Photos: Adrien Broner – Shawn Porter & Undercard Press Conference

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Photo Credit: Idris Erba/Mayweather Promotions

LAS VEGAS (June 18, 2015) – An animated Adrien “The Problem” Bronerheld court for several minutes Thursday, as a calm “Showtime” Shawn Porter delivered his own strong message in advance of the exciting weekend of Premier Boxing Champions action at MGM Grand.

 

In a different role than his usual one as boxing’s pound-for-pound king, President of Mayweather Promotions Floyd “Money” Mayweather helped run the press conferences alongside Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe.

 

On the Saturday, June 20 PBC on NBC show, Broner (30-1, 22 KOs) will take on Porter (25-1-1, 16 KOs) after Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr. (16-0, 13 KOs) battlesPhil “The Italian Sensation” Lo Greco (26-1, 14 KOs). Televised coverage on NBC begins at 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT.

 

Also at Thursday’s press conference, main event participant on the Sunday, June 21 PBC on CBS card Antonio DeMarco (22-0, 13 KOs) vowed to bring home a victory for his cancer-stricken sister in Sunday’s PBC on CBS main event showdown against former world champion Rances Barthelemy (31-4-1, 23 KOs).   Sunday’s co-feature showcases a welterweight matchup between Sammy Vasquez (18-0, 13 KOs) and Wale Omotoso (25-1, 21 KOs). Televised coverage begins on CBS Sports at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT.

 

Also in attendance on Thursday were rising stars from Mayweather Promotions who will be competing on both Saturday and Sunday.

 

Tickets for Saturday’s event are priced at $400, $300, $100 and $50 and tickets for Sunday’s event are priced at $100, $75, $50, and $25 not including applicable service charges and taxes are on sale now. To charge by phone with a major credit card for tickets to both events, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets for both events are also available atwww.mgmgrand.com orwww.ticketmaster.com. The weekend of action is promoted by Mayweather Promotions in association with TGB Promotions.

 

Here is what the press conference participants had to say:

 

FLOYD MAYWEATHER, President of Mayweather Promotions

 

“Mayweather Promotions has always done record-breaking numbers and our ultimate goal is to find the next Floyd Mayweather. With all of the talent out there, it will soon happen.

 

“I want all of the fighters out there to keep working hard, stay focused and know that there is no limit to what you can do. 

 

“With all the media here talking to him, it’s obvious that Adrien is doing something right. He’s entertaining and people like it.

 

“There’s no limit to how far Adrien Broner can go in this sport. He can fight. I’m in the gym with him and he’s boxing top guys. He’s pushing himself.

 

“Shawn Porter is a really solid competitor. It’s not an easy task for Adrien, he’s going to have to fight.

 

“Mayweather Promotions wants to continue to work with all fighters and help build their careers so that they can get to that top level.” 

 

ADRIEN BRONER

 

“This is the AB show. You’re all getting it first, live and personal.

 

“I’m fighting Shawn Porter and I’m fighting his dad. It’s like I’m fighting his dad because the check comes in his dad’s name, then he pays Shawn.

 

“Since both Shawn and his dad get a check, if I whoop both of them, will I get paid twice?

 

“I like Shawn as a person, but he gets so much negative energy from his dad. That’s just the truth.

 

“After I whoop you Shawn, come sign with About Billions and I’ll buy you a nicer car than your dad’s. I already wrote out the contract.

 

“This is going to be a great fight. I’m very excited because I love putting on a show for the fans. This boy will not beat me.

 

“I’m coming to deliver a beat down. Shawn Porter is a football player, I’m going to take him out. It’s going to be fun.”

 

SHAWN PORTER

 

“I feel great, it’s a good day. I’m just counting down until fight night.

 

“I’ve been working on everything in camp. I have a lot of speed, power, quickness and the whole nine. It’s going to take everything to win this fight.

 

“He’s got good speed, so we’re preparing for him to use a lot of that. We’ll make adjustments as we go along but the key is definitely taking care of his speed with our speed.

 

“It’s so sweet to be fighting at MGM Grand, this is what you want as a fighter. It’s my time now. I’m so excited about this opportunity.

 

“Number one, we have to take care of business. We know that if we take care of business it’ll be a great Father’s Day on Sunday.”

