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TERENCE CRAWFORD AND FELIX DIAZ MAKE WEIGHT!

Terence Crawford vs. Felix Diaz in on!   Check out the fighter weights below:

 

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Terence Crawford 139.2 vs. Felix Diaz 139.4
(WBC/WBO World super lightweight title)

Ray Beltran 134.6 vs. Jonathan Maicelo 134.8

Shakur Stevenson 124.6 vs. Carlos Suarez 124.2

Konstantin Ponomarev 149.6 vs. Ed Paredes 150.2
Teofimo Lopez 134.8 vs. Ronald Rivas 135.4
Tong Hui Li 153.8 vs. Daniel Calzada 154.2
Fazliddin Gaibnazarov 138 vs. Agustine Mauras 135.8
Steve Nelson 174.2 vs. Gilberto Rubio 173
Henry Lebron 130.2 vs. Johnny Estrada 131

QUESTIONS & ANSWERS WITH TERENCE “BUD” CRAWFORD

Press Release: Undefeated world junior welterweight champion Terence Crawford (30-0, 21 KOs), of Omaha, Neb. will make his 2017 debut, Saturday, May 20th, at the Mecca of Boxing, Madison Square Garden in New York City.  He will be defending his unified WBC/WBO titles against former Olympic gold medalist Felix Diaz  (19-1, 9 KOs) of Brooklyn by way of the Dominican Republic.  It will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing, beginning at 10:15 p.m. ET/PT. Crawford and promoter Bob Arum made themselves available in training camp on Thursday for a pre-fight week Q&A Session.  Here is the transcript:

Q: Most boxers do not call you out.  Diaz has been calling you out for the last couple of fights.  How do you feel about that?  Do you get annoyed?

TERENCE CRAWFORD:  When you are at the top of the division, everyone wants to fight the guy at the top, especially when they can get their name out there to boost their ratings.  I didn’t take it as nothing really.

Q: So it didn’t take much to get the fight done?

TERENCE CRAWFORD:  Yes, of course, I never ran away from any challenge.  He’s got the skills, he’s a good fighter, he is an Olympic Gold Medalist and this is the fight that a lot of people were calling for, and we are here now.

Q: Diaz lost a razor close decision to Peterson that a lot of people thought he won.  Did you see the fight and what did you think?

TERENCE CRAWFORD:  It was a real close fight.  Lamont was the favorite in that fight and he did what he had to do to get the job done, and this fight could be different.

Q: Is Diaz the type of opponent that can bring out the best in you?  Unlike Molina and Postol, do you think Diaz can give you a better challenge?

TERENCE CRAWFORD:  We shall see.  A lot of people look a the fights and ask who will bring out the best in Terence Crawford, who is going to bring out this in Terence Crawford – we want to see Terence Crawford in these types of fights.  But again, I make my adjustments and it’s just that.  So we are going to have to see how the fight is going to go or what is going to happen.  I just fight the fight.

Q: Bob, what are your thoughts about going up against Diaz, and maybe he is the guy that can bring out the best in Terence?

BOB ARUM:  Felix Diaz in an Olympic Gold Medalist and that means something.  A Gold Medalist has a lot of confidence and a lot of credentials and ability.  I am delighted that he stepped up to the plate.  His promoter Lou DiBella was very helpful in making the fight and very cooperative.  It is going to be a terrific fight for the fans and Terence only wants to fight the best.  Whoever is the best that steps up is the one Terence is going to fight.  Terence has never ducked anybody.  The whole time he has been with Top Rank he has never ducked an opponent.  It’s not a question of matching him correctly.  It’s not a question of being cautious.  Terence will fight anybody who steps up to the plate.

Q: Are you looking forward to the day where you get in a big like, a la Chavez-Taylor or Hagler-Hearns where you have to dig deep?  Would you like that kind of fight?

TERENCE CRAWFORD:  That’s what training is for.  That’s what you train hard for.  That’s what you prepare for because again, you never know what is going to happen in the ring.  You have to prepare yourself for whatever your opponent might bring.  I am prepared to go to hell and back to get the win.  I train to prepare for whatever.

Q: Even though Diaz is a Gold Medalist – there have been many Gold Medalists before him that didn’t make it as a pro such as Yuriorkis Gamboa [Editor’s note: Dumb example by the questioner. Gamboa was a world title holder at one point]– do you think he can bring this out of you?

TERENCE CRAWFORD:  We have to see.  Like I said I have never fought the man yet, so I can’t say if he is my toughest opponent or not.

Q: When you look at Diaz’ resume, what stands out to you?

TERENCE CRAWFORD:  I don’t look at a fighter’s record.  If a fighter can fight, he can fight, and that’s that.

Q: Do you feel as though he has enough power to make you worry?

TERENCE CRAWFORD:  I never underestimate any opponent.  I just go in there and make sure I don’t get caught with anything – I don’t want to go in there and be careless.

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TERENCE CRAWFORD VS FELIX DIAZ ON HBO THIS SATURDAY NIGHT!

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Undefeated World Junior Welterweight Champion Terence “Bud” Crawford and No. 3 world-rated contender Felix Diaz announce their 12-round World Title fight. Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with DiBella Entertainment, Tecate and Madison Square Garden, the Crawford vs. Diaz world championship event will take place on Saturday, May 20, at Madison Square Garden.

 

It will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing®, beginning at 10:15 p.m. ET/PT. Crawford (30-0, 21 KOs), of Omaha, Neb., already a two-division lineal world champion, has won five of his last seven bouts by stoppage.

