By Xavier Porter | Brooklyn, NY | July 8, 2018
Since the announcement of the Premier Boxing Champions event (scheduled for August 4 and taking place at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum) it has been the talk of the boxing world. To the casual boxing fan’s eye, this event is nothing more than another fight card taking place at the newly reconstructed home of the New York Islanders.
For the hardcore fans of the sport, there is so much more taking place with this fight card. For starters, this fight card features former Welterweight World Champions Andre Berto & Devon Alexander squaring off in a twelve-round showdown. Both Berto (31-5, 24 KOs) and Alexander (27-4-1, 14 KOs) have been to the top of the mountain and have faced some of the best fighters within their respective division.
What makes this fight intriguing is the story behind both fighters. Some critics and fans may feel that Berto is nearing the end of his career while Alexander is beginning the second half of his.
Berto, who’s (2-2) in his last four fights still possesses the skills, speed, and power to knockout any opponent that he faces. The question that begs to be asked is if he still has enough left in him to defeat the fast-handed, rejuvenated, slick southpaw in Alexander.
Alexander, a two-division world champion, is (1-2-1) in his last four fights. On 2/17/18, he scored a draw against Victor Ortiz, a fight that many believed he won.
A win for either former world champion can push them one step closer towards fighting for another world title.
Andre Berto – Two-Time Welterweight Champion
“This is a great fight that has been a long time coming. We share some common opponents, but we have different styles of fighting and styles make fights. I’ve had a lot of success with southpaws. I’m looking forward to seeing him in front of me and capitalizing on what I’m working on now.”
Devon Alexander – former Two-Division World Champion
“I’m very excited about this fight. Berto and I have history going back to the amateurs. I know him very well, but we’ve never fought. I have to show that I’m still one of the best in a stacked division. This is all business for me, because at this point in my career, I’m approaching every fight as if it’s my last. This is prime time for me. My mentality is that Berto is still the killer that he was 10 years ago. So I’m looking at him like he’s lost nothing. I’ve got one mission, and that’s to beat Berto. I’ll be technically sound and 100 percent focused on accomplishing that task.”
Also being featured on this stacked fight card is former WBO Middleweight World Champion Peter Quillin taking on Mayweather Promotion’s own J’Leon Love in a battle of super middleweights (168lb). To be honest, there’s a lot at stake for both men’s career
Quillin is fighting for the first time, back in NYC, since his first round TKO loss to Daniel Jacobs (2015). In that fight, fight fans saw a clash of middleweight champions, both hailing from different parts of Brooklyn, go head to head with Jacobs coming away with the victory.
Since suffering the first loss of his career, Quillin (33-1-1, 23 KOs) has taken his time to perfect his craft. With the move to 168lb, and a recent win back on 9/8/17, “Kid Chocolate” looks to further his career towards winning another world title to become a two-division champion.
Quillin, ranked number six in the United States and number twenty seven in the world will need to get past Love, a talented prospect, who himself is focused on fighting for a world championship in his division.
Love (24-1-1, 13 KOs) is currently ranked at number eight in the United States and number thirty-two in the world in his division. A win against the former middleweight champion will surely push his career in the right direction and push his standings in the rankings.
Peter Quillin – former WBO Middleweight Champion
“I’m excited to be back at home in New York in front of my fans and people I love so dearly. I’m coming back more polished and more seasoned and a man of God. I’ve definitely always been a guy who steps out and does what people think I can’t do. I know J’Leon is looking to make a splash. He needs a name on his resume. I have to do everything in my power to make sure that doesn’t happen. Either he’s going to have to learn a hard lesson or give me a hard lesson.”
“I think this is a really good matchup. Peter Quillin is a very talented fighter and a former world champion who is always in great shape. He’s someone you have to train very hard for and that you definitely cannot take lightly. I’m just grateful for the opportunity to fight a spectacular fighter like him. We’ll put on a great fight.”
One of the most feared fighters in the light heavyweight division is also making an appearance on this stacked fight card. That man is none other than Marcus Browne. The 2012 Olympian and undefeated light heavyweight gets better in each fight, which makes him a very dangerous fighter for any opponent in his division. That’s a good attribute to have because it shows not only his progression, but also Browne’s ever growing skill set which has helped him to scored three-straight impressive knockout victories.