 

ERROL SPENCE JR.

 

“I just have to stay focused and put on a spectacular performance on Saturday night. Hopefully next time I’ll be the main event. It’s a process but I’m getting there.

 

“I’m ready for anybody in the welterweight division, I’m ready for any kind of step up in competition period. I’m not the guy to shy away from anybody.

 

“Porter and Broner are a little more seasoned that me, but skill wise I think I’m right on par with them. Skill for skill I can match anybody in boxing.

 

“A lot of guys aren’t in the position that I’m in to get the opportunities that I have. This is my third year as a pro and it’s all been coming pretty fast. It’s all about timing. I’m enjoying the process.

 

“You’re going to be looking at the future of the sport come Saturday night.”

 

PHIL LO GRECO

 

“There’s no such thing as the right moment. The perfect fight is when you want it to be. I got the call and decided that this is the perfect timing.

 

“It took me about 30 seconds to decide to take this fight. When you know why you fight, it makes these decisions easy.

 

“A year ago there was no way I thought I’d be on this stage. Now I have real opportunities and we’re here now.

 

“Win, lose or draw, I’m going back to the gym next week.

 

“I’m a pressure fighter. I like to engage and give the fans what they want to see. This is a great opportunity. Saturday is going to be fun.”

 

RANCES BARTHELEMY

 

“I’m feeling good moving up in weight. Everybody knows Antonio DeMarco is a very, very tough fighter. He’s one of the best I’ve ever fought. His record who he has faced proves that. He’s experienced, but so am I. 

 

“I want to be the best Cuban fighter of all-time and I’m on my way. 

 

“I’m in tremendous shape and I’m ready to go. I want to showcase my skills on Sunday to show the world how I can fight. 

 

“Who do I want to fight? I’ll fight anyone they put in my way. I’ll fight Godzilla if he’s there. 

 

“I don’t do predictions but this is going to be an entertaining fight. Unlike past Cuban fighters, I have power and can knock people out. In the amateurs you don’t need power. But in the pros, that’s what it’s all about.” 

 

ANTONIO DEMARCO

 

“This is going to be a tough fight, a difficult fight, but I have a great responsibility. My 15-year-old sister told me that if I win, she will beat cancer. She was diagnosed with bone cancer last November – and it was life-threatening. But her last chemo treatment was yesterday.

 

“From a ring standpoint, I am really looking forward to Sunday. I am very prepared, I am relaxed and ready to go. Besides for my sister, my other main motivation is that this is a chance to get my career back on track. A victory and I can get back to where I was and in position to challenge the best.

  

“I am treating it like another fight, but of course it is much more. Exposure-wise, you can’t get better than network television.

 

“I know Rances is going to be a difficult opponent. He’s a great fighter. But I have the experience to come up with a game plan to win. From a career-standpoint, this is a very important fight and I’m ready for it.”

 

SAMMY VASQUEZ

 

“It’s an honor to be here in this building among some of the greatest fighters in the world. Omotoso has never fought anyone like me before. 

 

“I’m here to restore the greatness of Pittsburgh boxing. Everyone knows ‘The Pittsburgh Kid’, Paul Spadafora, but we all carry the torch differently. I respect him as a fighter and he’s done some great things. We were raised differently and I’m amazed at the great things he’s accomplished. But I’m here to bring a new look to Pittsburgh boxing. 

 

“Omotoso is tough. His record speaks for itself at 25-1. His only loss was to Jessie Vargas who’s fighting for a world title. I don’t take anybody lightly. I’ve trained hard for this and I don’t think he’s fought anyone as fast as me or hits as hard as me with both hands. 

 

“I’m going to throw a lot of punches and it should be fun to see. It will be an entertaining fight. The main goal is to win. If the opportunity presents itself to knock him out then I will. I’m not going to go in there trying to knock his head off or anything. I have to box smart.

 

“In this game it’s all about longevity and the less you get hit the longer you can fight so I don’t want to get hit. That’s my goal.”

 

WALE OMOTOSO

 

“I feel blessed to have the opportunity to fight on such a big stage. Fighting on network TV provides all of us such a lift. Getting this kind of national exposure is what fighters like me need and what we work so hard to get.

