Friday, January 19, 2018

Spence Jr./Peterson Weigh-in Complete!


Errol Spence Jr 147 vs. Lamont Peterson 146.75

(IBF welterweight title)


Robert Easter Jr 134.5 vs. Javier Fortuna 136.8
(IBF lightweight title)

Note: Fortuna has two hours to drop 1.8 pounds.

Marcus Browne 175.75 vs. Francy Ntetu 174.5
Adam Kownacki 260 vs. Iago Kiladze 220.5
Kownacki 18 pounds heavier than he was in his previous fight.

Venue: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
Promoter: DiBella Entertainment
TV: Showtime

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Errol Spence Jr. vs. Lamont Peterson Final Press Conference Quotes!

IBF Welterweight World Title Saturday, January 20 
Live on SHOWTIME 


Premier Boxing Champions presents world championship boxing. Undefeated welterweight world champion Errol Spence Jr. and two-division world champion Lamont Peterson faced off at the final press conference before they battle for the IBF world title this Saturday, January 20 in the main event live on SHOWTIME from Barclays Center, the home of Brooklyn Boxing.

The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT 



ERROL SPENCE JR.
"This fight means everything to me. I still have a chip on my shoulder. I want to be the last man standing. I want to beat the top fighters in my division. Lamont is the one standing in front of me, so it's fight time.
"I think it's going to turn into a war. A lot of people have thought this would be an easy fight for me. But if you follow Lamont Peterson, you know this will be tough. He's always in great shape and has a lot of skills. IT might be a dog fight and that's what I wanted. He's the guy who wanted to fight and I said of course. It's going to be a rugged fight. Later on in the fights, he always gets rough and stands toe-to-toe.

"There might not be a lot of talking and bad blood between us, but you know that the two of us always give a great fight for the fans.

"I had to wait for my title defense and then I had a lot of guys not answer the call for this fight. I have a belt and I still have to call these other guys out. Lamont Peterson answered the call like a real fighter.

"In a perfect world I'd be unifying with Keith Thurman this year. I'm going to fight three times this year though. You don't get time back. I'm ready to strike now.

"I'm just excited to fight. I like to fight. I can't wait to be in front of those bright lights in front of the fans. Brooklyn is a great place to fight and my family from the area can come see me live. I can't wait to display my skills.

"A true champion can't fight everybody who calls them out, it's still a business. But a true champion fights other champions, especially when they're available. You can't avoid questions and try to delay a fight. You fight the next champion that's available, that's what a true champion does."


LAMONT PETERSON

"When I got into boxing, I had goals. First I wanted to be a National Champion, then a world champion as a professional, but the ultimate goal is to be in the Hall of Fame. With that being my goal, I wouldn't put myself in that conversation yet. With wins over a guy like Errol Spence and the other top welterweights, I think I'm right there in it. That's my goal and I'll give it my all to get there.

"If you left it to me I'd fight every month. That's how much I love the sport. I know a victory would help me get in the ring even more often. Sometimes if you lose at the top level, other top guys don't want to take a chance against you. I can fix all of that this weekend

"I don't worry about any negativity. My resume is written in the history books. All I can do is respect the opinion of others and work hard to get this win.

"I'm excited and looking forward to the skill level that's going to be displayed this weekend. It's going to be a rough fight for sure. But I look forward to the technique and skill level. Defense, offense and transitioning between the two. That's the part of boxing that I love.

"Errol even taking the Kell Brook fight was impressive to me. Most guys in his position take their time leading up to the first title shot, but he ended up fighting someone in his prime in his country. To will himself to that win was very impressive.

"When you get to the big stages and those big fights, you have to win more than you lose. I think if I can win some big fights these next few years my career will be in a good place."


ROBERT EASTER

"I have no concerns fighting a southpaw. I made my last fight hard, but this time I'm going to use my reach, my feet and my speed to dominate.

"I'm looking for a great performance. This is going to be the best Robert Easter the fans have ever seen. We prepared to dominate this fight.

"Javier Fortuna is an accomplished fighter but I don't know too much about him. I know what I came to do. I'm a world champion and everyone knows what I bring to the fight game. I won't leave without my strap.

"I'm ready to fight the best in this sport. I want to become the man at this weight and I know I have to beat the other champions to do that.

"Boxing is all about showing you're the best and fighting the best. I just want to fight these other champions in my weight class. I'm looking to stay healthy in 2018 and remain on top."


JAVIER FORTUNA

"I have no excuses on January 20. I hope he doesn't either. I will be taking that title to the Dominican Republic for my fans. I've been dreaming about it and I will take it.

"I have the style and the skills to beat Robert Easter. I know how to make sure his height does not affect me at all. Everyone will see it on fight night.

