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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.”

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Fighters Competing on SHOWTIME PPV & FOX & FOX Deportes Prelims

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

 

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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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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

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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

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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

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

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  • Mayweather vs. McGregor World Tour Highlights
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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.

Q

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…)