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Blockbuster Match-Up Presented by Premier Boxing Champions

Saturday, July 29 from Barclays Center in Brooklyn & Live on SHOWTIME

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BROOKLYN (June 19, 2017) – Four-division world champion Adrien “The Problem” Broner and three-division world champion Mikey Garcia went face-to-face for the first time Monday before they battle in one of the premier matchups of the summer that headlines SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING Saturday, July 29 live on SHOWTIME. Broner vs. Garcia is presented by Premier Boxing Champions at Barclays Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXING®.

 

Tickets to the event, which is promoted by Mayweather Promotions and DiBella Entertainment, are priced at $950, $750, $350, $300, $250, $150, $75, and $50 (not including applicable fees), are on sale now, and can be purchased at ticketmaster.com, barclayscenter.com or by calling 800-745-3000. Tickets can also be purchased at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center. Group discounts are available by calling 844-BKLYN-GP.

 

The fighters spoke to media at Dream Hotel Downtown in Manhattan to discuss their 140-pound clash that will headline an exciting night of action later this summer.

 

Here is what the participants had to say Monday:

 

ADRIEN BRONER

“I want to thank everyone who showed up today. I’ve been in some crazy situations and I’m blessed to be here. To get a fight like this is huge. Boxing is going back to the old days where the best fight the best. Mikey is definitely one of the best out there today.

 

“This can take our careers to the next level. I’m taking this seriously. I’ve been training in Colorado Springs. The weight will not be a problem. This gives me a reason to make 140. I’m not paying a man to put hands on me.

 

“I’m training hard and I think this will be one of the best performances of my career. This will take me to the superstar level where I need to be. I heard Mikey is a big favorite – they aren’t giving me much of a chance. I hope no one puts their house against me on this fight, because it won’t work out well for you.

 

“This fight will definitely bring the best out of me, because Mikey isn’t a sloppy fighter, he isn’t an awkward fighter. Don’t get me wrong, he’s a Mexican, but he boxes like an African American. We’re going to have a nice fight and I can’t wait to put on a show.

 

“When you’ve got two athletic fighters that have skills, it can only bring the best out of each other. And the cream always comes to the top.

 

“I’m more focused this training camp. There are so many distractions in Cincinnati or D.C. There is nothing to do in Colorado but look at the mountains and box.

 

“It’s going to be a great fight. Robert Garcia is a great trainer for his little brother. We’re both undefeated at 140-pounds and under. Something has to break. I want everyone to tune in on July 29. You will see a real serious Adrien Broner in the ring. It might get ugly for Mikey on July 29.”

 

MIKEY GARCIA

“I’m very thankful for this opportunity. I can’t stress the importance of this fight enough. It’s the biggest fight that I could have. There are other names that are out there, but nothing made more sense than facing Adrien Broner.

 

“Adrien has accomplished a lot and when he’s at his best, he’s really great. That’s what I expect on July 29. I see that he’s taking this seriously by moving camp to Colorado. I expect him to bring the best out of me and give the fans the best fight possible.

 

“The fans here in New York have always treated me well and it’s a fan base that just really loves boxing. The fans are what make me a world champion. I owe it to them to perform to the best of my abilities. I’m going to come ready on July 29 so that this fight is remembered as one of the best of the year.

 

“I think he is motivated because it’s a big fight, one where he can try to get his career back on track and try to be a superstar like he has been in past big fights. He didn’t perform so well in his past fight against [Adrian] Granados and this is an opportunity for him to jump back and be a superstar again. And I think that’s what’s motivating him for this fight.

 

“The weight makes sense to me for this type of fight. 135-pounds is probably my best division, but I don’t think this will be much different. I’ll make weight a little more comfortably and still keep my speed and power.

 

“I’ll do whatever it takes to win this fight. I’m more of a boxer-puncher but if I need to press the fight and put pressure on, I’m going to be ready to do that.

 

“I know that we definitely have to be in the best shape possible. I am not going to take this lightly. I am not thinking it’s going to be an easy win for me. I think it’s going to be a tough fight. I believe he’s going to be ready 100% and that’s going to make it a tough fight for me but overall I think I’m the better fighter, better boxer and I’ll have enough tools to bring in the ring with me.

