Cuban-born Erislandy “The American Dream” Lara, who currently holds the WBA light middleweight title, will box Delvin Rodriguez this coming Friday night, June 12, on Premier Boxing Champions on Spike TV at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The boxing match will take place in Chicago, Illinois, at UIC Pavilion. Lara has a record of 20-2-2 with 12 of his victories coming by KO. His opponent, Rodriguez, has a record of 28-7-4, with more losses but also with more of his wins, 16 of them, coming by KO.
Lara and Rodriguez took part in Media Workouts Day on Wednesday, along with the other boxers who will be fighting on Friday night in Chicago. They were photographed and interviewed by the media, and supplied quotes about the upcoming bout.
The first boxing match on the fight card on Friday will be a light heavyweight one between Russian-born Artur Beterbiev, who is undefeated. He has a record of 8-0, with all of his wins coming by KO, so he will definitely be a formidable opponent for the person who he will be facing, Alexander Johnson. Johnson has a similar amount of KOs, at 7, but his record is very different, as he has 16 wins and 2 losses.
Another bout that will be on the card this Friday is a heavyweight one between Polish-born Artur Szpilka and his opponent, Manuel Quezada. Szpilka, or “The Pin,” was on hand during the Media Workouts Day, but Quezada was absent. Szpilka was the former Polish cruiserweight champion.
Tickets are available for the live event, and they are priced at $31, $51, $101, and $151. Warriors Boxing in association with Group Yvon Michel (GYM) and Star Boxing are sponsoring the event. Tickets are available online via Ticketmaster and at the UIC Pavilion Box Office.
Lara said on Wednesday that he wanted “to thank the fans here in Chicago.” He already has successfully defended his title once, and he stated that he was “eager to get back in the ring.” Lara, who will box Rodriguez on Friday on Spike TV, called his challenger “a worthy opponent.”
Lara also said that he will “be electrifying on fight night.” He added that “the fans are going to see a spectacular performance from me.”
Rodriguez told members of the media that he was “very excited for this fight” and he stated he is “taking this fight as if it’s my last opportunity.” He said that he is thinking about the fight as if his “back is against the wall.” He knows that the fight against Lara will likely be his “last chance at a world title,” and he wants to make the most of it, so it should be a good fight. He stated that “It has to be an exciting fight for Delvin Rodriguez because this is my last chance.”
Beterbiev said that in the first fight of the night on Friday, he was going to be “ready for anything in the ring.” He referenced that his opponent called himself Alexander “The Great” Johnson, saying that if he can call himself that, then he, Beterbiev, will call himself “King Arthur.”
He stated that he and his team “couldn’t do too much research on the new opponent,” but he said that he had seen a few videos and he knew that Johnson was a southpaw. He said he was ready for that, as his last opponent, Gabriel Campillo, was also a southpaw. He said “I believe I have the knowledge so that it won’t be a problem.”
Johnson, despite his nickname “The Great,” said that he was “not a big talker.” He stated that he believed his opponent was “all hype.” He said that he was just thinking of his fight against Beterbiev as being “another stepping-stone for my legacy.” Johnson added that he was “always ready to fight. This is a boxer’s life.”
Szpilka admitted to the press on Wednesday that Quezada was “a tougher fighter than the guy I fought last time in Chicago,” but he also said that he was “so much better than I was then.” He said that his “Polish fans always help me.” Szpilka mentioned that he wants “to knock Quezada out,” and he hopes that “it will be seen on Spike.”
When Erislandy Lara boxes Delvin Rodriguez on Friday night on Spike TV, the Cuban-born boxer hopes to continue his “American Dream” with another victory. However, Rodriguez has nothing really to lose and everything to gain, so he might prove to be a tough opponent. Beterbiev’s fight against Johnson should be a terrific bout, as Beterbiev is a KO artist and he is placing his unbeaten record on the line. The boxing match between Szpilka and Quezada looks to be a great addition to the fight card.
Written By Douglas Cobb
Swanson Communications Press Release
Photos From Lucas Noonan/Premier Boxing Champions