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Photos: Tarver vs Kayode, Quillin vs Wright Final Presser
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CARSON, Calif. All eight fighters participating in Saturdays SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING Four Warned event and the SHOWTIME EXTREME fighters participated in a final press conference on Thursday, just two days before the highly anticipated June 2 Quadrupleheader which will be telecast live on SHOWTIME (9:00 p.m. ET/PT) from The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.

Four Warned, a rare four-fight SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast, features former Light Heavyweight World Champion Antonio Magic Man Tarver (29-6, 20 KOs) facing unbeaten Lateef Kayode (18-0, 14 KOs) in a 12-round cruiserweight fight, former undisputed junior middleweight kingpin Winky Wright (51-5-1, 25 KOs) returning to the ring to meet undefeated Peter Quillin (26-0, 20 KOs) in a middleweight bout, Austin Trout (24-0, 14 KOs) risking his perfect record and WBA Super Welterweight belt against Delvin Rodriguez (26-5-3, 14 KOs) and IBF number one rated bantamweight contender Vusi Malinga (20-3, 12 KOs) facing IBF number five rated bantamweight contender Leo Santa Cruz (19-0-1, 11 KOs) for the vacant IBF bantamweight title. All four bouts are set for Saturday, June 2, airing live on SHOWTIME (9:00 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. Four Warned is presented by A.T. Entertainment, Golden Boy Promotions and Gary Shaw Productions with Trout vs. Rodriguez being presented in association with Greg Cohen Promotions and Joe DeGuardias Star Boxing and Malinga vs. Santa Cruz being presented in association with Branco Sports Productions. The event is sponsored by Corona and AT&T.

Headlining the SHOWTIME EXTREME preliminary fight telecast will be a 10-round battle for the NABF and vacant WBO Inter-Continental Super Middleweight titles between talented up-and-comer Dyah Davis (21-2-1, 9 KOs) and perennial contender Sakio Bika (29-5-2, 20 KOs), beginning live at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT. Also featured on the SHOWTIME EXTREMEM telecast (time permitting) will be highlights from the showdown between unbeaten lightweight rising star Sharif The Lion Bogere (22-0, 14 KOs) and crafty southpaw Manuel Leyva (21-5, 12 KOs).

Tickets for Four Warned are available for as low as $25, with VIP floor seats priced at $200. Other tickets in the 8,000-seat outdoor stadium at The Home Depot Center are available at $50 and $100. Fans can purchase tickets at or by phone at 1-888-9-AXS-TIX (1-888-929-7849), as well as The Home Depot Center Box Office (open Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. PT). VIP Suites are available for purchase by calling 1-877-604-8777. For more information on group discounts or VIP packages, please call 1-877-234-8425.

Heres what the fighters had to say on Thursday:

Sometimes when you sign for a fight you never know how it will turn out, but this event took a life of its own. It wasnt until the kickoff (press conference) when I realized what I was really in for. Everything had to take a back seat to my training. The passion and love for the sport still lives inside.

Age is nothing but a number. I know this is the fight that will bring the best out of me because I know he will press hard all night long looking for that lightning in the bottle that I know wont come. Youll see on Saturday.

They (SHOWTIME) wanted to mic me up for the bout [to commentate and fight simultaneously], but I know I have my hands full with Lateef.

I guess Lateef took offense to how I critiqued his fighting he was used to the compliments. Its different to look in the mirror and say I need to do this and that. We need training camp to become better, well-rounded fighters. I was trying to help him and he thought I was disrespectful.

Its going to be an interesting fight. Trust me, Im in good shape. I havent taken him lightly. I know he has potential, I know he has the power to end the fight in one punch and thats why I went back and trained hard for this.

Im ready for this fight. This is the happiest Ive ever been. I stay in the gym, I work hard and I listen to my trainer.

Ive never fought anyone like this. For me to fight this man Ill need to dig deep into my soul.

I will knock you down. Im sorry to say this to my brother, but on June 2, you will have to go down.

He said I was too aggressive when I was fighting, but Im going to show him aggressive on Saturday.

