He’s All In, Ward Stops Kovalev By TKO In The 8th

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In Standing-8’s fight preview for Ward-Kovalev 2, we asked the question, “Is Andre Ward All In?

On Saturday night, Ward (32-0 16 KO) provided the answer with an exclamation point by stopping Sergey Kovalev (30-2-1 26 KO) in the eighth round.

Like the first fight, there were a lot of close rounds. Kovalev started fast and was the aggressor but Ward was gauging the distance and creating angles. It was all in his master plan. Prior to the fight, there were rumblings out of Ward’s Camp that they believed they could stop the former champion with the Ivan Drago type of persona. After the fight, Ward’s Trainer Virgil Hunter confirmed just that.

” I have only trained Andre for a knockout twice, the first was Chad Dawson [in 2012], and the second was tonight. And they laughed at me. But I knew what was going to happen, because he was healthy. Now we have quieted all those who were whining and thought we didn’t get it the first time.”

Through seven rounds it was close but you could feel that it was Ward’s fight to lose. Throughout the fight, Ward’s body work was setting the tone; however not met kindly by Kovalev who had complained to Referee Tony Weeks several times.

In the eighth, Ward hit Kovalev on the belt line which caused Kovalev to stop and move away thinking Weeks would give him a few minutes to recover from what he thought was a low blow. Weeks signaled for Kovalev to continue causing Ward to reinstate his onslaught.  Ward hit Kovalev with a big shot to the body and followed it with a powerful thudding right hand that rocked the challenger.

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Seeing that Kovalev had buckled, Ward jumped on his prey and worked high and low with shots from all angles as Kovalev fell into the ropes. One of Ward’s body punches did land on the belt line which caused Kovalev to slouched down on the ropes and bend over. It appeared that Kovalev thought that Weeks would jump in and stop the action due to a foul. He was right on one account, Weeks did jump in; however, it was to stop the fight.

It would be a controversial stoppage. The opinion here is that Weeks should have afforded Kovalev a standing eight count at a minimum. Not that it would have mattered, Ward was breaking down the former champion so it was only a matter of time but deservedly so in such a close fight and all that was on the line in a rematch.

In Ward’s defense, Kovalev was bent at the waist so any punch to his mid section would hit both the stomach and just below the belt line and clearly a result of the body position rather than ill intent. It was Weeks’ job to jump in while Ward was hitting Kpvalev to the midsection if Weeks felt they were fouls, he did not, so Ward did what he was supposed to do.

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At the time of the stoppage, Ward was up 67-66 on two cards and down 68-65 on the third. Ward also had a clear advantage in power shots which was always Kovalev’s strength.

After the fight Ward stated “He’s a great fighter, not a lot of people are going to beat him. When you fight great fighters you got to raise your game to the next level”

Ward continued, “When I saw him react to the body shots that were borderline, I knew I had him. I hurt him with a head shot”

Kovalev had complained about low blows several times in the fight which he discussed in his post fight interview.

“Both of us were better this fight. I didn’t feel like I was hurt by legal punches, only low blows” “I don’t know why they stopped the fight. I could have continued. I wasn’t hurt, He didn’t hurt me. I continued to fight, I want to fight him again and kick his ass”

Kovalev had said that he tired out in the first fight and would not allow that to happen again but he looked fatigued several times over the last several rounds and his power appeared to be non-existent.

Ward imposed his will landing the harder shots while meeting the aggressive Kovalev head on. Ward implemented and executed a systematic break down of his adversary and left no doubt this time around. At times, Kovalev looked beaten and almost like he wanted a way out.

In our fight preview, we questioned if we had observed, on some level, a decline in Kovalev over his last few fights. His performance in this one has added to the conversation.

As for Ward, he spoke about going up to cruiserweight or even heavyweight at some point down the road. When asked about a fight with Adonis Stevenson, Ward said if it makes sense it may happen; however he made it known that when he moved up it was to face the top guy in Kovalev, something Stevenson had a chance to do but never did implying that Stevenson didn’t warrant an opportunity.

While we were on record in our fight preview that Ward wins the rematch easier the second time around, we did question Ward’s commitment to the game that, if not fully commited, would contribute to problems in the rematch.  That said, this performance and listeneing to him in the post fight press confrence ended all doubt here.

 

 

Omar Figueroa vs. Robert Guerrero Media Conference Call

Omar Figueroa vs. Robert Guerrero Media Conference Call

Omar Figueroa vs. Robert Guerrero Media Conference Call

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Lou DiBella        

Thanks, everybody for joining us for the main event conference call for the PBC on FOX and FOX Deportes show on July 15th live at 8:00 pm Eastern Time, 5:00 pm Pacific Time on FOX and live at
NYCB Live home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum oin Uniondale, New York.

 

This’ll be the first boxing event on Long Island – first major boxing event at the Nassau Coliseum – in 31 years.  The last event was on March 10th, 1986.  It was headlined by Mike Tyson.  For
anyone that hasn’t been to NYCB Nassau Veteran Memorial Coliseum, it’s a gorgeous venue.

 

Opened with a Billy Joel concert a couple of months ago one of the really, really, really beautiful new venues in the world and if you had been at the Nassau Coliseum before, this is a tremendous
upgrade over the old building and I want to introduce the CEO of Brooklyn Sports and Entertainment Brett Yormark, a man who’s responsible for rebuilding this great venue and bringing boxing back to Long Island, big-time boxing back to Long Island.  Brett?

 

Brett Yormark   

Thank you, Lou.  Appreciate everyone being on the call.  Robert, thrilled that you’ll be headlining the card out at NYCB Live Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum with Omar.  As Lou said, this fight
effectively has been 31 years in the making.  Big-time fights left Long Island many, many years ago and we’re thankful to be playing a small role in bringing back boxing to Long Island.

                             

Everyone knows the impact that Brooklyn Boxing has had not only on the industry but obviously here in Brooklyn at Barclays Center and the great fights, the compelling matchups, all of that and
more, people will experience at a very high level on July 15th when we open-up Brooklyn Boxing on Long Island for our fans.

 

We’re so thrilled to be a part of it, very excited about it.  Ticket sales are going extremely well.  It’s a great card from top to bottom and what I think I’m excited most about this card is
I think it just very, very fan-friendly.  Lots of action is anticipated so it should just be a great night from top to bottom of Premier Boxing Champions at the Coliseum.

 

So thank you Lou for all your support.  Robert, thrilled that you’ll be with us on the 15th, same with you Omar and looking forward to seeing you both in a couple of weeks.

 

L. DiBella            

Thanks, Brett.  The tickets start at $50 and they’re on sale now.  They can be purchased online at ticketmaster.com, nycblive.com by calling 1-800-745-3000 or at the Ticketmaster box office at
NYCB Live so you can purchase them at the Nassau Coliseum.

 

It’s a terrific card as Brett said from top to bottom, an action card and all three fights televised fights on FOX should be brawls.  There’s what I’m calling the Polish heavyweight championship
between Artur Szpilka and Adam Kownacki who is right now the best Polish-American heavyweight.  That’s been a very big anticipated bout in the Polish community and should be a brawl.

 

Seanie Monaghan, the pride of Long Island, lives about a stone’s throw from the Nassau Coliseum fighting Marcus Browne, one of the top young 175-pounders in the world in a fight that has great
interest for Long Island and this main event between Omar Figueroa and Robert Guerrero really can’t miss.  This really does figure to be an all-action, all-out war.

