A press conference was held today at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas to discuss tomorrow night's (Friday, July 6) Sampson Boxing and Greg Cohen Promotions', boxing event entitled "The Moment of Truth" at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, and live on ESPN Friday Night Fights.
Featherweight prospect Javier "El Abejon" Fortuna (19-0, 14 KOs) and former IBF Featherweight Champion Cristobal "Lacandón" Cruz (39-13, 23 Kos), as well as co-main event fighters Magomed "Mago" Abdusalamov (14-0, 14 KOs) and Maurice "Freight Train" Byarm (13-1-1, 9 KOs) were all respectful but all are determined to emerge victorious.
ESPN Friday Night Fights Weights
Javier Fortuna 129 vs. Cristobal Cruz 128
Magomed Abdusalamov 229 vs. Maurice Byarm 239
(USNBC Silver Heavyweight Championship)
Rocco Santomauro 124.5 vs. Dewayne Wisdom 125
William Williams 181 vs. Manuel Otero 184
Ronald Gavril 167 vs. Kenneth T Schmitz 169.5
Co-Promoter Sampson Lewkowicz
This will be a great night of boxing. The fights are all sensational. I want to commend these men for accepting to face each other.
These are real fighters who want to become champions. I wish all fighters were like these guys.
Co-Promoter Greg Cohen
The fans are going to get their money's worth tomorrow night, that's for sure.
Maurice Byarm has never been more ready for a fight and tomorrow night he's going to lay it all on the line in there.
Javier "El Abejon" Fortuna
I have fire inside me for this fight.
It's a tough fight. I know he has a lot of experience, but this is my time.
I have the best trainer in the world (Pablo Sarmiento) and I will be world champion for a long time.
It will be a great fight.
I am ready for anything tomorrow night because I am hungry to be world champion again.
He's good and he comes prepared. So do I.
We're going to put on the show that everyone expects us to put on. It's going to be a war.
Tomorrow will be a great fight. I am ready.
Thanks to my promoter and my manager for this opportunity.
Tickets for "The Moment of Truth" are priced at $29 general admission, $44 reserved, $104 ringside and $204 VIP and are available at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino box office daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and through Ticketmaster, either by calling 702-474-4000 or 800-745-3000, or by going online at ticketmaster.com.
PLEASE NOTE REVISED START TIME: On fight night, doors open at 6:00 p.m. and the event starts at 6:20 p.m.
All bouts are subject to change.