Report and photos by Rich Hundley III
North Philly takes on South Philly in the main event of the inaugural edition of NBC Sports Network’s “Fight Night” Boxing Series. The final press conference was held at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA today. Heavyweights Maurice Byarm (13-0-1, 9 KOs) of North Philly and Bryant Jennings (11-0, 5 KOs) of South Philly will vie for the Pennsylvania State Heavyweight Championship according to Greg Sirb, Pennsylvania Boxing Commissioner. In the co-feature, welterweights Jesus Soto-Karass (24-6-3, 16 KOs) and Gabriel Rosado (18-5, 10 KOs) face off.
Bryant Jennings: “I think this is the opportunity for both of us to prove ourselves and make it better for the sport of boxing. You’re going to know who both of us are. Everybody’s gonna be watching, and me and this guy standing to my left are the future.”
Maurice Byarm: “This is going to be a great fight for me and Bryant, win lose or draw, it’s going to catapult us to higher elevation in our career. I think we’re going to bring out the best in each-other. At the end of this fight they’re gonna know who Maurice Byarm and Bryant Jennings, they’re going to know us both. Hats off to both of us for putting our undefeated records on the line for Philadelphia, we’re both fighting for the pride of Philadelphia.
King Gabriel Rosado: “Me and my team, we’ve had an excellent training camp, I can’t wait to showcase my skills and my talent. Jesus, I know what he brings to the table and it’s gonna bring the best out of me because he’s going come to win and I just can’t wait, I love the challenge. When they see me and the fight is over, they’re gonna say yo this kid is the next best thing, trust me.”
Jesus Soto Karass: “15 months ago he saw me fight and he knows about me and I just want to put on a good show on Saturday. Physically & mentally I’m 100%. I won’t have any problems making my weight, and it’s going to be a good show.”
Russell Peltz: Would I buy a ticket to the fight, I say in both cases Saturday night, the answer is yes. It’s a good show it’s loaded from top to bottom. It’s a pretty good fight on 2 months notice, it’s even better on 6 or 7 days notice. Actually I have a feeling that Jennings and Byarm may turn out to be a better fight then the original fight we had. Gabe Rosado doesn’t turn down any fight down. That’s the type of fighter he is, he’s a warrior.