 

The consensus Top-Five pound-for-pound fighter and 2014 Fighter of the Year will be making his second defense as the unified World Boxing Organization (WBO) / World Boxing Council (WBC) / Ring magazine 140-pound world champion. Diaz. (19-1, 9 KOs), from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, is a 2008 Olympic gold medalist.  A natural junior welterweight, Diaz has been forced to campaign at welterweight because viable opponents in the in 140-pound division have been running from him.

 

The only blemish on his record was a disputed 12-round welterweight majority decision loss to two-division world champion Lamont Peterson in 2015.  Diaz bounced back from that loss with a dominant unanimous decision victory over previously undefeated contender Sammy Vasquez.

 

 

May 20 at MSG Crawford vs Diaz + Shakur Stevenson – Fight Week is HERE!

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NEW YORK (May 12, 2017) — Undefeated World Junior Welterweight Champion and top pound for pound fighter TERENCE “Bud” CRAWFORD (30-0, 21 KOs), of Omaha, Neb., will make his 2017 debut, Next Saturday!  May 20, at the Mecca of Boxing, Madison Square Garden.  This will also be his debut headlining in the big room — a testament both to his talent and his growing popularity.  Crawford will be defending his unified World Boxing Organization (WBO) / World Boxing Council (WBC) / Ring magazine titles against former Olympic gold medalist and top-rated contender FÉLIX DÍAZ (19-1, 8 KOs), of Brooklyn by way of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, in a marquee all-action fight.  It will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing, beginning at 10:15 p.m. ET/PT.

 

The telecast will open with RAY “Sugar” BELTRAN (32-7-1, 20 KOs), of Phoenix, AZ by way of Ahome, Mexicoand JONATHAN “The Last Inca” MAICELO (25-2, 12 KOs), of North Bergen, New Jersey by way of Callao, Peru, going mano a mano in a high-stakes battle of world-rated lightweight contenders.  Sanctioned by the International Boxing Federation (IBF) as a world lightweight title elimination bout, the winner of the 12-round rumble will also lay claim to the vacant World Boxing Association (WBA) International and the NABF and NABO lightweight titles, currently held by Beltran.  The world championship event will also feature the Pride of Newark and 2016 U.S. Olympic silver medalist SHAKUR STEVENSON(1-0) on the non-televised undercard.

 

Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with DiBella Entertainment, Tecate and Madison Square Garden, remaining  tickets to the Crawford vs. Díaz world championship event are priced at $250, $150, $100, $75, $50 and $35.  They can be purchased at the Madison Square Garden Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster charge by phone (866-858-0008), and online at www.ticketmaster.com and www.thegarden.com.

World Championship Boxing: Terence Crawford vs. Felix Diaz: TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

 

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Terence Crawford vs. Felix Diaz World Championship Boxing Saturday, May 20 | 7PM Championship Boxing returns to “The World’s Most Famous Arena” on Saturday, May 20th with a must-see match-up between two top Junior Welterweight warriors! Undefeated World Champion TERENCE “BUD” CRAWFORD returns to “The Mecca of Boxing” to defend his unified WBO / WBC / Ring Magazine titles against former Olympic gold medalist and top-rated contender FELIX DIAZ. Two division champion, and top pound-for-pound superstar Crawford (30-0, 21 KOs), from Omaha, Nebraska, returns to New York City to make his Madison Square Garden Arena debut.

 

“Bud” has won five of his last seven fights via knockout, and will be looking for his 31st consecutive career victory when he steps into The Garden’s famed ring on May 20th. Top rated contender Diaz (19-1, 9 KOs) is the first boxer from the Dominican Republic to ever win an Olympic gold medal. The hard hitting southpaw will look to prove himself as the best 140-pound fighter in the world by handing Crawford the first loss of his career. Tickets are on sale NOW MORE UPCOMING EVENTS

 

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FELIX DIAZ EAGER TO FACE DANNY GARCIA; SIGNS WITH DIBELLA ENTERTAINMENT

Fresh off his sensational upset victory over previously undefeated and top-rated welterweight Sammy Vasquez Jr. on July 16th, Felix Diaz has signed an exclusive long-term promotional agreement with DiBella Entertainment (DBE). The only gold medalist in the history of the Dominican Republic Olympic Boxing team, Diaz, who fights in both the junior welterweight and welterweight divisions, is looking for the absolute biggest names in boxing and is thrilled to be joining the DBE roster.

“Signing with Lou DiBella means that the team around me just got even better,” said Diaz. “I have the best advisor in the game in Al Haymon and now I have the best promoter in Lou. Lou can turn me into a household name and promote me the way that I should be promoted. I am very excited to join DiBella Entertainment and I can’t wait to get back in the ring with one of the biggest names in the sport.”

“Felix Diaz is one of the best fighters in the world between 140-147 pounds,” said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. “He can compete with anyone at these weights and is capable of beating them. It’s not an accident that Felix is the only gold medalist in the history of his native Dominican Republic. We look forward to working with Felix and his management team as we build him into a recognizable name to all boxing fans while pursuing the biggest and best fights available for him.”

“I am very excited about Felix joining the DBE team. I have known Lou for over 10 years; no one works harder than him. He is very passionate about this sport and his fighters. I know that he will guide Felix in the right direction and bring him to the top,” said manager Jose Nunez.

