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NBC results: Charlo crushes Campfort; Spence batters Barrera   Leave a comment

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DALLAS, TX (November 28, 2015) – Super welterweight world champion Jermall “Hitman” Charlo (23-0, 18 KOs) stopped “Silky” Wilky Campfort (21-2, 12 KOs) in the fourth-round to retain his title Saturday afternoon on Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on NBC from The Bomb Factory in Dallas.

Charlo used his height and jab to control the fight and keep the tenacious Campfort from getting inside and causing any damage to the defending champion. In the second round, Charlo landed a two-punch combo that ended with a right cross to send Campfort to the canvas.

The trouble continued for Campfort in round three as Charlo connected on a strong left hook that put Campfort down a second time. When the action picked up in round four Charlo upped the aggression and put Campfort on the mat for the final time with a flurry that left Campfort cut and unable to see out of his right eye.

Referee Mark Calo-oy stopped the fight 1:16 into round four. Charlo outlanded Campfort 62-11 over the four rounds and landed 30% of his power punches.

The co-main event saw Dallas’s-own rising star Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr. (19-0, 16 KOs) put on a show for his hometown crowd as he stopped Alejandro Barrera (26-3, 17 KOs) in the fifth-round of their welterweight clash.

Spence Jr. fought cautiously in the first round, feeling out his opponent who came in looking to use his awkward style to frustrate the undefeated hometown fighter. While Barrera was able to land with the uppercut early on, Spence Jr. adjusted and began to bloody Barrera with a series of left hands in round two.

Barrera continued to hang tough through the third and fourth rounds, but in round five Spence came out with a renewed interest in the body attack. He sent Barrera to the canvas with a barrage to the body and followed it up shortly after with another assault on the body before referee Laurence Cole stopped te fight 1:46 into round five. Barrera was taken to Baylor Medical Hospital after the fight.

In the opening televised bout, rising prospect Erickson “The Hammer” Lubin (13-0, 10 KOs) delivered a sensational second-round knockout over Alexis Camacho (21-6, 19 KOs).

The rising undefeated star from Orlando overwhelmed Camacho with his speed right from the opening bell. He was able to penetrate Camacho’s defense with a strong jab and sent Camacho to the canvas in round one with a big right hook.

Lubin came out in round two looking to end the fight quickly and was able to land a perfect right hook. The one-punch knockout came 42 seconds into the second round.

In other televised bouts, John Molina Jr stopped Jorge Romero inside 3 rounds, Samuel Miller was disqualified for low blows in round 2 against Steve Lovett, Ryan Karl waged war with Ken Alvarez before stopping him in round 5, and Eddie Ramirez won an 8-round unanimous decision over Bilal Mahasin.

Here is what the fighters had to say Saturday:

JERMALL CHARLO

My game plan was to start off using the jab and to see how he’d react. It was a powerful weapon.

I work so hard in camp, it’s a great feeling to see it translated into a victory. I knew I had advantages, so I just wanted to take my time and make sure I got a chance to show my power.

Camp was very good. I just won the title September 12 and I’ve already defended it. Get it and defend it. I’m a real world champion.

I love Dallas! This is like a second home. These fans are great and I look forward to coming back.

I’ve got the best jab in the business. I’m going to keep using it, because it’s feeding my family.

I’m going to stay right here at 154. This is my title and I’m going to defend it. I’m ready for anyone.

WILKY CAMPFORT

I had a problem getting past his jab. Once I got in, he was so much bigger than me and my punches couldn’t really affect him. He controlled the fight with his jab.

I tried to make the fight happen, but it was hard to get inside of him. He’s a big guy and a really good fighter. But I felt like I was in there with a light heavyweight.

On the last knockdown my eye got blurry and I couldn’t really see. That’s why the ref stopped it.

ERROL SPENCE JR.

The strategy was to be patient and to pick my spots. He was more awkward than I thought he would be. I rushed it a little bit but once I got myself composed I picked my spots and listened to my coach, I could come forward and stop him.

The body work was really important. That’s what we train for in the gym, work the body then go to the head. In the first round I kind of got away from it but then I went back to it and was able to stop him.

There were definitely some nerves fighting in front of my hometown fans. It took me the first couple of rounds to get over that. Then I just started doing what I usually do and it worked out.

I want top 10 welterweights. My goal is to become a world champion. If I have to go to England to fight Kell Brook, I’m willing to do that.

ERICKSON LUBIN

I knew he was experienced, so I had to take my time to get him out of there. I didn’t want to rush too much. I sat behind the jab and got it done.

My lead hand is my quickest and I saw him running in, so I used that check hook to put him out.

2015 has been a great year. I’ll give it an A minus only because I still don’t have a world title. I’m improving as a fighter every day.

My team is tremendous and they know me so well, they’re putting me on the track I want to be on. I want to get back in the ring as soon as possible and I can’t wait.

