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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).

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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.” (more…)

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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

 

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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

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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.

ROBIN KRASNIQI vs. ARTHUR ABRAHAM 

WBO Super Middleweight Title Eliminator

Saturday, April 22, 2017 * Congress Center * Ekfurt, Germany

LIVE ON PPV IN NORTH AMERICA

2 pm ET / 11 am PT

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Robin Krasniqi vs. “King” Arthur Abraham  

WBO super middleweight title eliminator

To air April 22 live on PPV in North America

TENAFLY, N.J.(April 9, 2017) – The World Boxing Organization (WBO) Super Middleweight title eliminator, featuring two-time world title challenger Robin Krasniqi taking on the three-time, two-division world champion “King” Artur Abraham, will be available to watch April 22 on pay per view in North America, starting at 2 p.m. ET/ 11 a.m. a.m. PT, live from Congress Center in Ekfurt, Germany.  The two fighters have a combined record or 91-9 with 47 knockouts.

“Krasniqi vs. Abraham”, promoted by SES Promotions, is a presentation of Integrated Sports Media and FITE.

Integrated Sports Media will distribute “Krasniqi vs. Abraham” live in North America, starting at 2 p.m. ET / 11 a.m. PT, on cable, satellite and internet pay-per-view via iN Demand, Vubiquity, and DISH in the United States, as well as Rogers, Shaw and Sask Tel in Canada, also on the FITE app and website, for a suggested retail price of only $24.95.

Outside of North America, “Krasniqi vs. Abraham” is being licensed by leading boxing television rights distribution firm, Protocol Sports Marketing Ltd.

Born in Kosovo, the 29-year-old Krasniqi (46-4, 17 KOs) is a former European and WBO International Light Heavyweight Champion, who resides in Munich, Germany and packs a thunderous punch. Three fights ago, he moved down in weight from Light Heavyweight to Super Middleweight, winning all three bouts at the new weight class and looking highly impressive.

In 2013, Krasniqi lost his first world title shot by way of a 12-round unanimous decision to defending WBO Light Heavyweight World Champion Nathan Cleverly (25-0), in London, by way of a hard-fought 12-round decision.

Following his first career defeat, Krasniqi went on to capture the WBO International Light Heavyweight Title with a seventh-round knockout of previously undefeated Emmanuel Danso (20-0), and has since defended that belt.  Krasniqi won the vacant World Boxing Association (WBA) Continental Light Heavyweight Title with a 12-round unanimous decision over Oleksandr Cherviak (14-3-1).

In 2014, Krasniqi successfully defended those two championships, taking a 12-round unanimous decision from Dariusz Sek (21-1-1), which set up his second world title shot, March 21, 2015 in Germany, against long-time defending WBA Light Heavyweight World Champion Juergan Braehmer (45-2) in a massive all-German world title showdown.  Krasniqi was unable to answer the bell for the 10th round but learned that he should drop a weight class.  Since moving down to Super Middleweight, Krasniqi has looked impressive but Abraham will surely be the biggest test of his career.

Rated No. 2 by the WBO, Abraham (45-5, 30 KOs) has positioned himself for another world title shot as the winner of his Apr. 22nd eliminator with Krasniqi will become the mandatory challenger for reigning WBO Super Middleweight World Champion Gilberto Ramirez, of Mexico. Abraham lost his WBO crown by way a 12-round unanimous decision to Ramirez in Las Vegas in 2016 but must win against Krasniqi to have an opportunity at regaining his title.

The 37-year-old Abraham, a native of Armenia who lives in Berlin, Germany, is a two-time WBO (World Boxing Organization) Super Middleweight Champion, as well as the former International Boxing Federation (IBF) Middleweight World Champion. The knockout artist has a remarkable 18-4 (9 KOs) record in world championship bouts and is 7-4 (4 KOs) against former or current world champions.  Noted victims during his 16-½ year professional career reads like a Who’s Who of Boxing in the 160 and 168-pound divisions, including world champions Raul Marquez, Hector Javier Velazco, Jermain Taylor, Robert Stieglitz thrice, and Giovanni De Carolis. Abraham has also defeated world-class opponents such as Martin Murray, Paul Smith twice, Lajuan Simon, Edison Miranda twice. Khoren Gevor, Sebastian Demers, Kofi Jantuah, Kingsley Ikeke and Howard Eastman. (more…)

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Kelly Swanson

Thanks everyone for calling in. We’re talking about Fonfara versus Nathan Cleverly, Friday, October 16 from the UIC Pavilion in Chicago. It’s at 9 p.m. ET on Spike and I’m really looking forward to watching this fight. It’s an exciting fight in the light heavyweight division.