Coming off a majority decision loss to Lamont Peterson in October of last year, Diaz took the fight against the highly regarded, much bigger, and undefeated Vasquez Jr. on short notice, after Vasquez Jr.’s original opponent Luis Collazo pulled out. Entering the bout against Vasquez as a significant underdog, Diaz took the fight right to Vasquez from the outset and never let off the gas, ultimately winning a unanimous 10-round decision in an absolute war on the undercard of Deontay Wilder’s heavyweight title defense against Chris Arreola. It was a sensational performance by Diaz, which was broadcast live and in primetime on the Fox network.

While Diaz is looking at any and all of the top names in the 140-147lb. divisions, there is one name in particular that he has his eye on.

I want Danny Garcia,” stated Diaz. “I have made this very clear to my team that this is the fight I want. If Danny wants to avoid me though, then I want one of the other big names out there. Broner, Burns, Porter, Berto, Bradley, Crawford, I like all of those fights. I don’t turn down fights. I have been thrown to the wolves since I first got into this game and I have never backed down from a challenge. I just want to fight the best and I believe that before the end of the year, I will be in the ring with one of the biggest names in boxing.”
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Undefeated Heavyweight World Champion Deontay Wilder Stops Chris Arreola at The End of Eighth Frame of PBC on FOX & FOX Deportes Primetime Main Event from Birmingham, Alabama

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BIRMINGHAM, AL (July 16, 2016) – Undefeated heavyweight world champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder (37-0, 36 KOs) finished three-time world title challenger Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola (36-5-1, 31 KOs) after the eighth round of the main event of Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on FOX and FOX Deportes from Legacy Arena at the BJCC in Birmingham, Alabama.

 

In front of a hometown crowd of 11,974, Wilder controlled the fight from bell to bell, dropping Arreola in the fourth round, and dominating the battle tested challenger. Despite a broken right hand and a torn bicep muscle, Wilder managed to persevere and secure the stoppage.

 

Televised action opened with Olympic Gold medalist Felix Diaz Jr. (18-1, 8 KOs) defeating Sammy “The Sergeant” Vasquez Jr. (21-1, 15 KOs) by unanimous decision (96-93, 95-94, 95-94) in an exhilarating 10-round welterweight showdown.

 

The second televised bout featured unbeaten rising star Erickson “Hammer” Lubin (16-0, 11 KOs) scoring a unanimous decision (80-72, 80-72, 80-72) over Ivan Montero (20-2, 8 KOs) in an eight-round junior middleweight bout.

 

Here is what the fighters had to say after their bouts:

 

LOU DIBELLA

“Wilder will be taken to a local hospital tonight, and will be seeing a specialist this week to assess the damage to his right hand and right bicep muscle.”

 

DEONTAY WILDER

What round did you hurt your hand:

 

“It was early – the third or the fourth round. It was from an (awkward) punch. I hurt the hand first, and then the bicep.

 

Was he tougher than you thought:

 

“He was just as tough as I thought he would be. I know he was scared of the right hand for sure. I think I would have gotten him out of there (in the fourth round) if he didn’t hold the ropes. On that last one he told me in my ear, I had to hold the ropes. I had to hold the ropes.

 

“I got one of the best jabs in the world, because I have super trainers. I got Mark Breland, who showed me all kinds of ways to throw my jab. I got Russ Ambers who shows me techniques. I have Jay my long-time trainer on everything, and of course I have Cuz Hill who gives me great work on the mitts.

 

“Look at my hand, this thing hurts.

 

What does it say about your toughness that you were able to fight for four rounds with a broken right hand and a torn right bicep:

 

“Man, it let’s me know I’m a force to be reckoned with. If I have one hand or two hands, you can’t deny that I’m the best in the world. I’m going to still give it to you whether I have one hand or two hands. I won’t stop. As a champion it’s my duty to keep going no matter what I’m going through. Pain ain’t nothing to me. I got a high tolerance on pain. When you’re dealing with fights, it’s not over until it’s over. Whoever fights me they have to be ready. They just can’t come in and think they’re going to bully me or think they’re going to out-tough me or think they’re going to out-punch me, because there ain’t no out-bullying, there ain’t no out-toughing, there ain’t no out-punching, because I’m the heavyweight champion of the world. That means a lot to me.

 

How satisfying was it to put on such a gutty performance before your home State fans:

 

“It was very satisfying to punish a guy like Chris Arreola. I straight punished him. I didn’t get my knockout like I want, but it was a knockout. I’ll take that on my record. I still advanced to 37-0 with 36 KOs.”

 

CHRIS ARREOLA

“When he started taunting in the eighth round I knew it was all just part of boxing. No big deal.

 

“The fourth round knockdown was a situation where he just hit me with the perfect shot. Nothing I could do about it.

 

“(Deontay’s) movement was really tough. He moved perfectly behind his jab. It’s not that it’s even frustrating; it was just I had to catch up to him on runs like that, but it was a fun fight.

 

“He just kept me on the outside, I couldn’t figure him out — plain and simple. I have to give him all the respect in the world because he was just a much better fighter.

 

How did he make it out of Round 4?

 

“Let’s be honest, man. It takes a real fighter to be in the ring with someone like him. He’s a big man. We’re in the heavyweight division, man, this is the hurt business. You have to know how to deal with adversity. I get punched, I’m going to get back up.

 

“I have to give him credit for using his distance, using his jab and just keeping me at bay.”

 

SAMMY VASQUEZ

“I knew in my heart I lost that fight. I tried my hardest but there were things I should have done that I didn’t do. We can’t look in the past. He’s a hell of fighter. He’s an Olympic gold medalist for a reason. He had a tough decision loss to Lamont Peterson. To me he was an undefeated Olympic gold medalist.