 

Both these guys are warriors.  Both of them come forward and throw.  Neither one of them is a runner.  They’re both really, really true warriors in the historic sense of the great Mexican and
Mexican-American fighters.  Robert Guerrero is a six-time world champ. 

 

He’s held titles in every organization.  He’s been a champ in four divisions from featherweight, super featherweight, lightweight all the way to welterweight and this fight will be contested
in the welterweight division.

 

He has a tremendous resume, went the distance with Floyd Mayweather, Thurman and Garcia, wins over loads of recognizable names, really one of the true champions of his generation.  He’s trained
by his dad Ruben Guerrero and Ruben would you like to say a few words?

 

Ruben Guerrero

Yes, man, all I got to say is that, I want to thank everybody that’s going to be tuning-in to PBC this is going to be a great fight.  It’s going to be a war like you said.  This is going to come
down to a war so we’re doing what we got to do. 

 

We’re going to be ready and that’s all I got to say is we’re going to be super ready for this fight and this is a fight we want and it’s going to be great for the fans and they can’t miss this
fight because like you said, it’s going to be a great fight, a tremendous fight.  They both can fight.

 

L. DiBella            

Agreed, these are two guys that really can fight and two guys that need this win and two guys that are going to throw down really, really hard and frankly Robert Guerrero’s never done anything
his whole career but throw down.  He’s a 110 percenter as I call them, the kind of guy that never gives less than everything he has and has always been in good fights, a true champion.  My pleasure to introduce Robert Guerrero.

 

Robert Guerrero

Great, thank you Lou, appreciate those words.  I’m ready to go, I’ve just been training hard, been doing what I got to do, been studying a lot of film, Omar’s a tremendous fighter, he’s a barnburner. 

 

He comes to fight all the time and he’s very awkward, the way he switches positions, his footwork, the type of pressure he puts and the volume of punches he puts out so he’s one of the guys you
got to be super ready for.

 

If you’re not ready for him, he’s just going to pound you down into the mat. With that being said I’m that same type of fighter.  I’m the same type of fighter that comes in very great shape,
who throws a lot of punches and loves to throw fastballs all the way to the end.

 

It’s going to be a barnburner; I think a lot of people are excited for this fight. I’m excited for it because I know Omar’s the type of guy that doesn’t run, when guys come out of Texas, they
come to fight all the time so it’s going to be exciting.

 

It’s exciting to be back in the ring especially on FOX, the new venue out there in Long Island, I’m really pumped-up to be able to have the opportunity to come-out and fight on the East Coast
and I know I have a lot of fans out there and it’s going to be a treat especially getting in the ring with a guy like Omar who comes to fight.

 

I’m excited for this.  I’ve been training hard like I said and I’ve been doing all the homework I need to do. Some fights I come-up short, it comes down to lack of preparation and for this fight
I’m going to be very prepared for it and like you said Lou, this is a must-win for both of us so I can’t wait to get out there in July and take care of business.

 

Q

Robert, you mentioned you lost some fights because of a lack of preparation before. What would be different this time?

 

R. Guerrero

Getting back to the basics, it’s like in any sport, you got to come back to the basics and not just, have an ego and just think you’re going to move everybody down and put that pressure and just
knock somebody out.

 

When I came-up to 147 pounds, I had something to prove.  Everybody’s saying that I’m crazy, I’m too small for the weight class so it went to my head thinking hey, I got to mow these guys down. 
I got to show them I’m big enough to be here and bad enough to be here and it’s not a smart fight.

 

My father tells me things in the corner and just it’ll go in one ear and out the other and I would do what I want and that comes down to you know, lack of preparation, mentally, just blocking
stuff out and just going where you got to be smarter than that in the ring and use your head so we went back to a lot of things we’d been doing before in the ring.

 

What got me there, what got me to be able to get up to the 147 pounds and right through different weight divisions so getting back to those basics and using your God-given abilities is what gets
you there to the show and if you don’t use them, you throw them out the door.  You go back to square one

 

Q

Are you aware of how people perceive you as a fighter and what’s your mindset?

 

R. Guerrero        

Oh, most definitely, when they start calling you the gatekeeper, that makes it start, you’re an opponent, pretty much, for the guy to make that next step.  So it comes down to like I said lack
of preparation and not being 100% prepared like I should, listening and doing what I have to do in the gym.

 

Listening to my father in the ring, what to do and just it comes down to that, but actions speak louder than words and all I can do is just show the world what I’ve been working on.

 

Q                          

Where will the big fights be going to Barclays or Nassau?

 

L. DiBella

I’ll take that one.  I think that you’re going to see a lot.  You’re going to see the same kind of volume of fights you’ve been seeing in Brooklyn at Barclays Center and for a card that makes
sense for Nassau and Long Island and depending on date availability there’s a second venue that’s a great venue for boxing also.

 

I think it’s going to be a case-by-case basis but I wouldn’t expect less volume than you’ve seen previously.  I think you’re going to see huge fights with the same kind of frequency at the Barclays
Center.

 

Nassau’s another great venue run by great people and people we work with regularly and the best in the business and this’ll be the first I think of many shows at Nassau but don’t expect anything
fewer at Barclays.

 

Q

Robert, you’ve had a nice long break here, it’ll be almost a year in-between fights.  How much as that helped you and how much did you need a break like that?

 

R. Guerrero

It helped me a lot.  It helped me a great, great deal because being able to regroup and rest your body. I’m in my 30s now, you got to be smart about things and take care of your body and before,
I would just go all out training hard and do things that you push over the boundaries.

 

It’s being smart about things and then also to be able to look back at everything and regroup, what I was doing wrong, the preparation and really assessing everything in my career and what took
that left turn and getting right back on path where I’m supposed to be.

 

And it just really helped out a lot and being ready for this next fight.  I’m having a great camp so far.  I’m excited.  I felt great.  My body feels good.  I’m doing a lot of things that I haven’t
been doing in a long time so I’m going to be ready for this fight and I’m excited for it.

 

Q

What are some of the things that you hadn’t been doing that you’re doing now?

 

R. Guerrero

Using my head.  Using my head in the ring, being smart about things, just like I said earlier with the other question was not listening in the corner just wanting to mow people down, getting
out there and just trying to make a statement and prove a point to everybody that I can fight at 147 pounds.

 

The welterweight division is stacked, you got all these guys, everybody’s putting their skills to work and you’re the one that’s just coming-in and just trying to mow guys down.  It doesn’t work
with the type of talent that’s at 147 pounds right now.

 

Q

You mentioned earlier about the words gatekeeper and opponent being used as it pertains to you.  How much motivation is that given you as you train for this fight?

 

R. Guerrero

Oh, it gives a lot of motivation, you want to be known as one of the top fighters in the division and one of the best and to be categorized as a gatekeeper or the stepping stone for this guy,
if this guy if he can get past this test he’s on his way.

 

No, you want to be the guy that they’re on their way to, so it does motivate you.  It gets you excited, gets you out there to work hard and really look back at everything and think about what
you’ve been doing in the ring and being smart about things so it really does light a fire under you.

 

You get a lot of fighters who go out there and say oh, I’ve had the best camp ever, this and that and I’ve been doing this and blah, blah, blah but 90% of the time the adversity is not there
they don’t change anything.

 

They just keep going about their thing so when your back’s against the wall and you got to fight your way out that’s when you got to use your head.  You got to be smart.  You got to say hey,
let’s see what’s going on, let’s see why we’re in this corner and let’s take care of business.

