceOff with your favorite boxers, as well as a chance to purchase merchandise and memorabilia from their booth, plus so much more… you won’t want to miss this must-attend Expo!

Box Fan Expo will also feature top boxing organizations, promoters, ring card girls, famous trainers and commentators as well as boxing gear companies “ALL UNDER ONE ROOF”.

Throughout the next few days leading up to the Event, there will be more announcements on the many stars that will commit their appearance at the Boxing Expo.

And for anyone in the Boxing industry or other Exhibitors (non-industry), who would like to be involved and reserve a Booth, contact Box Fan Expo:

Telephone number: (514) 572-7222 or Las Vegas Number (702) 997-1927

For any inquiries please email: boxfanexpo@gmail.com

More information on the Box Fan Expo is available at: http://www.boxfanexpo.com

You can follow Box Fan Expo on Twitter at: https://www.twitter.com/BoxFanExpo

and on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/BoxFanExpo

 

Andrzej Fonfara Eyes Top Ten Contenders, Badou Jack Specifically

 

ANDRZEJ FONFARA
EYES TOP TEN CONTENDERS, BADOU JACK SPECIFICALLY
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CHICAGO, IL (March 9, 2017) – After stopping former world champion, Chad Dawson (34-5, 19 KOs), with a stunning tenth-round TKO, WBC #8 light-heavyweight contender, Andrzej Fonfara (29-4, 17 KOs), is welcoming challenges from everyone in the top ten.

“I’m looking forward to my next fight and the possibilities that have opened up with my victory over Chad Dawson,” said Andrzej Fonfara. “My main goal is to avenge my loss to Joe Smith Jr., but if I can’t get him in the ring, then I’m looking to face anyone in the top ten of the light-heavyweight division.”
With the light-heavyweight division loaded with talent, Fonfara seeks a meaningful fight with one of the top contenders, more specifically, former WBC super-middleweight champion, Badou Jack (20-1, 12 KOs), who recently vacated his world title at 168 pounds.
“Badou Jack seems like the perfect opponent, but I must warn him, this is not the super-middleweight division,” Fonfara continued. “Badou Jack has never faced punchers like those fighting at 175 pounds.  He must earn his shot to a world title fight, just like I did when I was coming up.  This makes for a perfect opportunity for us to fight, with the winner moving up the rankings.
Mario Serrano
Publicist – Team Fonfara
boxingpublicist@aol.com
(408) 607-5756

A MESSAGE FROM THE WBC TO THE BOXING WORLD!

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To all boxers enrolled in the CBP:

 

Dear champions, challengers and fighters, we wish you a great 2017, hoping your dreams and ambitions materialize.

 

As you are aware, every fighter enrolled in the Clean Boxing Program must keep updated information on their whereabouts. This is extremely important, in order to avoid any missed tests , which could become a problem.

 

Remember to promptly notify any changes of location to info@VADA-testing.org

 

Also , we would like to recommend that you take 30 minutes to again view the webinar, which provides important information about PEDS that can help you prevent becoming involved with illegal substances or entangling yourselves in illegal procedures. http://wbcboxing.com/WBCVADA/

 

We are all standing together, shoulder to shoulder, keeping the sport of boxing great and safe! I am very proud of you all and also thank you for showing the world that you truly and deeply care for the sport, for Fair Play and CLEAN BOXING ……..

 

Lets have a great 2017 !

 

 

Badou Jack vs. James DeGale Final Press Conference Quotes & Photos

 

SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING Doubleheader This Saturday, January 14 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn

 

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Click HERE for Photos from Ed Diller/DiBella Entertainment

 

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BROOKLYN (January 12, 2017) – Super middleweight champions Badou Jack and James DeGale went face-to-face Thursday at the final press conference before their world title unification showdown that headlines action this Saturday, January 14 from Barclays Center in Brooklyn and live on SHOWTIME.

 

Mayweather Promotions President Floyd Mayweather discussed the highly anticipated matchup featuring his fighter, Jack, who he has helped go from contender to the top of the 168-pound division.

 

Televised coverage begins at 9:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. PT with junior lightweight world champion Jose Pedraza taking on undefeated contender Gervonta Davis, both of whom were on hand to speak to media at the Highline Ballroom in Manhattan.

 

Fighters from the televised undercard in attendance include super bantamweight world champion Amanda Serrano who defends her title against former two-division world champion Yazmin Rivas on SHOWTIME EXTREME. Also in attendance and opening up the telecast at 7 p.m. ET/PT are undefeated middleweights Ievgen Khytrov and Immanuwel Aleem and former title challenger Thomas Dulorme, whotakes on Brian Jones.

 

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by Mayweather Promotions and DiBella Entertainment, start at $25. Tickets are available now and can be purchased online by visiting www.ticketmaster.comwww.barclayscenter.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000. Tickets are also available at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center. Group discounts are available by calling 844-BKLYN-GP.

 

Here is what the participants had to say Thursday:

 

BADOU JACK

“I’m just happy to be here and enjoying myself. I can’t wait until Saturday night to become a unified world champion.

 

“I’m fighting another world champion so I know that it’s not going to be easy. No matter what, we’re getting the job done.

 

“On fight night, none of the talk matters. You have to back it up in the ring. I’m just excited about the fight. I’m not focused on anything else other than that. I just need to win.

 

“I’ve been paying attention to DeGale for a while. You have to study your opponent a little bit for a fight this big. I’m ready to do anything it takes to win the fight.

 

“I promise the fans it’s going to be an exciting fight. Don’t blink, because this one could be over quickly. One punch can change the fight.

 

“This is champion versus champion. It’s finally here. I’m going to put on a great show and become the unified champion, no matter what it takes.