 

“I take nothing away from the man. He’s a hell of a fighter. I’m a hell of a fighter. At the end of the day we put on a great show.

 

“We’ll huddle up and start back at the drawing board. I’ve got to start knocking those names down again.

 

Ever been in a situation where the scores were added wrong:

 

“I’ve never been in a situation where I had to wait for them to add up the scores again, because obviously I was undefeated. This is my first loss. Losses you learn from. Losses just mean you have room to grow. We’ll take this and come back strong the next time.

 

You hurt him in the 10th round:

 

“I know I had him hurt as soon as I hit him in the head twice. I saw him wobble and grab ahold of me. He was very slippery. As soon as I tried to push him away my hands would slip away. Hey, it was a hell of a fight. I take nothing away from the man.”

 

FELIX DIAZ

“When I first heard it was a split draw, I felt like I was the winner and I got robbed like in my fight against Lamont Peterson.

 

“I definitely feel like the scores should have been wider on the cards, but I understand. The first couple of rounds I was feeling him out, but after those first couple I feel like I won every round.

 

“Since Vasquez is taller than me and has longer reach, my plan of attack was to stay inside and fight him at a close distance.

 

“I took this fight on only 15 days notice, and before this I was preparing for a right handed fighter, so it was a bit of an adjustment. I only had two weeks to make the changes that I needed to. I’m thankful to my team for getting me ready for this fight.

 

“Fighting on a FOX and FOX Deportes primetime card and looking as good as I did makes me very happy. I’m ready for anyone at 140 or 147 lbs.”

 

ERICKSON LUBIN

“I’m definitely not upset with my performance. The referee was letting him get away with a lot of clinching and head butting. All in and all I’m happy with my performance. I’m still undefeated. I’m going to keep stepping up in these fights and upgrading my competition.

 

Anything you wanted to do that you didn’t get a chance to do:

 

“Hell, I wanted to knock him out. But the ref wasn’t really calling him for holding or even warning him for holding so that he wouldn’t hold as much and head butt as much. He was tough. I give it to him. He came to fight.

 

Some guys come in there to survive. That was definitely the type of fighter he was. He was in there to survive. He didn’t want to go home with a knockout loss.

 

Was this a big step up fight for you:

 

“Every fight was a step up fight for me. I take every fight seriously. There are always things I can learn and improve on. This was definitely one of those fights.”

 

IVAN MONTERO

“I was happy to go the distance tonight, and I agree with the decision. He definitely won, but I thought I put on a good fight. He didn’t do that much damage to me.

 

“I was honored to get this fight and the opportunity to fight on national television. I hope the fans enjoyed my style of fighting. I look forward to getting back in the ring soon.

 

“Right now, I’m just going to take some time and assess my options, but I’d like the rematch with him some time in the future.”

 

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The card was promoted by DiBella Entertainment in association with TGB Promotions and Bruno Event Team

 

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MORE FROM DEONTAY WILDER & SAMMY VASQUEZ JR.

WilderHeavyweight world champion Deontay Wilder, two-time heavyweight title challenger Chris Arreola, undefeated welterweight Sammy Vasquez Jr. and Olympic Gold medalist Felix Diaz participated in a media workout Wednesday as they near their respective Premier Boxing Champions on FOX and FOX Deportes matchups taking placeSaturday, July 16 from Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama.

The fighters worked out at Round 1 Boxing in Vestavia Hills, Alabama as they prepare for the card headlined by the hometown favorite, Wilder, making the fourth defense of his heavyweight title.

Here is what Deontay Wilder and Sammy Vasquez Jr. had to say Wednesday:

DEONTAY WILDER

“When it comes to Deontay Wilder, people look for the knockouts and I deliver. What separates me from other heavyweights is the fashion in which I knock guys out. I don’t just knock you out, I really put you out.

“Arreola definitely has a style prone to a knockout. He’s a pressure fighter who will come forward all night. That plays to my style. I love pressure fighters who give me a challenge. They keep me moving and thinking. I love the sweet science and the art to it.

“I never look at films of opponents because I want to be surprised and I want to give myself a mental challenge in there. That’s what makes this sport so great.

“Birmingham has showed me love from day one. I don’t just represent my city; I represent the state. Everywhere is my home. Birmingham understands entertainment and excitement and that’s what I’m trying to bring to people here.

“I’m here to defend my title against a very hungry fighter. It’s a life-changing event for the man who holds the belt at the end of the night.

“I never look past anybody. But I can look through them. Before I became a champion, I said I wanted to be an active champion. Just like I was active coming up. This has been my longest time away from the ring, so if all goes well on Saturday, I want to be back in the next few months.

“I have an ability to get out of bed and fight. I can do things that regular fighters can’t do. I don’t do miles of roadwork. I’m blessed with stamina.

“This is my gift to give back to my state. Boxing is growing fast here. Me and Jay Deas have always wanted to do this. It warms my heart that we’re living our dreams.”

SAMMY VASQUEZ JR.

“I think this fight goes eight rounds at the most. It’s tough to predict and he’s a shifty guy but I’m confident. I’m going to key in on the body and try to wear him out. I’ll be smart about it, because I have to make a statement in this fight.

“My reach and my height will give me an advantage but he’s a slick fighter. All of these things can be advantages, but they can also work against you. I like to box and keep my opponent at range. I can’t let him smother me. We’re very prepared for his best shots.

“I think it’s going to be a great fight. He has a great amateur pedigree but I think I’ve made more impact as a pro. We’re equals and it’ll make for an explosive fight.