 

“Adrien is going to come to beat me and I’m coming 100 percent to beat him. The fans will be the winner on fight night, but my hand will be raised.”

 

MIKE STAFFORD, Broner’s Trainer

“These are two really talented fighters and they’re going to put on a big show. We know Mikey is going to be prepared so we are going to do everything we can to be ready.

 

“Being in Colorado for training is like home for me and Adrien. This is what we’ve done since he was 18-years-old. Expect the same thing as every time before when he comes focused and prepared.

 

“Adrien is going to win and win real big. It’s going to be a tough fight, but we’ll be victorious when that final bell rings.”

 

ROBERT GARCIA, Garcia’s Brother & Trainer

“Every time Mikey and I come to New York we get nothing but love. We know Adrien is very talented and that’s why Mikey said yes to this fight. It took less than 30 seconds for him to agree.

 

“Mikey wants nothing else but big fights and we have one here. Expect a hell of a fight on July 29. I know we’re both going to be in great shape on fight night.”

 

LOU DIBELLA, President of DiBella Entertainment

“I love this fight. This is why we do this job. We want to make sensational fights like this for the fans to enjoy.

 

“Adrien Broner has spent a lot of time at the top of the sport while Mikey Garcia has made his way back to that top tier emphatically since returning last year.

 

“Mikey has insane amounts of talent. He’s a tremendous ambassador for the sport and he can do everything in the ring.

 

“Adrien Broner is a star. He’s ‘The Problem’ and sometimes he’s his own biggest problem. He’s an entertainer. People hate him but they pay to see him. He gets a lot of love and he gets a lot of hate. That’s worked for a lot of guys in this sport over the years. People care about him.”

 

STEPHEN ESPINOZA, Executive VP & GM, SHOWTIME Sports

“The bar has been set so high when you look at this year in boxing. It’s a high bar to get a main event at Barclays Center. The standard is very high and this fight certainly satisfies it. Two of boxing’s brightest young stars, both under 30 years old matching up against each other.

 

“This is the 19th live boxing event on SHOWTIME this year. Three world title unification, three world title rematches and six times where a top five fighter has fought another top five fighter in the division. We’re proud to bring you these two fighters on SHOWTIME. I give the fighters all the credit in the world for taking this fight. These guys are ready for big fights and they are proving it.”

 

BRETT YORMARK, CEO, Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment

“On July 29, Barclays Center will host its fourth major card of 2017. There is a great heritage of boxing in New York and I’m proud that Barclays Center is the number one boxing venue in the country. It has become a destination for the sport’s best talent, with Adrien and Mikey being two prime examples of that.

 

“I’m looking forward to one of the year’s most talked about fights. Adrien won a world title at Barclays Center and Mikey made his comeback there just last year. July 29 will be a special night not just for Brooklyn boxing, but for all boxing fans.

 

“Fights fans everywhere have already circled July 29 on their calendars and I look forward to seeing everyone next month.”

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Adrien Broner vs. Mikey Garcia is a 12-round super lightweight showdown that headlines SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING Saturday, July 29 live on SHOWTIME. Broner vs. Garcia is presented by Premier Boxing Champions at Barclays Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXING®.

 

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Check out the photos from the Gary Russell vs Oscar Escandon press conference.

 

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Story:  Robert Uzzell

Gary Russell Jr

Oscar Escandon   

Record:      27-1, 16 KO  25-2, 17 KO
Height:      5’4 1/2″  5’1 1/2″
Reach:      61″

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Weight:      126 lbs

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Age:      28      26
Stance:      Southpaw      Orthodox

Hometown:

  Capitol Heights, Maryland

Ibague, Columbia

KO%

57%

  63%

Russell Jr’s Strengths: Exceptional hand speed is the first thing that comes to mind. He punches in combinations and has some of the fastest hands in boxing. He’s very explosive and has good punching power. He can counter well with either hand, and maintains a fast pace consistently.

Escandon’s Strengths: He has power in both hands and knows how to cut off the ring when stalking the opponent. He has a very good uppercut and can use the entire ring to his advantage, if necessary. Unlike many Columbian fighters, he’s well-travelled enough not to be thrown by the DMV crowd that’ll be there rooting for Russell, Jr. As short as Escandon is, I believe he has the reach advantage over Russell.

