At The Dream Hotel on Wednesday afternoon, the boxing world saw a preview of what will prove to be a fully stacked Jan. 18 Matchroom USA fight night at the Hulu Theatre at Madison Square Garden with three title fights on the main card, headlined by undefeated champion Demetrius Andrade defending his WBO World Middleweight Title against dangerous challenger Artur Akavov. (photos by Ed Mulholland).
The stacked card will also feature Amanda Serrano fighting for the vacant WBO World Female Super Flyweight Title, Chris Algieri making his return to the ring, TJ Doheny making his first defense of the IBF World Super Bantamweight Title, and Jorge Linares looking to retain the WBC International Silver Super Lightweight Title. In a press conference, Friday night’s fighters gathered to discuss their preparations ahead of the big night, which will be broadcasted live on DAZN.
Friday’s event will stream exclusively on DAZN, with coverage beginning at 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT and the tripleheader main card starting at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT.
Demetrius Andrade - “It’s me again. Madison Square Garden. I got off the plane, got to the hotel, saw the sign, and said, 'Damn, I need a hairstylist, get trimmed up a bit.' It is great to be back in the ring, it has been a long time that I’ve been this active. I believe I am the best at 160 and 168 in the world. For now, I need to handle my business against Artur. But I will keep doing what I have been doing. Stay tall, black and handsome and handle my business. If you can’t attend then watch on DAZN.”
Artur Akavov - “I like New York, it’s a very nice city. Now it is time to fight. I am grateful for this chance and I also want to say thanks to Eddie, Matchroom and DAZN. I respect Demetrius as a champion, but I came here to be the victor. This is my dream and my goal.”