 

“To be at Barclays Center in Brooklyn is amazing. It’s a unification fight so it doesn’t get any bigger than that. It’s boxing and anything can happen, but on fight night I’m going to find a way to get the victory.

 

“This is the most people that have come over from Sweden to support me. It’s fun to have a lot of support back home. I can’t wait to come home as a unified champion.”

 

JAMES DEGALE

“Badou doesn’t do anything spectacularly, but he does everything well. I’ve got to be on top of my game to get the victory.

 

“I’m prepared if the fight goes 12-rounds or one round. My training has been perfect and it’s all going to come together on fight night.

 

“It’s a dream come true to fight at Barclays Center. A lot of U.K. fighters have fought in New York and I’m excited to be another. It’s going to be a special atmosphere on fight night.

 

“I’m expecting to have a lot of support on Saturday night. My profile in America has been growing and I think there will be support in the building. As a young kid you always wanted to come to America and become a star.

 

“Camp is done. It’s been a wicked camp. Everything has gone well. On Saturday night you’re going to see two world class fighters go to war. I have no doubt that I will be victorious and become the super middleweight unified world champion.

 

“This is the moment. The time is now and we’re ready. My whole team is primed for a great performance. I’m ready to prove that I’m one of the best fighters in the world.

 

“I can’t wait to return to the U.K. as a unified world champion. This is a great fight for boxing and it’s going to raise my appeal all over the world.

 

“I think our styles are going to gel to make a great fight. But don’t be surprised about anything you see in the ring. Enjoy the fight on Saturday night.”

 

 

FLOYD MAYWEATHER, President of Mayweather Promotions

“I want to thank everybody for coming out to support this event. The main thing I want to do is thank the fighters. Without the fighters going out there and racking up victories then we wouldn’t be here today for this explosive card.

 

“I commend James DeGale on his career. He’s done a great job. Badou Jack is very humble, appreciative and dedicated to his craft. These are unbelievable fighters. Saturday we’re looking for another great night of boxing. I think it will be one of the best cards of this year and this is one of the first.

 

“We have so many new faces at Mayweather Promotions, including Thomas Dulorme, and we look forward to taking him to the next level and back to world title contention.

 

“Everything takes time in the sport. Nothing happens overnight. We started Mayweather Promotions to give back and help fighters, not take from fighters. I’ve been there, so I know how these fighters feel. It takes a lot to reach this level.

 

“It takes a lot to get a card of this magnitude together. But I’m a man of my word. I told Gervonta Davis that he would be fighting on TV for a world title. It’s about producing, and that’s what we do at Mayweather Promotions.

 

“This sport is about the fighters growing and accomplishing their dreams. Helping these fighters is the greatest feeling. I’m always there to help my fighters.

 

“I’m so proud of Badou Jack. The first time I saw him in the gym, I was curious about him. If a guy is willing to fly overseas and take a bus to the boxing gym to accomplish his dreams, that’s what makes a great fighter.

 

“I gave a lot to the sport and boxing gave a lot to me. My career is over and it’s time for me to give back. I want to help them accomplish their goals.

 

“This is going to be a great card. Make sure you tune-in on Saturday night. Two great world title fights on SHOWTIME and another on SHOWTIME EXTREME.”

 

JOSE PEDRAZA

“I’m very proud and grateful to be here and represent Puerto Rico. I’m ready to get to the fight. I’ve been training for a very long time. It’s been a great camp with a lot of good sparring.

 

“Davis is a great fighter. He’s very young and talented. He has a good record. But I am the champion. I’m prepared for anything he might bring into the ring.

 

“I am excited to fight in front of the great Puerto Rican fans in Brooklyn. I think it will help inspire me to give a great performance and defend my belt.

 

“I’m prepared for everything. I prepare like a champion every day so that we can get into the ring and execute our game plan.

 

“It’s a great opportunity to share the card with a fellow Puerto Rican in Amanda Serrano and I think the fans are in for a treat. We’re going to bring the heart of the Puerto Ricans into the ring.

 

“I just hope that he came ready for the fight. Because if he’s not ready, I’m going for the knockout.”

 

GERVONTA DAVIS

“I’m in fight mode right now. It’s my first world title shot and I had a great training camp. I trained with top amateurs. I know Pedraza will come to fight because he’s a great champion.

 

“It was a big step up for me when I first signed with Floyd Mayweather. He took me under his wing and helped me do things I’ve never done before. It was new for me, coming from where I come from.

 

“I know that Pedraza is a great fighter and I have to be ready for anything. I believe in my abilities and the work my team in during training camp. It’s going to be exciting.

 

“I started fighting for the money, but I lost sight of what I really came to do. I’ve dedicated myself to this team and I’m going to bring my heart and my mind into the ring.

 

“I’m going to show the fans and everybody watching what I’m really about. I’m not Mike Tyson, I’m not Floyd Mayweather or Sugar Ray Leonard, I’m just Gervonta Davis. On January 14 I will become a world champion.” Continue reading

[VIDEO] BADOU JACK “THE RIPPER” VS JAMES “CHUNKY” DEGALE CONFERENCE CALL

Listen in as Badou Jack “The Ripper” and James “Chunky” DeGale chime in on their World super middleweight unification bout this Saturday.

 

Also check out Jose “Sniper” Pedraza vs. Gervonta “Tank” Davis for Pedraza’s IBF junior lightweight (super featherweight) title.

 

Also, additional fights will take place on Showtime Extreme.

 

Make sure you catch them, as well as Friday The 13th card on PBC on Spike.  In the main event Erislandy Lara vs. Yuri Foreman.