“I was in the ‘Fight of the Year’ in August, he was in ‘America’s Funniest Videos.” said lightweight contender MONTY MEZA CLAY when speaking about his upcoming 10-round clash with Pittsburgh cross-town rival, “Lightning” ROD SALKA.
“We’ve known each other for ever and frankly we just don’t like each other, not outside the ring and certainly not inside.”
Sporting a record of 36-3-0 (22KO’s), Clay is returning to action in a 10-round clash with Salka, 19-4-0 (3KO’s), for the World Boxing Council FECARBOX Lightweight Title at “The Pride of Pittsburgh II” on Friday, November 20th at CONSOL Energy Center, presented by Boxing Legend MIKE TYSON and Iron Mike Productions.
This past August 8th in Pittsburgh, Clay battled Alan Herrera in an epic “Fight of the Year” candidate, finally stopping the Mexican warrior in the final round of their nationally televised ten rounder.
“That was my kind of fight. With the huge crowd and boxing fans across the country watching the fight, I’m glad that we were able to put on such a terrific show,” said Clay.
“I knew right away when he was in his corner that he had the face of a warrior, just the way he was looking at me from across the ring. But it brought out the best in me and proved to boxing fans across the country how tough I am.”
“With Salka this is a big rivalry, it’s personal for both of us. We’ve sparred together and I know what will work for me. It’s funny the same weekend I beat Herrera he was getting bounced around the ring by Danny Garcia.”
Recently signed to Iron Mike Productions, the 33-year-old Clay looks upon the move as a new lease on his career.
“The end-game is to become a world champion and to have Mike Tyson and his team working on my career is a blessing. It’s never been easy for me since I turned pro but I’m ready for my shot at the top.”
Also featured at “The Pride of Pittsburgh II” is a 10-round welterweight bout between undefeated top prospect SAMMY “The Who Can Mexican” VASQUEZ JR., 16-0-0 (12KO’s) and ALBERTO “Matraletta” MOSQUERA, 21-1-2 (14KO’s) for the World Boxing Council Welterweight FECARBOX Title.
In a special attraction 10-round junior middleweight clash, hot 19-year-old prospect ERICKSON “The Hammer” Lubin, 7-0-0 (6KO’s), clashes with battle tested Mexican veteran NORBERTO “Demonio” GONZALEZ, 20-5-0 (13KO’s).
An exciting undercard with additional bouts will be announced shortly.
Advance tickets for “The Pride of Pittsburgh II”, starting at $42 are
now available through the Dick’s Sporting Goods Box Office at CONSOL Energy Center, Ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster outlets or charge by phone at 800-745-3000. Doors will open on the night of the event at 6:00 p.m. with the first bell at 7:00 p.m