Andrade vs Akavov, Linares vs Cano Live on DAZN at 9 pm ET
Friday’s event will be live on DAZN, with coverage beginning at 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. ET and main card starting at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. ET.
12-round Middleweight Title Bout @ 160 lbs.
Demetrius Andrade – 159.8 lbs.
Artur Akavov – 160.0 lbs.
12-round Super Lightweight Title Bout @ 140 lbs.
Jorge Linares – 139.4 lbs.
Pablo Cesar Cano – 139.6 lbs.
12-round Super Bantamweight Title Bout @ 122 lbs.
TJ Doheny – 121.8 lbs.
Ryohei Takahashi – 121.8 lbs.
10-round Welterweight Bout @ 140 lbs.
Chris Algieri – 140.0 lbs.
Daniel Gonzalez – 139.4 lbs.
10-round Female Super Flyweight Title Bout @ 115 lbs.
Amanda Serrano – 114.2 lbs.
Eva Voraberger – 114.8 lbs.
DEMETRIUS ANDRADE VS. ARTUR AKAVOV PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES
NEW YORK, Jan.16, 2019: At The Dream Hotel on Wednesday afternoon, the boxing world saw a preview of what will prove to be a fully stacked Jan. 18 Matchroom USA fight night at the Hulu Theatre at Madison Square Garden with three title fights on the main card, headlined by undefeated champion Demetrius Andrade defending his WBO World Middleweight Title against dangerous challenger Artur Akavov. The stacked card will also feature Amanda Serrano fighting for the vacant WBO World Female Super Flyweight Title, Chris Algieri making his return to the ring, TJ Doheny making his first defense of the IBF World Super Bantamweight Title, and Jorge Linares looking to retain the WBC International Silver Super Lightweight Title. In a press conference, Friday night’s fighters gathered to discuss their preparations ahead of the big night, which will be broadcasted live on DAZN.
Friday’s event will stream exclusively on DAZN, with coverage beginning at 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT and the tripleheader main card starting at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT.
“It’s me again. Madison Square Garden. I got off the plane, got to the hotel, saw the sign, and said, ‘Damn, I need a hairstylist, get trimmed up a bit.’ It is great to be back in the ring, it has been a long time that I’ve been this active. I believe I am the best at 160 and 168 in the world. For now, I need to handle my business against Artur. But I will keep doing what I have been doing. Stay tall, black and handsome and handle my business. If you can’t attend then watch on DAZN.”
“I like New York, it’s a very nice city. Now it is time to fight. I am grateful for this chance and I also want to say thanks to Eddie, Matchroom and DAZN. I respect Demetrius as a champion, but I came here to be the victor. This is my dream and my goal.”
“This is a really an honor to be on this card with these great fighters in Madison Square Garden. I’m back. Second fight in seven weeks. I feel good and feel comfortable and my passion is still there. I am the kind of guy who doesn’t pick who he fights. We make the fights, I go to training camp and I fight. This sport is too dangerous to not be committed. My heart is in it and I want to be world champion again. If you can’t make it out to MSG, download the DAZN app so you can watch this great card. Sorry Boo Boo (Andrade), but I am looking to steal the show.”
“I am super excited to be part of this card. Algieri is a former world champion. This is the fight of a lifetime. I am out to shock the world. I am happy to be here but I promise that I will shock the world on Friday night.”
“I am so excited for this big, big opportunity. I am ready for 140 and I know Cano very well. He is an amazing fighter. He is strong and Mexican. But I prepared amazingly for this fight. Again, I am ready for this Friday on DAZN. After this win, then I am looking for a huge fight at 140.”
Pablo Cesar Cano
“I have been training hard for two months and I prepared well for this great opportunity for another world championship. I know a lot of you might write me off as not worthy for Linares but I will show you on Friday night that I am.”
“These press conferences never get easier, only the fights do! I am excited for the path that women’s boxing is going. When they told me we were fighting at 115, I looked at my trainer like he was crazy. Come Friday night though, I will become a seven-division champion. I am going to go through a burger after tomorrow’s weigh in just like I am going to through her on Friday night for another title. Watch on DAZN if you can’t make it out because it is going to be a great night of boxing.”
“This is the stuff of dreams for me but I know this is where I belong. I am relatively unknown as a champion. There’s a story behind it, I went to Japan to win my belt and now I get to defend it on DAZN. I am thankful to Eddie and DAZN for this opportunity. I intend to showcase my skills this Friday. I met Linares two years ago in Vegas and I was star struck. Now I am fighting on the same card as him. It is the stuff of dreams. I am really excited to start this Matchroom deal with Eddie and DAZN.”
Demetrius Andrade believes being active will bring the best out of him as he prepares to defend his WBO World Middleweight title against Artur Akavov at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden, New York on Friday night, live on DAZN in the US and Sky Sports in the UK.
Andrade (26-0 16KOs) puts the crown on the line for the first time since claiming the vacant belt in Boston in October, flooring number two ranked Walter Kautondokwa four times en-route to a comprehensive points win.
The Rhode Island ace is back in action against the dangerous Russian Akavov (19-2 8KOs) 90 days after that win – the quickest turn around in fights for the 30 year old since the spring of 2012 and his 16th and 17th fights.
‘Boo Boo’ is thrilled with promoter Eddie Hearn for getting him back into action so soon and feels activity will make him an even better champion in the talent-rich 160lbs division.
“It feels great to be out so soon – it’s the first time that has happened to me for so long,” said Andrade. “It used to be eight months or once a year, so it just goes to show the difference between the levels of promoters that you go with.
“Eddie Hearn is keeping me active and he knows that the more active I am the better the fighter I am. Eddie wants to make a statement, show people that the way it’s done in the UK is how it should be done in the US, he’s young and I am too – we have the same hunger, he wants to be the top promoter and I want to be the top fighter. Knowing I can be one of the leading fighters on DAZN and they are doing a great job all around.
“I had the shitty end of the stick for a long time but I can always see the bigger picture. If I look to quit through that, I can’t inspire or motivate others. I’m undefeated, 2008 Olympian, and everyone has their time and obstacles to get over.
“I’m still clearing my path now, everything good in my way stays and everything bad has got to be moved. I’m happy to be back in so fast, I could have had a tune-up fight or even two and not signed up to fight Billy Joe Saunders for the title, but I have been in the game too long and it’s my time to shine now so I am not going to stop. I have been in the game too long and it’s my time to shine now so I am not going to stop.
“I’m not satisfied. I’ve always been at the top but now I’m growing in the top of the mainstream. The boxing world knows I’m the baddest man out there but not having the right promotion behind me putting me out there has hurt me and that’s why I’ve made the changes and Matchroom and DAZN know what I can bring and they can move me to the next level – my job is to win.”
Andrade’s clash with Akavov is part of a huge triple-header of World title action at Madison Square Garden, as TJ Doheny defends his IBF World Super-Bantamweight title against Japan’s Ryohei Takahashi.
Former WBO Super Lightweight Champion CHRIS AGLIERI (Huntington, LI, 22-3 8KO) weighed in at a ready 140 lbs, while his opponent DANNY “EL GALLO” GONZALEZ (Woodhaven, NY, 17-1-1 7KO) came in at 139.4 lbs. The Star Boxing stablemates will clash for the WBO International Super Lightweight Title.
The 10-round contest will take place at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden, New York, New York live on DAZN tomorrow night with the stream beginning at 6:00 PM EST. In the main event Demetrius “Boo Boo” will face Artur Akavov in a 12 round WBO Middleweight title bout.