Luis set for ESPN Debut
The Tuscarora Room at the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, New York was the site for the pre-fight press conference for tomorrow’s ESPN 2 Friday Night Fights. Promoters’ Artie Pelullo and Greg Cohen were on hand as well as the main event fighters and special guest WBA Super Welterweight champion Austin “No Doubt” Trout. Turning Stone Media Relations Liaison Brett Stagnitti opened the event by welcoming fans and press alike to the third major televised boxing event at the resort since September when HBO’s Boxing After Dark featured WBA Middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin vs. Grzegorz Proksa and tomorrow’s main event fighter, former WBO Super Welterweight champion Sergiy Dzinziruk vs. Jonathan Gonzalez. The following quotes are in order of appearance at the microphone:
Artie Pelullo (Banner Promotions): ESPN is ecstatic to have this fight tomorrow night. The fighters here know the importance of being the air tomorrow night in ESPN2. They are happy to have Sergiy Dzinziruk on their air because he knows what a win in this fight will mean for him and what is means to be fighting on American television again.
Greg Cohen (Greg Cohen Promotions): Before we get to the main event fighters, I want to talk about one of the undercard fighters. Antoine Douglas will be fighting Emmanuel Medina. Douglas is 3-0, 2 KOs. He is a future superstar and it will be a treat for the fans to see him at this stage of his career.
Tony Luis is 15-0, he’s fighting in the talent rich 140 lb. division. He’s really in for a test. We had a change of opponents in the last week and a half. He’s fighting Jose Hernandez who I believe is a tougher opponent than Miguel Gonzalez. Hernandez knows this is an opportunity and a win over a guy like Tony Luis will springboard his career. I think Tony will pass this test with flying colors. He’s a true professional and I’m just excited that everybody’s gonna get to see it.
Tony Luis: First of all I’d like to thank everybody who put this show together. This is a great opportunity. This is a step up in competition for me. This is the launching pad for my career. This is going to be a tough fight. I know Jose Hernandez has a reputation for upsetting many prospects before
and I certainly don’t wanna fall into that category. It’s a big opportunity for him. It’s a big opportunity for me as well and I’m certainly not gonna pass it up. I’m looking forward to a good fight. Thank you.
Jose Hernandez: I’m not big on speaking. I’m just glad God gave me the opportunity to be here. Like I say, we’re both good fighters. I came here to do my job and I’m hoping to pull the upset. I came here to do my best. Thank you.