 

“I’m totally ready to take advantage and I look forward to being able to showcase my talents on Sunday. All my friends and countrymen are going to be able to watch it, and I don’t want to let them down.

 

“I really don’t know much about Vasquez, other than he’s a southpaw whose quick, he is just another fighter who can fight. But we can all fight. It’s not like he has four hands and two heads.

 

“The best man will be victorious and I am confident that is me.

 

“I can’t wait for Sunday. I wish it was time to fight right now. This is going to be my Father’s Day present to my kids and wife.”

Paulie Malignaggi vs Adrien Broner & Johnathon Banks vs Seth Mitchel June 22

BROOKLYN (April 25, 2013) – Since the beginning of their professional careers, Paulie “The Magic Man” Malignaggi and Adrien “The Problem” Broner, two of the biggest talkers in all of boxing, have never been afraid to speak up.  Now, the time has come to put up or shut up as Malignaggi will defend his WBA Welterweight World Championship against undefeated Two-Division World Champion Broner on Saturday, June 22 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn in a SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® main event.  Plus, the heavyweight rematch the world has been waiting for is set as Johnathon Banks will look to repeat his 2012 upset win over Seth “Mayhem” Mitchell in the co-feature for Banks’ NABO and WBC International Heavyweight titles.
 
Malignaggi vs. Broner, a 12-round fight for Malignaggi’s WBA Welterweight World Championship is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions and sponsored by Corona and AT&T with Banks vs. Mitchell being presented in association with K2 Promotions.  The SHOWTIME Championship Boxing telecast begins at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).  SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® is available in Spanish on secondary audio programming (SAP).  Preliminary fights will air on SHOWTIME EXTREME at 7:00 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).
 
Tickets, priced at $250, $125, $75, $50 and $25, plus applicable taxes and service charges, go on sale Saturday, April 27 at 10:00 a.m. ET and will be available for purchase at www.barclayscenter.com, www.ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster locations, by calling 800-745-3000 and at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center beginning on Saturday, April 27 at noon ET.  For group tickets, please call 800-GROUP-BK.
 
“This fight was the main motivation for winning my second world championship last year,” said Malignaggi.  “I wanted be in a huge main event at Barclays Center.  This is a blockbuster event and I can’t wait to make a successful title defense in Brooklyn where my roots are.”
 
“Paulette better be in some shape,” said Broner.  “On June 22, I will be a three-time world champion in three weight classes at just 23-years-old.”
 
“I feel very good about this fight,” said Banks.  “I expect a more determined and a more powerful Seth Mitchell for the rematch and I look forward to the challenge on June 22nd.  I’m excited to be fighting and intend to put on a terrific performance for those in attendance at Barclays Center as well as those watching on SHOWTIME.”
 
“I’m excited about my opportunity to rematch Johnathon Banks on June 22 at Barclays Center,” said Mitchell.  “I was disappointed with my last performance against him and look forward to meeting him in the ring once again.  My team has been working extremely hard in preparation for this fight.  I’m confident that my performance on June 22nd will properly showcase my abilities and will reignite talks of me competing for the heavyweight championship of the world.”
 
“Once again, we’re lookingforward to bringing a blockbuster fight to Brooklyn at Barclays Center,” said Oscar De La Hoya, President of Golden Boy Promotions.  “Paulie Malignaggi is the type of fighter that is not going to let anyone take his belt from him on his home turf, but he has his work cut out for him against one of the most talented fighters in the sport in undefeated rising superstar Adrien ‘The Problem’ Broner.  Add in the rematch between Johnathon Banks and Seth Mitchell and it’s safe to say that the fireworks will be flying a few weeks before the Fourth of July.”
 
“All of us at the network are thrilled to have Adrien in his SHOWTIME debut, especially in a tough fight against the very smart and crafty world champion Paulie Malignaggi,” said Stephen Espinoza, Executive Vice President and General Manager, SHOWTIME Sports.  “When this fight first came available, I jumped at the chance to have it on SHOWTIME.  This fight was one of the most talked about match ups of the year before it was even announced.”
 