"I've prepared myself very well. I have a plan to win every round. If he's able to stand there, I'm going to break him down round by round.

"I am fighting for more than just myself and that is why I'll be successful. I am going to prove that I'm truly one of the top fighters in the sport.

"Robert Easter is a fighter I respect, but I believe I can defeat anyone in front of me. If he takes me lightly, it will go even worse for him. I've been training hard to make sure I'm at my absolute best on fight night.

"A win would be great for my country, my fans and my family. Winning this title is everything for me. That's why I'm here and I will not be stopped."


DERRICK JAMES, Spence's Trainer

"I started training Errol about nine years ago but I never really knew just how special he was until about a year or so into our training. I thought Olympics were definitely possible, because I didn't want to look too far ahead. Now that we're here, I think he can beat any of the top guys. I want him to be undisputed welterweight champion just like he wants to be.

"I never worry about comparing Errol to other guys in the sport. He's a hard puncher who breaks ribs and breaks faces. The longer the fight goes, the more pain he inflicts. I've never seen anybody who punches that hard.

"I think Lamont knew when he moved up to welterweight that this fight would be a possibility. It's time for us to go to work because I know Lamont and Barry Hunter are working on a game plan. They have a great team and I know Lamont will be ready for what we bring."


BARRY HUNTER, Peterson's Trainer

"We stay in the gym all the time. We didn't have to deal with the weight monster this camp. Weight issue can really derail a camp leading up to a fight of this magnitude. We didn't have to deal with any of that.
"There are several different things in Errol's arsenal that I think we can exploit. Errol will make adjustments though, so I think strategy will be a key in this fight.

"Lamont has always been a coach's dream. He's the type of athlete that you would love to coach. He does everything a coach asks of him. He will train until he passes out. All he wants is to work hard and compete."


LOU DIBELLA, President of DiBella Entertainment

"This is a great night for boxing. The first January date of the year drums up a lot of excitement and we expect a great turnout on Saturday night at Barclays Center. It's going to be a great crowd and an exciting night from top to bottom

"Errol Spence Jr. is one of the best young fighters in the world testing himself against another great fighter in Lamont Peterson It's the best fighting the best. Lamont Peterson is a guy with a tremendous resume. If anybody thinks Errol is going to take Lamont lightly, they're mistaken and he would be too.

"Both of these main event fighters are lucky to have trainers who are real teachers. They are old school and two of the best. Derrick James and Barry Hunter know the game inside and out.

"Robert Easter is a beast, he's got reach, power and boxing ability. He's facing a guy in Javier Fortuna who is a confident former world champion. Javier has been talking a big game. He's talking about knockouts. You want to see a guy come into a fight like this with that kind of confidence.

"This year in boxing is starting out just like last year started, at Barclays Center with a great, even matchup like Badou Jack vs. James DeGale last year."


STEPHEN ESPINOZA, Executive Vice President & General Manager, SHOWTIME Sports

"In terms of representing the sport, you don't get any better than Errol Spence Jr. and Lamont Peterson. The professionalism of these guys is unmatched and they represent the best of the sport. I'm proud to have them on the network.
"You can't play boxing. You have to be dedicated and passionate. Those values are going to be reflected in the ring on Saturday.

"This is a special fight. These are the best in the sport. They're both top 10 guys. Errol Spence Jr. has grown up on SHOWTIME. He made his pro debut on ShoBox and won his first world title on SHOWTIME. This is Lamont's eighth appearance on SHOWTIME and he has one of the strongest resumes in the sport.

"Robert Easter and Javier Fortuna is another matchup of top 10 guys. What we're doing here is special. This isn't just another network doing boxing, this is the cream of the crop."


BRETT YORMARK, CEO of Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment

"I'm really excited about Saturday night. We've been very fortunate to host the first big event of the year. There's an appetite to get back into the game and we're happy to be hosting it.
"I want to welcome back Errol and Lamont to Barclays Center. Both have been there before and we're thrilled to have you back. We're pleased that Robert has finally decided to take his show to Barclays Center and give the fans a performance. Last time Javier won at Barclays Center he won his world title and we're happy to have him back.

"We're going to create something great here in Brooklyn and it continues on Saturday night at Barclays Center."

Errol Spence Jr. vs. Lamont Peterson Fight Week Media Workout Quotes January 17!

ERROL SPENCE Jr. vs LAMONT PETERSON
IBF WELTERWEIGHT TITLE


Welterweight world champion Errol Spence Jr. and former two-division champion Lamont Peterson hosted a media workout in Brooklyn on Wednesday ahead of their main event showdown this Saturday, January 20 live on SHOWTIME from Barclays Center, the home of Brooklyn Boxing, and presented by Premier Boxing Champions.

