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Ava Knight on Signing With Mayweather Promotions, The Future

By Ryan Burton

MANDALAY BAY, Las Vegas, NV - On Saturday former two-time champion Ava Knight (14-2-4) will return to the ring after a nearly two-year hiatus. She had a scheduled six round fight on tap for the Danny Garcia-Brandon Rios undercard, but the bout was postponed.

The 29-year-old Northern California native looks forward to fighting for the first time under the Mayweather Promotions' banner.  She believes that with the backing of Floyd Mayweather and his team, many doors will open for her.

"It feels great. I am finally getting that respect. I have been in this gym for a while but I had taken some time off and they were like we need this girl and I need them. I think we are going to do some great things this year," said Knight.

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Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe agreed with her statement, "There are some outstanding women fighters out there in boxing and it is time to showcase their talent and their skills. We are very excited about the recent signing of Ava. She is a tremendous fighter, a two-time world champion. It is very exciting to have her on our team."

As of this writing, Knight's next opponent hadn't been disclosed but it is expected to be somewhat of a tune up after her extended absence. With the addition of women's boxing to the past two Olympic games, Knight feels that women fighters such as herself who didn't have the opportunity to compete in the Olympics are being overlooked.

"We are going to get back in the ring and show all these little prospects who are coming up and think that they have a lot that girls like me still have it. We didn't go to the Olympics and get that respect but we are still going to go to the top - I am not even 30-year-old - and that is what I am going to do," Knight stated.

Knight does have one specific target on her hit list and that is 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Marlen Esparza (4-0).  Knight said that Esparza had previously called her out and bragged that she would stop her despite her limited professional experience.

"You know Marlen Esparza from Golden Boy has been talking sh*t for a long time. I am here. She said she was going to knock me out in her second pro fight. She is fighting girls that probably didn't even box until last month. Tell her that I am waiting. Step up and come here with the big dog," Knight told BoxingScene.com.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by DumpkinsPlus5 on 02-16-2018

[QUOTE=j.razor;18489846]BBBOOOOOOOOOOO hater alert :thumbsdow[/QUOTE] Mayweather Promotions Female Fight Savannah Marshall 1-0 One fight on the Mayweather Vs McGregor undercard. Floyd liked to build fighters on his undercard. He's not fighting anymore. You put two and two together...

Comment by chico malo loc on 02-16-2018

i would love to taste her!

Comment by lets rumble on 02-16-2018

Bring out lingerie boxing then they might even headline a big card

Comment by GhostofDempsey on 02-16-2018

The only way women's boxing can remain remotely relevant is to put them on undercards of big fights. A majority of fans just don't care about women's boxing. They are the WNBA of the fighting sports.

Comment by Eff Pandas on 02-16-2018

She look like Tito Trinidad with nicer hair. I couldn't f#ck her w/o losing my erection cuz her likeness to Tito. I still don't get all these promoters signing ladies like anyone enjoys female boxing. Maybe there are some behind…

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