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Showtime championship boxing quadruple-header this Saturday

Former light heavyweight kingpin Antonio“Magic Man” Tarver, hard-hitting world title challenger Delvin Rodriguez and IBF No. 1 rated bantamweight contender Vusi Malinga hosted a workout for the Southern California media at The Rock in Carson, Calif., as they wind down preparations for “Four Warned”, the upcoming June 2 Quadruple header which will be telecast live in Canada ONLY on Super Channel courtesy of SHOWTIME® at 9:00 p.m. ET from The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.

“Four Warned,” a rare four-fight SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast, features former Light Heavyweight World Champion Antonio“Magic Man” Tarver (29-6, 20 KO’s) facing unbeaten Lateef Kayode (18-0, 14KO’s) in a 12-round cruiserweight fight, former undisputed junior middleweight kingpin Winky Wright (51-5-1, 25 KO’s) returning to the ring to meet undefeated Peter Quillin (26-0, 20 KO’s) in a middleweight bout, Austin Trout (24-0, 14 KO’s) risking his perfect record and WBA Super Welterweight belt against Delvin Rodriguez (26-5-3, 14 KO’s) and IBF number one rated bantamweight contender Vusi Malinga (20-3, 12 KO’s) facing IBF number five rated bantamweight contender Leo Santa Cruz (19-0-1, 11 KO’s) for the vacant IBF bantam weight title.

Here’s what Tarver and Malinga had to say on Tuesday:


“When you’re fighting me, you have to have your emotions in check. It’s not checkers, it’s chess.

“I’m too old to run.  I’m not going to go anywhere.  I’m inthis until the end.

“He’s never fought anyone with my speed, my power.  The chin is not a muscle– when you get hit you get knocked out.

“He has a hell of a fight on his hands and I don’t think he’s preparedfor it.  He wouldn’t listen to my advice when I gave it to him [as acommentator] on ShoBox (The New Generation)and now he’s going to go back to school.  I’ll teach him a fewthings on Saturday.

“Alot of people don’t realize what type of champion I am. You don’t become a five-time champion by accident.  I’m going to add to mylegacy on June 2.

“You can’t handicap me because of my age.  The proof is in the pudding.  I was too old when I started in ’96 and I’m too oldnow.  I’m not stopping until I’m the heavyweight champ.

“Whatever he brings, it won’t be enough.  The magic carpet ride continues onJune 2.

“I’m not giving up until I win that heavyweight title.  I’ll stop when Ilose to a better man and that hasn’t happened yet.

“I got a few tricks up my sleeve and I’ll reveal one on June 2.”




“Training was superb.  We trained very hard for this fight.  We arrived in theU.S. on Sunday and we are ready to go.

“I’m very excited to fight here and make my U.S. debut.  I plan to show thefans what they’ve been missing.

“I don’t know anything about him (Santa Cruz) except that he’s righthanded, but I’m preparing for anything. I’m very fit and ready to fight.

“It’s very important for me to win my U.S. debut.  I must win in order to comeback again and fight.”


SNEAK PEEK VIDEO: Saturday’s In-Show Feature Detailing The Events Leading Up To Antonio Tarver vs. Lateef Kayode

Rarely in sports are athletes afforded the opportunity to take their critics to task on the field of battle.

After receiving some words of advice following his appearances on ShoBox: The New Generation,

Unbeaten Lateef Kayode felt slighted by IBO Cruiserweight Champion and SHOWTIME Analyst Antonio Tarver.

This Saturday, June 2, Tarver and Kayode will settle the score in the ring.

Take a sneak peek at Saturday’s in-show feature segment

to witness what transpired leading up to this compelling matchup of teacher vs. student.

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