 

Q                          

Robert, Figueroa is obviously a relentless guy who’s always coming forward and everything.  Have you kind of assessed him as a fighter or maybe what some of his strengths and weaknesses are?

 

R. Guerrero        

As far as Figueroa being a fighter, he’s a very tough guy.  Volume puncher, can take a good punch, puts a tremendous amount of pressure but there’s a lot of flaws in his style, there’s a lot
of flaws you can capitalize on but that being said the type of style he brings makes things very awkward for other guys.

 

The way he switches and with the amount of pressure he puts and the volume of punches he puts out, it makes it tough for fighter to adjust to that and really get on his game plan. He’s a tough
guy, he comes to fight, throws a lot of punches, he’s very awkward, it’s about putting your game plan together and being smart and not letting yourself fall apart during the fight.

 

Now I noticed a lot of fighters that he’s fought, with the amount of pressure and punches he throws and his awkwardness, they tend to fall apart, as they go through the fight and then, you know,
they start to lose their game plan and, you got to be really headstrong in there and be able to you know, stay on your game throughout the whole fight.

 

Q                          

He’s only fought at welterweight one time, it was a little lower than the welterweight limit.  How much of an advantage do you feel that is for you?

 

R. Guerrero        

You can say it’s an advantage or it depends how he steps in the ring.  You can say you have the advantage because I’ve had more fights at 147 pounds but then also you can say hey, you know what? 
I’ve had some wars at 147 pounds.

 

With him coming from the lighter weights, coming up, he’s more fresh, he’s had some time off, he’s been training so hey, you know what?  Time will tell how it’s going to go down in the ring.

 

Q

What do you think he’s thinking moving up to fight you and is that a mistake if he’s thinking that this is going to be an easy fight toward the end?

 

R. Guerrero

I don’t think he’s thinking it’s going to be an easy fight, knowing my background and how I come and what type of fighter I am, but when I jumped-up in weight and fought Aydin it was one of those
things where I had a spectacular fight.

 

I was on my game, I was boxing good, I was inside good, outside I was moving and hit him with some shots, hurt him, I mean, it was a great war and Aydin being such a big puncher, strong guy who
mowed guys down and bullied them, it kind of went to my head where you know, hey, I can do this.  I can stand there and trade with these guys.  I can mow these guys down. 

 

This guy Aydin right here, nobody wanted to fight him and I came and just took him out, put it on him, you know, I think that fight kind of hurt me mentally where I thought I was unstoppable
and I’m just going to mow through guys and you’ve seen a glimpse with it also too after that with Andre Berto where I just walked him down and just punished him.

 

And those type of fights right there, moving-up to 147 really kind of I think mentally made me just say you know what, I’m big and bad and now I can walk anybody down and then you run into guys
like Thurman who are the biggest guys in the weight class who are big punchers.

 

Like I said before in the earlier question where you know, the type of talent that’s at 147 pounds, you can’t do that.  You’ve got to be smart and you got to be able to go out there and take
care of business and put your skills to work.

 

Q

Do you think he’s thinking the same thing or do you think he’s looking at you as the easier of other of all of other potential choices at this weight?

 

R. Guerrero        

No, I think he’s looking at this fight as, I’m a fighter, I come to fight, no matter what it is.

 

I think that’s the reason why he’s preparing very well.  We were trying to make this fight earlier this year and they said they needed more time to prepare and so it got moved and it’s one of
those things where I think knowing he’s at 147 pounds in his previous fight, know like hey okay, now these guys are bigger.

 

Now I got to change some things up so I think he’s going to be very prepared for this fight and he’s coming to fight.  He’s coming ready, especially training with Joel Diaz, I know his guys. 

 

I fought a few of his guys before and they come to fight and he gets his guys very prepared and ready to rock and roll and not just prepared as in a boxing way but they’re prepared to go to war
so I know it’s going to be a great fight.

 

Q

Do you need to be a little bit of a boss in this fight, show him that he’s in a new weight class with you guys that are perhaps stronger than he’s faced before?

 

R. Guerrero

I think I just got to come out and do my job, come out and work and put my game plan together during the fight.  Keep everything together throughout the fight and, you know, come do my job, just
come 100% ready and prepared.

 

I know every time I get in that ring, it can change in a heartbeat where one or two punches changes my whole attitude and it’s like now I got to show this guy, but it’s about being smart and
using my head in the ring and that’s what I’m going to do.

 

Q

Do you think this is going to be a fair gauge of what you have left to offer the sport?

 

R. Guerrero        

Oh yes, most definitely, this fight right here’s going to show a lot and it’s going to show a lot to the fans, it’s going to show a lot to the boxing world, getting in there with a young Figueroa
who loves to come and exchange and throw a lot of punches and who loves to just abuse the fighters and put it on them.

 

It’s one of those fights where you know, like I said before, action’s going to speak louder than words. It’s time to just show them what I got a lot left and I got to come and take care of business
fight night but this does lead to the bigger picture where to get back into the title contention but you got to take care of business first with Figueroa to be able to take that next step.

 

Q

Let’s say hypothetically you win on July 15, what do you envision say, in the next 12 months? 

 

R. Guerrero        

It’s funny you say you don’t want to look past but every fighter does no matter what.  Every fighter’s looking beyond that horizon, what are the possibilities and there’s huge possibilities.

 

There’s a lot of big fights out there, there’s a lot of championship fights out there.  A great thing being Al Haymon and PBC he’s not scared to mix it up and throw fighters in with tough guys
and make the fights.

 

I’m excited that I’m in this position and this fight right here, it’s going to get me over that horizon to see what’s up next, what’s next in my career so fight night we got to take care of business.

 

Q

Do you think you have it in you to fight a smart fight against Omar Figueroa yet at the same time provide that entertainment factor that always comes with every Robert Guerrero fight?

 

R. Guerrero

My name Guerrero means warrior so you just never know what happens.  You never know what happens within that ring and sometimes you got to change it up, the game plan’s not working, sometimes
it’s just like hey, listen,  we got to go to war, we got to go to war. 

 

Let’s go to war but, it’s taking this time I had off like I said before I was able to regroup and look at everything, assess everything, my career, how I’ve been fighting, stuff I’ve been doing
wrong in the gym, stuff I’ve been taking advice here, taking advice there, doing this, doing that, just everything that comes along with it and I’ve been able to regroup and put it together and God willing everything goes great and we can do it fight night.

 

Q

You spoke about using your head with these guys but ironically with Omar’s style, do you like your chances to mow him down since it’s likely he’s going to kind of keep it toe to toe and keep
the pressure on you as opposed to being a pure boxer?

 

R. Guerrero        

Oh yes, don’t get me wrong, I was just kind of saying I’m using my head don’t mean I’m going to be able to be here on my toes prancing around and moving and moving, I’m there to fight. 

 

I’m here to fight and when it comes down to talking about using my head, I’m talking about putting on my skills to use and doing things that I haven’t done in the boxing gym, listening to my
father in the corner on taking advice on what I need to do and what I need to change-up.

 

But don’t get me wrong, using my head I was never that type of dancing around, moving around boxer.  I’ve always been that type of boxer where I’ll stand there in the pocket, and stuff like that
so yes, don’t get me wrong. I’m not there to run around move and shake and bake.  I’m there to fight.

 

Q

Fighting in New York, does it bring any extra excitement for you or is this a case of once you’ve been in one ring, you’ve been in all of them?