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PBC on NBC was promoted by Leija Battah Promotions.

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Jermall Charlo vs Wilky Campfort: PBC on NBC Weigh-In Results & Photos   Leave a comment

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*Jermall Charlo 154 vs. Wilky Campfort 153.2 (IBF jr middleweight title)
^Errol Spence 147 vs. Alejandro Barrera 146.4
Erickson Lubin 154.4 vs. Alexis Camacho 153

John Molina Jr 142.6 vs. Jorge Romero 142.2
L’Darius Whetstone 138.4 vs. Daniel Sanchez 135.4
John Bullock 153 vs. Carlos Dixon 154.4
Antonio Castillo 134.2 vs. Willy Miller 135
Francisco Cruz 140.2 vs. Marquis Hawthorne 140.8
Eddie Ramirez 141.6 vs. Bilal Mahasin 142.2
Steve Lovett 177 vs. Samuel Miller 177.2
Ryan Karl 140.8 vs. Ken Alvarez 141.6
Amin Rashidi 149.8 vs. Adrian Sargent 147.4
Abraham Torrres Jr 135.6 vs. Colton Wright 135

*Charlo lost .4 lb and made weight on the second try
^Spence lost .2 lb and made weight on the second try

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Venue: The Bomb Factory, Dallas, Texas
Promoter: Leija-Battah
Opening Bell: 1:15 PM ET
TV: NBC (3 PM ET)

 

ESPN results: Lara batters Zaveck; Rodriguez thrashes Aquino   Leave a comment

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MIAMI, FL (November 25, 2015) – Super welterweight world champion and Cuban sensation Erislandy “The American Dream” Lara (22-2-2, 13 KOs) successfully defended his title against former world champion and Slovenian Jan Zaveck (35-4, 19 KOs) in a Premier Boxing Champions on ESPN show from Miami’s Hialeah Park Racing & Casino.

Due to weather in the area, the main event was moved up to ensure the fight happened. From the opening bell, Lara controlled the action by landing heavy blows. In the third round, the ref stopped the action with Zaveck against the ropes, unable to continue. The ref called a stop to the fight at :41 into the third round.

In the second televised fight of the evening, Puerto Rican undefeated bantamweight prospect Emmanuel Rodriguez (14-0, 10 KOs) dealt a seventh round knockout to Elicer Aquino (17-2-1, 11 KOs) from the Dominican Republic.

In a contest that saw great action out of both corners, Rodriguez ultimately proved to be too much for Aquino. The official stopped the fight at 2:44 into the seventh round.

Here is what the televised fighters had to say about their performances tonight:

ERISLANDY LARA

I think I handled the pressure well tonight. I stayed in the pocket and fought my fight. This was a great win for me. (Zaveck) is a former champion and he’s never been knocked out until tonight.

I’m very happy to be back fighting in the Miami area. This is my first time fighting back here since 2009 and I’m glad I was able to put on a good show for the fans. I’m very thankful for the way they showed up to support me tonight.

I hit (Zaveck) with a great shot to the chin and froze his whole body. He was complaining about pain in his ear and his leg, but the bottom line is I got the win.

I’ll face anyone they want to put in front of me at 154 lbs, unless it’s Canelo (Alavarez) or (Miguel) Cotto. Then we’ll go up to 160 lbs.

JAN ZAVECK

I currently have a sharp pain going from my neck to my shoulder on the right side.

I knew I could try to fight on and land a lucky punch, but that was a small possibility and it was probably better to stop and fight another day.

I felt good in there before that. I tried to surprise him by fighting him in close, but I was taking too many punches and he has very good power.

I have never been injured like this before. It is very strange. The pain is surging.

EMMANUEL RODRIGUEZ

As the fight started I could tell Aquino was a strong fighter, but once I started boxing him I knew I could end the fight in the later rounds.

The plan was to take him into deep waters and make it a long fight. In the seventh round my corner told me to end it and I listened.

I agree with the stoppage. He was taking too much punishment in there.

Being a part of a PBC card on ESPN helps take my career to the next level. I’m grateful for this opportunity.

I’ll fight whoever my promoter and manager tell me to. I’m ready for anyone.

ELICER AQUINO

(Rodriguez) was better tonight. It’s nothing more complicated than that. He was a better fighter than me. I take nothing away from him.

I was never hurt during the fight. He was strong, but I held my ground and was never in trouble. I hit him with some good shots too. He just landed more than I did. That’s my fault.

I wasn’t frustrated. I just ran into a great fighter and tonight was his night. I will be back. It’s just one fight and a lesson learned.

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The card was promoted by Warriors Boxing.