“Diaz is a slick southpaw, just like Luis Collazo. He’s had a couple decent names on his resume. I think Lamont Peterson fell into Diaz’s trap a little bit, which made that a close fight. He’s coming up to my weight, but he brings it and he’s dangerous.

“It feels good to be here. It’s been a long training camp leading up to an unbelievable card like this. I’m very grateful for the opportunity to be here. My coach (Charles Leverette) is from Alabama and he represents the state hard, so I’ve been on the ‘Roll Tide’ bandwagon.

“When I was young I remember watching great heavyweight title fights and now to be on the undercard of one is incredible. There are kids out there looking at me and Deontay in the same way. It’s amazing. It’s a blessing that really boosts my career and lets people get to know me better.”

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Televised coverage begins at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and features unbeaten rising star Erickson Lubin battling once beaten brawler Ivan Montero in addition to the Wilder vs. Arreola and Vasquez Jr. vs. Diaz bout. The televised action will switch over to FS1 and FOX Deportes immediately following the conclusion of the FOX telecast.

Tickets for the event, which is promoted by DiBella Entertainment in association with TGB Promotions and Bruno Event Team, start at only $20 and are on sale now. For tickets please visit www.alabamatitlefight.com and www.ticketmaster.com.

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Deontay Wilder vs. Chris Arreola PBC on FOX, FOX Deportes & FS1 Final Press Conference Quotes & Photos

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Action Begins at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on FOX & FOX Deportes Before Moving to FS1 Live from Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama

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BIRMINGHAM, AL. (July 14, 2016) – Heavyweight world champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder and two-time title challenger Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola went face-to-face Thursday at the final press conference before they headline Premier Boxing Champions on FOX and FOX Deportes this Saturday, July 16 from Legacy Arena at the BJCC in Birmingham, Alabama.

 

In attendance at the press conference and featured in televised action beginning at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT were undefeated Sammy “The Sergeant” Vasquez Jr. and Olympic gold medalist Felix Diaz, who square off in a 10-round welterweight bout, plus rising star Erickson “Hammer” Lubin and Mexico’s Ivan Montero, who meet in a super welterweight attraction.

 

The televised action will switch over to FS1 and FOX Deportes immediately following the conclusion of the FOX telecast with action headlined by undefeated welterweight Jamal James battling exciting contender Wale Omotoso. Additional action on FS1 and FOX Deportes features former world champion Vic Darchinyan and undefeated heavyweight Gerald Washington in separate bouts.

 

Tickets for the event, which is promoted by DiBella Entertainment in

association with TGB Promotions and Bruno Event Team, start at only $20 and are on sale now. For tickets please visit www.alabamatitlefight.com and www.ticketmaster.com.

 

Fighters spoke to media at the BJCC’s Arena Club inside the same venue that will host a stacked night of fights on Saturday night.

 

Here is what the fighters had to say Thursday:

 

DEONTAY WILDER

“I’ve wanted to hit somebody since May. I got teased but now it’s time. And I get to do it at home. There’s no better place to do it.

 

“We’ve had a few guys that we could have chosen, but there were certain guys we didn’t want to give a short notice opportunity. We needed a certain type of fighter for this job.

 

“We need someone who will fight with their heart and take this opportunity and make the most of it. Does he deserve the title shot? No he doesn’t. He knows it. But is Chris Arreola the perfect guy for this fight? Of course he is.

 

“Chris is lucky to get a third chance at a title. There’s a lot of prospects who would love to fight him just to get a chance to fight for this belt. We needed a special person for this situation and I blessed Chris Arreola with the opportunity.

 

“It’s time to fight. He’s ‘The Nightmare’ and I’m a knockout artist. What makes me special is the way I knock people out. Go look at the people I’ve knocked out and see what I’ve given them.

 

“This is going to be another story for me to write in the history books. I can feel it. It’s going to be a great show. Don’t miss it.

 

“I appreciated everyone who comes out for me when I’m here fighting at home. I’m really excited about this show. You know the words at the end of the night will be ‘And still! Heavyweight champion of the world.'”

 

CHRIS ARREOLA

“I’m ready for this fight. I’m more ready than I’ve ever been. I’m hungry. This isn’t a cakewalk. I respect Deontay, that’s why I trained for you. Come fight time, there’s no respect, it’s time to fight.

 

“One thing no one can question about me is my heart. I’m going to come at him but be smart. My goal is to take home that title and make history.

 

“I want to thank Deontay for giving me this opportunity. I am a sleeping giant. I’m being underestimated. Place your bets on me and make some money.”

 

SAMMY VASQUEZ JR.

“Me and Felix Diaz are both coming to bring it. It’s going to be a tough fight for him and myself. People have to watch this fight. To me he’s undefeated and I’m coming in undefeated. We’re putting it all on the line in this fight.

 

“Felix and I have worked together and we’re friends, but this is business. He knows that I’m going to bring it like I do every fight. It’s a great opportunity to be showcased on this card.

 

“If you feel that you’re the best in your weight division, then it doesn’t matter who they put in front of you. My opponent doesn’t matter; we’re going to get the job done. I have to fight quality opponents to be able to step up to the next guy.

 

“Felix Diaz is a great competitor and he’s a very tough fighter. He has a tremendous amount of talent and he never stops coming, just like I do.

 

“I’m a pressure fighter. I like to show the crowd how I get down. I’m an undefeated fighter and I will remain that way Saturday night. I’m here to take care of business.

 

“I need wins like this to get fights with Danny Garcia and Keith Thurman and I need to do it decisively.