 

R. Guerrero        

Yes, you hit it right on.  Once you’ve been in one ring and done it for a long time and you’ve been different places, out of the country to fight and a whole bunch of different places, it comes
down to just being ready and knowing how to get in there and take care of business. I’m excited to be coming-out to the East Coast and doing it.

 

Q

Do you view this as your final opportunity for a serious run at a world title?

 

R. Guerrero        

No, you know, I think it’s at a critical point where you got to take care of business. Anything can happens in boxing, that’s the one nice thing about the type of fighter than I am, you’re always
relevant in your division because you ain’t no pushover.  You come to fight so every fight, you got to take it like it’s your last and you got to be ready.

 

Q

Ruben, do you feel just as much pressure for a victory just from a training perspective for your son?

 

Ru. Guerrero     

Well, I never feel pressure, this ain’t our first bout, we’ve been there already but we’re warriors, we’re Guerreros man and once we get in that ring, it changes to a whole different ballgame.

 

We’re coming ready to fight, we come prepared.  My son gets ready and all I’ve got to say man is we’re going to prove to the world where we’re going to be at for the next fight, man. 

 

We’re fighting the top-tier young kid, young buck, but it all comes down like my son said it comes down to skills and listening to me and we’re going to have a defense for this kid and everybody
is going to be surprised when we get in that ring. 

 

We’re not coming just to fight, we’re coming to win and we’re coming with a smart plan and the world’s going to see what we’re all about.  We’re going to be back in the game, we’ll be back in
the talk and I’m confident that we’re going to win, and as he said we’re Guerreros man and we’re coming to win.

 

R. Guerrero        

I’m just ready to go.  I’m excited for the fight.  How’s it going, Omar?  See you July. I’m excited, I’m excited and I can’t wait for the fight.  I’m excited about this fight it’s a big opportunity
on FOX and we’re going to be ready.  We’re going to be ready to take care of business and see you guys fight night and let’s get it on the road.

 

L. DiBella            

Now I’m going to turn this over to Team Figueroa, you know, Omar 26-0-1 with 18 KOs, former WBC lightweight champion and he moved-up to welterweight in 2015, got a load of good wins, real warrior,
the same kind of vein as Robert and this figures to be an all-out brawl as we’ve been saying.

 

He’s got one of the best trainers in the business, a guy that I have tremendous respect for, I think there’s very few better right now in boxing than Joel Diaz and Joel do you want to say a few
words?

 

Joel Diaz             

Well, thank you guys for having us here.  Like Robert said, we’re there to put-up a great fight.  Omar has been here since the beginning of the year, he took care of his issues.

 

He had a little bit of issues and took some time off, well deserved.  He had a great career already.  Omar is the type of fighter that people want to see as well as Robert Guerrero, they come
to fight.

 

That’s why I think this fight it separates fights for the fans.  Omar and Robert I think they’re going to give the fans what they want to see, a great exciting fight and, preparation for Omar
Figueroa oh, it’s been great.

 

His weight is not an issue anymore.  He’s been doing really, really well.  In the past I know he had a little bit of injuries on his hand in training and that’s what we focused on, maintaining
them, maintaining them so he’s healthy.

 

He’s 100%, have no injuries whatsoever so for July 15th, Omar Figueroa will be 100% ready to give the best of his ability and come back with a victory.  I want to say thanks to Robert Guerrero,
he’s such a professional person, you know, it’s been a while to see him and I’m looking forward to seeing him July 15th.

 

L. DiBella            

Thank you, Joel and now with a record of 26-0-1 with 18 KOs the former WBC lightweight champion, one of the best young welterweights in the world, a guy who’s a warrior in the truest sense like
Robert Guerrero which is why this is a can’t-miss fight.  My pleasure to introduce Omar Figueroa.  Omar?

 

Omar Figueroa  

First off want to say thank you guys for having me on and thank you to Robert Guerrero and his camp for accepting the fight and hey, I’m at a loss for words when it comes to how excited I am
to be back and I’ve missed everything that has to do with this. I’ve been on big stage before and, at the same time it’s something that I crave.

 

I’m not about the whole spectacle about boxing.  I feel like I enjoy it in a pure form.  I like the challenge.  I like the adrenalin rush that I get.  The bigger the challenge, the better and
the thing that happened was that the challenges were getting to be too big because I wasn’t able to prepare for fights properly or I had injury and I had this and I had that.

 

And it was just getting to a point where I was killing myself just to be on that stage and at that level and that’s why I took this break.  I’m back now.  I’ve been training here with Joel since
January and it’s been great.  I feel great.  My body is healed.  My mind if relaxed and that is all I could ever ask for so July 15th I should be at the top of my game.  If not, close to it.

 

Q

Are there any plans to adjust during the fight and Joel also have you worked on the Plan B just in case, you know, Robert Guerrero’s effective moving and throwing a lot of punches?

 

J. Diaz                 

Well, we work for every style, when we’re in the gym, we prepare for Plan A, Plan B, Plan C if it’s necessary because things change.  You can prepare for one style and that night he can change
but if Robert Guerrero decides to come forward and make it a fight, he’s going to have a war because, he’s stepping in the ring against one of the most aggressive fighters that I’ve known and that’s Omar Figueroa.

 

And if he decides to box as well, Omar’s been in the ring with the boxers, brawlers, there’s nothing Omar has not seen in that ring that we cannot be prepared for so whatever Robert Guerrero
decides to do, we’ll be ready.

 

Q

Omar, as you’re getting a little older, are you concentrating a little more on power punching maybe a little less and putting a little more behind the punches?

 

O. Figueroa        

Well, the thing is that I couldn’t put more behind my punches because my hands were just a wreck so I had to make-up for that lack of power with volume as you said and everything has to have
this sort of equilibrium so I wasn’t able to put the power behind my punches, the speed like totally effective.

 

So I made-up with work, I worked harder to get the points that I needed to win the fight so I don’t know how my hands are going to feel.  I am reluctant to go 100%.  We’ve debated different things
that we could do so that I can mentally just feel comfortable and let go of my hands but it’s something that lingers, my hands feel great and I can punch a wall right now with full force but mentally I won’t allow myself to do so.

 

So it’s something that like Joel says once you get into the fight, we’ll see what Guerrero’s going to bring to the table and we’ll adjust accordingly.

 

Q

And Omar even though you’ve had tremendous success in your career thus far, the feeling is you haven’t gone as far as you potentially could, are you aware of that? Where did you think you would
be at this particular stage compared to where you are now?

 

O. Figueroa        

Definitely, nobody knows what I’m capable of more than myself.  Honestly, once I started having my injuries I kind of stopped thinking too far ahead.  I never did that.  I always liked to focus
on the task at hand and especially like I said with the injuries, it kind of brings a little back down to Earth and it’s to see your life as it truly is and so I was taking it one fight at a time.

 

I’m just grateful that I’m able to be at this stage and perform at this level and to have the honor of being in the ring with these kinds of guys and to work with, one of the top trainers in
the world is just I’m just grateful for the opportunity that I’m getting.  I’ve worked by ass off to be here and I’m just taking advantage or trying to at least.

 

Q

Have you looked at all past Robert Guerrero some of the possibilities that could be awaiting you?

 

O. Figueroa        

No, sir.  The only thing I’ve looked at past Guerrero was going and getting a hot dog and maybe some pizza there in New York City.

 

Q

Omar, first of all this is Father’s Day coming up what does that mean to you?

