Rodriguez Vs Lopez: Date, Start Time & Undercard Info
Former world titleholder, Emmanuel Rodriguez, and the rapidly rising Melvin Lopez had an intense face-off during Thursday’s final press meeting. They’re gearing up for their showdown for the open IBF Bantamweight World Championship. Fans are eagerly awaiting this duel, set for this coming Saturday, August 12, which will be broadcasted live on SHOWTIME. This grand event, set at The Theater at MGM National Harbor, Maryland, is a gem in Premier Boxing Champions’ crown.
Further elevating the press meet, attendees got a glimpse of other star fighters set to spar on the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® broadcast. Among the headliners is the unbeaten sensation from Capitol Heights, Maryland, Gary Antuanne Russell. He’s preparing for a fierce battle against the undefeated Kent Cruz in a 10-round super lightweight match that promises fireworks. Additionally, an equally riveting face-off is on the cards as the exceptional talent from Landover, Maryland, Travon Marshall, gears up against the twice Olympian champ, Gabriel Maestre. This thrilling 10-round welterweight bout will set the stage at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.
A glimpse into what our fighters voiced at the MGM National Harbor on Thursday:
“I’ve grown and learned since my first title. It would be an honor to be Puerto Rico’s fifth current world champion. I promise a victory this Saturday; I’m his toughest challenge yet. My intent is to establish myself as the division’s best. Puerto Rico has shown immense support, and I plan to repay that love with a win. By the fourth round, I’ll gauge his tactics, potentially ending the match between the fourth and seventh. Mexico has welcomed me during my training, and I’m determined to make them proud. Expect a spectacular performance from me.”
“The joy of winning would validate my lifelong efforts. Talk is easy, but it’s Saturday night that counts. I might not promise a knockout, but I’ll strategically seek my victory. We both aspire to prove we’re the division’s best. My goal on Saturday is to secure the title for everyone supporting me.”
GARY ANTUANNE RUSSELL
“Prepare for an outstanding display from me this Saturday. Regardless of my knockout streak, continuous victory is my aim. This sport demands perfection, and that’s my path to triumph. Respect will prevail post-match, but inside the ring, I’m dedicated to the art I adore. Fighting on home ground just solidifies my resolve to shine. Pressure might be daunting for some, but for me, it’s where I thrive.”
“Defeating Russell would skyrocket my career. We’ve honed our skills to face this challenge. Many might be in for a surprise, but my dedication will shine through. Being his third consecutive southpaw opponent, I feel at an advantage. He might be under more pressure, fighting at home. Nevertheless, I’m prepared to give it all and stun everyone.”
“The 147-pound division is stirring with talent, and I’m eager to claim my place. Competing against a two-time Olympian at my age is remarkable. We’re geared up for any situation this Saturday. He hasn’t encountered a competitor like me, and post-match, everyone will recognize my name.”
“He should brace for every round as I’m in it to win. Recognizing his youth and passion, I’ve tailored my preparation. Spectators will witness a match to remember. American fans appreciate fervor, and I’m ready to match blow for blow with Travon. While Marshall is vocal, the ring will be the ultimate judge. He’s yet to face someone of my caliber.”