Russell Jr’s weaknesses: Gary sometimes stands to trade when he should be giving angles and range. Gary also uses the same cadence with his output, instead of mixing it up. His footwork is decent, but not the best. Sometimes Gary leaves himself open for counter, even though his hands are so fast, it’ll take a great counterpuncher to connect with something big. Inactivity is an issue with Gary.

Escandon’s weaknesses: Oscar doesn’t have the fastest hands in the world. When he does use hand-speed, he punches too wide. Oscar is also only 5 foot 1, so height is a challenge for him. Sometimes his punch carries late in fights, but in others it seems to fade much earlier. He doesn’t smoothly transfer from defense to offense.

The Pick: I think this fight is going to be action packed. It will be a tale of two game plans. I think Ruben Guerrero’s plan is for Oscar Escandon to attack Gary Russell Jr. I think Gary Russell Jr’s plan is to knock Escandon out.

Escandon has fought southpaws before, so this isn’t new to him. He got a gift victory over southpaw Tyson Cave. He also scored a KO victory of lefty Julian Aristule. A big win for him, on the road against another southpaw, was a KO over Jesus Cuellar. He also most recently stopped Robinson Castellanos, who upset Yuriorkis Gamboa on May 5.

I think Guerrero is training Escandon to attack in this fight. Much like he trained his son Robert Guerrero to press Andre Berto. He’s going to come forward and make it a rough fight for Russell Jr.

During the media workout last week, I noticed Gary Russell Jr working his upper body a lot. I think he’s going for strength so he can be able to handle Oscar *and future opponents) on the inside. I also think he’s building his body like that because he’s going for the knockout in this fight. Yes’ you’ll see the usual flash, but I think the plan is to sit down on his shots and put something behind them.

Somebody’s plan will fail. If Escandon comes in hard and gets picked off by Russell’s hand speed, it could get ugly. One thing Russell does is make a guy with a high punch output lower his output. That’s because his fast hands puts guys on the defensive and if they aren’t skilled enough to switch back to offense fast enough, the punches overwhelm them.

If Russell focuses on the knockout, it could play into Escandon’s hands. If he is unable to get Oscar out, he may fall victim to Oscar’s sneaky right hands and short left shots that seem to either buzz or knock out the best opponents on his resume.

Escandon is not the typical slow guy who is going to get busted up and take too many shots and be a bloody mess by the 4th round. He’s coming to National Harbor to win.

I think it’ll be an action fight and I believe it’ll be a rough one too.  Action because Oscar is going to push the action.  Action because it’ll force Gary to be active.

The main reason it’ll be a rough and action battle is because each fighter will use the game plan that the other should use. Russell should use his offense and attack with hand speed and try to overwhelm Escandon at range with speed boxing. Escandon should hold his grounds and be attempt to counter and try to get the KO.

Instead, both teams go in with higher risk strategies.

I believe eventually Russell will start to counter the hard charging Escandon and Oscar will wear down. Russell may catch Oscar and drop him, but I think Gary will win a decision instead.

I like Russell by decision in an action fight.

Bonus picks:

I’ll take Gervonta Davis (17-0, 16 KOs) by late corner stoppage over Liam Walsh (21-0, 14 KOs). Walsh is an okay fighter, but I think Tank overwhelms him and the corner will graciously stop it.

Jose Uzcategui (26-1, 22 KOs) takes on Andre Dirrell (25-2, 16 KOs) for the rights to be mandatory challenger to James DeGale. Jose is slow but he is punching! Think Kelly Pavlik. Hand speed isn’t there but if he catches you, it’s lights out. See here:

This could be Andre Dirrell’s last chance. Will the pressure get to him? He is too talented to have never been a world champion.  I think Dirrell survives a scare and holds on for a win. I’ll take his speed and experience to carry him.