 

O. Figueroa        

Well, it means that yet another Father’s Day I’m going to spend here training away from my kids and at the end of the day I got to, look at the bigger picture and know that I’m doing this for
them and I talk to my kids often on the phone and my daughter immediately the first thing she does is tells me that she loves me and I always see my son as well.

 

So I know that I’m missed.  They know that this is a sacrifice for everybody but I know that at the end of the day that it’ll all be worth it.

 

Q

Do you see any similarities between either the careers of the guys you’re fighting or in terms of Robert being a southpaw and DeMarco being a southpaw?

 

O. Figueroa        

There’s actually a big, big difference for each one.  The preparations that the way the preparation happened for each fight.  For Ricky Burns I didn’t do any boxing training whatsoever.  I had
a fractured hand.  For DeMarco I had a messed-up elbow and I got sicker before the fight and right now I’m feeling great.  My body is totally cooperating with me and so preparation has been different as well.

 

I feel great.  The weight shouldn’t be a problem and it’s just you never know what training camp’s going to bring.  It always has little surprises for us so hopefully it doesn’t surprise me too
bad and we get to make it to the fight in one piece and as close to 100% as possible and I don’t know.

 

I’ve always said, I’m excited to see what I’m able to do in the ring when I’m close to 100% at least and it just hasn’t happened yet so I’m hoping this’ll be the one.

 

Q

So this is would you say in terms of how healthy you’ve been in your last four or five fights, how healthy are you compared to those fights?  Is this the healthiest you’ve been or close to the
healthiest?

 

O. Figueroa

Yes, it’s the healthiest I’ve been.  This is the healthiest I’ve been since 2013 that year that I had my I had two first-round knockouts and then I had fight of the year with Arakawa but the
difference is that in the Arakawa fight I fractured both of my hands in that fight so I mean, before the fight for the preparation like I said this is as healthy as I’ve ever been.

 

Q

Do you predict that it’ll be a brawl just like Lou DiBella said at the beginning of the calls?

 

O. Figueroa        

Well, that’s what they all say. They all say that they’re going to stand in the middle of the ring and go toe to toe and blah, blah, blah but it tells a different story once you start getting
hit.  It’s like Mike Tyson says, everybody has a plan till you get hit.

 

So I feel that things will change once he steps in the ring with me and he sees how hard I hit and how effective I am on the inside and then it’ll be more of me chasing after him for a few rounds
hopefully.  Hopefully I’m right.

 

Q

So do you feel as though you’re going to back him up and if you do back him up, have you seen him in any fights at this weight being effective in retreat?

 

O. Figueroa        

I have not. That’s something Joel and I have to discuss and go through, see what the plan’s going to be. We prepare it like he says we prepare for every style, we’re ready for whatever comes
our way and normally like everyone knows I go forward. I don’t know, we’re going to have to figure that out as a team.

 

Q

Omar, did it kind of ease the pain watching your brother Brandon develop in the ring for the past year because I know you’ve been a constant presence in his career?

 

O. Figueroa        

Yes, no, I mean, if it’s kind of been bittersweet.  It’s made me miss the fight game but at the same time it’s kind of eased my worries having him in the spotlight, having him go through what
I go through and I was kind of living vicariously through that so it did help and actually what was one of the reasons why I decided to take that break physically because I wanted him to be in the spotlight.

 

I needed that break regardless but he can shine and take advantage of the opportunities to prove he hasn’t taken anything for granted, so it’s better for me.

 

Q

Why Robert Guerrero after a 17, 18-month layoff?

 

O. Figueroa

Oh that wasn’t my decision. <y team already knows that I don’t care who I step in the ring with so I tell them you guys find fighters that’s your job.  My job is to train and fight and put up
a good show and your guys’ job is to make sure that things go well and when it comes to the other side of boxing.

 

So I don’t really delve too much into that side and my team handle their job and that’s it.  That’s as far as I go when it comes to any of that.

 

Q

Do you see yourself as a welterweight going forward or given the trend you feel like you can even campaign at 140 at some point in the future if it makes sense?

 

O. Figueroa        

No, I’m trying to go down to 140, it’s like you said, it’s been a while since I stepped in the ring so, once I get down to 147 and whatnot, I try to linger around there, not get to heavy and
get back down to 140 in the future.

 

Q

Have you done anything experimental for your hands such as changing gloves or wrapping them differently or to something more cutting edge like looking at different technology that might be out
there?

 

O. Figueroa        

No, there really isn’t much I can do, from trying-out different way to wrap my hands, different padding, different gloves, aside from that really all I did was give my hands time.  I mean, I’ve
done some crazy stuff before.  I’ve gone to some experimental doctors before that believe in all this different kind of medicines and they’ve injected this sort of monkey blood on my hand.

I’ve had acupuncture.  I’ve had all sorts of crazy stuff done to my hands in the past but that has been, you know, three-four-five years since I’ve done that.  I’ve stuck to more I guess conventional
methods, not that they didn’t work or anything.  At that point when you’re desperate and you just want healthy hands, you’ll do anything to have them.

 

But no, aside from like I said just trying out different padding, different ways of wrapping them, being careful, that’s one thing that I do too.  I am which I actually I get in trouble for. 
Joel gives me shit for not, you know, going all out in sparring and whatnot and he goes back to the good old days when I dropped everybody in a round or two and I tell him, I mean, I wish I could do that but things are different.

 

L. DiBella            

Okay, well that was the last question guys so thank you all for joining us.  Again, Omar Figueroa vs Robert Guerrero, Sean Monaghan versus Marcus Browne, Artur Szpilka against Adam Kownacki,
PBC on FOX and FOX Deportes, 8:00 pm Eastern Time, 5:00 pm Pacific Time at NYCB’s Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York, Saturday, July 15th, 2017

 

So it’ll be the first fight in Nassau Coliseum in 31 years, ticketmaster.com, nycblive.com or the Ticketmaster box office at the Nassau Coliseum.  Thanks you all for joining us and we hope to
see you there.

BARCLAYS CENTER TO HOST BLOCKBUSTER MATCH-UP FEATURING FOUR-DIVISION WORLD CHAMPION ADRIEN BRONER VS. UNDEFEATED THREE-DIVISION CHAMPION MIKEY GARCIA ON SATURDAY, JULY 29

BARCLAYS CENTER TO HOST BLOCKBUSTER MATCH-UP FEATURING FOUR-DIVISION WORLD CHAMPION ADRIEN BRONER VS. UNDEFEATED THREE-DIVISION CHAMPION MIKEY GARCIA ON SATURDAY, JULY 29

 

Presented by Premier Boxing Champions

LIVE on SHOWTIME

 

–Tickets On Sale Thursday, June 15 at 10 a.m.–

 

BROOKLYN
(June 13, 2017) –Four-division world champion Adrien “The Problem” Broner and three-division world champion
Mikey Garcia square off in a blockbuster matchup in the main event of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING®,
Saturday, July 29, live on SHOWTIME, 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), and will go on sale on
Thursday, June 15 at 10 a.m. ET, 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 starting Friday, June 16 at noon (if
tickets are still available). Group discounts are available by calling 844-BKLYN-GP.

 

“Broner vs. Garcia is one of the year’s biggest matchups in boxing and we anticipate an electric atmosphere at Barclays Center,” said Brett Yormark, CEO of Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment. “This will be our
fourth major card in 2017 as BROOKLYN BOXING continues to deliver dramatic moments, competitive fights, and many of the sport’s biggest names to fight fans.”

