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Guerrero vs Walker, Porter vs Pinzon: ShoBox Weights, Quotes & Photos

NOTE: WEIGHTS (April 15, 2010) Undefeated middleweight prospect and hometown favorite Fernando Guerrero weighed in at 160 pounds and Chicagos Michael Walker tipped the scales at 161 during Thursdays weigh in at the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center in Salisbury, Md. Guerrero (17-0, 14 KOs) will put his undefeated record on the line against Walker (19-3, 12 KOs) in a 10-round bout in the main event of ShoBox: The New Generation on Friday, April 16, live on SHOWTIME (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from Wicomico Youth and Civic Center in Salisbury, Md..

boxingPromising, unbeaten Shawn Porter (13-0, 10 KOs) of Cleveland, Ohio, measured 150 pounds. Hard-hitting Colombian Raul Pinzon (17-4, 16 KOs) did not make the contracted weight and will weigh in tomorrow at 9 a.m. ET. The two will square off in a junior middleweight eight-round co-feature fight on SHOWTIME.

The doubleheader is co-promoted by DiBella Entertainment and Prize Fight.

What the fighters had to say on Thursday:


FERNANDO GUERRERO:

I train like Im fighting for a world title every time. Walker is dangerous, but I can handle him.

Ive grown up as a fighter, Im finding myself. I know I hit hard, but I no longer think I have to knock everybody out.

Its important for me to win, but I dont need a KO.

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I had a great camp. Next year, 2011, is going to be my breakthrough year but I have to win all my fights in 2010 first.

Ive been knocked down but it taught me that when you get knocked down you get back up.


MICHAEL WALKER:

Ive sparred with some southpaws so Im ready.

I cant wait to get in there. Im more ready than Ive been in a while. Ive been in the gym and I want to surprise the fans.

I want to shut the crowd up. I want to send them home crying.

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After this win Im going to go on a roll. Ive put the work in the gym and now Im ready.

Im going to do whatever it takes to win this fight.

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SHAWN PORTER:

My last fight being 10 rounds was a huge step up for me. I hadnt gone 10 rounds before and it was nice to know that I can go the distance, even though I was 60 percent of what I could have been.

I look to show some of the things weve improved on since my last fight.

Weve got a game plan for tomorrow and we need to stick to it.

I feel good getting down to 147. I look more ripped and a little smaller in the mirror. I think Ill have an edge at that weight.

The camp was tremendous. I couldnt be happier.

Wed like to fight for a world title at 147, thats the plan.


RAUL PINZON:

I came in late, but Im about 95 percent. Im ready. I was already in the gym training for another fight.

Porter is fast, but he cant punch. Im looking for a KO. Out of 17 fights Ive had 16 KOs, so I hope to get another one tomorrow night.

My conditioning is good for this fight, Im in good shape.

In my losses I hadnt had much notice, but I had to take the fights. Im going to surprise him. Im not just an opponent. Im ready for war.

Nick Charles will call the action from ringside with Steve Farhood and Antonio Tarver serving as expert analysts. The executive producer of ShoBox is Gordon Hall with Richard Gaughan producing and Rick Phillips directing.

For information on SHOWTIME Sports Programming, including exclusive behind-the-scenes video and photo galleries, complete telecast information and more, please go the new SHOWTIME Sports website at http://www.sho.com/sports.


ShoBox: Guerrero vs Walker, Porter vs Pinzon

NEW YORK (April 13, 2010) Undefeated middleweight prospect and hometown favorite Fernando Guerrero will put his undefeated record on the line against Michael Walker of Chicago in a 10-round bout in the main event of ShoBox: The New Generation on Friday, April 16, live on SHOWTIME (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from Wicomico Youth and Civic Center in Salisbury, Md.

In an exciting co-feature, promising, unbeaten Shawn Porter (13-0, 10 KOs) of Cleveland, Ohio, will face hard-hitting Colombian Raul Pinzon (17-4, 16 KOs) in a junior middleweight eight-round tussle.

The doubleheader is co-promoted by DiBella Entertainment and Prize Fight.

The power-punching Guerrero (17-0, 14 KOs), of Salisbury, Md., by way of the Dominican Republic, has scored all 14 of his knockouts inside of four rounds. The No. 12-rated World Boxing Organization (WBO) contender at 160 pounds, Guerrero is coming off a thrilling fourth-round TKO victory over Jessie Nicklow on Dec. 18, 2009 on ShoBox.

Prior to the Nicklow TKO, the 23-year-old Guerrero, a former Jr. Olympian, earned a career-best win, a hard-fought 10-round majority decision over former British Commonwealth welterweight and junior middleweight champion Ossie Duran on Oct. 10, 2009.

A southpaw who spars with brothers Anthony and Lamont Peterson, Guerrero is trained by Barry Hunter, who likes his fighters chances against Walker.

I never underestimate anybody, but based on what I saw, it wasnt like I saw anything special about Michael Walker, said Hunter, who also trains the Petersons. Hes a basic guy, a strong guy, straight-ahead, straightforward. I think he will fall right into Fernandos style of fighting, because he (Fernando) has got the option: he can box or he can bang.

The way I see it, at the rate Fernandos going, next year, about this time or a little later, I figure he should be fighting somebody for one of those belts. Hes getting to that point where I want to step it up in competition a little bit more.

If he wants to challenge for a world title next year Guerrero will first have to get by the dangerous Walker (19-3, 12 KOs). The 31-year-old Walker is coming off of two consecutive losses, but he has worked as a sparring partner with Kelly Pavlik and Miguel Cotto and knows he needs a victory to remain relevant in the middleweight division.

This is kind of a do-or-die fight for him, said Tyree Ortiz, Walkers manager. Hes been training really hard and hes looking good in the gym and hes confident. He wants to be the first one to beat Fernando Guerrero. It should be an exciting night.

The 22-year-old Porter had a stellar amateur career, winning the 2007 National Golden Gloves title and serving as alternate on the 2008 U.S. Olympic team. Porter holds amateur wins over current pro prospects the April 16 headliner, Guerrero, Danny Jacobs, Shawn Estrada, Demetrius Andrade and Edwin Rodriguez.

Porter has been active as a professional, fighting 14 times in 18 months. He has sparred with pound-for-pound champion Manny Pacquiao, Pavlik and Chad Dawson.

Porter and his manager, father and trainer, Ken Porter, are starting to transition the 5-foot-7, 154-pounder down to welterweight, where hell be a similar height to others in the weight class and likely be more powerful.

Wed like to see him in a fight at 147 pounds by mid to late summer, the elder Porter said. I want to see it happen soon. Hes 22 years old, and hes not going to get smaller as he gets older -- hes going to get bigger. I want to see how hes adjusting to it, how his body is reacting to it. The last fight, we came in at 152 (pounds), and we feel like we can get down lower.

Porter is coming off a 10-round unanimous decision victory over Russell Jordan on Feb. 19. Porter didnt look particularly strong or powerful against an opponent some felt he should have dominated, further reinforcing his camps decision to start a move down to 147.

The 30-year-old Pinzon has scored knockouts in all but one of his wins, albeit against less talented opponents than hell be facing in Porter.

Nick Charles will call the action from ringside with Steve Farhood and Antonio Tarver serving as expert analysts. The executive producer of ShoBox is Gordon Hall with Richard Gaughan producing and Rick Phillips directing.

For information on SHOWTIME Sports Programming, including exclusive behind-the-scenes video and photo galleries, complete telecast information and more, please go the new SHOWTIME Sports website at http://www.sho.com/sports.

Article posted on 14.04.2010



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