LAS VEGAS (December 17, 2018) – Two-division world champion Badou Jack will battle unbeaten top-rated contender Marcus Browne for the WBA Interim Mild Heavyweight Title Saturday, January 19 on the Manny Pacquiao vs. Adrien Broner SHOWTIME PPV® occasion from the MGM Grand Backyard Area in Las Vegas.
The pay-per-view undercard will even see former world champion Rau’shee Warren taking over France’s Nordine Oubaali for the vacant WBC Bantamweight World Championship in a rematch of their 2012 Olympic matchup that was edged by Oubaali. Within the opening bout of the four-fight PPV telecast, unbeaten Jhack Tepora will tackle former world champion Hugo Ruiz in a 12-round featherweight conflict.
In the primary occasion, Senator Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao, boxing’s solely eight-division world champion, will finish his two-year hiatus from a U.S. boxing ring when he returns to Las Vegas to defend his World Boxing Affiliation Welterweight World Title towards former four-division world champion and must-see attraction Adrien “The Problem” Broner.
Tickets for the occasion, which is promoted by MP Promotions, Mayweather Promotions and TGB Promotions in affiliation with About Billions Promotions, are on sale now and begin at $100, not together with relevant service costs, and could be bought on-line by way of AXS.com, cost by telephone at 866-740-7711 or in individual at any MGM Resorts Worldwide field workplace.
“Not only will the fans witness a tremendous main event, they will get to enjoy three action-packed match-ups that will add another level to the pay-per-view portion of the card,” stated Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions. “Both Jhack Tepora and Hugo Ruiz are looking to make a name for themselves in the stacked featherweight division, while Rau’shee Warren and Nordine Oubaali are in the prime of their careers and battling for the WBC title. Mayweather Promotions’ Badou Jack has made an exemplary statement for his career inside and outside of the ring and is focused on further strengthening his resume, while Marcus Browne is looking to showcase his talent on boxing’s biggest stage.”
Jack (22-1-Three, 13 KOs) has fought twice at mild heavyweight since relinquishing his tremendous middleweight world title to marketing campaign at 175 kilos. The 35-year-old, who was born in Stockholm, Sweden, represented his father’s Gambia within the 2008 Olympics and now lives in Las Vegas. Jack gained the tremendous middleweight world title with a majority determination towards Anthony Dirrell in 2015 and efficiently defended the title 3 times earlier than he relinquished the belt following a hard-fought majority draw towards James DeGale in a single 2017’s greatest fights. In his first bout at 175 kilos, Jack stopped Nathan Cleverly to select up the WBA mild heavyweight title earlier than preventing to a majority draw towards Adonis Stevenson in his final struggle on Might 19.
“I’m looking forward to getting back onto another big stage to perform for my fans across the globe and prove I am one of the best fighters in the world,” stated Jack. “I plan to show off my skills with a dominating performance on January 19. I always want to fight the best, and he’s the best that’s available right now. I’m always 100 percent ready and I’m going into this fight stronger, faster and with more experience than ever before.”
The 28-year-old Browne (22-Zero, 16 KOs) can be taking a step as much as face an elite opponent when he battles Jack. A member of the 2012 U.S. Olympic boxing staff, Browne moved up the contender ladder within the 175-pound division with brute pressure and energy, scoring three straight knockout victories towards Thomas Williams, Jr., Sean Monaghan and Francy Ntetu. Browne, who was born and raised in Staten Island, N.Y., scored a unanimous choice victory over Lenin Castillo in his final battle on August Four.
“This is really an honor and a privilege to have an opportunity to showcase my talents on a big time pay-per-view card featuring Manny Pacquiao and Adrien Broner,” Browne stated. “Badou Jack is a championship-caliber fighter and one of the toughest guys you can fight in the light heavyweight division. I’m ready for the step up in competition and focused on being a household name in the sport sooner rather than later.”
Warren (16-2, Four KOs) is trying to return to the world championship ranks with a victory over Oubaali. The 31-year-old turned the primary three-time Olympic boxer from the U.S. when he certified for consecutive Olympic groups in 2004, 2008 and 2012. His Olympic run got here to an finish towards Oubaali when he misplaced a slender 19-18 determination within the first spherical of the 2012 London Video games. A southpaw from Cincinnati, Ohio, Warren gained the WBA Bantamweight World Championship with a majority choice over Juan Carlos Payano in 2016 and misplaced the title the subsequent yr to Zhanat Zhakiyanov by split-decision.
“This fight means everything for me and it’s about to be the biggest moment of my career,” Warren stated. “Not only am I fighting for the WBC belt, but it’s on pay-per-view. When I first won the title it was like winning the gold medal at the Olympics. After I lost the title, it made me much hungrier and I want to get it back even more. I fought this guy in the Olympics, so I’m fighting for revenge. This isn’t the Olympics. This is 12 rounds and I don’t think he’s fought anybody like me. I have no choice but to put it all on the line on January 19.”
The 32-year-old Oubaali (14-Zero, 11 KOs), an unbeaten southpaw from Lens, Pas-de-Calais, France, has knocked out his final 5 opponents. His most up-to-date KO of Luis Melendez on April 17 moved Oubaali up the ranks to place him for a world title shot. Oubaali, who’s the sixth of 18 youngsters born in France to oldsters who’re from Morocco, twice represented France on the Olympics, qualifying in 2008 and 2012 when he defeated Warren.
“Many people are waiting for this fight because it’s the second time we meet,” stated Oubaali. “I beat Rau’shee Warren at the 2012 London Games in a great battle. In the meantime, Rau’shee captured a world championship and lost it. Right now, I’m the WBC No. 1 ranked bantamweight fighter in the world. It will be a great fight in Las Vegas on January 19 and I intend to beat Rau’shee again to become the new WBC world champion.”
The 25-year-old Tepora (22-Zero, 17 KOs) has steadily risen up the ranks since turning professional in 2012 and most lately captured the WBA interim featherweight crown with a ninth-round stoppage of Edivaldo Ortega in July. Representing Cebu Metropolis, Philippines, Tepora enters his U.S. debut on January 19 with stoppage wins in 11 of his final 12 contests.
“It has always been a dream to fight in the United States,” stated Tepora. “I never dreamed that my first fight in the U.S. would be on a card with Senator Manny Pacquiao vs. Adrien Broner. I look forward to a tremendous fight on January 19 and defending my title versus former world champion Hugo Ruiz. As you all know the best rivalry in boxing is Filipino vs. Mexican. It’s going to be a great fight.”
Preventing out of Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico, Ruiz (38-Four, 33 KOs) will make his featherweight debut on January 19 after choosing up two victories in 2018. The 30-year-old gained an excellent bantamweight world title with a primary spherical stoppage of Julio Ceja in 2016, avenging his earlier loss to Ceja in certainly one of 2015’s most enjoyable fights. He now seeks to place himself for a world title at 126 kilos with a victory towards Tepora.
“I expect it to be a good fight because Tepora is undefeated and a good Filipino champion,” stated Ruiz. “But I’m ready. I don’t think he can handle my power. I’m going to knock him out. I want to do my best to win the title. I’ve been watching videos of him and I’ve been training hard. I’m really focused on how to beat him. I’m still young, but I’ve got the experience to handle him in this fight.”
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