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Fighters give thanks as they prepare for their respective bouts on Saturday

As the Thanksgiving holiday quickly approaches, the boxers participating in the back-to-back quadruple headers on Saturday, Dec. 7 and Saturday, Dec. 14 live on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING took time out of their training camps to share some of the things they are thankful for this holiday season. While turkey, stuffing and yams may not be on their Thanksgiving menus, they are all in agreement that there is much to be thankful for.

PAULIE “THE MAGIC MAN” MALIGNAGGI, Former Two-Time, Two-Division World Champion (Training in Brooklyn, NY)

“[I am thankful for] My family and my true friends, especially those that have stuck with me from the start.”

“A lot of people didn’t make it out, but I did.” – Devon Alexander

IBF Welterweight World Champion Devon Alexander has always turned to the gym as an escape from the rough life of gangs and drugs that plague North St. Louis.  Now the 26-year-old southpaw is a once-beaten, two-division champ with Hall of Fame aspirations.  Check out this video to hear Alexander discuss his upcoming showdown with  Shawn Porter, Saturday, Dec. 7, LIVE onSHOWTIME (8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT).

Devon Alexander, Shawn Porter, Erislandy Lara & Austin Trout Media Conference Call Transcript

Kelly Swanson          

Thanks, everybody for joining us today. We have four fantastic fighters that are going to be available to talk to you and answer your questions about their fight on the December 7th, Zab Judah and Paulie Malignaggi Undercard at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

This call is with Devon Alexander, Shawn Porter, Erislandy Lara and Austin Trout and we’re going to start the call with Austin Trout and Erislandy Lara and then we’ll switch over to Devon Alexander and Shawn Porter. So, I’m going to turn it over to Richard Schaefer, Chief Executive Officer of Golden Boy Promotions to make the introductions. Richard?

 

Richard Schaefer        

Thank you, Kelly. Hello, everybody. Good morning, good afternoon. You’re right, four great fighters on the phone here, but we’re going to have four great fights on that card. It’s going to be a quadruple header with three world title fighters, Sakio Bika against Anthony Dirrell opening up the night and then Lara against Trout and Alexander against Shawn Porter and then although no world title at stake, it’s going to be the fight of Brooklyn, Malignaggi against Zab Judah.

Tickets are going extremely well. I do anticipate the largest yet crowd at the Barclays Center on December the 7th. Tickets are priced very attractively, starting at $25, $50, $75, $125 and $250. I’d like to thank our sponsors as well, Corona, AT&T and Grudge Match. Yes, the movie, Grudge Match is a sponsor of this event and I’d like to welcome as well a new sponsor, Casamigos Tequila, which is one of the fastest growing tequilas here in the United States and, of course, in Mexico. It’s owned, among others, by George Clooney and Cindy Crawford, so I really want to welcome Casamigos to the boxing family.

The Showtime telecast is going to start at 9:00 p.m. Eastern and I’d like to introduce now the two fighters, which are going to be fighting for the WBA Interim Super Welterweight World Title in a 12-round fight. First up I’d like to introduce to you Austin Trout with a record of 26 and 1, from Las Cruces, New Mexico, fighting out of El Paso, Texas. We all know he’s the former WBA Super Welterweight World Champion belt he won over Rigoberto Alvarez in February 2011.

Devon Alexander, Shawn Porter, Erislandy Lara & Austin Trout Media Conference Call Transcript

Kelly Swanson          

Thanks, everybody for joining us today. We have four fantastic fighters that are going to be available to talk to you and answer your questions about their fight on the December 7th, Zab Judah and Paulie Malignaggi Undercard at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

This call is with Devon Alexander, Shawn Porter, Erislandy Lara and Austin Trout and we’re going to start the call with Austin Trout and Erislandy Lara and then we’ll switch over to Devon Alexander and Shawn Porter. So, I’m going to turn it over to Richard Schaefer, Chief Executive Officer of Golden Boy Promotions to make the introductions. Richard?

 

Richard Schaefer        

Thank you, Kelly. Hello, everybody. Good morning, good afternoon. You’re right, four great fighters on the phone here, but we’re going to have four great fights on that card. It’s going to be a quadruple header with three world title fighters, Sakio Bika against Anthony Dirrell opening up the night and then Lara against Trout and Alexander against Shawn Porter and then although no world title at stake, it’s going to be the fight of Brooklyn, Malignaggi against Zab Judah.

Tickets are going extremely well. I do anticipate the largest yet crowd at the Barclays Center on December the 7th. Tickets are priced very attractively, starting at $25, $50, $75, $125 and $250. I’d like to thank our sponsors as well, Corona, AT&T and Grudge Match. Yes, the movie, Grudge Match is a sponsor of this event and I’d like to welcome as well a new sponsor, Casamigos Tequila, which is one of the fastest growing tequilas here in the United States and, of course, in Mexico. It’s owned, among others, by George Clooney and Cindy Crawford, so I really want to welcome Casamigos to the boxing family.