Rances Barthelemy (25-0, 13 KOs) faces Kiryl Relikh (21-1, 19 KOs) in a WBA eliminator. Relikh stopped 12 straight before losing a decision to Ricky Burns. I like Barthelemy in this one. With a win, Rances becomes the mandatory for Julius Indongo (22-0), but I would love to see a Rances Barthelemy vs. Terence Crawford showdown if they both win. I think Barthelemy would be a problem for Crawford.

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TOLEDO, OH (May 11, 2017) – Unbeaten lightweight world champion Robert Easter (19-0, 14 KOs) will defend his title in his hometown when he takes on mandatory challenger Denis Shafikov (38-2-1, 20 KOs) in the main event of Premier Boxing Champions on Bounce live from the Huntington Center in Toledo, Ohio on Friday, June 30.
 
Televised coverage begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT and will be headlined by the hometown star Easter, who last defended his title in the same venue and on Bounce by knocking down Luis Cruz three times on his way to a unanimous decision.
 
“I am always happy to fight at home, but I think the excitement in Toledo will be even bigger this time and I can’t wait,” said Easter. “I also have a baby on the way and the due date is June 5, so I will be able to fight knowing my son is here and I am extra pumped because of that. I know that I have a tough opponent, but I am not afraid of any fighter. This is what boxing is about. Shafikov is coming to take my belt, but I know that I will be victorious once again.”
 
“I’m looking forward to this fight on June 30,” said Shafikov. “I know that I have a very tough opponent in front of me. I have been waiting for this opportunity to get this belt and I plan on doing everything in my power to make it happen.”
 
“This is going to be Robert’s biggest challenge yet,” said Ravone Littlejohn, CEO of About Billions Promotions. “Shafikov is a tough fighter and this is exactly the type of fight Robert needs as he steps up to the next level of championship boxing. This fight is going to prepare him for his future and we’re excited to be back in Toledo for it.”
 
“This bout has Fight of the Year written all over it,” said Leon Margules, President of Warriors Boxing. “Both fighters gained their position by beating the same fighter, Richard Commey, by identical split decisions. That, plus the enthusiasm of Robert Easter’s hometown fans, will make June 30 a night to remember.”
 
Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by About Billions Promotions in association with Warriors Boxing, are priced at $225 $125, $100, $75, $55 and $35, and are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased online by visiting www.ticketmaster.com, or by calling 1-800-745-3000. 
 
An accomplished amateur who was a 2012 U.S. Olympic alternate, the 26-year-old Easter picked up five-straight victories dating back to the beginning of 2015 before earning his world title opportunity against Richard Commey in September 2016. Easter was successful in holding off the unbeaten Commey as he was able to earn a split-decision victory in a memorable fight. Now, Easter will step into the ring as the fighting pride of his hometown for the second time, looking to dispatch arguably his toughest opponent to date.
 
A 31-year-old brawler from Russia, Shafikov brings an exciting style to the ring as he prepares to capitalize on his third world title opportunity. A pro since 2003, Shafikov was unbeaten in his first 34 pro contests and has challenged Rances Barthelemy and Miguel Vazquez in his previous title fights that both went to decisions. Shafikov impressed in his two outings last year, first earning a stoppage victory over then unbeaten Jamel Herring in July before earning this title fight by beating Richard Commey in December.

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2016 Olympic Gold Medalist Tony Yoka Makes Pro Debut Against Unbeaten Travis Clark on Friday, June 2

 

 

From Le Dome – Palais Des Sports de Paris & Live on Canal Plus at 7:30 p.m. CET

 

 

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PARIS (May 12, 2017) – French Olympian and 2016 super heavyweight gold medalist Tony Yoka will make his highly-anticipated pro debut on Friday, June 2 as he faces unbeaten Travis Clark (12-0, 8 KOs) from Le Dome – Palais Des Sports de Paris and live in France on Canal Plus at 7:30 p.m. CET.

“I can’t wait to step into the ring for the first time as a professional in front of all my fans in Paris,” said Yoka. “This is a dream come true, but it’s also just the first step. I’ve been improving every day in the gym with Virgil Hunter and I can’t wait to show everybody what I’ve got. I know that my team is going to put me into the positions that I want, so it’s up to me to deliver in the ring. It all starts on June 2 and you don’t want to miss it.”