Peter Quillin, Jesus Cuellar, Jonathan Oquendo & Chris Algieri Media Workout Quotes & Photos (November 24, 2015)   Leave a comment

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BROOKLYN, NYC, NY (November 25, 2015) – After hosting separate Coast-to-Coast media workouts in Miami and Marina del Rey, Calif., Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin, Jesus Cuellar, Jonathan “Polvo” Oquendo and Chris Algieri spoke to the media about their respective showdowns next Saturday at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, live on SHOWTIME.

Quillin, Oquendo and Algieri held their media workout at the 5th Street Gym in Miami while Cuellar hosted media at CMC Pro Boxing Gym in Marina del Rey.

Quillin headlines the Dec. 5 show when he takes on WBA Middleweight World Champion Daniel “The Miracle Man” Jacobs.  Cuellar and Oquendo square-off in a battle for Cuellar’s WBA Featherweight World Title while Algieri anchors SHOWTIME EXTREME coverage when he takes on Erick Bone. Coverage on SHOWTIME starts at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT while SHOWTIME EXTREME begins at 7 p.m. ET/PT.

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by DiBella Entertainment, start at $50, not including applicable fees, and are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased online by visiting http://www.ticketmaster.com, http://www.barclayscenter.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000. Tickets are also available at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center.

The Algieri fight is promoted in association with Star Boxing.

Here is what the fighters had to say Tuesday:

PETER QUILLIN, Undefeated Former Middleweight World Champion

This has been one of the most inspirational camps that I’ve had in my career. I’m around great people. I’m in the best shape of my life and as humble as possible. We’re going into this fight with nothing but confidence.

I’m mentally and spiritually strong. I’ve been in 33 of these fights in my career. Every one of those guys has said they’re going to beat ‘Kid Chocolate’ but no one has beaten me. I’ve been in with a lot of different guys and I’m yet to be beat.

I’m humble and blessed to be on this platform. I hope that I can inspire those who want to get to where I’m at. I’ve been in this place before. I’ve been at the top for a while and I’m going to stay here. My view of myself has never changed and that’s why I continue to win.

It’s important for my journey and my team to get this win. We’ve put a lot of blood and sweat into this and it would mean everything for it to pay off with a victory. All this hard work has to go towards something.

I don’t have a prediction for fight night. It’s up to Daniel Jacobs to determine that —  because I’m here to win.

JESUS CUELLAR, WBA Featherweight World Champion

Training camp has been going great. I spent my first four weeks of camp in Argentina and then the past seven weeks I have been training in Los Angeles. My mindset in this camp hasn’t changed at all now that I am defending my title for the first time.

Jonathan Oquendo comes from a lower division and has fought great competition. As long as I come in prepared for this fight, Oquendo is just another opponent and doesn’t bother me. I know what I am capable of accomplishing in this fight.

I am blessed to be on such a prestigious card and I am honored to be a part of it. That’s why training camp has been so long, I must be completely prepared.

There is no difference to me in winning the interim belt versus the title. When I first won the interim belt I considered myself a champion. To me, I’ve always been a champion.

I didn’t expect to be fighting Jonathan Oquendo, but they mentioned my name and I want to fight the best fighters out there. I will fight any of the best fighters in the division.

I know that there are five great champions in this division, and I will fight any of them.

After the Oquendo fight I hope to fight one more time at 126 against a big-name fighter and then I will move up to 130 pounds. I will fight anyone in the featherweight division.

The fact that I am the only current champion from Argentina doesn’t affect me. I knew that I would be a world champion since a young age and that’s why I train so hard.

Growing up in Argentina was very difficult. I am one of eight siblings and the only one who is a boxer. My dad first introduced me to boxing because he was a professional fighter in Argentina. I have been in the gym since I was six years old.

Since I won the title people have definitely begun to recognize me more in Argentina. I have been known since I was on the Argentinean National Team, but winning the title helped my recognition in the country.

My nickname is ‘El Forastero’ because that is the name of my horse in Argentina. Besides boxing, I have always been interested in riding horses.

JONATHAN OQUENDO, Featherweight Contender

Cuellar is a very strong fighter. He’s a warrior in the ring, so I’m preparing myself for a very tough fight.  I’m getting ready for his aggressive style.

This is a great opportunity for me. Fighting in New York, with the great Puerto Rican fan base is wonderful and I am not going to disappoint them.

I’ve been here in Florida for a month training and I’ll be heading up to New York on December 1. My plan is to go back to Puerto Rico after I win this fight and become a world champion.

I’m very relaxed. I believe I am going to win this fight. I want to follow in the footsteps of the other great world champions from Puerto Rico.

CHRIS ALGIERI, Former Super Lightweight World Champion

Training camp has been fantastic. It’s been a productive five weeks with John David Jackson and we’re ready to roll into this fight. We’ve been working non-stop since the Amir Khan fight and I’m in great shape.

Bone is a scrappy guy who will come in shape. This is his world title fight. He’s going to come as prepared as possible. I have to go out there and control the fight with my skill level and intelligence.

