The final press conference for the upcoming showdown between Curtis “Showtime” Stevens (21-2, 15 KOs) and Jesse Brinkley (34-5, 22 KOs) was held today at the Extreme Sports Bar in the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino in Reno, Nevada. The fight, taking place Friday night, is promoted by Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing and Let’s Get It On Promotions. The bout, scheduled for twelve rounds in the super middleweight division, is an official IBF super middleweight eliminator for the number two ranking, and will also be for Brinkley’s USNBC super middleweight belt. ESPN’s popular “Friday Night Fight” series will broadcast the event live Friday, January 29th, starting at 10PM ET.
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Kicking off the press conference was Terry Lane of Let’s Get It On Promotions who thanked everyone for coming and showing their support for what has shaped up to be a huge fight. “We are very excited we were able to put this fight together,” stated Terry. “This is a huge fight for Jesse, a huge fight for Reno, and a huge fight for boxing. This is going to be an exciting fight. You have two big punchers, who are going to come forward and leave everything they have in the ring come Friday night.”
Next to the podium was Terry’s brother Tommy. “We have been trying to put this fight together for a few years now and finally it’s here,” said Tommy. “This is a very intriguing fight because both of these guys are the gatekeepers to each other’s future. The winner of this fight will be in line for a world title opportunity, while the loser will have to take a hard look at their future in the sport of boxing. With both Jesse and Curtis’ power you just know there is going to be fireworks come the 29th.”
Next to address the audience was CEO of Star Boxing, and President of the newly formed Boxing Promoters Association.
“It’s a pleasure to be here in Reno, and it has been a pleasure working with Terry and Tommy and everyone at Let’s Get It On Promotions,” began DeGuardia. “This fight between Curtis and Jesse is what boxing is all about. On Friday night you will see two warriors putting everything on the line and leaving it all in the ring, and as a true boxing fan, you couldn’t ask for more.”
Stevens was the first of the main event fighter’s to speak. “I want to thank my promoter Joe DeGuardia and Let’s Get It On for putting this fight together. I have trained eight hard weeks for this fight and I’m just ready to go. As I have already said, I can’t stress enough that Jesse has never been in with a fighter like me. He has never been in with someone who has as much power or skill as me, and come Friday night you will see that. This fight is scheduled for twelve rounds, but I don’t plan on it going that far. I’m ready to die in that ring, he better be ready too.”
Last to the podium was Brinkley. “I know this is definitely going to be a tough fight, Curtis is a very tough fighter. But I have been training since October and I couldn’t be more ready for this. I plan on coming out of this fight victorious. I never have backed down from anyone and I don’t plan on it now, so Curtis better know he is in for a real fight.”
The card, billed as Reno Extreme Fights II, is promoted by Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing and Let’s Get It On Promotions. ESPN’s “Friday Night Fights” will begin live coverage of the event at 10PM ET. The bout will take place at the Grand Theatre inside the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino. Doors open at 6PM with the first bout scheduled for 6:30PM. Tickets are priced at $100, $75, or $40 and are available at www.GrandSierraResort.com or by calling 1(800) 648-3568. Tickets for a King’s Row Booth for four are priced at $1,000. Included in your V.I.P. ringside booth are light appetizers and one bottle of premium alcohol.