Fighters have fun too – even during training camp. Maybe there is not too much time for April Fools’ Day pranking, but there’s no reason the fighters participating in the SHOWTIME® televised portion of the highly anticipated “History at the Capitol” fight card taking place Saturday, April 19 at the DC Armory in Washington, D.C. can’t stop their preparations momentarily for the latest social media fad – the “selfie.”
Named the “2013 Word of the Year” by Oxford Dictionaries, “selfie” is defined as “a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website.”
IBF Light Heavyweight World Champion Bernard “The Alien” Hopkins, WBA and IBA Light Heavyweight World Champion Beibut Shumenov, IBF Welterweight World Champion Shawn “Showtime” Porter, NABF Welterweight Champion Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi, WBO Middleweight World Champion Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin and top middleweight contender Lukas Konecny all took the time to snap a photo of themselves on a day known for fun, hoaxes and practical jokes – April Fools’ Day!
Fans can tag #HopkinsShumenov on Twitter with their own “selfie” and they might get a retweet from one of their favorite fighters on the April 19 fight card.
Photo caption (Pictured clockwise) – Bernard Hopkins, Beibut Shumenov, Paulie Malignaggi, Lukas Konecny, Peter Quillin and Shawn Porter take “selfies” to share with fans.
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Hopkins vs. Shumenov, a 12-round fight for the IBF, WBA and IBA
Light Heavyweight World Championship, will take place Saturday, April 19 at the DC Armory in Washington, D.C. The event is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions and sponsored by Corona, AT&T and Casamigos Tequila. In the 12-round co-features, Peter Quillin puts his WBO Middleweight World Title on the line against Lukas Konecny in a 12-round bout and Shawn Porter defends his IBF Welterweight World Title against Paulie Malignaggi. The live SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® telecast will begin at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) and will be available in Spanish via secondary audio programming (SAP).
Tickets priced at $25, $50, $75, $200 and $300, plus applicable taxes, fees and services charges, are on sale now and available online at http://www.ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster locations or by calling (800) 745-3000. The DC Armory Box Office will be open on fight night only from 3 p.m.-10 p.m. ET.