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by Ringstar France and sponsored by Unkut Paris, start at 25 € and are available by calling Ticketmaster at 0825 038 039, or visiting www.ticketmaster.fr and www.FranceBillet.com.

“This is truly a momentous occasion to have the 2016 Olympic super heavyweight gold medalist making his pro debut in front of his hometown fans,” said Richard Schaefer, Chairman & CEO of Ringstar Sports. “Tony Yoka’s outstanding performance in Rio was just the start of what I know will be a spectacular career. Tony is training with the renowned Virgil Hunter and along with his swagger and personality outside of the ring, he is putting all the pieces in place with an eye towards becoming a huge star in this sport. I’m excited to help Tony reach his full potential and elevate the French boxing scene to the next level.”

 

“This is a great opportunity for Tony to start his pro career in style and for the French boxing fans to get a look at the next superstar in this country,” said Jerome Abiteboul, President and CEO of Unkut and CEO of Ringstar France. “Tony has all of the elements of a superstar in the making. Combined with the training of Virgil Hunter and the guidance of Richard Schaefer, there is no doubt that he is going to reach his full potential in this sport.”

One of the most exciting stars to emerge from the Rio games, Yoka followed up his 2012 Olympic appearance by beating fighters from Croatia, Jordan and the U.S. Virgin Islands before defeating Great Britain’s Joe Joyce in the gold medal showdown. Now trained by Virgil Hunter, Yoka will look to follow in the footsteps of Anthony Joshua, who went from Olympic super heavyweight gold to heavyweight world champion.

Born in Paris, France, Yoka began boxing at six-years-old and was trained by his father Victor, a former professional boxer in the Congo. The 24-year-old made a splash by winning the French Junior National Championship in 2008 and 2009 before claiming a silver medal at the 2010 Youth World Championships. He continued his rise to prominence by winning French National Championships in 2012 and 2014 while also defeating current heavyweight world champion Joseph Parker at the 2010 Youth Olympic games.

Born in Morristown, Ohio, Clark is unbeaten since beginning his pro career in 2009 with a second round stoppage of Andrew Snow. Now fighting and training in West Virginia, Clark won the state’s heavyweight title by stopping William Shahan. He won three times in 2016 before making his 2017 debut in March with a third round TKO over Branden Lee Hinkle.

 

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Listen in for my thoughts about Saturday night’s main event between Andre Berto (31-4, KOs) and Shawn Porter (26-2-1, 16 KOs).

The bout is a WBC World welterweight title eliminator, with the winner to be mandatory challenger to Keith Thurman.

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THE FLOYD MAYWEATHER JR. FOUNDATION PRESENTS THE

3RD ANNUAL “FIGHT-4-FITNESS” 5K RACE, 2K WALK,

KIDS FUN RUN, & COMMUNITY DAY

SUNDAY, MARCH 12 AT SUNSET PARK IN LAS VEGAS

 

LAS VEGAS (January 24, 2017) The Floyd Mayweather Jr. Foundation (TFMJF) is proud to announce their 3rd Annual Fight-4-Fitness 5K Race, 2K Walk, Kids Fun Run, and Community Day taking place Sunday, March 12 at Sunset Park in Las Vegas. This event is intended to support the movement toward more active and healthy lifestyles, while forming community alliances where awareness and empowerment serve as the nucleus for an improved quality of life.

 

This year, The Floyd Mayweather Jr. Foundation, plans to unite runners and families within the Las Vegas community and surrounding communities in an eventful day filled with events geared toward the whole family. The festivities will start off with a 5K race and 2K walk, the Kids Fun Run will follow, and Community Day to commence the event. Children, ages 12 and under, can take part in a fun-filled scavenger hunt before the Kids Fun Run (one half mile run). The races are followed by an awards ceremony honoring the top 5K Race participants in each age category.

 

Fight-4-Fitness will also feature great healthy food options, vendors, merchandise booths, photo-booths, meet & greet with the Mayweather Promotions stable of fighters, live performances, physical activities geared toward fitness and fun, PLUS MORE!