“We are proud to host Brooklyn’s own Paulie Malignaggi for his second fight at Barclays Center,” said Brett Yormark, CEO of Barclays Center and the Brooklyn Nets.  “Paulie is a true pro at captivating audiences with his quick boxing skills, flashy style and invigorating personality.  He is Brooklyn.  While Paulie will certainly be the crowd favorite, we expect Adrien Broner to give him a great fight in what is sure to be another memorable night of championship boxing at Barclays Center.”
 
“All of us at the network are thrilled to have Adrien Broner in his SHOWTIME debut, especially in a tough fight against the very smart and crafty world champion Paulie Malignaggi,” said Stephen Espinoza, Executive Vice President and General Manager, SHOWTIME Sports.  “When this fight first came available, I jumped at the chance to have it on SHOWTIME.  This fight was one of the most talked about match ups of the year before it was even announced.”
 
One of Brooklyn’s favorite fighting sons, Paulie Malignaggi (32-4, 7 KO’s) is a two-division world champion known for his lighting fast hands and even faster mouth. He first made his mark in the 140-pound weight class when he defeated Lovemore N’dou in 2007 for the IBF crown.  In 2010, Malignaggi made the move up to welterweight and in April 2012 he captured the WBA welterweight title, traveling to the Ukraine to stop Vyacheslav Senchenko in his hometown.  He has defended his belt once thus far, decisioning Pablo Cesar Cano at Barclays Center last October.  Also well known for his role as color commentator on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING, the 32-year-old who has faced the likes of Miguel Cotto, Ricky Hatton, Amir Khan and Juan Diaz, will look to stop the rise of Adrien Broner a few miles from his home in Brooklyn.
 
At 23 years old, Adrien Broner (26-0, 22 KO’s) has captivated the boxing world with his work inside the ring and flashy charisma outside of it.  Unbeaten as a pro, with a skill set that allows him to box or bang, and possessing a warrior’s attitude and heart, Broner won the WBO junior lightweight title in 2011 with a third round knockout of Vicente Martin Rodriguez.  After knockouts of Eloy Perez and Vicente Escobedo, he moved up to 135 pounds, winning the WBC title with a thoroughly dominating eighth round technical knockout of Antonio DeMarco last November.  Most recently, Broner stopped Gavin Rees in five rounds in February, and on June 22, he will make the leap from 135 to 147 pounds to challenge “The Magic Man.”  Should he win, he will join Roberto Duran, Roy Jones Jr. and Robert Guerrero as the only fighters to win a world championship in their first fight after jumping a weight class.
 
The owner of one of boxing’s most inspirational stories, Johnathon Banks (29-1-1, 19 KO’s) captured the hearts of fight fans last fall.  Shortly after the death of his mentor and trainer, Emanuel Steward, Banks took over for the legendary Hall of Famer as the trainer of Heavyweight World Champion Wladimir Klitschko in his title defense win over Mariusz Wach in November.  A week later, the 30-year-old from Detroit stepped into the ring himself, and stunned the boxing world with his second round technical knockout win over Mitchell.  On June 22, he’ll look to do it again.
 
Seth “Mayhem” Mitchell (25-1-1, 19 KO’s) is eager for the opportunity to avenge his only pro loss when he faces Banks at the end of June.  A former standout Michigan State University linebacker, Mitchell tore through his opposition in the boxing ring for over four years, most notably beating Taurus Sykes, Timur Ibragimov, and Chazz Witherspoon, all by knockout.  Now he’ll have to show the resilience of a champion as he attempts to even the score on June 22.

John Molina Jr. Rebounds to Stop Dannie Williams

After a change in coaching staff (Robert Garcia) and brief break coming off a disappointing one round loss to Antonio DeMarco, John Molina Jr. (25-2, 20 KO) made his return on the Friday Night Fights stage to stop Dannie Williams (22-3, 18 KO) inside of four rounds.

The action was slow to start as Williams displayed uncertainty of Molina’s known power and was hesitant to close the distance. As the rounds progressed and Williams gave Molina more ground to gain his confidence, the tide began to shift and Molina began to control the pace from the outside.

In round four Molina landed an overhand right to the top of the head of Williams, sending him to the canvas and struggling to find himself through the ropes signalling the referee to step in and call a hault.

Molina secures a much needed win to get back in the mix for title contention and Williams takes a backseat and goes back to the drawing board.

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