FIGHTERS featured on the December 19 HBO Boxing After Dark and HBO Latino shows shared their final thoughts ahead of Saturday’s fights at the final press conference today at Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York.
Former heavyweight world title contender Bryant Jennings (19-1, 10 KOs) of Philadelphia was joined at the final press conference by his opponent Cuban heavyweight Luis “The Real King Kong” Ortiz (23-0, 20 KOs), who will clash in the main event on Saturday for the WBA interim heavyweight title.
Jennings and Ortiz were joined by co-main event fighters former WBA featherweight and super-featherweight champion Nicholas “Axe Man” Walters (26-0, 21 KOs) and Jason Sosa (18-1-3, 14 KOs) who will battle Saturday in a 10-round super featherweight fight.
Also at today’s press conference were HBO Latino Boxing main event fighters Yuneski Gonzalez (16-1, 12 KOs) and Vyacheslav “Lion Heart – Chigonsky” Shabranskyy (14-0, 12 KOs) who will fight a 10-round light heavyweight bout; HBO Latino Boxing co-main event fighters “King” Gabriel Rosado (21-9, 13 KOs) and former IBF welterweight titlist Joshua “Grand Master” Clottey (39-5, 22 KOs) who will battle in a 10-round middleweight bout; and former WBA and IBF featherweight king Yuriorkis Gamboa (24-1, 17 KOs) and opponent Hylon Williams Jr. (16-1-1, 3 KOs) who will open up the HBO Latino Boxing broadcast in a 10-round lightweight bout.
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