 

For more information and to stay connected, follow us on social media: @TFMJF on Twitter, @TFMJF on Instagram, and onFacebook: www.Facebook.com/TFMJF

 

The full race day schedule is listed below:

 

  • 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. -5K Race, 2K Walk, Kids scavenger hunt
  • 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Kids Fun Run & Awards Ceremony
  • 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. – Community Day

 

Registration for these activities can be completed at www.tfmjf.org/events. Full registration dates and fees are listed below:

 

  • January 24th-January 31st: $30 5K/$25 2K/$15 Kids Fun Run/$20 Community Day
  • February 1st- February 28th: $35 5K/ $30 2K/ $15 Kids Fun Run/ $20 Community Day
  • March 1st– March 12th: $40 5K/ $35 2K/ $20 Kids Fun Run/ $25 Community Day
  • Day of event: $65 5K/ $60 2K/ $25 Kids Fun Run/ $30 Community Day

 

Online registration is open through March 10th.

 

CONTACTS:

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

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

      Swanson Communications: (202) 783-5500

 

 

 

 

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Victory Sets Up Welterweight World Championship Unification Bout Between Garcia and Keith Thurman on March 4

Rising Star Jarrett Hurd Remains Unbeaten with Sixth-Round Stoppage of Former Title Challenger Jo Jo Dan &
Former World Champion Javier Fortuna Recovers from Knockdown to Beat Previously Undefeated Omar Douglas by Unanimous Decision

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PHILADELPHIA (November 13, 2016) – Undefeated world champion Danny “Swift” Garcia (33-0, 19 KOs)put on a show for fans in his hometown Saturday night as he dropped and stopped Colombia’s Samuel Vargas (25-3-1, 13 KOs)on his way to a seventh round TKO victory in the main event of Premier Boxing Champions on Spike from Temple University’s Liacouras Center in Philadelphia.

The dominant performance by Garcia officially setup a welterweight world championship unification showdown in March against Keith “One Time” Thurman, who was in attendance as part of Spike’s broadcasting crew. The two welterweight world champions met in the middle of the ring after the conclusion of the bout and began to set the stage for their explosive showdown.

“I just had to tell Keith that he’s next,” said Garcia. “I’m going to beat him down. There’s not much more to say. Keith is going to get what he asked for and now he’s going to face a big dog.”

“You have two big punchers meeting on March 4,” said Thurman. “I don’t see how the fight can go 12 rounds. I see myself as the best competition that Danny has ever faced.”

Garcia was sharp offensively and defensively Saturday night, making Vargas miss often and countering with powerful shots. He started slow but late in the second round, Garcia delivered an overhand right hand that sent Vargas tumbling to the canvas.

“I felt a little rusty,” said Garcia. “But I started putting my punches together well and came out with the victory. The overhand right knocked him down. It was just a well-timed shot.”

“I got beat up in there,” said Vargas. “It takes a lot of courage to come to North Philadelphia and fight the champ. It just wasn’t my night.”

Vargas continued to come forward and work, but Garcia was entirely in control, making Vargas swing at air while delivering shots of his own that kept him in command. In the seventh round, Garcia began to unload with a series of big shots that hurt Vargas on the ropes. This eventually prompted referee Gary Rosato to stop the fight 2:17 into the round.

“It was great to give back to my fans in Philadelphia,” said Garcia. “It was a long time coming. I’m just happy I was able to give Philly a great night. I’m a Philly champion and it was great to see guys like Allen Iverson and Meek Mill out here supporting. Most importantly it felt great to give back to those in need in my city.”

“Danny is a great fighter and a great person for his city,” said Vargas.

With the March 4 unification fight now set, boxing fans can look forward to seeing two of the best fighters in the sport put their undefeated records and world titles on the line.

“Danny can talk whatever he wants and Angel Garcia can say whatever he wants,” said Thurman. “They can talk smack all day. Danny is real flat-footed. I believe I’ll be able to be on the outside, see the wide punches and counter punch. They said he wanted the tune-up, now he’s ready to see me.”

“On March 4, fans can expect what they always get from me,” said Garcia. “It’s going to be fireworks. I’m a Philly champion. I have the heart of a champion and I’m coming to win and unify titles.”
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BROOKLYN (November 24, 2015) – As their pivotal December 5 showdowns loom, Daniel “The Miracle Man” Jacobs (30-1, 27 KOs), Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin (32-0-1, 23 KOs), Chris Algieri (20-2, 8 KOs) and “Sir” Marcus Browne (16-0, 12 KOs) took time out of training camp to share their Thanksgiving plans, memories and what it’s like to be training and fighting during the holiday season.