Im so excited to be back in the ring its been three years. Boxing got real boring for me and and no one wanted to fight me.

Now that Im back, I needed a great challenge. Im coming back because I want to be champion. Peter is a great fighter, hes coming to fight and Im coming to fight. Youre going to see on Saturday. I wouldnt come back if I wasnt ready. Im back to be the champ.

To be the best, you got to fight the best, and Peter is a step in that direction.

I know this is a tough fight and a great opportunity for me. I trained harder than ever for my time in the spotlight.

There are a bunch of inspiring stories on this card and Im glad to be part of it.

Hard work means easy work. I believe that Im a future superstar of this sport.

My dad came here 32 years ago on Saturday to this country for opportunity and now Im fighting here for opportunity. I came from the floor to the big stage.

I cant tell you how excited I am to fight alongside these guys. All excitement aside, I have my eye on the prize. Im ready to make a statement.

I want to be the pound-for-pound champ and I feel like Delvin is the gatekeeper to bigger and better things. Im excited to get in there and put my stamp on the game. Win or lose, Im going to give it all.

This fight speaks for itself. The fans know its going to be exciting.

Austin must be doing something right to be in the position he is now as an undefeated fighter, so we have a lot of respect for him.

Ive been training hard for this opportunity and this shot at the world title. Ive been through a lot of ups and downs so to get this opportunity is a blessing. We trained for seven weeks and now the fight is finally here. Its going to be a great night of boxing.

Im happy to stand next to these legends. Im prepared and have been training very hard. Im hoping to take the title to Africa and on Saturday. Im going to win.

This is my first time fighting for a title. This is what Ive been training for. I know Malinga will come ready because he wants the title, but Mexicans are warriors, too.

I trained harder than ever because I want this title and I want it to stay in California. I cant wait to get in there and win it.

Theres a lot of history here and Im happy to be part of it. Im ready and its my time to shine. Ill let my fists do the talking.

Ive trained very hard and Im happy to be on the undercard of these legends. Ill bring my best Saturday because I know everyone will be watching.

Were coming to fight. Im the lion. Im happy to be put on with these legends of boxing. This is like a dream come true and I cant wait for my time to shine.

Tags: Lateef Kayode , Winky Wright , Austin Trout , Peter Quillin , Antonio Tarver , Leo Santa Cruz , Delvin Rodriguez , Wright vs Quillin , Wright-Quillin , Tarver-Kayode , Tarver vs Kayode , Santa Cruz-Malinga , Santa Cruz vs Malinga , Trout-Rodriguez , Trout vs Rodriguez

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comment by APBrooklyn, on 06-01-2012
whats up with tarvers pants??? god..haaaa looking forward to these fights tomorrow...I gotta say that the winky vs choclate fight is like 50/50...we'll see what goes down

comment by millcitymauler, on 06-01-2012
[QUOTE=SekondzOut]:lol1: :lol1: LMFAO!!! wtf is wrong with Tarver and Kid Chocolate?!?...their fashion taste is HORRIBLE!!!! LOL[/QUOTE]No kidding, huh? Who on earth talked Tarver into wearing those pants??? I can't believe how much Kid Chocolate looks like a young Ike Quartey.

comment by Mr. Philadel, on 06-01-2012
[QUOTE=millcitymauler]Kayode has been wearing that same shirt throughout this whole promotion... Hopefully this fight leads to some big paydays for him.[/QUOTE] :lol1: :lol1: LMFAO!!! wtf is wrong with Tarver and Kid Chocolate?!?...their fashion taste is HORRIBLE!!!! LOL

comment by New England, on 06-01-2012
[QUOTE=millcitymauler]Kayode has been wearing that same shirt throughout this whole promotion... Hopefully this fight leads to some big paydays for him.[/QUOTE] lol i remember a shot from one of the pressers that featured all of the other fighters in suits and casual dress and kayode was s...

comment by New England, on 06-01-2012
[QUOTE=Camp Beast]Wright is looking a lot older...[/QUOTE] that's what i was thinking it also looks like the weight is getting to him he's always had a chubby face. his face looks very drawn out.

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