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LAS VEGAS (Aug. 8, 2017) – For the 5th year in a row, The Floyd Mayweather Jr. Foundation’s Back-2-School Giveaway opened its doors to hundreds of families in the Las Vegas community this past Saturday, August 5th, making this the biggest event to date with over 700 families in attendance! The giveaway was held at West Flamingo Park and presented by The Floyd Mayweather Jr. Foundation and Mayweather Promotions joined by The Mayweather Promotions’ fighters.  Families were entertained all day from with entertainment, giveaways, and each child left with a backpack filed with school supplies.

The event was emceed and DJ’d by Hot 97.5 FM DJ Miles who opened the event and entertained the crowd all day. The backpack giveaway area was staffed fighters who included: Badou Jack, Andrew Tabiti, Ishe Smith, Kevin Newman, Charvis Holifield, Ashley Theophane, and Lionell Thompson giving away backpacks to each of the kids throughout the day. The event was also accompanied by activities such as: face painting, physical activities courtesy of The YMCA of Southern Nevada, and science experiments by Discovery Children’s Museum. Food was provided by Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza, Snowie Iced Shave, Papa John’s Pizza, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, and Sauced Food Truck.

Students presenting a local library card & in grades 5-12 were given a chance to win a brand-new laptop & printer. A total of six participants walked away perfectly suited to start the school year off on the right track with a laptop, printer, and memory card!

The successful outcome of our annual giveaway is a testament to the influence our organization has in the community, said Nicole Craig, President of The Floyd Mayweather Jr. Foundation.  Education is one of the key areas that The Floyd Mayweather Jr. Foundation focuses on, and we look to come back next year with new goals for greater reach!

“To see how much this event has grown and witness how it comes together each year is absolutely amazing! We had to move the event to a bigger and more open location, and we thank the Parks of Clark County and West Flamingo Park for welcoming our organization and allowing us to serve to the families in our community, said Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions.

The Back-2-School Giveaway 2017 would not be possible without the collective efforts of their wonderful sponsors and supporters.

“It’s always great to be able to give back to the kids, said Badou Jack, former Super Middleweight World Champion. They are our future.”

This event is designed to offer assistance to children and families with the intention of making a positive impact, further their education, and benefit the community as a whole. To get involved with The Floyd Mayweather Jr. Foundation in future events, visit:

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



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

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

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

The Floyd Mayweather Junior Foundation:

WHO:          FIGHTERS: Badou Jack, Andrew Tabiti, Ishe Smith, J’Leon Love, plus more!
WHAT:           This year marks the 5th year that The Floyd Mayweather Jr. Foundation and
Mayweather Promotions have been able to put together an event geared toward helping the youth, as we approach the upcoming 2017-2018 school year. The event will be joined by Mayweather Promotions’ fighters who will help to hand out backpacks filled with supplies supplies to more than 700 underprivileged youth from grades K-12. Over the course of the past 4 years, more than 2,500 students in the Las Vegas Valley have benefitted from the combined efforts of all that have chipped in to make this event possible! 
The “Back-2-School Giveaway” is designed to support the Las Vegas community by providing a fun day for families, which will promotes literacy, implements interactive activities and games, entertainment, and resources that benefit the entire community. In addition to each student receiving a backpack with grade appropriate supplies and a book, the event will feature free sports physicals, a live DJ, activities courtesy of the Discovery Children’s Museum, lunch sponsored by Sammy’s Pizza & Papa John’s, games and fun physical activities brought to you aby the YMCA, and a chance to win prizes that are sure to be a great addition to start the school year off! Students in grades 5-12 can also bring their local library card for a chance to win a brand new laptop & printer.
The 2017 Back-2-School Giveaway is sponsored by: Mayweather Promotions, The Money Team, AEG, & FNOM. Other supporters include: MGM Grand, Screaming Images, Healthier 4U, Snowie Shaved Ice, Target, Best Buy, YMCA of Southern Nevada, Discovery Children’s Museum, Sammy’s Pizza, Papa John’s, Sam’s Club, and Krispy Kreme Donuts. For updates and additional information, visit:, Follow on Twitter: @tfmjf, Facebook: at, Instagram at:
WHEN:          Saturday, August 5
                        10:30 a.m. PT – Media Arrival
                        11:00 a.m. PT – Event Begins
3:00 p.m. PT – Event Concludes
WHERE:       West Flamingo Park
                        6255 W. Flamingo Road
                        Las Vegas, NV 89103
CONTACT:   Nicole Craig, Mayweather Promotions: (702) 807-1788
Crystal Frost, Mayweather Promotions: (213) 434-5809
                        Kelly Swanson/Lisa Milner, Swanson Communications: (202) 783-5500
                        The Floyd Mayweather Junior Foundation:

