Antonio Tarver vs. Lateef
Winky Wright vs. Peter Quillin,
Austin Trout & Leo Santa Cruz Press Conference
Photos: Gene Blevins - HoganPhotos/Golden Boy
A mix of boxing legends,
undefeated contenders and a current world champion
converged in Los Angeles for a wild, emotional and often
heated press conference on Monday to formally announce
the upcoming Saturday, June 2 Quadrupleheader live on
SHOWTIME® from The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.
Former light heavyweight kingpin and current SHOWTIME
ringside boxing analyst Antonio “Magic Man” Tarver
(29-6, 20 KO’s), of Tampa, Fla., will headline as he
continues his campaign in the cruiserweight division by
taking on unbeaten power puncher Lateef “Power” Kayode
(18-0, 14 KO’s), of Hollywood, Calif., by way of Lagos,
In the co-main event, Ronald “Winky” Wright (51-5-1, 25
KO’s), of St. Petersburg, Fla., makes his return to the
ring against undefeated rising star, Peter “Kid
Chocolate” Quillin (26-0, 20 KO’s), of Brooklyn, N.Y.
The telecast, which features four undefeated fighters,
over 200 combined victories and 102 knockouts, will open
with two world title bouts including WBA Super
Welterweight World Champion Austin “No Doubt” Trout
(24-0,14 KO’s), of Las Cruces, N.M., defending against
crowd-pleasing Delvin Rodriguez (26-5-3, 14 KO’s), of
Danbury, Conn., by way of Santiago, D.R. In the opening
world title match, Vusi “Marvelous” Malinga (20-3, 12
KO’s), of Johannesburg, South Africa, will face
undefeated Leo “Terremoto” Santa Cruz (19-0-1, 11 KO’s),
of Lincoln Heights, Calif., for the vacant IBF
bantamweight world championship.
The event is presented by A.T. Entertainment, Golden Boy
Promotions and Gary Shaw Productions and sponsored by
Corona and AT&T with Trout vs. Rodriguez being presented
in association with Greg Cohen Promotions and Joe
DeGuardia’s Star Boxing and Malinga vs. Santa Cruz being
presented in association with Branco Sports Productions.
The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast will air live
at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) on SHOWTIME
® with preliminary bouts airing live on SHOWTIME
EXTREME® beginning at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
Tickets for the June 2 event are on sale now 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 AXS.com or by phone at 888-9-AXS-TIX
(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.
Here’s what the participants had to say on Monday:
“You have to admire these young guys for their
enthusiasm and their will. Eight or nine years ago that
was me, trying to fight a legend.
“I feel I still have so much to give to the game of
boxing. I have to take this fight seriously and you
better believe I’ll be ready for June 2.
“These young guys are trying to take our spots and this
is what makes boxing special.
“When you try to constructively critique someone (Tarver
has served as color commentator for Kayode fights), you
hope they go back to the gym and get better. I wasn’t on
his bandwagon. I saw loopholes in his game and it was my
job to tell him that. He didn’t want to take heed to
that and now I need to show him.
“I’m telling Lateef that his dream is going to come
“I’m standing here today to tell Lateef Kayode and
everybody he’s got coming to support him on June 2 that
his dreams are going to come tumbling down. It’s a big
difference when you are in that ring by yourself and
facing the heat and fire I’m going to bring, and all (Kayode
trainer) Freddie Roach can do is give you water. It’s a
whole new ballgame – welcome to the big time, brother.”
“I’ve never been worried about power because power is
nothing if you can’t land that punch.
“There are two types of fighters, some you can make quit
and some you have to knock out and I don’t think there
is any quit in Lateef Kayode, which means I’m going to
have to knock him out to come away with the victory.”
“Lateef Kayode is in a good position for a young fighter
who has nothing to lose and everything to gain. They
think that’s a dangerous fighter, but I see it
different. A fighter who has everything to lose is more
dangerous than a fighter who has everything to gain,
because I know what will happen to me if I lose. Lateef
Kayode will be facing a very, very dangerous fighter.
I’m bringing a lot heat with me in the ring on June 2.”
“I will knock you out. I will beat the crap out of you.
“I want to be a world champion and I want to fight world
champions. I want to prove to all of you that I am
better than him, that I am stronger than him.
“When Tarver commented on me on SHOWTIME, he never said
anything good. I never disrespected him and I said,
“Champ, what have I done to you?’