The telecast will begin at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT and features unbeaten lightweight world champion Robert Easter taking on former champion Javier Fortuna. Also unbeaten light heavyweight Marcus Browne and once-beaten Francy Ntetu, who meet in a 10-round bout, plus undefeated heavyweight Adam Kownacki and once-beaten Iago Kiladze, who step into the ring for a 10-round contest.


ERROL SPENCE JR.:

"I'm training for the Lamont Peterson that I know. He's a hard worker, he's hungry and he has a big heart. People shouldn't look past this fight because I'm not at all. Peterson is a great fighter who's seasoned.

"Everyone knows my style. The outcome usually is a stoppage. I won't be looking for it, but if it presents itself, I'll be ready to take advantage.

"I'm going to stick to my game plan. I can't be worried about anything my opponent does during training camp. I have to focus on what I do best and listen to my coach. My style isn't going to be effected by Lamont's training.

"I'm keeping the same mentality that I've always had heading into fights. Winning the belt helped get my name out there, but my mentality is still to grind and stay hungry and listen to my coach. Nothing is different, I still change diapers and everything else you'd imagine.

"There are so many guys in the welterweight division, I want to clean them all out. If I keep beating the top guys, I'll be the last one standing. I'm going to dominate like I've been doing.

"I'm not going to wait around for unification fights, I want to fight three times this year and I'll take on the best opponent who steps into the ring.

"I'll have to wait until I get into the ring to see how our power compares to each other. I'm the bigger guy but I don't think we'll really know until the first round. I'm going to stick to my game plan and adjust on the fly.

"I expect a 12 round fight and that's what I train for. You have to have a smart coach to make adjustments during the fight and capitalize off your opponent's mistakes.

"I know he's going to be difficult. He's a guy with fast feet who can come forward. He can basically do it all. I'm going to have to solve the puzzle."



LAMONT PETERSON:

"The hard work is over and now we're just fine-tuning and making sure everything is perfect for Saturday. It's been a great training camp that was tough at times, but that's exactly how we want it.

"Errol Spence is clearly a great fighter. I can see why people revere him in that way. But on Saturday, we're going to give him a fight and he's going to have to prove it.

"I don't have to worry about what anyone says about us leading up to this fight. I know Errol well and it happened that it was time for us to fight. This is what we do so we'll definitely give it our all on Saturday. My mentality is to win.

"I've been staying in the gym the whole time since my last fight. Even if I haven't been fighting, I've been sparring and keeping my craft sharp. You never know how long a layoff will be, so I made sure to keep my mind on boxing.

"I can't do anything but go in there and take care of my business. I can't control the judges or anything that happens outside of us fighting. I'm trying to win a fight and that's all I'm concerned about.

"I think the fans are really going to like this one. We may start out feeling each other, but I know from the way we both fight that it's going to turn into a war pretty quickly.

"There's nothing that I'm really looking to expose, but doing things at the right time during the fight will be key. Errol is a solid fighter across the board and we'll see what he brings on fight night.

"I'm looking for a victory. That's what I've trained for. It doesn't matter how I get the win. I'm determined to take home that belt."


Saturday, January 13, 2018

Claressa Shields Goes The Distance to Defeat Tori Nelson!



Two-time Olympic Gold Medalist Claressa Shields scored a unanimous 10-round decision over Tori Nelson on Friday night at Turning Stone Casino to retain her women’s WBC and IBF super middleweight world titles on a live Showtime telecast.

All three judges scored the fight 100-90 for the 22-year old Shields (5-0, 2 KO's), of Flint, Michigan.  The 41-year old Nelson (17-1-3, 1 KO), who has won world titles in the past had only fought twice since June 2015, lost for the first time to the most highly skilled opponent of her career. Nelson, of Ashburn, Virginia, came forward the entire fight, but as the bout wore on the young champion proved to be the more skilled boxer, able to avoid Nelson’s looping hooks and using her jab to keep Nelson at bay.





Now that Shields retained her WBC and IBF super middleweight titles, she looks to move down to middleweight to challenge WBO and WBC middleweight champion Christina Hammer (21-0, 9 KOs) as her next opponent. 




(Photos by Stephanie Trapp/SHOWTIME)

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Quotes From The Lamont Peterson Media Day Workout In Washington, DC!

Lamont Peterson (35-3-1, 17 KO) will be taking on the unbeaten  Errol Spence Jr. (22-0, 19 KO's)  for the IBF welterweight championship title that Spence won when he defeated Kell Brook in May of 2017. The fight will take place on January 20, live on the Showtime Championship Boxing network at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. The broadcast will begin at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT and it will also feature lightweight world champion Robert Easter battling former champion Javier Fortuna.