 

“If I can get this win I definitely want Danny Garcia. He’s a Philadelphia guy. I’m from Pittsburgh, it’d be a fun matchup. We’re both marketable guys and I think it’d be a huge fight.

 

“I just want to fight the best. That’s what I’m here for. I’ll fight anybody. I want to get a world title.”

 

FELIX DIAZ

“I want to thank everyone who is here today. Everything is ready to go. We’ve had a great training camp leading up to this fight.

 

“I know that Sammy is a very good fighter. We’ve been stablemates before, but this is business. I’m going to do what I have to do to be victorious on Saturday.

 

“I’m ready to get in the ring and do anything that I can on Saturday to get the victory.”

 

ERICKSON LUBIN

“This is a great opportunity on a big card. I’m here to showcase my talent and show why I’m one of the best 154-pound fighters in the world.

 

“This is a stepping stone for me. I know this is a tough Mexican who will be a great opponent. I just took care of business early a few weeks ago in Chicago and I’m looking to do the same thing Saturday. I’m here to steal the show.

 

“I want to thank my team for helping me in training camp and getting me to this moment. It’s ‘Hammer Time’ on Saturday.”

 

JAMAL JAMES

“We always stay ready in the gym. It’s always training camp. I’m at a point in my career where I have to be ready at all times. When the call comes, I’m ready.

 

“We’re working on some things that we wanted to tighten up from the last fight and I can’t wait to show everybody my improvements.

 

“Wale has been in there with some great competitors. We had to make sure everything is tightened up because he’s a strong guy. He has a good knockout ratio so you have to watch out for power punches.

 

“A lot of guys I fight are shorter than me. I’m one of the tallest welterweights in the game. A lot of guys have to fight me the same way, so we know what to expect. Our defense is tight and I’m sitting down on my punches more than ever.

 

“It’s a blessing to be on a card like this. I was very excited when I got the call. Deontay Wilder is a heavyweight champion and it’s a stacked card. It’s a great honor. I’m happy to keep stepping up in competition and in platform.

 

“I’m a class-act in the ring. I’m trying to bring the master skill back to boxing. But I’m ferocious at the same time. You won’t be mad because I always give you a great show.”

 

GERALD WASHINGTON

“I’m looking to go out there and take care of my business. We’ve worked hard in training camp and we’re prepared for anything.

 

“I’m going to use my speed and athleticism. The goal is to execute my game plan. Hopefully I can stay busy, land something big and get him out of there.

 

“My grandfather is actually from Alabama so I have roots here. It’s very exciting to be on an undercard for Deontay Wilder defending the heavyweight world title. I have to perform and be exciting so that I one day I can be fighting a great champ like Deontay Wilder.

 

“I’m different than I was before. This is going to be the best me stepping in there Saturday. I’m looking to get him out of there.”

 

 

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Sammy Vasquez Jr. & Felix Diaz Training Camp Quotes & Photos

 

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BIRMINGHAM, AL (July 7, 2016) – Undefeated contender Sammy “The Sergeant” Vasquez Jr. and Olympic gold medalist Felix Diaz are deep into training camp for their pivotal welterweight showdown on Saturday, July 16 as part of Premier Boxing Champions on FOX and FOX Deportes live from Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama.

 

PBC on FOX and FOX Deportes action begins at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and is headlined by heavyweight world champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder defending his belt against two-time title challenger Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola.

 

Tickets for the event, which is promoted by DiBella Entertainment in

association with TGB Promotions and Bruno Event Team, start at only $20 and are on sale now. For tickets please visit www.alabamatitlefight.com and www.ticketmaster.com.

 

Vasquez and Diaz both have world title aspirations but will have to navigate difficult southpaw opponents in the hopes of reaching the top levels of the welterweight division. Here is what both fighters had to say about each other, training camp, the 147-pound division and more:

 

SAMMY VASQUEZ JR.

On his opponent change from Luis Collazo to Felix Diaz …

“It’s unfortunate that Collazo got hurt, but Diaz is a very good fighter and I know he’s going to bring it. I’ve been sparring with nothing but lefties, and since both Diaz and Collazo are southpaws, it’s business as usual.  Diaz is coming off a close majority decision loss…his first defeat, so I know he’s hungry to get back in that win column. This is a dangerous fight and I’m not taking it lightly. Like always, I’m willing and ready to fight anyone they put in front of me.”

 

On his recent training camp at the Triple Threat Boxing Gym in Colorado Springs…

“It’s been a grueling camp with a lot of hard work being put out. Sparring has been fantastic and I’m feeling really sharp right now. My weight is good and I’m feeling strong. We have a few more days left and then it’s on to fight week.”

 

On fighting on FOX with a global audience expected to be tuning in…

“This is what it’s all about, fighting on the big stage with millions of fans looking to see a great fight. FOX is an incredible network to be showcased on and I want to let the world know I’m here to take over the welterweight division. The fans can expect to see a lot of power punches.  Hopefully I can score the knockout.”

 

On his relationship with his team members…

“I have an unbelievable team behind me.  First off my dad Sammy Sr. is there watching my every move, so I’m very comfortable with him by my side.  Charles Leverette is the head coach, with Ryan Rimsek working the mitts.  Jason Barber is my strength and conditioning coach.  Everyone is doing a great job.  We have a great game plan that we feel we can execute against Diaz.  I’m very happy with my team.”

