Undefeated Bantamweights Nieves & Potapov Ready For Most
Important Fight Of Their Careers
With a potential world title shot on the near horizon for
the winner, undefeated bantamweight contenders Antonio
Nieves and Nikolay Potapov both agree their NABO
Bantamweight Championship showdown this Friday is the most
important of both their careers.
Defending champion Nieves (17-0-2, 9 KOs) of Cleveland and
Russia's Potapov (16-0-1, 8 KOs) will meet in the co-main
event this Friday, March 10, of Salita Promotions'
history-making quadrupleheader of fights entitled "Detroit
City Gold" at MGM Grand Detroit on ShoBox: The New
Generation live on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/PT).
In the night's main event, two-time Olympic Gold Medalist
Claressa Shields (1-0) of Flint, Mich., will face Hungary's
Szilvia "Sunset" Szabados (15-8, 6 KOs) in a six-round
battle for the Women's NABF Middleweight Championship. Their
fight will be the first women's boxing main event to be
featured on premium television in history.
In the eight-round televised bantamweight opener,
Detroit-based bantamweight prospect James Smith (11-0, 6
KOs) will take on Chicago's Joshua Greer, Jr. (11-1-1, 4
KOs). In the other eight-round televised bout of the
exciting quadrupleheader, welterweight Wesley Tucker (13-0,
8 KOs) Toledo, Ohio, faces Detroit's Ed Williams (12-1-1, 4
Here's what they both had to say:
"Everything went well in training. Potapov is a solid
fighter but I believe giving him some movement and coming in
from the side is really going to help me get the victory in
this fight. I'm 100 percent ready. I've been focused on one
guy the entire camp and I'm ready to get in there and get
"We tried to get sparring partners that imitate him as much
as possible, so when I get in there with him, there's no
surprises, but basically, I'm just going to stick to what I
"A victory means a lot. We're two undefeated fighters on the
verge of a world title shot. A victory over this guy would
put me to the stage of being in line to fight for a world
title, so this win means a lot."
"I had a great training camp in Detroit at Kronk gym with
Javan SugarHill Steward. It's been a great learning
experience for me. The training, intensity, sparring, living
conditions have been superb.
"This is the most important fight of my career. Antonio
Nieves is a very skilled, high-level fighter. I am focused
on making a statement on March 10, and showing that I am one
of the best bantamweights in the world."