Browne (21-0, 16 KOs) continues to rise in the ranks in the highly competitive 175-pound division. The southpaw from Staten Island is currently ranked number two in the United States and number seven in the world in his division. On fight night Browne face once-beaten Lenin Castillo of Dominican Republic.
With a win over Castillo, Browne will be one step closer to challenge for a world title. Castillo (18-1-1, 13 KOs) also steps in the ring having won his last three fights by way of knockout and stoppage. Both men have won regional titles and are no longer considered prospects; they are viable contenders that seek an opportunity to fight for a world championship.
“Sir” Marcus Browne
“I feel good about fighting close to home in New York. Lenin Castillo is definitely a good, hungry, up-and-coming fighter who has one loss to Joseph Williams. I’m not overlooking him, but right now I’m trying to keep my top position in order to vie for a title, so I have to destroy him.”
“Marcus Browne is a boxer I’ve been following a long time because we were both Olympians. This is a good style matchup that I think will make a fun fight for the fans. We’re looking for the victory. Both of us know that a win here can take us to a world title shot and I’m not planning on wasting my opportunity.”
Also being featured on this card is former WBA Welterweight Champion Luis Collazo (37-7, 20 KOs). The Brooklyn native Collazo has went toe-to-toe with the best welterweights of this generation (Amir Khan, Ricky Hatton, Sugar Shane Mosely, Keith Thurman, and Andre Berto).
Coming a “KNOCKOUT OF THE YEAR” type of fight against fellow southpaw Samuel Vasquez in 2017, Collazo has finally gets another opportunity to step back in the ring to show the world that he’s not going anywhere.
He returns to the ring after recovering from injuries sustained during training and will face Bryant Perrella of Fort Myers, FL. The 29-year-old Perrella (15-1, 13 KOs) defeated Alex Martin in his home state in December via a unanimous decision in his last outing.
Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by TGB Promotions and DiBella Entertainment, are on sale and can be purchased online by visiting www.ticketmaster.com, www.nycblive.com, or by calling 1-800-745-3000. Tickets are also available at the Ticketmaster Box Office at NYCB LIVE. Group discounts are available by calling 516-231-4848.
Tom Brown of TGB Promotions
“This is an outstanding card from top to bottom with matches that figure prominently in the 147-pound, 168-pound and 175-pound divisions. Berto and Alexander are two former champions who are fighting to get back into the crowded welterweight title picture. The Peter Quillin and J’Leon Love winner factors heavily in the super middleweight championship mix. It’s compelling action for the fans at Nassau Coliseum and the ones tuned in to FOX in prime time.”
Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment
“I’m happy to bring another action-packed event back to NYCB Live on Long Island. Headlining the FOX and FOX Deportes telecast, former world champions Andre Berto and Devon Alexander meet in a high-stakes crossroads battle with the winner emerging one step closer to another shot at the welterweight crown. Former middleweight champion Peter Quillin continues his comeback facing the talented J’Leon Love and Staten Island’s unbeaten light heavyweight contender Marcus Browne also appears on the card. Long Island boxing fans will want to arrive early for a tremendous undercard, with local talent as well.”
The exciting night of fights begins with a special edition of PBC on FS2 & FOX Deportes at 5:30 p.m. ET/2:30 p.m. PT with unbeaten light heavyweight contender Marcus Browne (21-0, 16 KOs) taking on once-beaten Lenin Castillo (18-1-1, 13 KOs) in a 10-round match. The FS2 & FOX Deportes telecast will begin with a welterweight showdown between former world champion Luis Collazo (37-7, 20 KOs) against Bryant Perrella (15-1, 13 KOs).
The telecast begins at 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT with former world champion Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin (33-1-1, 23 KOs) facing 168-pound contender J’Leon Love (24-1-1, 13 KOs) in a 10-round bout. Also in action will be former amateur standout and fast-rising unbeaten prospect Joey Spencer (3-0, 3 KOs) in a super welterweight match.
Former Welterweight World Champions Andre Berto & Devon Alexander Square Off Live in Prime Time on FOX & FOX Deportes Saturday, August 4 in a Premier Boxing Champions Event from NYCB LIVE, Home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
Andre Berto – photo courtesy of Trappfotos
Devon Alexander – Two-Division World Champion (140lb and 147lb)
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