I love fighting at Barclays Center. I’ve had some of my best performances there and I plan to do it again and keep it rolling into 2016.

I’m going to go out there and show winning form. I’m going to use my experience to dominate the fight.

Erislandy Lara vs Jan Zaveck: PBC on ESPN Weigh-In Results & Photos   Leave a comment

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Erislandy Lara 153.6 vs. Jan Zaveck 153.2 (WBA/IBO super welterweight titles)

Emmanuel Rodriguez 118 vs. Eliecer Aquino 116.4
Yasmany Consuegra 234.4 vs. John Wesley Nofire 231.2
Yudel Jhonson 156.4 vs. Daquan Arnett 157
Dennis Galarza 136.4 vs. Juan Ramon Solis 143.6
Jose F. Quezada 140.8 vs. Daniel Lorenzana 139
Jeff Souffrant 145.4 vs. Gregory Moore 144.2

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Venue: Hialeah Park, Miami, Florida
Promoter: Warriors
TV: ESPN (8 PM ET)

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MIAMI, FL (November 23, 2015) – Super welterweight world champion Erislandy “The American Dream” Lara (21-2-2, 12 KOs) and former world champion Jan Zaveck (35-3, 19 KOs) took part in a press conference Monday afternoon in Miami as they near their Premier Boxing Champions on ESPN showdown taking place Wednesday, November 25 from Hialeah Park Racing & Casino.

PBC on ESPN coverage begins at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT with undefeated prospect Emmanuel Rodriguez (13-0, 9 KOs) taking on Elicer Aquino (17-1-1, 11 KOs) in bantamweight action.

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by Warriors Boxing, are priced at $100, $75, $50, $35 and $25, not including applicable fees, and are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.myticketforce.com, by phone at (877) 840-0457 or at the Hialeah Park casino cage.

Here is what the fighters had to say Monday:

ERISLANDY LARA

I’ve worked very hard for this fight. I’ve concentrated very hard during training camp because I know how difficult this fight will be. There’s not much to say now, I’m just thinking about making weight and getting in the ring.

I’m thrilled to be here in south Florida fighting in front of these great fans. I’m happy to fight for the Cubans and show that we have great boxing fans.

Zaveck has fought some of the best boxers in the world and I have great respect for him. I’m totally concentrated on my opponent and I want to continue to prove that I am the best 154-pounder in the world.

I’ve been together with my trainer Ronnie Shields for a long time and we’re ready to implement our gameplan in the ring on Wednesday night.

JAN ZAVECK

I’m excited to get in the ring and challenge a brilliant champion like Erislandy Lara. I very satisfied with the condition I’m in entering this fight.

We’re going to show everything we have on Wednesday night and give a great performance. I like Lara as a person and a boxer. Outside of the ring we can be respectful because in the ring we will try to take everything from each other.

I know that this will be a hard fight, but I’m going to leave it all in the ring and make sure this fight is memorable for everyone watching.

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Broadway Boxing results: Galeano dominates Cameron to pick up New York State middleweight title   Leave a comment

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New York, NY (November 21, 2015) – On Friday evening, DiBella Entertainment’s Broadway Boxing returned to the Aviator Sports and Events Center in Brooklyn, NY, for the latest installment of the popular series.

The main event featured a battle of the boroughs between Bronx’s Chris “Golden” Galeano, 156½, and Brooklyn’s Shawn “Killa” Cameron, 156½, with the vacant New York State middleweight title at stake. The 10-round affair was a classic boxer versus puncher matchup of styles between two southpaws with each displaying their strengths. Many rounds consisted of exciting exchanges when the two engaged on the inside. Cameron appeared to control the early rounds with his pressure and aggression, throwing in combination. However, by the fifth frame, he was winded and Galeano’s slick boxing skills took over. Over the second half, Galeano calculatingly countered Cameron’s wide-open advances with pinpoint straight lefts. Though Cameron’s offense was reduced to throwing wild bombs, he showed heart to battle back as best he could till the final bell. The judges tallied scores of 99-91, 98-92, and 97-93, all for Galeano, who improved to 10-0 (1 KO) with the unanimous decision verdict. Cameron suffered his first defeat, bringing his record to 10-1 (5 KOs).

Brooklyn’s own former two-time world champion Amanda Serrano, 128¾, battled the brave and game Djemilla Gontaruk, 135½, of Liege, Belgium, in an eight-round junior welterweight contest. Serrano began throwing in combination at the outset, and was particularly effective with her right hook. Gontaruk did her best to bully her way inside, but whenever she closed the gap, Serrano would intelligently take a half-step back to create distance and land those short hooks. Though Gontaruk showed tremendous heart, referee Sparkle Lee felt she was taking too much punishment and elected to halt the action at 1:38 of round three. With the victory, Serrano upped her record to 25-1-1 (17 KOs), while Gontaruk fell to 9-3 (1 KO).

