Edner Cherry vs Luis Cruz & Anthony Peterson vs Ramesis Gil to Support Thurman – Collazo Card July 11th

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TAMPA (July 6, 2015) – An exciting night of undercard fights comes to the USF Sun Dome in Tampa on Saturday, July 11 featuring matchups between Edner Cherry (33-6-2, 18 KOs) fighting Luis Cruz (21-3, 16 KOs) in a 10-round lightweight battle and Anthony Peterson (34-1, 22 KOs) facing Ramesis Gil (8-11-5, 5 KOs) in a 10-round super lightweight bout.
 
Televised coverage of Premier Boxing Champions on ESPN begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT with an explosive junior middleweight showdown between Tony Harrison (21-0, 18 KOs) and Willie Nelson (23-2-1, 13 KOs). The night is headlined by undefeated welterweight star Keith “One Time” Thurman (25-0, 21 KOs) facing former world champion Luis Collazo (26-6, 19 KOs). Door open at USF Sun Dome at 6 p.m. with the first fight beginning at 6:30 p.m.
 
The night of action will also feature Walter Castillo (25-3, 18 KOs) who takes on Amet Diaz (32-11, 23 KOs) in a 10-round super lightweight attraction and undefeated prospect Patryk Syzmanski (13-0, 8 KOs) facing off against Maurice Louishomme (8-2, 4 KOs) in an eight-round super welterweight bout.
 
Also showcased will be the brother of world champion Gary Russell Jr., 22-year-old Washington, D.C. prospect Antonio Russell who takes on 23-year-old Puerto Rican Jaxel Marrero in a six-round bantamweight attraction and the pro debut of Chicago’s Bruno Brecidean as he faces 21-year-old Brad Sustad out of Orlando in a super welterweight tilt scheduled for four rounds.
 
Rounding out the scheduled fights are Antonio Tarver Jr. (2-0, 2 KOs), the 27-year-old out of Orlando and son of boxing superstar Antonio Tarver who takes on 29-year-old Julian Valerio (2-3) of Orlando in a four round super welterweight bout and undefeated 28-year-old super welterweight Manny Woods (13-3-1, 5 KOs) out of St. Petersburg who takes on 26-year-old Puerto Rican Carlos Garcia (7-14-1, 7 KOs)
 
Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by Warriors Boxing, are priced at $200, $150, $75, $50 and $25, not including applicable service charges and taxes, and are on sale now. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets are also available at www.ticketmaster.com or by visiting the Sun Dome box office.
 
An experienced fighter who has made appearances in the ring for over a decade as a professional, the 32-year-old Cherry will make his 2015 debut on July 11 in Tampa. Owner of victories over Vicente Escobedo, Monta Meza Clay and Wes Ferguson, Cherry was born in the Bahamas but now fights out of Wauchula, Florida. He takes on the 29-year-old Puerto Rican Cruz.
 
The brother of former world champion Lamont Peterson, the 30-year-old Peterson hopes to soon make a name for himself on the big stage. Owner of wins over Daniel Attah, Dominic Salcido and Marcos Leonardo Jimenez, the Washington, D.C. product is looking to win his fifth consecutive fight on July 11. He faces the 32-year-old Gil out of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
 
The 26-year-old Castillo is an exciting brawler who never takes a step back and will look to put on a show for fans in Tampa. The Managua, Nicaragua-born knockout artist ended 12 of his first professional 14 victories inside of the distance. He will face 32-year-old former title challenger Diaz out of Panama City.
 
Miami-based fighter, Hernandez will be able to compete not far from his home when he hits the ring in Tampa on July 11. The 30-year-old will bring his straight ahead style up against the 22-year-old Tercero out of Mexico City.
 
Undefeated at just 22-years-old, Szymanski will look to build on his recent success on July 11. The Konin, Poland-born fighter made his 2015 debut in March with a second round TKO over Yoryi Estrella. He is set to face the 37-year-old Louishomme out of Colorado Springs.
 
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Quotes From Peterson, Alexander, Purdy, & Ogogo New York City Press Conference

NEW YORK (May 15, 2013) – All five of the fighters in attendance at Wednesday’s press conference at Lucille’s Bar & Grill (located inside B.B. King’s Blues Club) in New York City were confident and ready for fight night as they discussed their upcoming bouts taking place this Saturday, May 18 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J live on SHOWTIME® (9:00 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast).
 
In the main event IBF Junior Welterweight Champion Lamont Peterson (31-1-1, 16 KO’s), of Washington, D.C., faces power-punching WBC Interim Super Lightweight Champion Lucas Matthysse (33-2, 31 KO’s), of Trelew, Argentina, in a 12-round bout at a catch-weight of 141 pounds.  In the co-featured attraction on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING®, Devon Alexander (24-1, 13 KO’s), of St. Louis, will defend his IBF Welterweight Championship against number four rated IBF welterweight contender Lee Purdy (20-3-1, 13 KO’s), of Colchester, England.
 
