PHILADLEPHIA - A press conference was held to officially announce the next installment of the NBC Sports Network "Fight Night" boxing series. On December 8, 2012, a Philly-centric fight card will take place at Temple University's Pearson / McGonigle Hall on Broad Street in North Philly. The NBCSN broadcast will begin at 9PM ET.
North Philly native and #5 heavyweight contender Bryant Jennings, 15-0, 7 KOs, takes on Bowie Tupou, 22-2, 16 KOs, of Tonga, in the 12-round main event with Jennings' USBA heavyweight title on the line. The 10-round junior lightweight co-feature bout is an intriguing face off between North Philadelphian Teon Kennedy, 17-2-2, 7 KOs, who's coming off a world title challenge, and the undefeated Texan Jerry Belmontes, 17-0, 5 KOs. Kennedy is moving up in weight for the fight.
From the lobby of the fight venue, Hall of Fame promoter J Russell Peltz, a Temple University Grad, conducted the press conference, and along with Jennings and Kennedy spoke about the upcoming blockbuster event promoted by Main Events, Peltz Boxing, Goossen Tutor and BAM Boxing.
J Russell Peltz with Temple Owl Photo Credits: John DiSanto
J Russell Peltz: "This building opened in 1969 and I've been a (Temple Basketball) season ticket holder ever since. But I never thought I'd be promoting a fight here, certainly not on national television. "Fight Night" is probably the most successful boxing series going right now on television because the fights are actually competitive. You don't know who's going to win or lose."
Teon Kennedy: "I'm glad to be fighting in Philly again. I haven't fought here in two or three years. So I'm happy to be on this card right in my backyard. I live right around the corner."
Teon Kennedy at Press Conf
Photo Credits: John DiSanto
"This fight I have to win. I'm trying to showcase my skills. When I come to fight, I will be trying to knock him out. No crazy stuff, I'll still be playing it smart, but I'm trying to knock him out in at least the sixth or seventh round. He's a good fighter, but I know I'm better than him, and I will be coming to fight."
Bryant Jennings: "This is an opportunity that I've been waiting for. Every fight I dream of, and the outcome is to have a win. I don't care how it comes, knockout, unanimous decision, split decision. As long as I win."
Bryant Jennings Speaks at Press Conf
Photo Credits: John DiSanto
"Everybody knows me for my work ethic. I'm a heavyweight running ten miles, ten and a half miles, in less than an hour and a half. My work ethic speaks for itself. So you can tell that I want this."
"I'm so happy to be fighting at McGonigle Hall. This is my backyard. The track is right out there. I've put in endless miles on that track. I've scuffed up my sneakers. I did a million pull-ups and dips on the bars out there. So this is definitely my backyard."
"I don't take my opponent lightly. I take everybody seriously. So I'm quite sure that you know I'm going to go out and I'm going to fight my hardest. I'm going to do what I got to do. I ain't looking for no knockout, I'm just looking to win, make it look good, and I'm on to the next one, like Jay-Z said."
"We have a month left, four weeks exactly, and I'm ready right now. I'm always ready ahead of time. I hope to see you on December the 8th."
ABOUT DECEMBER 8TH Pearson/McGonigle Halls, a 4,500-seat venue at Temple University located at 1800 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19121. It has hosted both professional and amateur boxing in the past, but when NBC Sports Network broadcasts the sixth installment of its "Fight Night" series on Dec. 8, it will be the first professional boxing event held at Pearson/McGonigle Halls in over 19 years.
Check out this video from the presser.
LOS ANGELES, November 9 - Boxing's most charismatic and explosive young star, Adrien "The Problem" Broner, returns to the ring on November 17 to challenge for his second divisional world title against WBC Lightweight World Champion Antonio DeMarco. To get ready for this highly-anticipated battle, FOX Deportes will bring fight fans four spectacular knockouts from Broner, and one epic finish by DeMarco on a special Classics feature on Saturday, November 10 on FOX Deportes beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT.
Cincinnati's Broner has captivated the boxing world with his gift of gab and electric personality, but he's also done a pretty good job with his fists too and this upcoming edition of FOX Deportes Classics will show you just what happens to opponents when they meet "The Problem." This weekend's Fox Deportes Classics will take viewers back to 2010 and 2011 to watch Broner's knockout victories over Rafael Lora, Ilido Julio, Jason Litzau and Vicente Martin Rodriguez. The four fights demonstrate how the young star tore through top competition in the junior lightweight division, until he had nowhere else to go but up as he now prepares for his first world title battle in the lightweight division against Demarco.
Not to be outdone, the current WBC Lightweight World Champion, Tijuana's DeMarco, will also show his power punching and aggressive style in the fight that put him on center stage and earned him his world title, the October 15, 2011 battle with Jorge "El Nino De Oro" Linares in which the 26-year-old southpaw halted the always-tough Linares with a come from behind 11th round technical knockout victory.
Broner vs. DeMarco, a 12-round fight for DeMarco's WBC Lightweight World Championship will take place Saturday, November 17 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The event is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions and R & R Promotions in association with Gary Shaw Productions, sponsored by Corona, AT&T and Caesars Atlantic City and will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. The co-main event will be a 12-round heavyweight clash between Seth Mitchell and Johnathon Banks for Mitchell's NABO title.
Tickets priced at $200, $100, $50 and $25, plus applicable taxes and service charges, are available for purchase at the Boardwalk Hall box office, by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 736-1420 or online at ticketmaster.com.
HOBOKEN, N.J. (November 9, 2012) -- International Boxing Federation (IBF) super middleweight champion Carl "The Cobra" Froch (29-2, 21 KOs) defends his title Saturday, November 17 against American challenger Yusaf Mack (31-4, 17 KOs) at Capital FM Arena in Nottingham, United Kingdom in the"True Brit" main event.
"True Brit," presented by Matchroom Boxing, will be distributed in the United States by Integrated Sports Media for live viewing at 3:00 PM/ET - 12:00 PM/PT on both cable and satellite pay-per-view via iN Demand, DIRECTV, DISH Network and Avail-TVN for a suggested retail price of only $29.95.
"True Brit" will also be available to view via Fight Now TV, America's only 24-hour combat sports and entertainment channel, on Cablevision channel 464 as part of the iO Gold package, as well as online at: http://www.gfl.tv/Events/Fight/Boxing/True_Brit_Froch_vs_Mack/1722.
Tony Bellew (18-1, 12 KOs) takes on South American champion Roberto Bolonti (30-1, 19 KOs) in the 12-round co-feature for the vacant World Boxing Council (WBC) Silver light heavyweight championship and in an official WBC eliminator.
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