Check out the final press conference between Adrien (AB) “The Problem” Broner (33-2, 24 KOs) and Mikey Garcia (36-0, 30 KOs).


The Fight can be seen live on Showtime at 9:00pm eastern this Saturday.


Also on Showtime is undefeated Jermall Charlo vs. Jorge Sebastian Heiland.


Also competing in “SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING Prelims” on Saturday are heavyweight contenders Gerald Washington and Jarrell Miller, plus Irish sensation Katie Taylor. These two fights will stream live on the SHOWTIME Boxing Facebook page and the SHOWTIME Sports YouTube channel beginning at 7:15 p.m. ET/4:15 p.m. PT.



Chris Avalos Gets Controversial TKO Victory Over Miguel Flores after Five Rounds of Premier Boxing Champions TOE-TO-TOE TUESDAYS on FS1 & BOXEO DE CAMPEONES on FOX Deportes Main Event Tuesday Night from Rapides Parish Coliseum in Alexandria, Louisiana
Unbeaten Light Heavyweight Prospect Ahmed Elbiali Stops Christopher Brooker in the Second Round
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ALEXANDRIA, LA.  (July 18, 2017) – In a battle of exciting featherweight brawlers, Chris Avalos (27-5, 20 KOs) was awarded a TKO victory after the doctor ruled that Miguel Flores (21-2, 9 KOs) could no longer continue due to a cut sustained during their featherweight matchup that headlined Premier Boxing Champions TOE-TO-TOE TUESDAYS on FS1 and BOXEO DE CAMPEONES on FOX Deportes Tuesday night from Rapides Parish Coliseum in Alexandria, Louisiana.
The action packed showdown came to an end after the fifth-round when the doctor deemed that the cut over Flores’ left eye was too serious for him to continue the fight. Because referee Bruce McDaniel ruled that the cut was caused by a punch, and not a head butt, Avalos was given the stoppage victory.
“I’m disappointed by what happened,” said Flores. “We were winning the fight. Everybody saw what happened. We saw the referee say it was an accidental head butt, but this kind of stuff happens in boxing. They took it away from me.”
“I didn’t get the victory the way I wanted, but I got the win,” said Avalos. “It was a good back and forth action fight. We both had moments where we went after each other and the other guy always came right back.”
The cut in question occurred in round four, from what appeared to be a grazing of heads on the inside, but was contested by Avalos.
“We caught a little bit of a head butt, but I don’t remember any cuts coming from it,” said Avalos. “I didn’t see any blood from the head butt. I saw blood after I threw a right hand.”
Flores was ahead 48-46 on all three scorecards at the time of the stoppage, and had put Avalos on the canvas with a good combination and follow-up flurry in the third round. The fight had been highlighted by consistent powerful exchanges on the inside before coming to an unsatisfactory finish after the fifth round.
“The cut was bothering me and I couldn’t really see out of that eye,” said Flores. “It was just a matter of time until I got the knockout though. I was breaking him down. I’ll learn from it and get better. I definitely want an immediate rematch next.”
“I was proud of what I was able to do and I thought it was a really good fight,” said Avalos. “He’s a good fighter and I’d definitely give him a rematch.”
Additional action saw light heavyweight prospect Ahmed Elbiali (16-0, 13 KOs) remain unbeaten with a dominant stoppage of Philadelphia’s Christopher Brooker (12-4, 5 KOs) in the second round of action.
Elbiali came out aggressive from the start, looking to land big power shots with both hands while Brooker quickly sought to establish his movement and consistently tied up Elbiali when the action moved to the inside.



Story by:  Robert Uzzell

It’s time to take a look at‘s prediction for the Adrien Broner vs. Mikey Garcia fight, set for July 29 in Brooklyn.

