LONDON (Aug. 22, 2011) – World Boxing Association (WBA) Super Middleweight Champion Andre Ward and World Boxing Council (WBC) Super Middleweight Champion Carl Froch kicked off a three-city international press tour today in the United Kingdom to formally announce The Final of the Super Six World Boxing Classic LIVE on SHOWTIME®, Saturday, Oct. 29 at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) from the historic Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J.
Ward and Froch, along with their respective promoters Dan Goossen and Eddie Hearn, and Ken Hershman, Executive Vice President and General Manager, SHOWTIME Sports® and creator of the Super Six World Boxing Classic, spoke to the media at Matchroom Sport headquarters, a sprawling estate in Essex, just outside London.
Less than 10 weeks out from the culmination of the groundbreaking two-year tournament, Sky Sports, BBC, and a host of other sports and mainstream media gathered to see England’s current No. 1 fighter face off against America’s last Olympic Gold Medalist in boxing and discuss their upcoming high stakes clash. Here’s what the men had to say:
“This is my first time back in England since 2001 when I fought with the U.S. team against the U.K. I get quite a bit of fan mail from here so I know not every Brit is against me.
“This is what we, as fighters, dream of. It’s what we fight for. This one is for all the marbles.
“When I started in this tournament everyone had questions about me. Everyone had doubts. Now, there are some people that say I’m the favorite, but I don’t feel that way. I still have that chip on my shoulder.
“We know why we’re here. I expected from the beginning to make it to The Final. And slowly but surely we made believers out of a lot of people that doubted me. But I would not call either one of us ‘great’, Carl nor I. That term is thrown around too loosely today. You have to earn that and that’s what I want to do, to earn that name ‘great.’ This is the kind of fight you have to fight and win in order to be considered ‘great.’”
“This has been a fantastic tournament by SHOWTIME Sports. Some have said that it has taken too long or that it’s been drawn out. But these fights that were made possible in the Super Six World Boxing Classic, with the six best guys out there, would not have happened had we not had the tournament.
“And The Final is what a top sport is all about; we have the two best fighters facing off for it all. That’s what this tournament has delivered.
“I have set myself up for 10 solid weeks of training. I’m solely focused on claiming this hardware and bringing it back to England where it will remain for a long, long time.
“I owe a big thanks to Eddie Hearn. I feel as though there’s been a weight lifted from my shoulders. He takes care of all the business and I am free to focus on the fight and prepare for Oct. 29.
“I have not been impressed with Andre and his level of opposition. Look at his record. He’s fought good fighters but not at the level where we are now. The only opponent that is up there on his record is Mikkel Kessler. And I watched that fight. I didn’t care for it, to be honest. I didn’t like that Mikkel had to travel with his title only to have Andre throwing his head around in there, causing the cuts and such.
“On Oct. 29, as long as it’s a clean, fair fight I am not worried about Ward. He has no power whatsoever. And his hand speed, sure it’s fast, but even he’ll tell you it’s not as fast as Andre Dirrell’s. And I handled Dirrell quite easily.”
Ward responded to these comments saying, “I’ve been in boxing for a long time, over 15 years; I know what he’s doing. He has to do this in his mind, he has to minimize me. Minimize my accomplishments and performances. And that’s ok. I understand. I’ll just remind him that we have a date set. Oct. 29, that will come soon enough and we’ll see.”
Ken Hershman of SHOWTIME Sports
“This is a spectacular setting for what we expect will be a spectacular fight.
“When we began the Super Six World Boxing Classic in 2009, we never could have imagined all the ups and downs that this tournament would produce. We expected a wild ride and what a ride it has been.
“Carl Froch and Andre Ward are the two best boxers in the super middleweight division. Ranked No. 1 and 2, I don’t think anyone disputes that; we have the right fighters in The Final.
“Whoever hoists the inaugural Super Six World Boxing Classic Cup in the end will have accomplished something unprecedented in this sport. We are very proud to be here.”
Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Sport
“Today is a special day. Today represents Matchroom’s return to big-time boxing.
“This tournament has revolutionized the sport of boxing. It has taken out the politics of the sport that can hinder big fights and has left the best men in the division to square off.
“Through it all, we’ve ended up with the two best fighters set to compete in The Final.”
Dan Goossen of Goossen Tutor Promotions
“The box office at the historic Boardwalk Hall is set to put tickets on sale this Friday. I’ve spoken to the box office manager and he told me that the pre-sale response for this event has been terrific. He said it is reminiscent of the Arturo Gatti days. And for those of you that know Gatti and his accomplishments, for us to get that reaction in New Jersey this early on is a great sign.
