Rising heavyweight Jonathan Rice (10-3-1, 6 KOs) will take on the toughest test of his career when he battles undefeated rising prospect, Arslanbek Makhmudov (7-0, 7 KOs) on May 11, 2019, from the Montreal Casino in Canada. The 10-round main event is being promoted by Eye of the Tiger Management.
Here is what Rice, who is managed by Greg Hannley of Prince Ranch Boxing, had to say about training, his matchup and more:
On his upcoming matchup with Arslanbek Makhmudov:
“This is a very difficult fight but I’m up for the challenge. He has tremendous power in both hands so I must execute the game plan we have in place. I have power in both hands myself so it’s going to be a very entertaining fight to say the least. These are the type of fights I must take to further my career.”
On his training camp with coach Wayne McCullough:
“I’ve made a lot of sacrifices during this training camp. I’ve got the best sparring possible with top guys in Las Vegas and Los Angeles. Wayne and I have been working great since we got together three fights ago. I’m going to be showcasing all the stuff we’ve been working on in camp. All the hard work is about to pay off.”
On what a win against Makhmudov will do for his career:
“A victory against Makhmudov will sky rocket me up the rankings. He’s considered one of the top prospects in the heavyweight division. Many doors will open up for my career with a win.”
On fighting in Canada for the first time:
“I know it’s going to be a hostile crowd going into his backyard but I’m up for the challenge. To be great in this sport you must take risks. From what I’ve seen, the boxing fans in Canada are great. It’s going to be fun fighting I front of that big crowd.”
Undefeated super bantamweight prospect, Raeese Aleem (13-0, 7 KOs), who is managed by Greg Hannley of Prince Ranch Boxing, returns to the ring this Friday, May 10, 2019, at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, PA. Aleem will battle Mexico’s Ramiro Robles (15-8-2, 9 KOs) in an 8-round bout promoted by Marshall Kauffman’s King’s Promotions. The fights can be seen on www.warfaresports.com at 9 PM ET / 6 PM PT.
Aleem, who is trained by former two-time world champion, Bones Adams and veteran trainer Brandon Woods, is well prepared going into this fight. After his last fight fell through, Aleem, who has been training at the Prince Ranch Boxing facility in Las Vegas, feels he’s more then ready for this fight.
“I’ve been grinding hard in the gym for a fight that fell through last month, so I’m in great shape going into this fight,” said Aleem. “Robles is a tough fighter from Mexico that I know will be coming forward. This is the type of fight that I feel will be crowd pleasing to those watching. I consider myself a volume boxer-puncher who is always throwing a lot of blows. You’ll never see me in a boring fight, and I plan on letting my hands go this Friday against Robles.”
“Raeese Aleem is an incredibly talented fighter with a tremendous amount of upside,” said manager Greg Hannley, of Prince Ranch Boxing. “He’s working his way up the rankings with solid wins against good fighters. Marshall is doing a great job promoting Raeese and I can see him fighting for a regional title by the end of the year.”
“I’ve been working with Raeese for about a year now and he’s one of the hardest working fighters I have in the gym,” stated lead trainer Bones Adams. “Not only does he work hard, he can fight as well. He’s got the talent and work ethic to become a world champion if he continues on this path.”