And on the phone with us now is Andrzej Fonfara. He’s a top light heavyweight contender. He’s coming off a brilliant performance in April with a fantastic win over Chávez Jr. Interestingly enough he’s a big fan favorite in Chicago. This will be his 14th fight, fighting at the UIC Pavilion. So fortunately for Mr. Cleverly, I do believe Mr. Fonfara will have the fans behind him.

Also on the phone is Sam Colonna, his trainer. I’m going to now just introduce Andrzej and, could you just say a couple words and tell us how your training’s going?

Andrzej Fonfara

Yes. All camps go well. I’m staying a couple of weeks, three weeks in Houston. Rest of camp is here with Sam. I’m ready for the fight. I’m training hard like always for my fight. I’m ready for Cleverly. I’m ready even right now for a fight. Weight is good. My performances are really good and I feel ready. I can’t wait until October 16th.

Swanson

Sam, if you have a minute, I’m going to ask you quickly how you’re comfortable with training and how things are going for your fighter:

Sam Colonna

Well, we’re taking this fight to another level. Looking back at the Chávez fight, this fight is so important. All the fights are important but this one is so important.

We know Cleverly can fight. He’s very clever in the ring. So we’re training a little different. We’re working on more speed, more combinations, more moving on our feet. I know this guy’s not going to stand in front of us like Chávez did.

So we’re taking this fight to another level. The training is going very well. Strong, we have four sparring partners for him and all of them are top-notch guys.

Swanson

Okay, great. Also on the call, if you have any questions for him, is Leon Margules of Warriors Boxing. He is the promotor of this evening of boxing. There are still tickets available.

Q

Hey Leon, how important in the big picture for fight fans who want to see this series come back to Chicago regularly is this fight?

Leon Margules

Well I think it’s very important because Fonfara is the local guy and he’s the local favorite. This is his first A-side main event with the PBC and he’s the A-side in the main event in his home town.

So it’s very important on many levels but most important for Andrzej because if he has a significant crowd and support, he gets in a better bargaining position assuming he wins to bring the higher level opponents to him instead of his having to go to them. As an example, when he had to go to Montreal to fight Adonis Stevenson.

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Andrzej, how much did the victory over Chávez raise your stock among casual fight fans do you think?

Fonfara

A lot. It was a very important fight for me with Chávez because Chávez, he has a big name. What he did and what his father did is well-known.

Everybody knows his father. He was the champion. And this was a very important fight for me. I’m ready to fight right now. I have more experience for this fight fight. Those fights show everybody knows I’m a better boxer right now.

This fight helped me go to the next level I can say. And now I’m ready for Cleverly. I was happy I won against Chávez and about my performance in this fight.

Q

How exciting is it for all the fans that appreciate you here in Chicago to actually see a fight of this kind of magnitude here?

Fonfara

Of course, I’m happy I’m fighting with Cleverly. We chose him because he’s a top world-class fighter. And I need to fight like that right now. Cleverly’s a good fighter and I will show all my fans and people I can win the fight with guys like him.

I’m happy I’m fighting in Chicago. I will show all my supporters here and all my fans here I’ll win the fight October16th.

Q

What challenges does he present for you that you haven’t seen before?

Fonfara

Well see in the ring what punches he’s got, when I see him in the ring. Right now I can say he’s a good technique boxer. That is good because I like to fight with a guy who has clear and has good techniques. I must show him in the ring I’m a better boxer and win the fight.

This is the fight. Everything happens the 16th. I’m ready for this fight, like I say. I’m training hard and I’m ready. I think I’ll win the fight.

Q

What were your impressions of Stevenson’s fight against Karpency?

Fonfara

Karpency doesn’t have a good chin because when he fought with me I dropped him two times in the first round. And I almost finished him there but I broke my hand. That’s why I didn’t finish him.

I thought if Stevenson punched him hard, the fight would be over. But I think, you know, fight’s going to go a little bit longer, like three rounds, you know. Karpency, he’s not at this level yet.

Q

You really want a rematch against Stevenson? What about a fight against Isaac Chilemba? Would you fight Artur Beterbiev?

Fonfara

Yes, I’m the type of boxer, I want to fight the best guys in the world here. And I want to fight everybody. My promoters can sit down, get the fight together and we can fight.

I always say yes. Promoters give me the fighter. Give me the contract and then we will show we aren’t scared of anybody. This the boxing. That’s why we fight, to get fights with the best guys in the world. And Chilemba, Beterbiev and Stevenson are the best ones.

We mentioned Stevenson because now I think I can win the fight and I want a rematch.

Q

Hey Andrzej. I was wondering if you could tell everyone just the difference to you in training fight for a fight like Stevenson in Montreal and Chávez in California, where you’re opponent had the crowd as opposed to training for a fight where you now finally have the home town advantage in a big fight.

Fonfara

There is not a very big difference here than for the Stevenson and Chávez fights. I got comfortable because before Stevenson we spent like three or four weeks in California and we trained there.