 

Broner and Garcia, two world-class fighters in their prime, meet at a critical time in their respective careers in one of the most intriguing matches in boxing. Both Broner and Garcia have had spectacular
victories at Barclays Center in Brooklyn during their careers. Broner successfully defended his welterweight title against Paulie Malignaggi at Barclays Center on June 22, 2013, and Garcia, coming off a lengthy layoff, defeated Elio Rojas via fifth-round TKO
at the arena on July 30, 2016.

 

Broner, a three-division world champion by the age of 23, and one of the youngest four-division world champions in boxing history, remains one of the most accomplished and popular athletes in the sport today
Among the top 140-pounders in the world, Broner is undefeated at or below 140 pounds with his only two losses coming against welterweight world champions Marcos Maidana and Shawn Porter. At just 27 years old, Broner (33-2, 24 KOs) still believes he is the
future of the sport and looks to prove it against Garcia on Saturday, July 29.

 

Hailing from Cincinnati, Ohio, Broner has achieved more in his young career than most fighters can hope for in a lifetime.  After earning world titles
at 130, 135 and 147 pounds, Broner won a belt in a fourth weight division – 140 pounds – in October 2015 when he defeated Khabib Allakhverdiev via 12th round stoppage to become the second youngest four-division champion in boxing history at 26 (behind
Oscar De La Hoya, 24).  Broner will turn 28 years old on July 28, the day before his bout with Garcia. 

 

Garcia, 29 years old and undefeated (36-0, 30 KOs), is a recently crowned lightweight champion and one of the best pound-for-pound boxers in the sport. He will move up in weight for the second time in just
three fights to challenge Broner.  Garcia is a member of a renowned boxing family, and is noted for his sportsmanship and his commanding presence in the ring, honed by his brother and acclaimed trainer Robert Garcia. He has held world titles at 126, 130 and
135 pounds, but has never fought above 138. 

 

Garcia, of Moreno Valley by way of Oxnard, Calif., returned to the ring after a two-and-half-year layoff in July 2016 without missing a beat.  After defeating Rojas, Garcia became a three-division champion
by beating previously undefeated lightweight world champion Dejan Zlaticanin with a vicious third-round knockout this January.  Garcia has stopped 19 of his last 21 opponents including Roman “Rocky” Martinez, Juan Manuel Lopez, Orlando Salido and Bernabe Concepcion

MARIO BARRIOS Training Camp Quotes & Photos

 

Unbeaten Super Lightweight Faces Mexico’s Jose Luis Rodriguez in Premier Boxing Champions on FS1 & FOX Deportes Action Sunday,

June 11 from The Pioneer Event Center in Lancaster, California

 

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LANCASTER, CA. (June 8, 2017) – Unbeaten rising contender Mario Barrios shared his thoughts about his training camp and more as he nears a showdown against Mexico’s Jose Luis Rodriguez on Sunday, June 11 in Premier Boxing Champions on FS1 and FOX
Deportes action live from The Pioneer Event Center in Lancaster, California.  

Televised coverage begins at 10:30 p.m. ET/7:30 p.m. PT after the Mexico vs. USA World Cup qualifier on FS1 and FOX Deportes and is headlined by former world champion Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios returning to the ring to take on Mexico’s Aaron Herrera
plus undefeated prospect Jose Miguel Borrego will battle once-beaten Kevin Watts in a super lightweight bout.  

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by TGB Promotions, are priced at $30 and are on sale now. To purchase tickets visit the Pioneer Event Center’s website: www.uavpec.com Here is what Barrios had to say about training camp, his matchup
and more:  

On fighting Jose Luis Rodriguez: 

“Unfortunately, in the last twelve months, I’ve had two opponents come in overweight when I was scheduled to fight on national television.  I was ready to fight both times but my team advised me to cancel the bouts because the fighters were at least
10 pounds above the contracted weight.  Jose Luis Rodriguez is a very tough fighter who went the distant with Felix Verdejo, who many people consider a top prospect.  I just hope Rodriguez makes weight and the fight happens because I’m ready to shine.”  

On his return to FS1 & FOX Deportes as the co-main event: 

“I’m very excited to be returning on FS1 even though I’m not the main-event as I was scheduled to be last month.  My management team once again is putting me in a great position on national television.  In this fight, I’m the co-main event and I’m
eager to showcase my talents at super-lightweight.  I’m going to put on a great show for everyone watching.”  

On his recent training camp with Virgil Hunter in California: 

“Virgil and I are working great together.  I feel I’m constantly getting better with Virgil each and every day we are together.  He’s a great motivator and I’m pushing myself to become a stronger, faster fighter.  I’ve been in camp for the last three
months and I’m like a lion ready to come out of his cage.”  
On fighting in Lancaster, CA: 

“I’ve fought several times in California and the fans out here are incredible.  This will be my first time fighting in Lancaster and I’m expecting the same lively crowd.  The fans are what make this sport go so expect me to come out guns blazing.
 I’m going to explosive in this fight.”

Quest for Muhammad Ali Trophy Begins as Three Cruiserweight Stars Sign Up for World Boxing Super Series

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Quest for Muhammad Ali Trophy begins as three cruiserweight stars sign up for World Boxing Super Series

The first three star names have signed up for the inaugural season of the World Boxing Super Series. IBF Cruiserweight World Champion Murat Gassiev (24-0, 17 KOs), WBC World Champion Mairis Briedis (22-0, 18 KOs) as well as former IBF / WBC champion & IBF top-ranked
challenger Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (53-3-1, 37 KOs) will all participate in the revolutionary global knock-out tournament, with five more elite fighters to be confirmed shortly. The winner will receive the GREATEST prize in boxing, the Muhammad Ali Trophy.

Boasting a combined record of 99 wins and 3 losses along with 72 KOs, Gassiev, Briedis and Wlodarczyk can´t wait to get in on and write history.

It is an honor to be in the World Boxing Super Series,” said Gassiev, who holds the IBF title. “This is the best fighting the best. I have never lost a fight, I am
the IBF champion and I look forward to winning the other belts as well to cement my position as the best fighter in the division!”

WBC Champion Briedis is also thrilled to participate. “This is the Champions League of boxing and I am going to prove that I am the world´s best cruiserweight,” he
said. “The competition will be tough, but to be the best, you have to beat the best.”

Wlodarczyk, the former IBF & WBC Champion who now occupies the number one spot in the IBF rankings, is equally confident of success. “I will stamp my authority on the
division by beating the best cruiserweights out there and winning the World Boxing Super Series,” he stated. “There is a reason the winner gets the Muhammad Ali Trophy. He was the Greatest of all time, and the winner of this tournament has the right to call
himself the greatest cruiserweight of our time.”

Saturday will mark the first anniversary of Muhammad Ali´s death. Roberto Dalmiglio, Comosa´s Head of Management Board, paid tribute to the GREATEST of all time. “Nobody will ever forget what Ali has achieved,” he said. “He was the GREATEST of all time because
he defeated the best opponents out there. The World Boxing Super Series is all about the best fighting the best, and that is why we named the trophy after him.”

With three high-profile signings confirmed and many more to come, the stage is set for an exciting tournament. “The quest for the Muhammad Ali Trophy has officially begun and we are thrilled to welcome two unbeaten world champions and a top-ranked challenger,
who is a former champion, to the World Boxing Super Series,” Dalmiglio said. “They have accepted the ultimate challenge to determine the best cruiserweight in the world.”