Tale of The Tape Adrien Broner Mikey Garcia
Age 27 (28 on fight night) 29
Current Status #9 World-rated welterweight WBC World lightweight champion
Professional Record 33-2-0, 24 KOs 36-0-0, 30 KOs
Height 5 ft 6 in 5 ft 6 in
Reach 68 in 69 in
Knockout Percentage 83% 67%
Previous Fight 01/28/2017 02/18/2017


On Saturday, July 29 on Showtime from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY, a highly anticipated super lightweight (junior welterweight) matchup between current WBC World lightweight champion Miguel Angel “Mikey” Garcia and Adrien “The Problem” Broner takes place.  The fight will take place at 140 pounds.  Broner has fought at 140 and above the weight.  Garcia will make his 140-pound debut in the fight.

The 27-year-old Broner, (33-2-0, 24 KOs), of Cincy, Ohio enters the fight riding a three-fight winning streak, with two of those victories coming by way of knockout.  During that stretch, he’s beaten Adrian Granados (SD 10), Ashley Theophane (TKO 9), and Khabib Allakhverdiev (TKO 12). He’s also been in with Shawn Porter (L – UD12), John Molina Jr., (UD), Emmanuel Taylor (UD), Antonio DeMarco, Marcos Maidana (L- UD12), Paulie Malignaggi, and Daniel Ponce De Léon.

The 29 year old Mikey Garcia (36-0-0, 30 KOs) fights out of Oxnard, California. He is trained by his older brother, former IBF World champion Robert Garcia.  Garcia has stopped 12 of his last 14, with Juan Carlos Burgos (UD) and Orlando Salido (stopped due to head butt) the only two survivors.  Salido, the #1 ranked featherweight at the time, was dropped four times by Garcia in their WBO title fight prior to the stoppage.

Garcia also has wins over Dejan Zlaticanin (KO of the year candidate), Roman Martinez, Juan Manuel Lopez, Jonathan Victor Barros, Matt Remillard, and Oliver Lontchi.


Adrien Broner has very good hand speed and extreme physical talent.  He also has good pop on his punches when he sits down on them.  He has wonderful boxing skills and knows how to finish when he hurts his opponent.  He has a strong frame and understands punching in (flashy) combinations to the body and head when presented with it.  His quick and stiff jab is money when he uses it and he has an awesome left hook.  He’s got a good set of whiskers, being dropped by only the heavy hitting “El Chino” Maidana.

Mikey Garcia’s strengths begin with the power he has in both hands, especially the right.  He has good boxing skills and is an extremely sharp and accurate puncher.  Garcia seems to always know how to utilize proper spacing to get in the appropriate range to catch his foe.  One aspect of Mikey I admire is his patience. Garcia isn’t a bad body puncher either. His high KO rate comes from his patience to set the opponent up and not trying to mow them down, a la Mike Tyson.


When people talk about weight issues, usually they refer to Broner.  However, Mikey Garcia had struggles at 126 pounds and at 130.  After his world title victory over Salido, Garcia failed to make weight for Juan Manuel Lopez.  While he’ll be okay making 140, he (like other Robert Garcia fighters) hasn’t always been on the money for the weigh-ins.  Garcia is very patient, sometimes to a flaw.  Against Broner, who doesn’t handle pressure well, being patient could backfire.  Waiting around could allow Broner an opening for his lightning-fast jabs and combinations.  Mikey is fighting at a weight class he’s not been at.  Advantage Broner, as we don’t know how Mikey’s body will adapt to the weight or if he can take punches at 140.  Mikey likes boxing, but doesn’t love it.  If he’s faced with too tough of a challenge, will he pack it in as some suggested he did against Salido?  Mikey is also a notorious slow starter, which could hinder him if Broner turns on the juice early.  Mikey picks his spots and Broner could capitalize on catching Garcia with quick combinations while Mikey is thinking and searching for openings.  Could Broner be too fast for Mikey to counter?

Garcia hasn’t faced anyone with Broner’s speed.  Mikey Garcia also doesn’t have the resume (experience) that Broner has.  Some feel Salido is his best opponent.  Lastly, Mikey only has two fights since 2014.  Then he comes back in his third fight to take on a top junior welterweight.  Hmm…  A super fast junior welterweight who will be the best fighter he’s faced in the pros.  This could be too much too soon for Mikey.