Later, before Chávez, I spent two weeks in Houston. I did this again. I spent two weeks in Chicago then I flew to Houston for two weeks. Trained with Ed Jackson. Then I went back to Chicago and spent all the time here in sparring session.

Not real different between this situation. The only difference is in the technique but training conditions look the same. I felt much better before Chávez because, I’ve trained with Ed Jackson before, the first time before Chávez. I spent two weeks there, now I spent two weeks with him and I feel much better.

Do you feel at a point where you can’t sneak up on fighters anymore and actually everyone finally recognizes you as a top contender and therefore will train harder against you?

Fonfara

You know, fight after fight I’ve had more experience. Those two fights before I was a little bit of an underdog and I got good motivation. I still have much better motivation because now I’m fighting in Chicago. But this pressure motivates me to hard work and I feel good with that.

I’m ready for this fight. If you train hard and you feel good your performance will be there. I’m ready to show people in Chicago I can beat Cleverly.

Nathan Cleverly’s supposed to fight for a world championship against Juergen Braehmer. But he decided instead of fighting for World Championship, he decided to fight you.

If you can give me the answer, why you think he decided to do it. And Sam, if you could kind of add to whatever Andrzej’s going to say.

Fonfara

I can answer first. Really I’m thinking about his choice. He chose me and he’s coming here to fight me and he wants to win this fight and knock me out. This is what I think.

Second reason, I don’t know. Maybe, I’m more popular and he thinks it’s an easier fight with me? I don’t know, I don’t think like that. I think he came here to be shown on American T.V. I think so he made a huge mistake because I’ve prepared well and I want to win the fight.

Colonna

Okay personally I think he got offered more money to fight in the U.S. and that’s why he chose to fight here. And second, I think that he thinks that in his mind, because we were offered to fight him a few years ago and we decided not to go that route. We decided to go and do our own thing.

So deep down inside they feel that they have something on Andrzej and they could possibly win the fight but that was a few years ago when they thought that. Now Andrzej’s a different boxer. He’s experienced. He’s sitting down on his punches more. They’re looking at a different animal here than they were a couple of years ago. So shame on him making that mistake.

We know Fonfara switched weight classes and that’s part of what led to his improvement but what caused Andrzej to be who he is today?

Colonna

A lot of people didn’t believe in Andrzej and I kept telling everybody that would listen, this kid’s going to be a good fighter. Eventually he’s going to grow into himself.

His fighting in a lower weight class definitely prevented him from really coming out. Once he settled down at 178 and started maturing, he started punching better. And I believed that from day one and my predictions were right.

Now people finally see what I was saying five, six years ago.

Years ago you told me that you have to very closely choose the sparring partners because Andrzej hits a lot harder than a usual light heavyweight. If he hit hard then, how does he hit now?

Colonna

Well I go in the ring with him and do pads and I feel sorry for his sparring partners because he punches through the pads. And that’s why the sparring partners, that’s why we have four because they only do two rounds and I switch them.

Two rounds and I switch them off every two rounds. I let no sparring partner stay in there more than two rounds at a time because I don’t want them, so he breaks them down and then we have no sparring partners.

Swanson

So now we’re joined by Nathan Cleverly, former world champion. We are delighted that he’s come all the way to the United States to face Andrzej Fonfara. And we understand that Nathan, you arrived late last night to the states so we want to welcome you to America.

I’d just like you to talk a little bit about what you’re looking forward to in this fight and how you’re training in preparation for this fight. It’s a big night here in the United States for the Light Heavyweight Division. Again, it’s Friday, October 16 from the UIC Pavilion and live on PBC on Spike.

Nathan Cleverly

Thank you guys. It’s great to be here in Chicago. Thank you for the welcome. I’m glad that I’m finally here and I’m ready to fight. The training, the preparation has been done. I’m looking forward to the fight.

This is my third time in the States. My third fight in the States. I fought in Las Vegas a few years ago and then in L.A. a few years later where I defended my world title. Each occasion has been a fantastic experience.

I’ve loved every moment of it and I’m back and I’m looking forward to it. It’s going to be a great fight, this one. Andrzej Fonfara, he’s got a good resume. He’s a good fighter. He’s strong. He’s powerful.

I want to get back to becoming world champion. I want to be world champion again. Fonfara, he’s in my way. So it’s going to be great fight next Friday night. I’m looking forward to it. It’s a big challenge. It’s on a big platform, PBC.

It’s a great, great opportunity and I can’t wait. And thank you guys for this opportunity.

Q

Nathan, we just heard that you could have had a title fight. But you didn’t take that fight. You picked Andrzej Fonfara. Why’d you pick this fight?

Cleverly

This is true. I was presented with the opportunity to fight Juergen Braehmer in Germany for the WBA World Title. And I had my heart set on that fight. I was looking forward to that fight. It was a chance for me to become world champion again. (more…)