Season 1 of the World Boxing Super Series will feature the cruiserweights and super-middleweight divisions. In each weight class, eight top fighters will battle out a bracket-style elimination tournament. There will be four quarter-finals (September / October
2017), two semi-finals (early 2018) and one final (May 2018), which makes for a total of 14 high-class fights. “We have received a massive amount of applications for both divisions,” said Kalle Sauerland, Comosa`s Chief Boxing Officer. “The best fighters are
lining up to be in the tournament. Just like the fans, they love the format and the fact that there will only be one man standing at the end.”

Richard Schaefer, Comosa`s Chairman of the Americas, added: “We promised you the biggest names and champions in the divisions and here we are delivering. More names will follow shortly. We simply can’t wait to get the action started!” 

The quarter-final pairings will be determined during the Draft Gala in Monaco in early July. In each weight class, the four top-seeded boxers (which will be determined
by the Comosa Board) will select their quarter-final opponents from the four unseeded boxers. Once the pairings are set, the exact fight dates and venues will be announced. Details about the participants in the super-middleweight division will be revealed
shortly.

For more information, please visit
www.WorldBoxingSuperSeries.com or follow @WBSuperSeries on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram

Special Sunday Edition of Premier Boxing Champions on FS1 & FOX Deportes on June 11 from The Pioneer Event Center in Lancaster, California

Special Sunday Edition of Premier Boxing Champions on FS1 & FOX Deportes on June 11 from The Pioneer Event Center in
Lancaster, California

 

Hard-Hitting Former World Champion Brandon Rios Battles

Mexico’s Aaron Herrera in the Main Event

 

Plus! Undefeated Mario Barrios Faces Jose Luis Rodriguez While

Hard-Hitting Prospect Jose Miguel Borrego Takes on Lancaster’s

Kevin Watts

 

Televised Coverage Begins at 10:30 p.m. ET/7:30 p.m. PT

 

Tickets on Sale Now!

 

LANCASTER, CA.
(May 25, 2017) – Former world champion
Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios (33-3-1, 24 KOs) returns to the ring to take on Mexico’s
Aaron Herrera (32-6-1, 21 KOs) in the main event of a Special Edition of
Premier Boxing Champions
on FS1 and FOX Deportes on Sunday, June 11 from The Pioneer Event Center in Lancaster, California.

 

Televised coverage begins at 10:30 p.m. ET/7:30 p.m. PT after the Mexico vs. USA World Cup qualifier on FS1 and FOX Deportes and will feature unbeaten
Mario Barrios (18-0, 10 KOs) in a 10-round super lightweight contest against Mexico’s
Jose Luis Rodriguez (23-8-1, 13 KOs) and undefeated prospect Jose Miguel Borrego
(11-0, 10 KOs) squaring-off against once-beaten Kevin Watts (11-1, 4 KOs) in an eight-round super lightweight bout.

 

“This is my first fight in Southern California in almost five years and I can’t wait to put on a show for those fans who have supported me throughout my career,” said Rios. “I’ve always given the
fans a great show and I’m planning on picking up right where I left off and being better than ever when I get back in the ring. I’ve been training for a while in preparation for a great victory on June 11 on FS1 and FOX Deportes.”

 

“This is a terrific opportunity for me to face a fighter the caliber of Brandon Rios,” said Herrera. “He’s had a great career and fought many champions and I look forward to giving him everything
I have. Fighting Rios is a great test for me and I’ll be ready to pass on June 11.”

 

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by TGB Promotions, are priced at $30 and are on sale now. To purchase tickets visit the Pioneer Event Center’s website: www.uavpec.com

 

“Premier Boxing Champions on FS1 and FOX Deportes has come to epitomize all-action, fan-friendly matches, and this card fits perfectly into that mold,” said Tom Brown, President of TGB Promotions.
“Brandon Rios is never in a boring fight. After a long layoff, I expect him to come out firing against Aaron Herrera and I don’t expect Herrera, a rugged Mexican brawler, to back 
down. I’m
also excited to see the progress of Mario Barrios, who is moving up to 140 pounds, and Jose Miguel Borrego, a dangerous power puncher. It promises to be another fantastic night of boxing for those at the Pioneer Event Center in Lancaster, California and those
watching the PBC on FS1.”

 

After a stellar amateur career, Rios, an all-action brawler, went unbeaten in his first 27 pro fights before he stopped Miguel Acosta in 2011 to win a lightweight world title. The 31-year-old added
victories over Richar Abril, Urbano Antillon and John Murray before winning two out of three fights in a trilogy against Mike Alvarado. The Oxnard, California-native has challenged top welterweights Manny Pacquiao and Tim Bradley and will look to work his
way towards another world title show in the 147-pound division.

 

Fighting out of Yucatan, Mexico, Herrera enters this fight on a three-bout knockout streak since October 2016. The 28-year-old was unbeaten in his first 24 pro fights including 16 knockouts before
challenging for a regional title in 2013
. He fights in the U.S. for the fourth time on June 11 when he takes on Rios.

 

A tall fighter for his division at more than six feet, the 21-year-old Barrios picked up seven victories in a jam-packed 2015 in which he stopped five opponents inside the distance and followed
it up in 2016 with three more victories, including a 12-round decision over Devis Boschiero in July. The San Antonio native began his 2017 campaign with a stoppage victory over Yardley Suarez on the Keith Thurman vs. Danny Garcia undercard in Brooklyn in March.
He continues his campaign at 140-pounds when he enters the ring on June 11.

 

The 30-year-old Rodriguez enters this fight on a three bout winning streak including a third round TKO win in April in his last bout. Fighting out of Nuevo Leon, Mexico, Rodriguez will make his
U.S. debut on June 11 having won seven of his last eight contests with his only defeat coming via a 10-round decision against unbeaten Felix Verdejo last April.

 

At just 19-years-old, Borrego has burst onto the scene displaying big knockout power as he made his U.S. debut in February with a first round stoppage and followed it by stopping John Delperdang in
the seventh-round of a televised contest this April. Fighting out of Aguascalientes, Mexico, Borrego will fight in California for the first time since turning pro in 2015.

 

Born in Lancaster, California and fighting out of Los Angeles, Watts turned pro in 2013 and picked up victories over previously unbeaten Maximilliano Becerra plus once-beaten fighters Michal Chudecki
and Manuel Damairias Lopez before suffering his first loss last September to unbeaten prospect Eddie Ramirez. The 25-year-old who has fought professionally since 2013 will look to get back in the win column in his hometown on June 11

Former World Champions Omar Figueroa & Robert Guerrero Meet in Welterweight Brawl

Exciting Night of Action With Premier Boxing Champions on FOX & FOX Deportes Featured Saturday, July 15 Live in Primetime from NYCB LIVE’s Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Long Island

 

Former World Champions Omar Figueroa & Robert Guerrero Meet in Welterweight Brawl

 

Undefeated Contender Marcus Browne Faces Unbeaten Long Island Favorite Seanie Monaghan in Light Heavyweight Clash

 

All-Polish Heavyweight Brawl Featuring a

Showdown Between Artur Szpilka & Adam Kownacki

 

Tickets on Sale Thursday, May 25 at 10 a.m. ET!



LONG ISLAND, NY
(May 23, 2017) – A matchup between exciting former world champions
Omar “Panterita” Figueroa (26-0-1, 18 KOs) and Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero
(33-5-1, 18 KOs) headlines an action-packed night of Premier Boxing Champions on
FOX and FOX Deportes on Saturday, July 15 in the first boxing event at the newly-renovated
NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Televised coverage begins at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT from the first boxing event at the Coliseum since Mike Tyson headlined in 1986.