The Showtime telecast is going to start at 9:00 p.m. Eastern and I’d like to introduce now the two fighters, which are going to be fighting for the WBA Interim Super Welterweight World Title in a 12-round fight. First up I’d like to introduce to you Austin Trout with a record of 26 and 1, from Las Cruces, New Mexico, fighting out of El Paso, Texas. We all know he’s the former WBA Super Welterweight World Champion belt he won over Rigoberto Alvarez in February 2011.

Showtime Sports returns to San Antonio with Devon Alexander vs Shawn Porter

SHOWTIME Sports® will present a world championship doubleheader on Saturday, Nov. 30, as Devon Alexander “The Great” defends his IBF Welterweight World Championship against Shawn “Showtime” Porter in a 12-round bout at Freeman Coliseum in San Antonio, Texas.  In the co-main event, also scheduled for 12-rounds, the WBC Super Bantamweight Championship is on the line as Leo “Teremoto” Santa Cruz defends his title against Cesar Seda.

In a preliminary bout junior welterweight contender Ricardo “Dinamita” Alvarez will face an opponent to be named in a 10-round matchup.

“I’ve heard great things about the fans in Texas and I’m looking forward to defending my title in San Antonio,” said Alexander.  “I promise I won’t disappoint the fight fans and they’re going to see a show on November 30.”

Showtime Sports returns to San Antonio with Devon Alexander vs Shawn Porter

SHOWTIME Sports® will present a world championship doubleheader on Saturday, Nov. 30, as Devon Alexander “The Great” defends his IBF Welterweight World Championship against Shawn “Showtime” Porter in a 12-round bout at Freeman Coliseum in San Antonio, Texas.  In the co-main event, also scheduled for 12-rounds, the WBC Super Bantamweight Championship is on the line as Leo “Teremoto” Santa Cruz defends his title against Cesar Seda.

In a preliminary bout junior welterweight contender Ricardo “Dinamita” Alvarez will face an opponent to be named in a 10-round matchup.

“I’ve heard great things about the fans in Texas and I’m looking forward to defending my title in San Antonio,” said Alexander.  “I promise I won’t disappoint the fight fans and they’re going to see a show on November 30.”

Devon Alexander vs. Shawn Porter: Tickets Go On Sale Monday, Oct. 21

SHOWTIME® BOXING: SPECIAL EDITION RETURNS TO SAN ANTONIO WITH IBF WELTERWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPION DEVON ALEXANDER “THE GREAT” DEFENDING HIS TITLE AGAINST SHAWN “SHOWTIME” PORTER AT FREEMAN COLISEUM ON SATURDAY, NOV. 30

WBC SUPER BANTAMWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPION LEO “TERREMOTO” SANTA CRUZ PUTS HIS TITLE ON THE LINE AGAINST CESAR SEDA IN CO-FEATURE; WBC CONTINENTAL AMERICAS SUPER LIGHTWEIGHT CHAMPION RICARDO “DINAMITA” ALVAREZ ALSO ON THE CARD

Devon Alexander vs. Shawn Porter: Tickets Go On Sale Monday, Oct. 21

SHOWTIME® BOXING: SPECIAL EDITION RETURNS TO SAN ANTONIO WITH IBF WELTERWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPION DEVON ALEXANDER “THE GREAT” DEFENDING HIS TITLE AGAINST SHAWN “SHOWTIME” PORTER AT FREEMAN COLISEUM ON SATURDAY, NOV. 30

WBC SUPER BANTAMWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPION LEO “TERREMOTO” SANTA CRUZ PUTS HIS TITLE ON THE LINE AGAINST CESAR SEDA IN CO-FEATURE; WBC CONTINENTAL AMERICAS SUPER LIGHTWEIGHT CHAMPION RICARDO “DINAMITA” ALVAREZ ALSO ON THE CARD

Amir Khan swerves Devon Alexander to face Floyd Mayweather

Amir Khan (28-3, 19 KOs) has emerged as the front runner to face, P4P No.1, Floyd Mayweather on the 3rd May, 2014. The venue is unlikely to be in the UK, mainly because of tax reasons, so expect it to take place at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

Amir Khan swerves Devon Alexander to face Floyd Mayweather

Amir Khan (28-3, 19 KOs) has emerged as the front runner to face, P4P No.1, Floyd Mayweather on the 3rd May, 2014. The venue is unlikely to be in the UK, mainly because of tax reasons, so expect it to take place at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

Devon Alexander does “Great” against Juan Urango

In a Super Lightweight Unification clash WBC champion Devon Alexander (20-0, 13 KOs) retained his title and captured the IBF title as he knocked out IBF champion Juan Urango (22-3-1, 17 KOs) in round eight at the Mohegan Sun Resort and Casino in Uncasville, CT in the main event shown on HBO’s Boxing After Dark.

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