The December 5 event is live on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT) from Barclays Center and is headlined by the all-Brooklyn middleweight title showdown between Jacobs and Quillin. In undercard action featured on SHO EXTREME, Long Island’s Algieri will take on Erick Bone (16-2, 8 KOs) in a welterweight bout while Staten Island’s Browne faces Franciso Sierra (27-9-1, 24 KOs) in a light heavyweight match.

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by DiBella Entertainment, start at $50, not including applicable fees, and are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased online by visiting www.ticketmaster.comwww.barclayscenter.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000. Tickets are also available at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center. The Algieri vs. Bone fight is promoted in association with Star Boxing.

While all the fighters have to deal with balancing training camp and the Thanksgiving holiday, there are different challenges for Jacobs and Browne, who remained in New York to train, and Quillin and Algieri, who have set up training camps in Miami.

Here is what the fighters had to say about those challenges, fighting at home and more:

DANIEL JACOBS

You’re going to be just over a week out from your fight, so what are you actually going to be doing for Thanksgiving?

“I’m so focused. I’m only thinking about my fight next week. I will be training and that’s it. There will be no partaking in Thanksgiving from me.”

What are you going to be able to eat at the Thanksgiving table if you are doing a Thanksgiving dinner?

“My family doesn’t really cook the healthiest things on Thanksgiving, so everything is off limits. They cook lasagna, a lot of soul foods and that is NOT in my diet right now!”

Do holidays ever affect when you are going to fight? You have a job to do, but does being in camp during the holiday season sway your decision making in any way?

“My son’s birthday is the Thursday of fight week so that shows I will fight any day. This is my job and my livelihood. It’s a very important time in my career. I would fight on New Years at midnight if I had to.”

Do you have any Thanksgiving traditions (when you aren’t training)?

“Family is a big thing for me. I was raised in a big family. Family is the best part of any tradition. We always spread love and make sure that everyone is close on those particular holidays.”

Is it extra special to be fighting in Brooklyn during the holiday season?

“I think it’s one of the things that for me, when I look at all of the things that I am sacrificing, it makes it all worth the while. Training and missing Thanksgiving and other holidays, birthdays it’s adding to the hunger and making the victory that much sweeter. It’s not about what I am missing, its what it adds to.”

What are you most thankful for this holiday season?

“I am most thankful for my son. That I get the chance to see him smile everyday and get some of the things that I never had as a child. This fight is a lucrative fight for me. That will change his life forever. From that statement, I am very fortunate. Every day is Thanksgiving for me.”

PETER QUILLIN

You’re going to be just over a week out from your fight, so what are you actually going to be doing for Thanksgiving?

​“I am actually going to be down here in Miami visiting all of the family and friends I have here. I won’t be eating, but I will be visiting! My wife has family members that live here. My best friend lives here too and his family is my extended family.”

What are you going to be able to eat at the Thanksgiving table if you are doing a Thanksgiving dinner?

​“I am actually going to a bunch of dinners, but I am able to eat vegetables and some lean turkey but that’s about​ it. Everything in moderation.

Do holidays ever affect when you are going to fight? You have a job to do, but does being in camp during the holiday season sway your decision making in any way?

​“I look at it like it’s a balance that you must have. If you don’t have that balance you’ll never get where you’re trying to go. This is an opportunity to be there for my wife and be a professional fighter. I stay focused because there’s no other way around it.”

Do you have any Thanksgiving traditions (when you aren’t training)?

​“We try to get everyone together and get people together. It’s all about being with family and being grateful for the things we do have in life. It was kind of crazy growing up how I grew up. There were never good holidays for me growing up.​ We grew up a lot less fortunate than families that I see now.”

“I am now able to provide for my family and I am thankful for what I have now. People forget when they get into the rhythm of these American holidays. My wife is Jewish and I am learning about new holidays. With Christmas, I want my son to know that it is not just about receiving gifts, but being a giver and the purpose of Christmas.”