A native of County Cork, Ireland, the 21-year-old Noel Murphy, 146½, improved to 5-0 (2 KOs) with a very impressive performance against the tough Anton Williamson, 147½, of Brooklyn. The aggressive Murphy applied pressure and overpowered Williamson in every round. A right hook dropped Williamson in round four, but the referee ruled it a slip. The Irishman landed thudding hooks to the body, accurate countershots, and demonstrated deft footwork and defense to earn a four-round unanimous decision with three scores of 40-36. Williamson is now 1-6. Murphy was a multi-time national champion as an amateur before relocating to Yonkers, NY, and embarking on his professional career in November of last year. Murphy has quickly become one of the more popular up-and-comers throughout the New York area.

In his pro debut, welterweight Tyrone James, 146½, of Elmont, NY, outworked the awkward David Perez, 144, now 0-2, of Pittsburgh, PA, before halting him in round three. James pumped his jab repeatedly to keep the wild-swinging Perez under control. An overhand right dropped Perez near the end of the first frame. In the second, James began to hurt Perez with hooks downstairs, but then returned his focus to his overhand right, which just could not miss. Another overhand right felled Perez for good at the 2:33 mark of the third. James had a very successful amateur career, which included a finals appearance at the 2015 Golden Gloves and winning the NY Amateur Boxing championships this year as well.

Russian middleweight southpaw Artur Akavov, 160¼, and current WBO European titlist, made an impressive US debut demolishing Fredy Lopez, 157½, of Chiapas, Mexico, inside two frames. Keeping Lopez at bay with a stiff jab, Akavov would unleash powerful straight lefts upstairs. In round two, Akavov went underneath with his straight left to drop Lopez. Cringing in pain, Lopez made it to his feet, but was deemed unable to continue, resulting in a TKO at the 2:04 mark. Now 15-1 (6 KOs), Akavav has rattled off 10 consecutive victories since dropping a close decision to Oleg Liseev in 2012. Lopez saw his record dip to 10-3 (7 KOs).

Freeport’s Patrick Day, 154, the former #1-rated U.S. amateur and NY Golden Gloves champion, was shockingly upset by Carlos Garcia, 153½, of Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico. An overhand right hurt Day in round one and Garcia threw a follow-up barrage to force a referee stoppage at 1:19 of the frame. Day fell to 11-2-1 (6 KOs), while Garcia upped his record to 9-14-1 (8 KOs).

Canadian super middleweight prospect Francy Ntetu, 168, of Montreal, tactically outboxed Oscar Riojas, 169½, of Monterrey, Mexico, over eight rounds, often switching stances to mix up his attack. Whenever Riojas would duck, Ntetu wisely threw his right uppercut. Riojas did his best to engage Ntetu, throwing wild haymakers hoping to disrupt his foe’s rhythm. A point was deducted from Ntetu in round four for landing a low blow. An overhand right badly wobbled Riojas in the eighth and final round. Scorecards read 77-74 and 76-75 for Ntetu, and 76-74 for Riojas, improving the Canadian’s record to 16-0 (3 KOs). Riojas fell to 9-4 (3 KOs).

Daniel Jacobs, Yuri Foreman & Heather Hardy Media Workout Quotes & Photos (November 17, 2015)   Leave a comment

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BROOKLYN, NYC, NY (November 17, 2015) – WBA Middleweight World Champion Daniel “The Miracle Man” Jacobs, former world champion Yuri Foreman and undefeated super bantamweight contender Heather “The Heat” Hardy hosted a media workout Tuesday at Gleason’s Gym in their hometown of Brooklyn as they prepare for their respective battles on Saturday, Dec. 5 at Barclays Center.

Jacobs will defend his title against undefeated former champion Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin in the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® main event with televised coverage beginning at 9 p.m. ET/PT. In the co-feature, WBA Featherweight World Champion Jesus Cuellar (27-1, 21 KOs) will face exciting Puerto Rican contender Jonathan “Polvo” Oquendo (26-4, 16 KOs).

As part of an undercard stacked with top NYC talent, Hardy will take on Noemi Bosques in an eight-round super bantamweight rematch of Hardy’s split decision victory over Bosques in May. Foreman returns to the ring after taking time off from boxing to become an ordained rabbi and will compete in an eight-round super welterweight contest.

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by DiBella Entertainment, start at $50, not including applicable fees, and are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased online by visiting http://www.ticketmaster.com, http://www.barclayscenter.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000. Tickets are also available at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center.

Here is what the fighters had to say Tuesday:

DANIEL JACOBS

I think my skills are an advantage. Skills pay the bills. At the end of the day I have a lot of skills over ‘Kid Chocolate.’ Speed is one. He’s probably a bigger puncher and naturally heavier. With all that power, he has to get to me. He has to be able to land those shots.