LAMONT PETERSON:

"I feel great. I'm already close to weight. I'm happy and eating up to five times a day. I feel strong and I'm ready for this fight.

"I have to look at this as really just another big fight. When you're at the top, you try not to make too much of each fight. We know what's at stake. I know that when I keep it simple, that's when I perform best.

"Right now my body feels better than ever. I'm comfortable with everything that's gone on in camp and I think you can see it in my body.

"I've always trained hard since the first day I came here as a child. That's been instilled in me since a young age and it's carried me throughout my career.

"Everything I do is for D.C. I'm trying to get as much recognition for this area the best way I can. That's what we all strive for in this gym. This is the biggest one that's been on the schedule for a while and I'm ready to bring it home.

"It gets easier and easier the more championship fights I'm in. I was in shape for all of them, but I definitely put more pressure on myself when I was young. I've improved each time and now I feel like I'm really at the perfect place in my career."



ANTHONY PETERSON:

"I have to make a statement. I never feel comfortable with a decision. I think that's a good thing because I have to be special under the bright lights.

"Everyone knows I like to go to the body. You know I'm going to make him work so you can look out for me to break my opponent down on the January 20.

"I've been sparring with a variety of experienced fighters over the last year and they've helped me out even while I haven't had a fight. Ring rust is all mental. It's up to you to put the work in.

"I haven't gotten the fights that I want, but I'll always stick to my game and stick to my craft. I know if I persevere, things will work out for me.

"I know that I love this sport. I know that eventually I will be a world champion. I believe in my future and I'm looking forward to big fights.

"It's inspiring to watch Lamont do his thing and succeed. He's going to beat Errol Spence, even if people don't believe it. I think he's going to take care of business."



BARRY HUNTER, Peterson's Trainer:

"It's been a long grind in camp for these guys. When I think back on how long we've been on this journey, I'm very proud of them. They were 9 and 10 when they first came into the gym.

"We don't have the weight monster to deal with fighting at welterweight. Lamont is in a great place mentally and physically. I'm looking forward to an explosive fight.

"When you look at the Spence-Brook fight, early on Brook had a lot of success. Down the stretch Errol imposed his will and broke Brook down. I know Errol well and I've coached him. He has a strong will. He's not great in one area, but he's good in a lot of areas. This is a different kind of guy he's facing. Heart is something Lamont is nowhere near short on. I think this might start off tactical, and then turn into a war.

"My job is to go in there with part of a plan, but it's always about adjustments for us. Whatever Errol brings to the table, we'll figure it out and put everything in motion.

"This last week is a lot of game plan and mental preparation work. A lot of fighters don't train the mind. You have to train the mind even more so than the body. We have to be ready for every scenario.

"I think if Anthony goes in there and does his job there are a few vacant titles at 140-pounds and that's a track for us. We want to get a strap around his waist and we'll face anyone to get it.

"Lamont, along with Anthony, Gary Russell Jr., Jarrett Hurd and Gervonta Davis, have been holding down boxing in this area for a long time. It would be huge to bring this title home. There are a lot of young Lamont Petersons in this area who want to reach this level. It would be a beacon of light shining down and showing these people the way."

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Claressa Shields Set To Battle Unbeaten Tori Nelson!



Tori Nelson vs Claressa Shields January 12th Live on ShoBox The New Generation at 10 p.m. ET/PT from Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, N.Y.

Shields defeated Nikki Adler Aug. 4 on SHOWTIME to capture the WBC and vacant IBF titles less than one year after she became the first American boxer to win back-to-back Olympic gold medals.  The 22-year-old native of Flint, Mich., returns to face Tori Nelson, a seven-year veteran with seven times the professional ring experience.  

Shields: "I'm truly excited to have the chance to demonstrate my skills against an opponent the caliber of Tori Nelson,” Shields said.  “I'm honored to be headlining the first ShoBox of 2018, and I know January 12 will be a great night for the fans.  This will be the beginning of a historic year for me and for women's boxing."

Tori Nelson (17-0-3, 2 KOs) won a middleweight world championship in 2011 and has wins over previously unbeaten Alicia Napoleon and Mia St. John.  The 41-year-old, Nelson of Ashburn, Va., looks to capture another world title in a showdown with the hungry, and powerful rising star in women’s boxing.  

Nelson: "Ever since Claressa turned pro, I have wanted this fight,” Nelson said.  “She's young and talented, but my experience will make the difference. Since I became a boxer, I have dreamed of being in big fights on television. I am confident that I will win this fight and remain undefeated. And I plan to retire as an undefeated world champion.”