Fights on SHOWTIME EXTREME®, airing beginning at 7:00 p.m. ET/PT, will include a scheduled 10-round bout between promising, world-ranked, unbeaten welterweights Shawn Porter (20-1, 14 KO’s), of Akron, Ohio, and Phil Lo Greco (25-0, 14 KO’s), of Toronto, Canada, and a six-round middleweight bout between highly regarded 2012 British Olympic Bronze Medalist Anthony Ogogo (1-0, 1 KO), of Lowestoft, England, who’ll be making his United States debut against Puerto Rico’s Edgar Perez (5-4, 3 KO’s).  Haroon Khan (1-0), Amir Khan’s brother, of Bolton, England, will make his United States debut against Vicente Medellin of Riverside, CA in a four round bantamweight bout which, time permitting, will also air on SHOWTIME EXTREME®.
 
In non-televised undercard action, Anthony Peterson (31-1, 20 KO’s), Lamont’s younger brother and also from Washington, D.C., will face slick veteran Dominic Salcido (18-4, 9 KO’s) of Rialto, CA
 
See below for what the Peterson brothers, Alexander, Purdy, Ogogo, Golden Boy Promotions COO David Itskowitch and SHOWTIME Sports EVP and General Manager Stephen Espinoza said Wednesday.
 
 
LAMONT PETERSON, IBF Junior Welterweight World Champion
 
“I’m looking forward to a great fight this weekend.
 
“This is a great card.  I want to thank Golden Boy Promotions for signing me.  This is our first fight and I think we’re going to do great things together.
 
“If you haven’t gotten your tickets yet, you need to.  I’m hoping there’s a monitor for me in my locker room to watch the whole card.  There are a lot of my friends fighting Saturday night and of course my brother.
 
“You’ve got Anthony Ogogo, Khan’s brother Harry, the Cincinnati boys and D.C.-native Thomas Williams.  I’m excited to see everyone on the card and I encourage everyone to go get tickets.”
 
 
DEVON ALEXANDER, IBF Welterweight World Champion
 
“‘Finally’ is the key word here.  My fight with Kell Brook was postponed three times.  I was supposed to fight him many times, but now I’m fighting Lee Purdy who’s a very suitable opponent for me.
 
“I’m ready.  It doesn’t matter what Lee Purdy is going to bring Saturday night.  He’s in the wrong place at the wrong time.  I’m ready to fight.  I’ve been ready to fight.
 
“This fight will lead to bigger and better things with SHOWTIME.”
 
 
LEE PURDY, Number Four Rated IBF Welterweight Contender
 
“I’m a big underdog in a lot of peoples’ eyes.  I’m here to fight and put on a good show for the fans.
 
“Fans are paying their hard earned money for entertainment and they don’t want to see fighters holding for 12 rounds. 
 
“This is a fight that I’ve wanted.  I’m coming to bring the upset.”
 
 
ANTHONY PETERSON, Lightweight Contender
 
“I’m excited about my fight, but I’m more excited about my brother’s.  He gets to eliminate this so called ‘Boogey Man.’  I know that’s what’s going to happen Saturday night.
 
“My brother is a solid guy all around, inside and outside of the ring, so that’s going to make a big difference on Saturday night.
 
“My brother is going to take out his [Matthysse’s] power, and it’s going to be a big problem.
 
“Matthysse only knows how to go one way, and that’s forward.  He doesn’t know how to work the inside and Lamont does, so that’s going to be the difference in the fight.”
 
 
ANTHONY OGOGO, 2012 British Olympic Bronze Medalist
 
“I’m really thrilled.  This is why I wanted to sign-up with Golden Boy Promotions, to fight in places like Boardwalk Hall.
 
“I’m an ambitious young man and I want to get to the top of world boxing.  I know that’s a few years down the road, but right now I need to take these opportunities as they come, learn and keep getting better and better.
 
“I’m looking forward to the future.”
 
 
DAVID ITSKOWITCH, COO of Golden Boy Promotions
 
“This main event is probably one of the best fights that can be made in a very talent rich weigh class.
 
“Lucas Matthysse is probably one of the most feared fighters on the planet and I think that’s one of the reasons Lamont Peterson wanted to fight him.
 
“Devon Alexander is a great fighter.  That’s all that needs to be said because it is the truth.”
 
 
STEPHEN ESPINOZA, EVP & General Manager of SHOWTIME Sports
 
“During the past few weeks SHOWTIME has been showcasing the best fighters in the world in the 140, 147 and 154 pound weight divisions.
 
“We have been bringing fans not just competitive and exciting fights, but competitive and exciting fights from the biggest names and most skilled fighters in the sport.  That is something that, right now, fans are only getting on SHOWTIME.   This weekend is no exception.
 
“Lamont Peterson versus Lucas Matthysse promises to be one of the hardest hitting fights of the year.”

Lamont Peterson: “I’m Not Going to Let Matthysse Get an Inch on Me”

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 9) – IBF Junior Welterweight World Champion Lamont Peterson held an open workout in Washington, D.C. in preparation for his May 18 fight against WBC Interim Super Lightweight World Champion Lucas Matthysse at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey which will be televised live on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING®. Lightweight contender and Lamont’s brother Anthony Peterson as well as Three-Time U.S. Olympian Rau’shee Warren and lightweight prospects Robert Easter and Jamel Herring joined Lamont at the Bald Eagle Recreation Center as they finalize preparations for their non-televised undercard bouts.
 
