The boxers fighting in the doubleheader event to be televised on Showtime at The Joint At Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas this Friday(July 19) participated in a media workout Wednesday at the Mayweather Boxing Club in Las Vegas.
In the Showbox 10-round main event, undefeated lightweight Mickey “The Spirit” Bey (18-0-1, 9 KO’s), of Las Vegas by way of Cleveland, takes on former world title challenger John “The Gladiator” Molina (25-3, 20 KO’s), of Covina, Calif.
The co-feature, also scheduled for 10 rounds, will match unbeaten, world-rated Badou Jack (14-0, 10 KO’s), of Las Vegas by way of Stockholm, Sweden, against Farah “Quiet Storm’’ Ennis (21-2, 12 KO’s), of Philadelphia, in a super middleweight bout.
The non-televised undercard bout includes Luis Arias (5-0, 3 KO’s), of Las Vegas by way of Milwaukee, vs. Lateef Mundy (10-6, 4 KO’s), Philadelphia, six rounds, super middleweights; Lanell Bellows (4-0-1, 4 KO’s), Las Vegas, vs. TBA, 4 rounds, light heavyweights;Justin DeLoach (3-0, 2 KO’s), Augusta, Ga., vs. Kelvin Medley (1-0), Chicago, junior middleweights, 4 rounds; Ronald Gavril (4-0, 3 KO’s), Las Vegas by way of Bacau, Romania, vs. Jas Phipps (4-0, 1 KO), New Orleans, six rounds, super middleweights; Willie Jones (1-0, 1 KO), Chapel Hill, N.C., vs. Douglas Rosales (pro debut), four rounds, welterweights; Chris Pearson (10-0, 7 KO’s), Trotwood, Ohio, vs.Arturo Crespin (10-2-1, 4 KO’s), Las Vegas, N.M., six rounds, middleweights and Andrew Tabiti (pro debut), of Las Vegas by way of Chicago, vs. Andrew Howk (0-1), Scatal, Wash., cruiserweights, 4 rounds.
Below is what the fighters had to say on Wednesday:
“Any way you look at it, this is a great fight for TV, a great fight for the fans, a great fight for everybody and I’m excited to be part of it.
“I’m definitely in with a good opponent. A top, solid fighter who has a lot of good wins. We know he’s going to bring it, which will only bring out the best in me.
“I’m totally focused on Friday. This is a major fight because there are huge plans ahead for me after this. There is no way I am taking Molina, or anybody, lightly.
“When things weren’t going great for me, I stayed focused and just kept getting better. It’s been a long time coming and all the hard work is going to pay off, but first I have to win on Friday.
“Being with Floyd and Mayweather Promotions has really gotten me back on track. Knowing you are in good hands with people who care really makes a big difference. It’s still a lot of hard work, but now my profession is fun for me.
“Training went great. I feel sharp. Friday is going to be a good night.”
“Perception-wise, this is a very important fight for me and it’s certainly in my best interests to get a victory. I know what’s ahead of me with a win. A win puts me right back in the thick of things. Mickey Bey is a hell of a fighter and a hell of a boxer. Our styles will make for an explosive fight.
“I was really looking for this kind of opportunity. Actually, I was chomping at the bit for this kind of fight to come along and I really want to thank all the promoters and everyone involved for making this fight happen.
“I think for them to put in a guy against me who’s had just one fight in a year and a half shows a lot of guts on their part. I applaud them for that, but I’m not sure they are getting who they think they’re getting. They see a guy who’s lost a couple of times, but there is more to me than that.
“I feel great, I feel confident and I’m probably as excited and calm before a fight as I’ve ever been. I’m going to go right after Bey on Friday and will pressure him like he’s never been pressured before.”