Following the exciting NBC Sport televised card on Friday night featuring Steve Cunningham Vs Amir Mansour and Curtis Stevens Vs Tureano Johnson promoter J.Russell Peltz spoke about one of the best boxing cards of the year so far.
Below is a statement Peltz made after the event.
“If there were more cards like Friday’s boxing card at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia, boxing would be in a much better place right now. The two-hour show on NBC Sports Network was as good as it gets. TV executives at ESPN, UniMas, Fox Deportes, Showtime and HBO should be required not only to sit down and watch, but also be informed as to what it took to put that show together.
Too many promoters today are simply interested in getting the W’s for their fighters on the majority of their cards, building enough bogus wins to get those fighters slots on Showtime or HBO and cheating the everyday fan out of his money by charging outrageous prices to watch too many cards featuring Cowboys on one side and Indians on the other. So what you get too often on the premium channels are not the best fighters--what you get are the fighters with the best records.
“This has got to stop! Say what you want about Curtis Stevens and whether or not he was fortunate to win, he didn’t have to take on that tough unbeaten kid in Tureano Johnson, but he did it anyway. Whether or not you agree with the stoppage, give Stevens credit for finding a way to win when none of us thought he had anything left in the tank. Credit Jolene Mizzone, of Main Events, for never giving up and finally landing a solid match for Stevens when she pulled a rabbit out of the hat and got Tureano Johnson, who made a bigger name for himself than he did in all of his previous 14 fights combined..
“As for the main event, I have been saying for years that the formula in Philadelphia always was, and always will be, Philly vs. Philly. It doesn’t get any better! Maybe now today’s local trainers and managers will finally wake up and understand what I’ve been talking about. I guarantee you every person who walked out of the Liacouras Center Friday night got much, much more than his money’s worth.”
April 7, 2014