 

On when he thinks he’ll be ready to challenge for a world title…

“I feel I’m ready now.  I’m ranked in the top ten in three of the major sanctioning organizations, so I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.  I know a victory against Diaz will get me closer to a title shot.   I have to keep winning to fulfil the goal I set for myself when I first started boxing, and that’s to become a world champion.”

 

On the current landscape of the welterweight division….

“The division is loaded with great fighters.  With the exception of Jesse Vargas, all the champions are undefeated.  The road to get to the top is very tough because everyone in the top ten is an exceptional fighter.  I think it’s the toughest division in boxing.”

 

FELIX DIAZ

On fighting Sammy Vasquez on short notice…

“I stay ready in the gym.  I had a fight scheduled with Miguel Vasquez that fell through so now it’s on to another Vasquez.  I had to switch to southpaw sparring but that is nothing new to me.  I fought a lot of southpaws on short notice in the amateurs.  I’m grateful for this opportunity and I’m going to make the best of it.”

 

On his current training camp …

“I’m having a great camp.  Everything is coming together for me.  My punches are accurate and my timing is better than ever.  I’m looking very good in sparring and I know I’ll be at my best on fight night.”

 

On the opportunity to get into world title contention…

“This is a big fight for me.  Sammy Vasquez is a highly rated fighter.  A win against him will put me right up there with all the other contenders.  I live for these occasions.”

 

On what he thinks of Sammy Vasquez as a fighter…

“He’s a very smart fighter with good power.  Although he does a lot of things right in the ring, I see some flaws in his style that I know I can expose.  I believe my style will give him a lot of trouble.  I know he wants to keep his undefeated record intact, but my hunger to start another winning streak is greater.”

 

On bouncing back from his first defeat in his last bout…

“In my last bout I suffered my first loss against Lamont Peterson, a majority decision.  It was a very close fight and I really felt I came out on top.  When you’re undefeated and loss for the first time, you want nothing more than to get back in the ring and prove to everyone that you belong with the elite fighters in the division. I’ve been training in the gym like an animal, waiting for an opportunity like this to come my way.  Now that it’s here, I’m going to take full advantage of the situation.”

 

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LAMONT PETERSON SCORES MAJORITY DECISION IN TOUGH SCRAP AGAINST FELIX DIAZ IN NBC MAIN EVENT

FAIRFAX, VA (October 17) -In an entertaining 12-round scrap, hometown favorite Lamont Peterson (now 34-3-1, 17 KOs) edged out a majority decision over previously undefeated Olympic gold medalist Felix Diaz (now 17-1, 8 KOs) from EagleBank Arena at George Mason University. Peterson and Diaz stood and exchanged shots toe-to-toe for long periods, bringing the crowd into a frenzy time-after-time.  Peterson pressed the action for the majority of the fight, stalking the smaller Diaz to the ropes. Diaz was the busier of the two, countering and flurrying effectively. Sensing he needed a knockout to win, Diaz came out in the 12th and final round with a sense of urgency, taking the fight right to Peterson. In the end it was too little too late though, as Peterson was awarded the majority decision by scores of 114-114, 117-111, 116-112.

Peterson said of the fight, “Every time you hear close scores, you get nervous. I thought I controlled the fight and was ahead on points. Having that majority decision kind of shocked me a little bit.

“Diaz didn’t surprise me because I knew he would be difficult. I said in the fighter meetings, I’d rather fight taller fighters. He’s a southpaw and he has some great experience. I knew he would be tough because it was his big opportunity and he wanted to win.

“It was a good tough 12 round fight. I started out strong and faded in the middle rounds because I started to cramp and it lasted for the rest of the fight, but I knew I had done enough to win the fight. No more playing around, its time to move up in weight.

“I knew Diaz was a great fighter. He’s been boxing 20 years just like me. At the end of the day, a victory is a victory.

“He took good shots. I wasn’t able to get my shots off like I wanted to. I was able to block his shots and he never hurt me.”

“I thought it was a very tough fight. I thought he did good, of course he could have done better,” said Barry Hunter, Peterson’s Trainer. “I thought we were going to get him out of there in the fifth round, but Lamont started to cramp and the cramps lasted throughout the fight. That’s boxing. Just like life, you make adjustments and we did that. I thought Diaz fought great.”

“I fought a great fight. The decision didn’t go in my favor, but I did everything I could. The judges didn’t see it the way everyone else did,” said Diaz. “I am going to take a little vacation in the states and go back to the Dominican Republic and rest and figure out my next opponent. I just know I did everything I could.”

The televised co-feature saw a bizarre end to a hard-hitting bout that began with fast-paced action controlled by Prichard Colon(now 16-1, 13 KOs) against fellow undefeated fighter Terrel Williams (now 16-0, 12 KOs). Thebout took its first unusual turn when the referee deductedtwo points from Colon for a deliberate low blow in the fifth round. Following the point deduction, Williams became the aggressor, while Colon looked to box and counter from the outside. Williams seemed to be the fresher of the two as the fight continued, but with the fighters in a clinch in the 7th round, Williams landed a hard right hand to the back of Colon’s head that sent him to the canvas resulting in a one-point deduction. When action resumed, the fighters went toe-to-toe for the remainder of the round.

There was confusion at the end of the 9th round as Colon’s corner immediately began removing their fighter’s gloves, as they believed the fight had ended.  When the referee informed the corner that there was still one round left they frantically began to re-tape Colon’s gloves. The bell beginning round 10 sounded shortly after, with Colon unready to continue. As Colon was unable to answer the bell at the start of the 10th and final round, the referee awarded Williams a disqualification victory.