I’m going to adjust. I love knockouts. If I can end it with a knockout that’s what I’ll do. But I have to use my skills and my advantages.

Quillin made weight in his last fight and he has a new strength coach so hopefully he makes weight for this one. I want him to be 110 percent so there are no excuses and we can give the fans a great fight.

I’m at about 170 pounds right now, so I have 10 pounds to go. It’s mostly water so it’ll go quickly and we’ll be good by fight night.

Time is the biggest experience you can have. It was almost all taken away from me. Mentally, I’m there. Physically, I’m there. It’s my time and I just have to be ready Dec. 5.

I’ve been based out in Long Island and Brooklyn for training camp. I get to see Brooklyn every day. I’m in the streets and in-tuned with the people. Being from here means even more to me.

It’s going to be an excellent, fan-friendly fight. I’ve heard lots of different opinions about who is going to win, and I like that. At the end of the day, it’s about us proving who will be the victor.

I’ve been campaigning for this fight for a long time. I haven’t thought about who I want to go after if I win but I’m going to fight the best and work my way to being the best in the division.

YURI FOREMAN

Boxing is a very spiritual sport. We all have different paths. My faith keeps me centered and focused. You can be anyone. You can be a rabbi and still be fighting on the big stage at Barclays Center.

It’s the same routine, (I’ve been) working hard since June and putting in a lot of hours in the gym. In terms of preparation, I’m always trying to push myself. When I get tired, I want to push myself even harder.

As soon as you take it easy on yourself, that’s when you have a problem. Especially in boxing. I’ve never taken any shortcuts. If you take shortcuts in this sport you’re going to get hurt.

Every single boxer is different as they progress, so I don’t focus on one look that a guy could give me. I focus on myself and work to be the best Yuri Foreman I can be.

It’s very special to be fighting at Barclays Center because this is my home and I actually live just blocks away from the arena. I’m honored to be around so many great fighters who are on this card. Everyone can come together under one roof to watch a great sport.

I’m staying positive about Dec. 5. I can’t predict because it’s boxing and anything can happen. It only takes one shot. I’m envisioning a successful night and an impressive victory for myself.

HEATHER HARDY

Holly Holm didn’t prove that Ronda Rousey couldn’t fight, because Ronda is a good fighter. She just proved that there are lots of good female fighters. There are good female fighters everywhere and hopefully we’ll get the recognition that there is a large pool of female athletes that are not recognized.

It was a great fight last time. We have fan friendly styles and we gave them a show. She has a great presence in the ring so I’m happy to give her a rematch.

I feel like I have to make a statement every time I go out there just to prove that women belong in the ring. It’s always a fight to prove that we belong. There are so many good female fighters out there.

Brooklyn boxing has been so good to me and I’m so honored to be able to fight at Barclays Center. As soon as Quillin won that fight in December I started asking Lou DiBella to put me on the card and now we’re here.

I think the main event is going to be a great fight. I can’t pick a winner. You can never count out a champion. A champion has a great heart and the fight can turn at any moment.

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BILOXI, MS (November 13, 2015) – In a telecast showcasing four fights that lasted a total of 13 rounds with 11 knockdowns and four knockouts, boxing fans were treated to a night of sensational Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on Spike action from the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi, Miss. The evening culminated with an unforgettable all-out war between light heavyweights Edwin Rodriguez and Michael Seals.

Rodriguez came out swinging from the first bell, dropping Seals in the first 30 seconds of the bout with a hard left. Seals hit the canvas, got back on his feet and dropped Rodriguez not even 30 seconds later. With 10 seconds to go in the first round, Seals dropped Rodriguez again, putting round one in the running for “Round of the Year.”

Both combatants were slightly cautious coming out of their respective corners in the second round, but it was Rodriguez who dropped Seals with a right hand late in the round and continued to hurt him with punches heading into the end of round two. The fight was stopped 24 seconds into round three when Rodriguez pounded Seals with a right hand that sent him thundering to the canvas causing the crowd in Biloxi to go wild and putting the bout in the conversation for “Fight of the Year.”

Rodriguez said of his performance:

Seals was really tough. I knew he was tough going into it, but he proved it tonight. He threw hard punches, but I did what champions do. I got back up.  Anyone can go down in a fight, but it’s if you get back up and how you get back up that matters. Sh*t happens. You just have to keep on fighting. Just like in life – you have to be able to get back up.

He caught me with some good shots, but in the end, I was able to finish him off.

It was a great fight. It feels great. We were both in tremendous shape. My hat goes off to Michael Seals. We gave the fans a great show.

Seals, who complained of dislocating his shoulder following the punch that first sent Rodriguez to the canvas, is hungry for a rematch saying:

Every time I threw my jab it landed, but I dislocated my shoulder in the first round. I had him with my punches. If I had all my tools, there is no way he could have beat me.