“The Super Six World Boxing Classic is one of the most innovative things to ever happen in boxing. This Cup and the road to get to The Final has raised the level of awareness not only for these guys sitting up here, but for the sport itself. And I’m proud to be part of it.
“As we said earlier, we have the two right fighters in The Final: one from Europe and one from America. Each man brings his championship belt. And both men, sure they can do their talking at these events and in the buildup to the fight, but most importantly they bring it in the ring. There are too many fighters today that can talk a great game but they can’t back it up. These guys can back it up and I can’t wait to see this fight.”
The Super Six World Boxing Classic International Press Tour will continue on TOMORROW/Tuesday, Aug. 23, in New York at the Highline Ballroom at 11 a.m. ET with lunch following at Noon. Then the participants will travel to Oakland, Calif., with a press conference open to the public on Wednesday, Aug. 24, at Oakland City Hall Plaza beginning at 11:30 a.m. PT. Both U.S. press stops will stream live online at http://sports.sho.com. Full details for each event are below.
Tuesday, Aug. 23 – New York City Press Conference/Luncheon
Highline Ballroom (In Chelsea)
431 West 16th Street– Between 9th & 10th Avenues
New York, NY 10011
10:30 a.m. – Arrival; 11 a.m. ET – Press Conference
Noon ET – Media Lunch
Wednesday, Aug. 24 – Oakland, Calif. Press Conference
Oakland City Hall Plaza * OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
1 Frank Ogawa Plaza
Oakland, CA 94612
11:30 a.m. PT – Press Conference
Tickets for The Final at Boardwalk Hall go on sale THIS FRIDAY, Aug. 26 and are priced at $300, $200, $100 and $50. Tickets can be purchased at the Boardwalk Hall Box Office, or by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 736-1420 or online at ticketmaster.com.
Promoted by Goossen Tutor Promotions, Matchroom Sport and Antonio Leonard Promotions, in association with Caesars Atlantic City and sponsored by Corona.
ABOUT SUPER SIX WORLD BOXING CLASSIC
The inaugural Super Six World Boxing Classic is a ground-breaking, six-fighter tournament from SHOWTIME Sports® featuring the class of the super middleweight (168-pound) division from around the world. All bouts in the Super Six tournament will be contested under the Unified Rules of Boxing. The Finalists, Andre Ward and Carl Froch each fought three bouts against different opponents in the field in the points-based Group Stage of competition. Following the Group Stage, the top four fighters advanced to the single-elimination Semifinals. Ward was ranked No. 1 in points with 6; Froch in second place with 4. Ward defeated Germany’s Arthur Abraham (No. 4) and Froch defeated Glen Johnson (No. 3) in the Super Six Semifinals in the spring to advance to The Final.
STACKED UNDERCARD SET FOR CHICAGO’S “SÓLO BOXEO TECATE” THIS FRIDAY AT THE UIC PAVILION IN CHICAGO
CHICAGO, IL (August 22, 2011) – Chicago boxing fans are anxiously counting down the days to the return of “SÓLO BOXEO TECATE”: WINDY CITY FIGHT NIGHT 18 on Friday, August 26 at the UIC Pavilion and with good reason, as Golden Boy Promotions and 8 Count Productions are bringing a sensational undercard to Chicago.
The main event pits undefeated former amateur standouts, Frankie Gomez, (10-0, 8 KO’s) of East Los Angeles and Chicago’s Adrian “EL Tigre” Granados, (6-0-1, 4 KO’s) in an eight round junior welterweight battle.
In the televised co-main event, lightweight Omar “Panterita” Figueroa (13-0-1, 9 KO’s) will put his undefeated record on the line against the battle-tested Marcos Herrera (6-6-1, 2KO’s)) of Arvada, Colorado.
Fighting out of South Texas town of Weslaco, 21-year-old Figueroa will be making his second appearance at the UIC Pavilion. In his last bout in the Windy City, he stopped Anthony Woods in the second round on December 12, 2009 on the undercard of the Juan “Baby Bull” Diaz vs. Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi bout. Figueroa is coming off of a hard-fought eight round decision win over Eric Cruz on June 17 in Hidalgo, Texas.
The upset-minded Herrera will look to get back in the win column, having gone the distance with undefeated Irish top prospect Jamie Kavanagh on July 23 in Las Vegas, dropping a hotly contested six round decision.
