LAS VEGAS -- the D Las Vegas and Downtown Las Vegas Events Center (DLVEC), along with Neon Star Media and Roy Englebrecht Promotions, hosted a press conference this past Tuesday afternoon to promote its new monthly boxing series, "Knockout Night at the D".
The inaugural event, scheduled for Saturday, March 12, will be held inside the DLVEC's 20,000-square-foot tent.
Guest speakers included Derek Stevens, Owner & CEO, the D Las Vegas; Carolyn G. Goodman, Mayor of Las Vegas; promoter Roy Englebrecht, Mar. 12th main event fighters Zab "Super" Judah (42-9, 29 KOs) and Josh "Pitbull" Torres (15-4-2, 7 KOs), co-feature boxers Chuy "El Huacan" Gutierrez (14-0-1, 4 KOs) andLeon "The Third Generation" Spinks III (11-3-1, 7 KOs).
"We're thrilled that the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center is going to showcase outdoor boxing and play a role in bringing it back to Las Vegas," said Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman. "The series will impact Las Vegas in a new and exciting way by bringing boxing fans from all over the world to the heart of the city in a state-of-the-art venue, presenting a wonderful new way to experience Las Vegas."
In addition to promoting the "Knockout Night at the D" series, as well as its Mar. 12th event, it was announced that the 8-event series will air live on CBS Sports Network and include all-star broadcasting team of Al Bernstein, Jim "JR" Ross and former world champion Kevin Kelley.
The "Knockout Night at the D" presser was streamed live and is still available to watch at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oUimxhSX14k. Media and fans from around the boxing world emailed questions that were asked at the press conference and answered by the participants.
Below find quotes from principal fights the press conference and a photo gallery (by Tom Donoghue / the D Las Vegas).
Zab Judah: "It's been a little bit of a long road for me on my comeback. I want to give a shout out to Derek Stevens and the D Las Vegas for putting on this beautiful event March 12th. You won't want to miss this fight! I also want to thank CBS Sports Network, Team Judah and my manager, who is my brother, Bill Halkias. He's got us back to where we should be. And I want to thank the City of Las Vegas."
Josh Torres: "To be on the first series show is a dream come true. I'm fighting a legend, Zab 'Super' Judah. But I'm also fighting for New Mexico boxers. I want to inspire youth, that's what it's all about. Never give up, dreams do come true."
Chuy Gutierrez: "I'd like to thank the D Las Vegas for having me on this CBS Sports Network show. Here we go again, let's get it on!"
Leon Spinks III: "This is a very, very, very big event for me. I'm grateful and honored to be part of the first 'Knockout Night at the D' event on CBS Sports Network. My family will be here. My grandfather, Pops, is Leon Spinks. It's going down at the D."
Tickets, priced at $65.00 ringside and $20.00 seated general admission, are on sale at Ticketmaster.com or DLVEC.com. Suites are $1000.00, up to 10 guests, and includes a beverage package. Taxes and fees apply to all sold tickets.
Doors open at 5:00 p.m. PT with the opening bout scheduled at 6:00 p.m. PT.
The "Knockout at the D" series was developed in partnership with DLVEC and Neon Star Media.
CBS Sports Network is available across the country through local cable, video and telco providers and via satellite on DirecTV Channel 221 and Dish Network Channel 158. For more information, including a full programming schedule and how to get CBS Sports Network, go to www.cbssportsnetwork.com.