I had him beat in the second round. I know it. I felt like the ref was going to stop it. If he stopped it with me, why didn’t he stop it with him?

It was a great fight. He is a tough guy. I want a rematch. Please give it to me.

In the quick, yet action-packed televised opener that saw three knockdowns in less than two rounds, Thomas Williams Jr. scored an exciting second round TKO over Humberto Savigne in a light heavyweight showdown.

Williams Jr. asserted his excellence to begin the second round, knocking down Savigne with a series of punches. Savigne was able to make it to his feet only to be backed up against the ropes as Williams Jr. continued throwing flurries of punches that caused referee Keith Hughes to wave off the match in minute 1:48.

“I’m very happy with my performance,” said Williams Jr. “I haven’t been in the ring in 11 months and I was ready. It felt a little different. That played a small part into me getting knocked down. I came back and fought someone with a lot of power. For me to come back and fight a fighter like him shows a lot.

[On being knocked down in the first round] “I wasn’t paying attention. I wasn’t sticking to the game plan. I was trying to set something up and I got caught with a right.  I was very surprised. It woke me up. He caught me going the wrong way. Threw a shot. It didn’t hurt me. It woke me up. I said ‘It’s time to go to work now.’

“I knew he was going to get cocky after he knocked me down and of course I took advantage of it.”

After what he felt was a promising start, Savigne credited the quick ending on abandoning his game plan.

“In the first round I felt like I was controlling the pace of the fight. There was a flash knockdown and I got right back up and knocked him down. I just got a little bit desperate. I went to slug him and should have maintained my distance.

“The problem was, I got desperate. In my last couple of fights, I haven’t been able to focus.

“I ended up making weight, but we missed our flight coming here and my whole schedule was thrown off. Not an excuse, but it definitely played into my performance tonight.”

Unbeaten welterweight prospect Bryant Perrella got an opportunity to showcase his skills as part of the Spike telecast and did not waste a moment making an impression.  Seconds after the opening bell tolled, Perrella (12-0, 10 KOs) landed a crushing right to the body of Chaquib Fadli, sending him to the canvas, resulting in a first round TKO.

“I’m just happy I got the job done,” said Perrella. “We did what we had to do – adjust, adapt and take care of business. This is my time and my destiny. Nothing is going to stop me from achieving my dreams.”

In the fight immediately before the main event, powerful middleweight Fernando Guerrero scored an exciting 7th round TKO over Brazilian puncher Daniel Souza Santos in an action-packed fight that saw fists flying from the opening bell. But it was a quick barrage of punches that sent Souza Santos to the canvas. Despite being able to stand, the referee waved off the bout.

“For me, this fight was all about preparation,” said Guerrero. “When you go through trials and tribulations, you grow as a fighter and as a person. I have the best team around me now. I’ve been eating, breath and living boxing and it showed tonight.”

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PBC on Spike headlined by Edwin Rodriguez vs. Michael Seals was promoted by DiBella Entertainment.

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LOS ANGELES, CA (November 13, 2015) – IBF Bantamweight World Champion Randy “El Matador” Caballero (22-0, 13 KOs) hosted a Los Angeles media workout yesterday at City of Angels Boxing Gym ahead of his Nov. 21 face off and first title defense against England’s Lee “Playboy” Haskins (32-3, 14 KOs) at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. Caballero will headline the preliminary undercard preceding the HBO Pay-Per-View® telecast of the Miguel Cotto vs. Canelo Alvarez event on Saturday, Nov. 21.

Caballero was joined by Ronny Rios (24-1, 10 KOs) who will also be featured on the Cotto vs. Canelo undercard as part of the Pay-Per-View telecast against Jayson “Star” Velez (23-0-1, 16 KOs) on Nov. 21. Fighters on the Boxeo Estelar broadcast on Estrella TV on Nov. 20 live from The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Diego De La Hoya (12-0, 7 KOs), Jason “El Animal” Quigley (8-0, 8 KOs), and Roy “Pit Bull” Tapia (11-0-2, 6 KOs) were also in attendance to discuss their upcoming fights.

Below is what the fighters had to say at the Los Angeles media workout:

RANDY “EL MATADOR” CABALLERO, IBF Bantamweight World Champion

The way I will win on November 21 will make everyone stop. I’m going to break Haskins down round by round. Even if it’s not televised, I know a lot of people are watching. I’m a Golden Boy Champion, and I’m ready to represent one of the best Promoters out there.

My title is not going anywhere. I’ve fought so hard to keep it, and I’m hungry to get back in the ring.  As people saw, after my surgery, I was in a wheelchair and I was still hitting the gym. I’m trying to make a statement, and let people know who I am, and what makes a champion. My body feels good, and I’m ready to get more titles.