Adrien Broner is extremely flatfooted and sometimes has too low of a work rate.  In the past, he’s struggled against pressure fighters.  Garcia employs patience over pressure so we’ll see how it plays out.  Broner had weight issues in the past and although I feel he’ll be fine in this fight, we never know.  Defensively, he works the shoulder roll incorrectly.  He stands too square and it causes him to be hit easier.  Instead of using his shoulder to block the straight right and his glove for hooks with his chin tucked, Adrien moves his head straight back.  He needs move his head to the side.  Lastly, for all his physical tools, AB isn’t always there mentally.  However, I don’t expect that to be a “Problem” in this fight.


Robert Uzzell

This fight could go a couple of ways and it’s truly going to answer some questions. Will Broner be drained at the weight?  Can Mikey Garcia carry his power to 140?  Can Garcia take Broner’s punches at this weight?  Can Broner remain focused outside of his legal troubles?

Are you as good as your last fight?  If so, Mikey Garcia should be excited as he starched Dejan Zlaticanin.  Broner reached pay dirt also, albeit in a more workmanlike fashion over spoiler Adrian Granados.

Adrien Broner is going to box well in this fight.  He has a lot stake and it will show with his performance.  He’s won three in row.  However, none of those fighters had power to fear like Garcia.  Adrien has to come out strong and carry this fight fast.  He needs to get his jab to the head and body active to keep Garcia honest.  (more…)

Ringstar Sports Prospects Featured in Primetime on Televisa at 10:30 p.m. CT


CHIHUAHUA, MEXICO (June 26, 2017) – Ringstar Sports is proud to announce that two of Mexico’s brightest rising stars will return to action as 2016 Olympic bronze medalist Misael Rodriguez and 2016 Mexican Olympian Lindolfo Delgado will be featured on “From Parral to the World” taking place Saturday, July 22 from Lienzo Charro Parral in Mexico and live on Televisa.


“I’m excited to have my second professional fight be in my hometown of Parral, Chihuahua, amongst my family, my friends and my people,” said Rodriguez. “The Mexican people have been amazing to me and their support from the Rio Olympics to today means so much to me. I plan on showing my opponent, everyone in the arena and the Mexican people watching on Televisa, the strength, strategy and excitement that I bring to the sport. We’re ready!”


“I am from Linares Nuevo León, and being able to fight in the biggest state in Mexico for my second fight means so much to me,” said Delgado. “I know that we will have the support of the Mexican people during the fights and that I will demonstrate my skill and strength. I can’t wait to show the fans what the new generation of Mexican boxing looks and punches like. I’m proud to be on a card bringing world class boxing to Parral and live on Televisa for all the Mexican people.”


Televised coverage on Televisa begins at 10:30 p.m. CT and will give fans a chance to see two of the next great fighters in the long line of Mexican boxing champions as Rodriguez battles Colombia’s Jose David Mosquera in a six-round middleweight boutand Delgado takes on Venezuela’s Gustavo Vera in six-rounds of super lightweight action.


Three-time world champion and Mexican star Jhonny Gonzalez will look for his sixth straight victory when he takes on unbeaten Jessie Cris Rosales in the main event.


“This is a great chance for the Mexican boxing fans watching on Televisa to see two of the country’s future world champions displaying their talents,” said Richard Schaefer, Chairman & CEO of Ringstar Sports. “Misael Rodriguez and Lindolfo Delgado bring a lot of excitement to the ring and I think that fans are going to fall in love with their styles right away. This primetime slot fighting on the undercard of a Mexican champion like Jhonny Gonzalez is only the beginning of their very bright futures.”


“Working with Misael reminds me of myself after the Athens games,” said Abner Mares, Rodriguez’s manager. “He is a strong, smart and effective young fighter who is starting his professional career in both the U.S. and Mexico. He had the hopes of Mexico on his shoulders during the Rio games and now the Mexican people can be proud being a part of his young professional career. He is ready for his fight against Mosquera and to do it in Parral is a dream come true for him, and a source of pride for everyone in Chihuahua.”


The event is promoted by by Promociones del Pueblo in association with Municipio de Parral, Cavall Vino Tinto and Playboy Mexico and is sponsored by Municipio de Parral, Cavall Fine Wine and Playboy Mexico.


