THE “MECCA OF BOXING” TO HOST ANOTHER MEMORABLE CLASH – FURY VS CUNNINGHAM APRIL 20th – THE THEATER AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN NEW YORK –
Madison Square Garden, branded the “Mecca of Boxing” ages ago, will once again be in the spotlight the afternoon of April 20 when it hosts yet another important world class fight at The Theater at Madison Square Garden. Undefeated Irish behemoth Tyson Fury, 20-0, 14 KOs, faces the stiffest test of his boxing career when he takes on former two-time champion Steve Cunningham, 25-5, 12 KOs, of Philadelphia, in a 12 round IBF Title Elimination Bout that is expected to be a classic conflict of styles guaranteed to produce fistic fireworks. The first live fight in the theater will begin at 1:15PM ET. The main event and co-feature fights will be broadcast on NBC beginning at 4PM ET.
The list of critical clashes in the Garden's storied history boggles the mind. Every great fighter in the sport's past has fought there, Dempsey, Louis, Marciano, Ali, Frazier, Tyson, Holyfield, Lewis, Klitschko and countless others. Chapter upon chapter of boxing history has been made at the legendary site.
Next month's main event is just the latest entry on the venue's stellar resume, further proving that MSG was, is, and always will be, the center of the boxing world. The venue tops the bucket list of every boxing fan, many of whom travel far and wide to watch a fight in the hallowed New York boxing arena. In addition to fans, the fighters themselves also dream of going to the “Mecca” and headlining their own show. “It's something that I've dreamed about since I was a little kid,” Fury said. “Coming to New York, fighting at Madison Square Garden. It's finally come true!”
Fury will make his American debut against Cunningham on April 20 with the whole world watching. The fight will be nationally televised by NBC on network TV, and beamed back to Europe where the 6' 9″ Fury is a popular attraction, especially in England and Ireland. “Once I became a pro, I learned the significance of fighting at the Garden,” Cunningham said. “It puts the importance of the fight into perspective. Headlining at Madison Square Garden reminds me how important it is to work hard in camp and go out and win. This chance is something that doesn't happen to everybody.”
With so much on the line, both Fury, the puncher, and Cunningham, the boxer, will be fighting hard to win the bout and write their own page of Madison Square Garden history. Only one of them can come away with their hand raised, but the fight will become part of the Garden's story, and remembered forever by boxing fans.
APRIL 20TH FIGHT INFO: April 20th at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York features a 12-round heavyweight battle between Tyson Fury and Steve Cunningham in the main event. Curtis Stevens will take on Derrick Findley in the 8-round middleweight co-feature. Six additional bouts are planned for the undercard. The main event and co-feature will be broadcast 4PM ET on NBC as a special 2 hour afternoon presentation of NBC Sports Fight Night. The card is presented by Hennessy Sports and Main Events. The main event is an official IBF Heavyweight Voluntary Eliminator fight for the #2 position. The winner must meet #1 or the leading available contender to establish the mandatory challenger for Heavyweight King Wladimir Klitschko. Tickets are priced at $25, $50, $100, $250 and $500. Tickets are available at the Madison Square Garden box office, through Ticketmaster 866-858-0008 and at ticketmaster.com. Ticket prices include a $5 Facility Surcharge. Ticketmaster purchases are subject to a Ticketmaster Surcharge. Wheelchairs, companion seats, aisle seats and Assistive Listening Devices are available 212-465-6035. LOS ANGELES (March 26, 2013) – World Boxing Organization (WBO) middleweight champion Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin (28-0, 20 KOs) puts his title belt and unbeaten record on the line April 27 in his much-anticipated first world title defense against challenger Fernando Guerrero (25-1, 19 KOs) at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Quillin was originally schedule to defend against Guerrero on February 9, however, the entire show was postponed due to an injury suffered by headliner Danny Garcia. Fighting once again on Showtime Championship Boxing, Quillin vs. Guerrero could steal the thunder from Garcia and his challenger, Zab Judah, as Quillin did last October in the same venue against previously undefeated WBO title-holder Hassan N'Dam N'Jikam, who was floored six times and eventually lost a 12-round decision (115-107, 115-107, 115-107), as well as his WBO crown. The powerful Quillin, who now lives in New York City (Manhattan) but trains for fights in Los Angeles, returns home to fight again in Brooklyn where he lived for several years. “I'm fortunate to have my fight shown around the world through Showtime and to be going back to fight in New York City where I built my name,” Quillin said. “There's not too much else in my thought process other than working hard to defend my title belt. Everyone will see me at my best on April 27th because every camp is about getting better. “I love to challenge myself. I look in the mirror and honestly believe nobody can beat me. I still have a lot to improve, though, and I've gotten this far fighting through a lot of BS. I take what I do very seriously and anybody can see just that by watching what I put myself through at the gym.” Cuban-American favorite Quillin has a clear advantage in quality opponents fought compared to the WBO No. 9-rated Guerrero, a southpaw from the Dominican Republic who lives in Salisbury, Maryland. Quillin has defeated world champions N'Jikam and Ronald “Winky” Wright, as well as Craig McEwan, Jesse Brinkley, Fernando Zuniga, Dionisio Miranda and Antwun Echols. Guerrero's victims include J.C. Candelo, Saul Duran, Ishe Smith, Ossie Duran and Gabriel Rosado. However, Guerrero's lone loss as a professional boxer was to a then 40-year-old with 12-losses, Grady Brewer, nearly two years ago by way of a fourth-round technical knockout for the vacant North American Boxing Federation (NABF). “I'm expecting to fight the best Fernando Guerrero,” the 29-year-old Quillin added. “He lost to Brewer but there may have been things going on I don't know about. I respect him (Guerrero) but, once we step in the ring, things will be different and I won't have any respect for him, like anybody else I fight. I know he's coming in the best of shape – he'd better – and we're going to give fans what they want to see. “A lot of guys are told early in their careers that they'll be world champions. All I was ever called when I was young was a juvenile delinquent or criminal. We've both overcome struggles. I'm not saying mine were tougher than his. Struggles make better fighters. He has said that I have power and speed, but I have a lot more — I'm good looking and tough with balls. I've got the whole package. I want to win this fight as much as my last one.” For more information about Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin go online to www.TheKidChocolate.com or follow him on Twitter @KidChocolate and Instagram@KidChocolate. Los Angeles (March 26) – Oscar Molina, one of only two Olympians representing Mexico in the 2012 Games in London, will go for his third straight victory this Saturday, March 30 in Guasave, Sinaloa, Mexico at the Estadio de Beisbol stadium and to be broadcast by Televisa. In his last fight on March 9th at The Hangar in Costa Mesa, CA, Molina (2-0, 1 KO) and his twin brother Javier (13-1, 5 KOs), fought on the same show for the first time as professionals and both came away with thrilling victories. The Los Angeles-born brothers and current longtime Norwalk residents shared the stage as Olympians, Javier for Team USA in 2008 and Oscar Team Mexico. This will be Molina's second bout in Mexico since turning pro. He will be fighting in a 4-round bout.