Here’s what the fighters and Lamont and Anthony’s trainer Barry Hunter had to say on Wendesday.
 
LAMONT PETERSON, IBF Junior Welterweight World Champion
 
“I’m not worried about Matthysse. I’ve known him for a while. He’s a strong guy. He’s going to bring it all night. Pretty much the way I like it to be and it’s going to be a great fight.
 
“Everyone keeps asking me about his [Matthysse] punching power. I know what I signed up for. I realize I’m going to get hit in the face, but I will be hitting him back. I’m not worried about taking a few punches. I’m prepared to go 12 rounds.
 
“I believe I’m at the top level, but at this point a win over Lucas [Matthysse] solidifies me as a top guy not only in the weight class, but a top 15 pound-for-pound guy in the game. It would lead to bigger fights. That’s where I want to land. If I were climbing a ladder, a win over Matthysse would be a big jump up to the top.
 
“I’ll feel my way through the fight in the first few rounds. We have game plans and will work through all of them, pick the best one and go from there.
 
“There is a lot of energy in the gym. The intensity is high. Everyday we train; everyone is encouraging each other inside and outside of the ring. We’re pushing each other and having fun at the same time. It’s always good to have fun while you’re working.
 
“I definitely wanted to get right back in the ring and capitalize on the performance I had in February. I’ve had a three-month layoff. I didn’t take too much contact in the Kendall Holt fight, so at I can’t wait to get out there and give a great performance.
 
“I think it will be a hard fought fight. We’re both going to be matching each other punch for punch. I’m not going to let him get an inch on me. I’m sure he is thinking the same thing.
 
“At the end of the day, I’m preparing for a hard fought 12 round fight. I’ll be there every step of the way. May the best man win, but I have more to my game and more strategies to work with.”
 
 
ANTHONY PETERSON, Lightweight Contender & Lamont’s Brother
 
“I’m preparing for a championship. That’s the ultimate goal.   I want to be one of the top 10 in my division.
 
“I never want to fight my brother. There is always competition between us, but brotherly competition.
 
“I’ve been fighting forever. A long layoff isn’t a problem for me. I’m in the gym everyday preparing for this.
 
“I haven’t fought in 17 months and I’m itching to get back in the ring, but I’m not going to rush it. I’m not going to go in there looking for the knockout. I’m going to go in there and take my time.
 
 
RAU’SHEE WARREN, Three-Time U.S. Olympian
 
“I’ve been thinking about training with these guys since I found out I was fighting on a card with Lamont. This is like family. We are all training with each other. We’re all pushing each other and we’re going to give the crowd a show from the beginning to the end.
 
“This is going to be a crazy show. I know I’ve got the best outfit for my ring walk, but everyone else here is telling me they have something in mind and that’s how we do it here. Friendly competition all day.
 
“This training camp has been looser and different. The talent here isn’t half stepping it. We’re pushing each other to the next level and I’m loving it. I can’t wait for fight night.”
 
 
ROBERT EASTER, Lightweight Prospect
 
“Training with Lamont is great motivation because he’s a real champion. It motivates me and makes me train harder so I can get to where he is.
 
“I’ve been focusing on a lot of cardio to build stamina and strength. I need to get stronger in my weight division.
 
“My coaches [Mike Stafford and Barry Hunter] have been helping me a lot with my strength.
 
“I think it is going to be a quick fight because I have been preparing really well for this one. It should be a good fight for me.”
 
 
JAMEL HERRING, Lightweight Prospect
 
“The last time I fought in Atlantic City, I opened the show so I’m getting used to it. I just want to get everyone hyped up and start the night off right.
 
“Working along side Barry Hunter and Lamont Peterson has been so intense, but we’ve had fun overall.
 
“This camp has been a chance for me to learn and get great advice. Barry’s a great trainer and Lamont is a world champion. I’ve gotten a lot of experience in this camp. It’s a great atmosphere.”
 
 
BARRY HUNTER, Lamont & Anthony Petersons’ Trainer
 
“Lamont is a fighter that can make all kinds of adjustments in the ring. There are a lot of fighters that can’t go toe to toe [like he can].
 
“Lamont is a little more versatile than other fighters that I have seen and definitely more versatile than other fighters Matthysse has faced in the past.
 
“This fight ends with us raising our hands and going on to the next one.
 
“We’re approaching this fight differently than fights in the past. If you look around in the gym, there are a lot of people that Lamont has been sparring with – junior middleweights, middleweights and even light heavyweights.
 
“This isn’t anything that we can’t handle.
 
“All of Lamont’s other fights leading up to this point have been very good fights, some of them even great fights, but I believe this is the fight that can totally take him over the top and put him in the lotto for a fight with someone like a Floyd Mayweather.
 
 
 
“Lamont has had to deal with pressure his whole life. This fight, as opposed to some of the things he’s gone through as a kid, won’t get to him or shake his confidence.”