At last year’s Rio games, the 23-year-old Rodriguezovercame incredible odds to win the first Olympic boxing medal for Mexico since Christian Bejerano in 2000. The Chihuahua native and his teammates had to resort to begging on public buses and streets in Mexico to raise money to compete in international boxing tournaments. He completed his road to the medal stand by defeating Egypt’s Hosam Bakr Abdin to clinch a medal in the middleweight division. Rodriguez made his pro debut in April with a dominant decision victory over Brian True in Los Angles.


A teammate of Rodriguez on the 2016 Mexican Olympic team, Delgadomade his pro debut in style in April with a third round stoppage of Luis Angel Silva. The 22-year-old captured gold at the 2016 American Olympic Qualification to earn his trip to Rio. Born in Linares but training in Tijuana, Delgado compiled a 139-15 amateur record that included a victory over former world champion Amnat Ruenroeng.


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CONTACTS: Swanson Communications: (202) 783-5500

David Fighting the Good Fight with Washington, D.C. kids!






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WASHINGTON, DC, (June 26, 2017)– Washington Redskins All-Pro Tight End Vernon Davis,Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington (BGCGW) and Mezlan® Men’s Shoes successfully kicked off their partnership, which celebrates mentorship, fatherhood & giving back, at an eventSaturday in the Mezlan store in Fashion Centre at Pentagon City. Through the partnership, which officially began on June 6 and will run through August 31, Mezlan® will donate 20% of proceeds to BGCGW when purchasers make an online or in-store purchase on the Mezlan® website using the promo code VD85.  The event, which featured a meet and greet and autograph signing for fans, followed a private VIP session Davis held for youth members of BGCGW where he offered words of advice, discussed adversity and how to overcome it, and answered questions.  Please see below quotes from Saturday:

VERNON DAVIS  “Today we’re celebrating fatherhood and mentorship and those things are important. My son is with me here today and it’s important that I’m here with you guys today, not only as a father, but because I know what it’s like to sit in your seat. As a kid, I always wanted to see that mentor walk in, and to me, my heroes were always the Michael Jordans and the Kobe Bryants of this world. “A lot of times there is a police officer or a firefighter walking in, but you don’t always have the opportunity for a professional athlete to walk in. I’m just a regular dude, and what I can give you guys today from a mentoring standpoint, you guys can go back and give to others.  “Whatever you guys can get from me, it means a lot. You can take that with you and you can make a difference in this world. It’s all about making a difference and that’s what we need more of. We need more fathers that are great at showing their kids how to be leaders and showing their kids what it’s like to make a difference.

“As a mentor, I want to see you all be successful, and I want to see you grow. I want to show you everything that I’ve learned through my experiences. I am still doing that right now. I put myself in front of guys that are older than me because I know I can learn a lot from them.  “Accept pressure, failure and adversity. That makes us better. Those are the things that made us great. That’s what I want to be – legendary.

“I do the same thing today as I did when I started playing football in 10th grade. I work out, train hard – with the team and by myself – and I do whatever I have to do to get there. I was always working. In practice, I’m the last one to leave the field, getting extra work in.

“I knew I was going to be successful one day. You have to stay positive and optimistic. Always think you can be successful and stay on right track.

“I played football and basketball growing up, but I think the most important thing for me was making sure I got good grades, because football and basketball is never guaranteed. You have to have something else and I’m sure that’s important to you guys too.  “My role model growing up was my grandmother. She taught me everything – how to be humble and respectful and to treat others the way I want to be treated.”   GABRIELLE WEBSTER, PRESIDENT & CEO, BGCGW

“Today was a good day for our young males.  It is vital for them to share experiences with role models, especially, someone like Vernon who genuinely cares about their future.”



“We need to give of ourselves to help develop the talents of our youth.  So let’s participate together to mentor, teach, & celebrate their achievements – alongside them. Kids need to feel free to dream, as I once did.  And they need to know that if they can dream it they can become it.”

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Contact:  Kristin Gregory | Swanson Communications | (339) 236-0484




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, 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:



“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.”



“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.”



“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″


Weight:      126 lbs

     126 lbs

Age:      28      26
Stance:      Southpaw      Orthodox


  Capitol Heights, Maryland

Ibague, Columbia




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.