Two rising stars in welterweight division will see action in separate bouts as Chicago’s Luis Santiago (2-1, 1 KO) faces Clifford “The Magician” McPherson (2-4-1, 1 KO) of Cleveland, Ohio in a four round battle and pro debuting Daniel Sotelo challenges Hinckley, Minnesota’s Ronnie Fuentez (0-1).
Also appearing in separate bouts will be two undefeated prospects in hard-hitting, Emanuel Steward trained, junior middleweight Tony Harrison (3-0, 3 KO’s) of Detroit, Michigan and Chicago-based junior featherweight Juan Carlos Fernandez (1-0-1). Harrison and Fernandez are scheduled in separate four round fights against opponents to be determined.
As part of FAN APPRECIATION NIGHT, advance tickets for “SÓLO BOXEO TECATE”: WINDY CITY FIGHT NIGHT 18 are priced at just $36 (Floor Level) and $31 (General Admission), and are now on sale through Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com), the UIC Pavilion Boxing Office (312-413-5740) and the 8 Count Productions Office (312-226-5800)
WINDY CITY FIGHT NIGHT 18 is presented by Golden Boy Promotions and 8 Count Productions and sponsored by Cerveza Tecate, DeWalt Tools and AT&T. Doors open at the UIC Pavilion at 7:00pm, the first bell rings at 7:30pm and the TeleFutura broadcast begins at 11:30pm ET / PT (10:30pm CT). Fans at home can also be part of the action by voting for the fighter in the main event who displayed the most character during the telecast by sending a text message to 55333.
The UIC Pavilion is located at 525 S. Racine, just one block south of the Eisenhower Expressway. For further information, please visit their website at www.uicpavilion.com. The UIC Pavilion is now serving alcohol at all boxing events.
Tecate, cerveza con carácter, is the largest beer brand to sponsor boxing matches in the U.S. Part of its commitment to make boxing accessible to consumers is the title sponsorship of “Sólo Boxeo Tecate,” which creates an opportunity for local fans to witness some of the most exhilarating fights by today’s up-and-coming prospects. Additionally, Tecate has been a primary supporter of Golden Boy Promotions’ marquee events since 2007, and has launched a variety of initiatives to ensure consumers are part of the boxing experience, including boxer autograph signing sessions, commemorative cans, PPV mail-in rebate offers, and most recently the launch of a mobile museum “Tecate Museo de Boxeo,” which showcases decades of the most memorable moments in the sport.
Fight Club OC TV Launched With Big Show
“In all due respect to the great folks at Top Rank, Golden Boy Promotions, and Gary Shaw Productions, the Fight Club OC show last Thursday night in The Hangar at the OC Fair & Event Center might have been the best fight night in the USA in 2011” claimed Fight Club OC promoter Roy Englebrecht, after his sold out crowd of 1,435 fans saw all five bouts bring the capacity crowd to their feet time after time, and money thrown into the ring after three of the bouts.
So what better time to announce the launch of Fight Club OC TV then with the entire Fight Club OC five bout Thursday show now available so that fight fans around the globe can enjoy this electrifying night of action. For only $4.99 fans can go to www.fightcluboc.com and order the show thru the Fight Club OC TV button, and receive not only the five bout card, but all the entertainment and promotional elements that go into making the Fight Club OC shows the best entertainment and sports value in the fight business today.
“After just four shows in 2011 the buzz surrounding the launch of Fight Club OC has been tremendous,” said Englebrecht. “We have more media covering the shows than ever before, our 10 All Inclusive VIP Suites are sold out, we had our largest number of merchandise vendors ever, and our Fight Club OC Outdoor Cigar Lounge was packed the whole night, so I made the decision that this unique night of fight action needs to be available to fight fans all over the world, and we decided to launch Fight Club OC TV and boy did we ever pick the right night.”
Big knockouts wins by undefeated heavyweight Alex Flores over Sergey Karpenko; and Manny Lara over Neil Cooke brought a shower of money into the ring after each fight, and a “fight of the year” win by prospect David Tabatzdze over veteran Lester Gonzalez saw over $100 tossed into the ring on what was one of the best night’s of ring action in a long time. Plus fans were treated to a brutal second round KO by Vince Pichel over David Gardner, and a solid opening bout win by Marcus Robinson over pro debuter Alex Velas. All these bouts plus all the pageantry that go into the complete Fight Club OC experience is now available online for only $4.99 at www.fightcluboc.com .
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