“I’ve been fighting for years on smaller cards building my resume,” said Williams. “I know how to stay composed.

“He [Colon] was just another fighter. People kept saying he was so much better, but he was 16-0 and I was 14-0, to me, that’s a 50-50 match up.”

 

“I thought Terrel’s performance was stupendous,” said Williams’ trainer Joe Goossen. “Colon was a very big threat, a great fighter at 16-0 undefeated. We knew we had our hands full. This is why we prepared so hard. Terrel’s a talented kid and he worked hard.”

Prior to the start of the main event, Colon was rushed to Inova Fairfax Hospital due to vomiting, fainting and dizzy spells in his dressing room. There is no further information on his condition at this time.

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LAMONT PETERSON VS. FELIX DIAZ JR. FINAL PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES & PHOTOS

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WASHINGTON, DC (October 15) – Two days before former world champion Lamont Peterson (33-3-1, 17 KOs) and Olympic Gold Medalist Felix Diaz Jr.(17-0, 8 KOs) are set to enter the ring at EagleBank Arena at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA, the fighters hosted a press conference at The Hamilton Live in downtown Washington, DC. The Saturday afternoon Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on NBC event will air live with televised coverage beginning at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT.

The two co-main event fighters, rising star Prichard Colon(16-0, 13 KOs) and the undefeated Terrel Williams (14-0, 12 KOs)were also in attendance along with undercard fighters super lightweight contender Anthony Peterson (35-1, 23 KOs) and undefeated prospect Alantez Fox (16-0-1, 6 KOs).

Here’s what the fighters had to say just days before their October 17 showdowns:

LAMONT PETERSON

“I had a very healthy and productive training camp. I’m looking forward to this fight. I always look forward to fighting. I wish I could fight every month, I swear I do. But I understand it’s a business.

“I’m looking for a tough fight. I know he’s prepared. I did my homework on him though. I wish we could fight tonight…but I guess I can wait.

“It’s the best to fight in front of a hometown crowd. It’s the best for me, and it’s the best for my fans. It’s always great to walk to the ring and have those familiar faces in the crowd.

“Fighting in front of a hometown crowd is exciting just like it is in any other sport. You have home field advantage, home court advantage and in boxing, you have home ring advantage.  I’m blessed to be fighting at home, and I’m blessed to be fighting again.

“It’s going to be really exciting to have my daughter at my fight for the first time. She’ll be at the weigh-in too, so I’m happy I can have here there with me.

FELIX DIAZ JR.

“I like the opportunity but the pressure is on Lamont fighting in his hometown. I don’t feel any pressure coming into his hometown.

“I don’t feel any pressure to keep my undefeated record because I trained to win. The Olympics were the most pressure I’ve ever felt and it was my proudest moment as a fighter and as a man. It’s one of my biggest achievements.

“After this fight, I want to spend time with my family and see Halloween for the first time in the United States. My kids are excited to dress up and I’m excited to eat the candy.”

 

PRICHARD COLON

“I had a great training camp in Puerto Rico for about four to five weeks. I recently just fought in September and I was in great condition. This fight is a great opportunity for me to be seen on national television.

“I always a look for the win. Looking for that ‘W,’ that’s how we work. If the knockout comes beautiful, I’m coming off of three knockouts in a row. I’m looking to add another one to my record.

“He’s a great opponent. He’s undefeated. I know he’s hungry. I’ve faced big fighters in my career in the amateurs. No worries he’s just another fighter and I know I’m going to be the one with my hand raised on Saturday.

“I want to make my own fighting style. I just want to be me. When I started my career I wanted to be like Tito Trinidad and Hector Camacho Sr. Those were my favorite fighters growing up, but now I want to make my own brand, and that’s what I’m going to do on Saturday.

“Everybody in the area come to EagleBank Arena Saturday. Doors open at 1 p.m. and if you cant make it, tune in on NBC at 4 p.m.”

TERREL WILLIAMS

“I’m ready to go.  This is a huge opportunity for me.  I know I have a lot of support with my family, friends and fans behind me.

“I have a tough task in front of me. Prichard is a great up and coming undefeated fighter, but I’m ready.

“This is the challenge that I’ve always dreamed. I’m ready to rock and roll on Saturday. 

ANTHONY PETERSON

“Its fight time. Make sure you tune in. It’s going to be a great show.

“Boxing in DC definitely took a big turn in 2011 when Lamont kicked in the front door and beat Amir Khan. It was a big victory for the Headbangers and a big victory for the city. Boxing is definitely big in DC again with local fights in small venues and fights like we have Saturday night at EagleBank Arena.

“I feel very sharp. I’m ready to go.  I haven’t been this focused in a long time.

“Lamont is more than a best friend. I can’t explain or describe it. I’m so excited my niece is going to come watch us fight for the first time. She’s my heart.”

ALANTEZ FOX

“It’s an honor and privilege to be on the same card as Lamont and Anthony Peterson. They are two hometown heroes that we have all looked up to in some form or another.

“I am still here to put on a show, but it is still an honor and a privilege to be on this card.”

BARRY HUNTER, Peterson’s Trainer

“This is what we do. Fighting has been a part of our lives for I don’t know how many years. I would like to thank Felix and his trainer. Felix is a good young man. He comes with a very good pedigree. I had a chance to hang out with them in Florida about a year or two ago and they treated us with respect and kindness.

“Fighting is what we do damn near all day everyday. It’s in the bloodline. Come Saturday, we look forward to a good fight. I don’t make predictions, but its going to be a great night for DC, and a great night for the DMV.”

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