“I’m going to prove myself and prove that I am ready for
this man, that I am ready for the best.
“He has the name, but he doesn’t have the heart. He
doesn’t have the power. The way he fights, I can get
“He doesn’t have crap. Tarver is done. I never
disrespected anyone in my life, but on June 2, this guy
“I’m not coming back for the money. I’ve got money, and
I’ve got friends who have money, so it’s good there. The
reason I’m coming back is to make a statement.
“I could have fought a tune-up, but boxing is about
accomplishments and to me that means winning another
“My last fight was a bad one for me. I probably should
have taken a fight before it, but I was never retired. I
could have come back a year-and-a-half ago, but the kind
of deal and opportunity we were looking for just wasn’t
there. It is now.
“This guy (Quillin) is hungry and he wants to win a
championship. I love his enthusiasm, so I’m looking
forward to fighting him. If he thinks I’m making a
mistake fighting him after being off, if he thinks I’m
not what I used to be, now’s his chance to show it.
“Let’s do it. I’m ready for a fight.’’
Peter “Kid Chocolate”
“I want to thank Golden Boy, SHOWTIME, Tarver, the
powerful team I have behind me and everyone involved in
making this event happen for giving me the platform to
show what I have.
“I’m just getting started. I’m still climbing the
ladder, so there’s no way I overlook any opponent,
especially a fighter that is going to wind up in the
Hall of Fame.
“I’m going to win this fight. I’m in fighting shape. I’m
fired up. I’m ready right now to take advantage of this
“I don’t fight for my family. I don’t fight for my
friends. Kid Chocolate fights for himself.
“If you’ve never been to the planet, Pluto, I’m going to
take you there. Pluto is where all the stars are, so if
you want to go to Pluto, come out and support me.’’
“It’s an honor for me to be part of an event like this
with so many great fighters, and I thank everybody for
making me a part of it and for SHOWTIME for accepting
“I’m super excited and I know my fight with Delvin
(Rodriguez) will be great. Trust me, Delvin comes to
fight, so this is going to be a good, hard fight for a
while, but I’m working in the gym on making it easier.
“I know I’m not a household name in boxing. That’s why
I’m so appreciative of this opportunity and looking
forward to taking full advantage of it.
“I’m looking to fight any of the other titleholders or
the biggest names out there.’’
Leo Santa Cruz
“I’m from Lincoln Heights (Calif.), so for me to be
fighting in my own backyard in my very first world title
fight is beyond my wildest dreams. I’ve been waiting for
something like this, and now my opportunity of a
lifetime is here.
“There are so many great, great fighters on this card.
I’m excited and very happy to be on it. This is going to
be a great show.
“I know (Vusi) Malinga is an aggressive fighter who’s
waited a long time to fight for the IBF title, but I’ve
waited my whole life. I can’t wait for June 2 to show
what I can do on the biggest stage at The Home Depot on
Richard Schaefer, Golden Boy Promotions CEO
“It’s a privilege to bring a great event like this to
Los Angeles. We have four undefeated fighters on the
card and they’re not just fighting anybody, they’re
fighting legends, guys who know how to win.
“This is an amazing card. Those legends are telling
these guys to be forewarned because your “0s” are going
to go. We have eight fighters with a combined record of
213 wins and 19 losses and each one wants to win on June
“This is big-time boxing back in Los Angeles.
“Winky is one of the most decorated fighters of our
generation. He could have come back with a soft touch,
but that’s not what Winky does. He comes in against one
of the most feared fighters in the division.
“Kid Chocolate didn’t hesitate a second to take the
fight. He wants to face the best, but Winky is here to
turn back the clock. He’s coming back to show you what
he’s all about.
“Kayode is a young, undefeated guy with tremendous
knockout power. Tarver could have gone with an easier
fight, but he wanted to fight the best.”
Stephen Espinoza, Executive Vice President and General
Manager, SHOWTIME Sports ®
“We are very proud to bring this unique night of boxing
to SHOWTIME – eight world-class fighters, four fights,
two world title fights. We’ve only had one
quadrupleheader that wasn’t a pay per view in SHOWTIME
“We have legends, rising stars, youth vs. experience and
world title fights. There are no easy fights on this
“We’re going to have at least one fight on SHOWTIME
EXTREME so we’re going to have at least a
“It’s really a tribute to the six promoters on this card
to put together what will be an amazing night of