All four principal fighters were respectful and professional to each other at two separate press conferences were held today, one at the MAJESTIC STAR CASINO in Gary, Indiana, and one at PLAYBOOK SPORTS BAR in Niles, Illinois, to discuss this Friday's (July 13) "CROSSROADS" boxing event at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago.
Crossroads is presented by 8 Count and Warriors Boxing and will feature former world champion Glen "Road Warrior" Johnson (51-16-2, 35 KOs) taking on "The Polish Prince" Andrzej Fonfara (21-2, 12 KOs) in the 10-round light heavyweight main event and former world champion Jose Luis Castillo (63-11-1, 54 KOs) facing Chicago fan favorite Ivan Popoca (15-1-1, 10 KOs) in the 10-round welterweight co-main.
This will be a great fight. Fonfara will come forward and put on a great show. You already know what I do. Don't miss it. It will be a terrific event.
Glen is a great warrior and a legend. I'm ready. I had a great camp. I can't wait for Friday the 13th to see what happens. I'm ready as I'll ever be.
Jose Luis Castillo
Thanks to Ivan Popoca for the opportunity to fight and may the best man win! There are still big fights out there for me and I will show in this fight that I am still a great fighter.
It's a privilege to fight such a legend as Jose Luis Castillo. I will definitely be looking for the knockout when I get in there. It's going to be a war. That's how I fight.
Several local and national prospects are scheduled to appear on the CROSSROADS undercard. In a six-round welterweight battle, Jaime Herrera, 7-2-0 (4 KOs) of Franklin Park, Illinois, will face Tyrone Chatman (9-1-2, 6 KOs) of St Louis, Missouri; Bassett, Virginia's Elijah McCall (9-1-1, 8 KOs), son of heavyweight champion Oliver McCall, will appear in a six-round heavyweight scrap against Jason Massie (7-2, 4 KOs), Cleveland, Ohio; popular Chicago super middleweight Paul Littleton (3-0, 3 KOs) will face Ramiro Bueno Jr., (2-2-0, 1 KO) of South Bend, Indiana, in a five-round bout; cruiserweight Junior Wright (3-0, 3 KOs) of Evanston, Illinois, will face Covon Graham (1-2-1, 1 KO) of Detroit in a four-rounder; Chicago super featherweight Juan Bustamante (3-0, 2 KOs) will go against Michah Branch (0-1-0) of Cincinnati, Ohio, in a four-rounder; Miami, Florida's hard-punching Vilier Quinonez (3-0, 2 KOs) will take on Hesperia, Michigan's Rogelio Saldana (1-3, 1 KO) in a light heavyweight four-rounder; and in a heavyweight four-rounder Curtis Tate (4-3, 4 KOs) of Oakland, Tennessee will face Calbert Lewis (0-1) of Gary, Indiana.
Advance tickets for "CROSSROADS", priced at $151, $101, $51 and $31, can be obtained through Ticketmaster (Ticketmaster.com, 1-800-745-3000), the 8 Count Productions Offices, 312-226-5800 or the UIC Pavilion Box Office, 312-413-5740.
The UIC Pavilion is located at 525 S. Harrison, at the corner of Harrison and Racine on the campus of University of Illinois-Chicago.
Doors on the night of the event will open at 7 pm with the first bell at 7:45 pm.