Memphis, Tenn.(Jan. 15, 2014) - Earlier today at Memphis' famed Jerry Lee Lewis Café in downtown, lightweights Ivan Redkach (15-0, 13KO's) and Tony Luis (17-1, 7KO's) met face-to-face at the final press conference before
the two square off this Friday night in their 10-round lightweight
showdown. The match-up will be the headlining bout on Friday's ShoBox: The New Generation premiere card of the 2014 season.
In co-featured televised bouts, unbeaten junior middleweights John Thompson (14-0, 5 KO's) and Frank Galarza (11-0-2, 7 KO's) collide in an eight-round matchup and fast-rising and highly regarded up-and-coming prospect Antoine Douglas (11-0, 7 KO's) squares off against Marquis Davis (8-0-2, 5 KO's) in an eight-round middleweight showdown. Opening the telecast will be hard-hitting Maurice Hooker (12-0-1, 9 KO's) fellow undefeated prospect Abel Ramos (8-0, 4KO's) in an eight-round junior welterweight matchup. The exciting four-fight telecast will be aired live on SHOWTIME® beginning at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).
Redkach and Luis looked confident and excited to get things underway on
Friday night. Below are quotes and photos from the fighters and their
IVAN REDKACH - I
am excited to be here and want to thank everyone involved for making
this fight possible, especially my promoter Lou DiBella and DiBella
Entertainment, my manager Larry Army, and of course Tony Luis. I feel
great, never better. I am a machine and, no offense to Tony, but there
is no way that this fight is going the distance. Maybe he makes it into
the 4th, 5th or 6th round, but there is no possible way he sees the final bell.
TONY LUIS - It's
an absolute pleasure to be here and to be part of this great event and I
truly grateful to have this opportunity. Also January 17th, is the birthday of the great Muhammad Ali, so having the opportunity to honor him makes this fight that much more special.
for me and Ivan, I have prepared for a nightmare. In training with
that mindset, I am going to become his nightmare. I just want to touch
on something, you know I have been reading and hearing all of these
things that he represents himself as a Mexican fighter based on his
aggressive style. He was born and raised in the Ukraine though, and I
think one of the most important things in this sport, and in life, is
that you can't forget where you come from. That is part of my job on
Friday night, to remind him who he really is and where he comes from. I
know we have both trained very hard and are both ready to put on the
performances of our lives and I hope that everyone enjoys the fight.
KEVIN ROONEY JR. (DIBELLA ENTERTAINMENT) - First
and foremost we at DiBella Entertainment want to thank everyone who was
involved in making this tremendous show possible, particularly our
partners on Friday night GH3 promotions, Greg Cohen Promotions and of
course our local promoter here Brian Young and everyone at Prize Fight
Boxing. We are excited to be here in this great city of Memphis which
has such a rich history in the sport and is a great fight town.
Showtime came up with the concept of the ShoBox series, they envisioned
having cards like we have here on Friday night. In the four televised
fights, you have seven fighters coming in with undefeated records and
the eight fighters have a combined 96-1 record. Not only do these
fights look good on paper, but they are truly great match-ups. Each
bout features promising and hungry, evenly matched young fighters,
looking to make a name for themselves in their respective divisions. On
Friday night, four of them will take a major step in that direction.
the main event you have who we at DBE believe is truly one of the
bright young stars on our roster and in all of boxing, taking on his
toughest opponent to date in Tony Luis. Ivan is everything you want to
see in a young prospect. He is super talented, super exciting and very
focused and hungry. What we feel separates Ivan from the rest of the
pack, is his ferocity inside the ring and his pure punching power. We
believe that we have one of the most promising and talented fighters in
the entire 135 pound division and after Friday night, you will know
GREG COHEN (GREG COHEN PROMOTIONS) - It's
great to be back in Memphis working back with Brian Young and his
brother Russ. Anytime we have an opportunity to fight on a Showtime card
it's just terrific. Kevin touched on it already but this card is
exactly what the ShoBox series is all about. You have four fighters,
who are right there, right on the cusp of becoming world champion level
fighters. We are opening the telecast with the very talented Maurice
Hooker in terrific fight against fellow undefeated prospect Abel Ramos.
Then you move on to Antoine Douglas against Marquis Davis in the next
bout. This fight also features two undefeated fighters putting it on the
line. Antoine is a special young fighter. He has world champion
written all over him and it is going to be terrific for him to get his
Showtime debut on Friday. Then you move onto the next bout featuring a
14-0 John Thompson taking on 11-0 Frank Galarza, setting up what
promises to be an exciting main event between Tony and Ivan.
Redkach was an unbelievable amateur and is an unbelievable fighter. He
has passed every test with flying colors so far in his career, and he
seems to be a real force to be reckoned with. Tony has had a terrific
amateur pedigree as well though. Tony is a real serious and real
hard-working kid. He has all the talent in the world. When I asked him
the other day how he was feeling about the fight, he told me that he
wasn't just coming here to fight, but coming to win. That is the
attitude that he always has, and I believe in him 100 percent and I
believe that one day he will be a world champion.
card on Friday night is promoted by DiBella Entertainment, in
association with GH3 Promotions, Greg Cohen Promotions and Prize Fight
Boxing, and will take place at the Cook Convention Center in Memphis,
Tenn. The event is sponsored by Ivey Poker.com - "It's more fun when you
win", Fitz Tunica Casino and Hotel, Bakker Magnetics, Maple Ave Boxing
Gym and Everlast.
Barry Tompkins will call the ShoBox action from ringside with boxing historian Steve Farhood and former World Champion Raul Marquez serving as expert analysts. The executive producer is Gordon Hall with Richard Gaughan producing and Rick Phillips directing.
About ShoBox: The New Generation
Since its inception in July 2001, the critically acclaimed SHOWTIME boxing series,
ShoBox: The New Generation has featured young talent matched tough. The
philosophy is to televise exciting, crowd-pleasing and competitive
matches while providing a proving ground for willing prospects
determined to fight for a world title. The growing list of fighters who
have appeared on ShoBox
and advanced to garner world titles
includes: Andre Berto, Leonard Dorin, Scott Harrison, Juan Diaz, Jeff
Lacy, Ricky Hatton, Joan Guzman, Juan Urango, David Diaz, Robert
Guerrero, Kelly Pavlik, Paul Malignaggi, Kendall Holt, Timothy Bradley,
Bernard Dunne, Yonnhy Perez, Yuri Foreman, Andre Ward, Cornelius
Bundrage, Austin Trout, Rico Ramos and, most recently, Shawn Porter.
Founded by Phil Ivey, widely considered to be the best all-around poker player in the world,Ivey Poker (www.IveyPoker.com) is
developing a suite of poker products and services that both entertain
and educate poker players of all levels across the globe. The Ivey
Poker app is a free-to-play social and mobile poker game that features
educational video content from the world's best poker professionals.
Players can compete against and learn from Phil Ivey, Patrik Antonius,
Greg Merson, Jennifer Harman, Cole South, and many other top players.
With Ivey Poker, players learn how to win from the best, and have fun
doing it. IveyPoker recently acquired Leggo Poker, which will be
rebranded as Ivey League(www.IveyLeague.com),
allowing the Company to offer a premier poker training site further
establishing Ivey Poker as the ultimate educational poker destination.
The Ivey Poker app is available on Facebook, Android, and iOS. For
more information follow Ivey Poker on Facebook (Facebook.com/iveypoker) and Twitter (@iveypoker).
DHB truly offers more content daily than any other boxing resource!
For much more videos and boxing news, GET THE REAL BITE by visiting our homepage here at Doghouse Boxing.
Thank you for using DoghouseBoxing.com