 

“I’m looking forward to getting back in the ring and showing fans what I’m known for – exciting fights,” said Figueroa. “I’ve been quietly training and preparing in Indo, California with
Joel Diaz and now it’s time. I’m looking forward to a great fight with Robert Guerrero on July 15 in front of a New York crowd. I can’t wait to show everyone at the Coliseum and on FOX and FOX Deportes what ‘Panterita’ is all about.”

 

“Both me and Omar Figueroa like to bang on the inside, which should make for great entertainment, but Omar is going to find out on July 15 that he’s facing a man who has his back against
the wall and is going to leave everything in the ring,” said Guerrero. “I’m going to give the millions who’ll be watching on FOX and FOX Deportes a fight to remember. This is going to be a classic Mexican war and I’m coming out on top.”

 

The FOX and FOX Deportes broadcast will see unbeaten contender
“Sir” Marcus Browne (19-0, 14 KOs) battling undefeated Long Island native and fan favorite
Seanie Monaghan (28-0, 17 KOs) in a light heavyweight showdown.

 

“I have fought more times at Barclays Center than anyone, so it’s exciting to get to fight in a new venue not too far from home,” said Browne. “We might be in Seanie’s immediate backyard,
but I’m just down the block, so he really isn’t any more at home than I am. I know he’s a hard-nosed fighter with a come-forward style. I’m preparing for a tough opponent. A win won’t come easy, but we have to take care of business. I am just ready to display
my talent on national television and continue my climb toward a world title.”

 

“It is a dream come true to be fighting at the Coliseum, which is literally right next to the track where I run every day,” said Monaghan. “It is an honor to represent Long Island in
the first boxing event held at this venue in 31 years. I’ve been waiting for an opportunity like this for a long time, and I feel that this bout will bring a new chapter in my career. I have a lot of respect for Marcus Browne, but let the best man win. On
July 15, I am putting everything on the line.”

 

Also televised in prime time,
Artur Szpilka (20-2, 15 KOs)meets Adam Kownacki (15-0, 12 KOs) in an all-Polish heavyweight showdown that promises fireworks.

 

“I can’t wait to get back in the ring and give my fans another exciting fight,” said Szpilka. “With two Polish heavyweights fighting, you know
there will be power and pride on display. I’m training harder than ever to get this victory in front of the great Polish fans in New York. This will be my first step towards getting back to fighting for the heavyweight world title.” 

 

“I can’t wait to fight again,” said Kownacki. “Most of my past fights were at Barclays Center, so fighting at the Coliseum will be a new and exciting experience. I am training very hard.
A win on July 15 puts me one step closer to becoming a world champion. Szpilka will not stand in my way.”

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by DiBella Entertainment, start at $50 (not including applicable fees) and are on sale Thursday, May 25 at 10 a.m. ET. Tickets can be purchased
online by visiting www.ticketmaster.com,
www.nycblive.com,
or by calling 1-800-745-3000. Tickets are also available at the Ticketmaster Box Office at NYCB LIVE beginning Friday, May 26 at noon. Group discounts are available by calling 516-231-4848.

“Boxing’s grand return to Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum is going to be wall-to-wall action,” said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment.
“The PBC on FOX and FOX Deportes main event between Omar Figueroa and Robert Guerrero is destined to be a bloody slugfest. The co-featured bout between Staten Island’s light heavyweight contender Marcus Browne and Long Island’s undefeated ‘Irish Rocky’ Seanie
Monaghan will bring the heat on a summer night in Long Island. While Marcus and Seanie will bring in a big local crowd, the heavyweight grudge match between Poland’s Artur ‘The Pin’ Szpilka and Polish American Long Islander, by way of Brooklyn, Adam ‘Baby
Face’ Kownacki will pack the house with Polish fans. As a Long Islander, I am proud to promote the first fight card at Nassau Coliseum in 31 years. July 15 will be a fun, action-packed night of boxing entertainment from beginning to end; the remainder of the
card will be stacked with old-school brawls including local talent.”

 

“The Coliseum has a rich history in boxing, having hosted notable fights with the likes of Mike Tyson, George Foreman, Joe Frazier, and Gerry Cooney, among others,” said Brett Yormark,
CEO of Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment. “We are thrilled to build on the sport’s heritage on Long Island, and to bring boxing back to the venue 31 years later with a major event on network television.”

 

A high volume puncher with an exciting style, Figueroa has returned to training with Joel Diaz in California leading up to this fight and looks to make his presence felt on July 15. Representing
Weslaco, Texas, Figueroa is undefeated since turning pro in 2008 and won a lightweight world title by defeating Nihito Arakawa in a 2013 Fight of the Year standout. He followed that victory up with successful defenses against Jerry Belmontes and Daniel Estrada.
The 27-year-old most recently defeated former world champions Ricky Burns and Antonio DeMarco in his last two outings.

 

Born and raised in Gilroy, Calif., Guerrero is always in exciting contests having gone toe-to-toe with Danny Garcia in a FOX main event in 2016 and Keith Thurman sandwiched around a hard fought victory over Aron Martinez. Prior to 2015, the 34-year-old
picked up victories over Andre Berto, Secluk Aydin and Michael Katsidis while winning world titles in multiple divisions. The brawling warrior has been in several “Fight of the Year” candidates throughout his career, including a memorable brawl in Southern
California with Yoshihiro Kamegai in 2014, and he also challenged former pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather in 2013. 

 

The undefeated Browne enters this fight after an electrifying performance in February that saw him drop former title challenger Thomas Williams Jr. before knocking him out
in round six. The 26-year-old defeated previously unbeaten Radivoje Kalajdzic in April 2016 after a big 2015 that saw him defeat veteran contenders Gabriel Campillo, Aaron Pryor Jr., Francisco Sierra and Cornelius White. The 2012 U.S. Olympian fights out of
Staten Island, New York after an exceptional amateur career that saw him win the 2012 U.S. Amateur Championship at light heavyweight.

 

One of the most popular fighters representing Long Island, Monaghan looks to solidify his first world title shot when he faces Browne on July 15. Monaghan competed in the 2009
New York Golden Gloves before turning pro, reaching the final before dropping a memorable contest to fellow Long Island-native Joe Smith Jr. He has yet to taste defeat in as a professional while battling a slew of veterans eager to test his championship mettle.
Monaghan added two more victories in 2016 as he stopped Janne Forsman in five rounds and beat Fernando Castanedo in December.

 

The always entertaining Szpilka returns to the ring after a defeat at the hands of heavyweight world champion Deontay Wilder in 2016 as he attempts to get back on the path towards world
title contention. The aggressive-minded 6-foot-3 Szpilka, had a four-fight win streak entering the Wilder bout as he picked up a 10-round unanimous decision over former cruiserweight world champion Tomasz Adamek in 2014 and stoppage victories
over Yasmany Consuegra, Manuel Quezada and Ty Cobb in 2015.

 

A two-time New York Golden Gloves champion, five of Kownacki’s last six victories have come at Barclays Center and he now hopes to bring that winning mindset to the Coliseum. Originally
from Poland but now living in Brooklyn, Kownacki stopped previously once-beaten Joshua Tufte in January of this year after 2016 saw him earn a stoppage of Jesse Barboza in June and a decision over Danny Kelly in January. He will take on the toughest test of
his career in his countryman Szpilka

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