RONNY RIOS, Top Featherweight Contender

We are ready, and well prepared for the fight at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas on November 21. This fight is perfect for me. The challenge it brings feeds into the Puerto Rico vs. Mexico boxing rivalry. It’s also my first time on a Pay-Per-View fight under card, which makes it all the more exciting.

My opponent likes to fight and dictate the pace but that will not happen this time. For this camp, we corrected a lot of my own mistakes, and tried to make improvements. I’m here to fight the best, and I want to win. Jason Velez is a great fighter and my focus is all on him.

DIEGO DE LA HOYA, Super Bantamweight Prospect

I’ve been training hard for this fight on November 20 against Delgado. I’m ready to make a name for myself, and create my own De La Hoya following. Oscar and everyone at Golden Boy Promotions have been great, but it is because of my own skill and talent that I’ve climbed the ranks.

I know this is going to be another tough fight for me, but I know I will shine on Nov. 20.  I am well prepared and ready to give fight fans the fight of the night.

JASON “EL ANIMAL” QUIGLEY, Middleweight Prospect

I’m ready to be a part of the biggest fight weekend in Las Vegas, and make a statement on November 20 at the Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. This will be my sixth fight in 2015, and I have been training hard to add another victory on to my record.

I hope that one day I’ll be able to fight champions like David Lemieux or Canelo Alvarez because they are where I want to be. I know that it will take a lot of sacrifice, but I know that I can do it.

ROY “PIT BULL” TAPIA, Super Bantamweight Prospect

I know it’s going to be a tough fight in Las Vegas on November 20, but I know if I give my 100 percent and create a game plan, I’ll win.

I feel like I’m a better boxer now I switched to a different camp, I’ve learned a lot of boxing, and I’ve learned to create a plan A, B, and C. I don’t think I would be comfortable with a decision fight, so I’m planning to go all in and put a stop on Eric Ruiz as soon as I can.

Cotto vs. Canelo, a 12-round fight for Cotto’s WBC and Ring Magazine Middleweight World Championships, takes place Saturday, Nov. 21 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The fight is presented by Roc Nation Sports, Golden Boy Promotions, Miguel Cotto Promotions and Canelo Promotions and sponsored by Corona Extra; Mexico, Live it to Believe it!; O’Reilly Auto Parts; Tequila Cazadores and Corporate Travel Made Simple (ctms). Also featured on the pay-per-view telecast will be Takashi Muira vs. Francisco Vargas in a 12-round fight for the WBC Super Featherweight World Championship presented in association with Teiken Promotions, and Jayson Velez vs. Ronny Rios is a 10-round featherweight bout. The event will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.

Randy Caballero vs. Lee Haskins, a 12-round fight for the IBF Bantamweight World Championship, is presented in association with Bristol Boxing Ltd. and will be featured as part of the preliminary undercards available on digital platforms starting at 7:00 p.m. ET/4:00 p.m. PT.

A limited number of tickets priced at $2,000, $1,750, $1,250 and $650, not including applicable service charges, can be purchased at the Mandalay Bay box office, ticketmaster.com, mandalaybay.com, all Ticketmaster locations or by calling (800) 745-3000. Ticket orders are limited to four per person.

Tickets for closed circuit viewings of Cotto vs. Canelo are priced at $75, not including applicable service charges and can be purchased at all MGM Resorts International Ticket Offices, http://www.ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster locations or by calling (800) 745-3000.

Miguel Cotto vs. Canelo Alvarez will be presented live with Fathom Events in select theaters nationwide. Tickets for theater screenings of Cotto vs. Canelo can be purchased online by visiting http://www.FathomEvents.com or at participating theater box offices. For a complete list of theater locations visit http://www.fathomevents.com/event/cotto-vs-canelo-live.

Sports bars, restaurants, casinos (outside of Clark County, Nevada) and other commercial establishments can order Cotto vs. Canelo by contacting Joe Hand Promotions at (800) 557-4263 or by visiting http://www.JoeHandPromotions.com. Joe Hand Promotions is the exclusive commercial distributor for Cotto vs. Canelo throughout the United States and Canada.

Diego De La Hoya vs. Giovanni Delgado is presented by Golden Boy Promotions and sponsored by Corona Extra and Carmelita Chorizo. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. and the first bout begins at 5:00 p.m. The Boxeo Estelar broadcast will air live on Estrella TV at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT. The card will also stream live on EstrellaTV.com and on YouTube via Fenomeno Studios. The Ring TV live stream will begin at approximately 5:00 p.m. PT through 6:00 p.m and can be viewed on RingTVLive.com, YIPTV.com, Fightsports.tv, UCNLive.com, Facebook.com/RingTV, Livestream.com, and The Ring TV Channels on Roku and Amazon Fire.

Tickets, priced at $95, $65, $35 and $25, not including applicable service charges and taxes, are on sale now. Tickets are available for purchase by visiting The Joint box office, calling 888.9.AXS.TIX or online at http://www.axs.com.