Is it extra special to be fighting in Brooklyn during the holiday season?

​“Of course, it’s like the culture of being in Brooklyn. What more can I say than that I am blessed to be living in Brooklyn and I am happy about anything that comes with it. I’ve come a long way in life. It’s a reminder what I have transformed my life into and how fortunate I am.”

What are you most thankful for this holiday season?

​“I am thankful for my life and being humble. I’ve come a long way and I am thankful that I am a humble person. I share these wonderful things with my wife and my son and I just feel so blessed.”

CHRIS ALGIERI

You’re going to be just over a week out from your fight, so what are you actually going to be doing for Thanksgiving?

“I will be going to my aunt and uncle’s house here in Florida. We have traditional Thanksgiving meal; turkey, sweet potatoes, a ton of vegetables. My weight is good, so there won’t be really anything I am missing out on. I won’t eat any pie, but I am not a big sweets guy anyways.

“Thursday is my off day as is, so I will head over there in the afternoon, have a nice meal, spend some time with my family, who I am very close with, and then head back home to rest and relax for the remainder of the day.”

Do holidays ever affect when you are going to fight? You have a job to do, but does being in camp during the holiday season sway your decision making in any way?

“No not at all. This is my job and it comes first, before anything else.”

Do you have any Thanksgiving traditions (when you aren’t training)? 

“I am the one who cooks the meal back at my home in New York. I am in charge of preparing and the cooking the turkey and my specialty dish, twice baked sweet potatoes. After dinner, before dessert, all of the men in the family go for a nice long walk.”

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AUSTIN, TX (November 9, 2015) – Undefeated rising prospect Miguel Flores (17-0, 8 KOs) will put his perfect record on the line against Ghanaian Olympian Alfred “The Stinging Bee” Tetteh (23-4-1, 20 KOs) in a 10-round featherweight attraction on Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) TOE-TO-TOE TUESDAYS on FS1 and BOXEO DE CAMPEONES on FOX Deportes Tuesday, November 10 from the Austin Music Hall in Austin, Texas.

The November 10 main event features a bantamweight battle between Alejandro “Cobrita” Gonzalez Jr. (25-2-2, 15 KOs) and Karim Guerfi (22-3, 6 KOs), with televised coverage beginning on FS1 and FOX Deportes at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by Leija*Battah Promotions, are priced at $125, $85, $75, $45 and $25, not including applicable fees, and are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased by calling Leija*Battah Promotions at 210-979-3302.

Also featured on the card is 20-year-old junior lightweight prospect Mario Barrios (12-0, 7 KOs) out of San Antonio in an eight-round bout, undefeated 22-year-old Argentine Alan Castano (9-0, 6 KOs) against 26-year-old Mexican Christopher Degollado (13-5, 11 KOs) in an eight-round super welterweight affair and contender Javier Maciel (30-3, 21 KOs) from Argentina against Mexican veteran Norberto Gonzalez (22-8, 14 KOs) in a 10-round super welterweight contest.

Additional fights will see 23-year-old Mexican Rolando Garza (4-0, 2 KOs) in a six-round super welterweight battle, Austin’s Albert Romero (2-3-1) taking on Brazil’s Raphael Montini in a four-round lightweight fight and Austin-native Daniel Henry (2-4-3) in a four-round super middleweight contest against Edward Tigs (1-6-3).

Rounding out the action is 22-year-old Austin-native Prisco Marquez (3-0) against San Antonio’s Daniel Arriaga (0-2-1) in four-rounds of super featherweight action and Mexico’s Gregorio Herrera (0-2) in a four-round lightweight bout with San Antonio’s Joe Reyes (0-9).

An undefeated fighter from Michoacan, Mexico, but fighting out of Houston, Flores has not lost since turning pro in 2009 at just 17-years-old. The 23-year-old made his 2015 debut in May with a victory over German Meraz and followed that up by defeating Juan Ruiz in July and Carlos Padilla in September. He goes for a fourth victory of 2015 on November 10 when he battles the experienced Tetteh who represented Ghana at the 1996 Olympics and now fights out of Washington, D.C.

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