Bute-Di Luisa & Alvarez-Prieto quotes
MONTRÉAL (August 12, 2015) – Only three days prior to their Premier Boxing Champions on NBCSN fights, participating boxers on the August 15 card at Bell Centre in Montreal held a press conference Wednesday at the Montreal Casino.
Televised coverage is headlined by a 10-round showdown between Lucian “Le Tombeur” Bute (31-2, 24 KOs) and Andrea Di Luisa (17-2). Also featured on NBCSN is light heavyweight contender Eleider “Storm” Alvarez (17-0) versus Isidro Ranoni “El Guerrero” Prieto (24-0-3) in a 12-round bout for the WBC Silver belt.
“I would like to thank Andrea Di Luisa for accepting this challenge and to fight me at home. My preparation was great. In the last few years, I had health problems that affected my performances. What I can say now is that I’m fully healthy. I did almost 100 rounds of sparring for this fight. I am back!”
ANDREA DI LUISA
“This bout is a rematch of an amateur fight we had 15 years ago. This is different this time because Bute is now a former world champion and a well know name in the sport. Make no mistake, I am here to fight.”
“This is the biggest challenge of my career. Prieto’s record says it all: he has 20 KO’s in 24 wins. The problem is that he will face a new Alvarez. Since my elbow surgery, my jab, which is my money punch, is amazing. I also want to look good in front of my fans in Montreal and on American television.”
ISIDRO RANONI PRIETO
“I will do my best to bring back the WBC light heavyweight Silver belt home to Argentina.”
Tickets for the event, which is promoted by Groupe Yvon Michel in association with InterBox,
are available to purchase at the Bell Centre box office, on www.evenko.ca, at GYM (514) 383-0666, at InterBox (450) 645-1077 or at Champion boxing club (514) 376-0980. Ticket prices range from $25 to $250 on the floor.
Dibella Entertainment re-signs super bantamweight Luis Rosa to long-term deal
New York, NY (8/12/15) – This Friday night, undefeated super bantamweight contender Luis Rosa (20-0, 10KO’s) will look to provide some early fireworks when he squares off against Mexico’s Giovanni Caro (24-16-4, 19KO’s) on the undercard of PBC on Spike’s eagerly anticipated event at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. The card, headlined by former light heavyweight champion, and now heavyweight contender Antonio Tarver (31-6, 22KO’s) taking on fellow contender Steve Cunningham (28-7, 13KO’s), is set to kick off at 6 p.m. ET. Live coverage on Spike begins at 9 p.m. ET/PT with the American debut of cruiserweight kingpin Marco Huck (38-2-1, 26KO’s) squaring off against undefeated Polish contender Krzysztof Glowacki (24-0, 15KO’s).
The 24-year-old Rosa is one of the truly bright young stars on the loaded DiBella Entertainment (DBE) roster. Having turned pro at just 18 years of age, Rosa, who initially signed with DBE in 2010, has re-signed a long-term agreem
ent with promoter Lou DiBella, as he looks to become the next homegrown world champion to emerge from the DBE roster.
“I am glad to have re-signed with Lou (DiBella) and continue my career under the DBE banner. I am ready to put on a great show on Friday night. I have had another great camp and am in tremendous shape for this fight. I am excited and ready for another victory come Friday night. I want to thank God for the talent he has given me, and my team, and Lou for this opportunity,” said Rosa.
“Team Rosa is grateful, excited and dedicated to a successful relationship with DiBella Entertainment. We know re-signing was a great choice and we are confident that our future and venture together will be a victorious one. To God all the glory,” said mother and manager Marilyn Rosa.
“Luis Rosa has already proven that he is a serious contender in the junior featherweight division,” said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. “I am very pleased to continue with our relationship. I expect big things from Rosa in the near future and I believe he is a future world champion.”
Already ranked number 15 in the WBC world ratings, Rosa has really come into his own over the past two years, which saw him gain massive exposure with three very impressive performances on national TV. In January of 2014, Rosa made his ESPN Friday Night Fights debut with a dominant and entertaining eight-round unanimous decision over contender Jorge Diaz. Rosa followed up that performance five months later in May with his most impressive victory to date, a 10-round unanimous decision against fellow highly regarded contender and former amateur standout Luis Orlando Del Valle. Rosa is coming off a fifth-round TKO victory, also on Friday Night Fights, over longtime contender Jonathan Perez in May of this year. Rosa knows that a world title opportunity is not too far off, but to continue in that direction, he must take care of business on Friday night against the heavy-handed Caro. The bout between Rosa and Caro is scheduled for eight rounds and will be one of the featured undercard bouts of the evening.
Tickets for the event, which is promoted by DiBella Entertainment in association with Warriors Boxing and Huck Sports Promotion are priced at $150, $100, $70 and $45, not including applicable service charges and are on sale now via Ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000 or any Ticketmaster outlet. Tickets may also be purchased at Prudential Center’s box office.