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  Badou Jack vs. Marcus Browne International Media Teleconference Transcript

Leonard Ellerbe

All right, thank you everyone for joining the call today. Todayís call we are going to be talking with former two division world champion, Badou Jack and undefeated former 2012 U.S. Olympian Marcus Browne, which will be a very exciting matchup as the co-feature to Manny Pacquiao taking on Adrien Broner on January 19.

Representing SHOWTIME, we have on the call Chris DeBlasio. Chris, would you like to say a few words?

Chris DeBlasio

Thanks, Leonard. Happy New Year to everybody and thanks for being on the call today. On behalf of Stephen Espinoza, who couldnít be with us, heís traveling on other business, I want to say, from all of us at the network, weíre proud to present this event.

We have a four-fight pay-per-view telecast with each matchup up holding a unique, significance in its own right.

We have two world title fights on the pay-per-view. Thereís also a 12 round featherweight bout thatís going to open up the show between Jhack Tepora and Hugo Ruiz. We have a main event that pits two of boxingís biggest stars in Manny Pacquiao and Adrien Broner in a really important, 147-pound world title fight.

But the co-feature here, this is an interim title fight between Badou Jack and Marcus Browne. These are two fighters that have come of age on SHOWTIME.

Both began their careers, early in their careers were featured on ShoBox: The New Generation against very tough opponents and have fought on virtually every live boxing series that we have on the network.

This is Marcus Browneís eighth fight with SHOWTIME and this will be Badouís 13th fight with us. So weíre proud to have them back. They have a special place for all of us on the crew and on the team here at SHOWTIME Sports and for all of our viewers who seen him develop their careers to this important moment.

Both men have something to prove on January 19. The light heavyweight division is a division that is now wide open. Thereís a lot of fresh talent and a lot of people vying for the top spot. Both men deserve this shot and this entire card is a really terrific way to kick off 2019. Weíre excited.

Just a brief program reminder regarding this event, ALL ACCESS: PACQUIAO VS. BRONER will premiere this Friday at 10:30 p.m. on SHOWTIME. Itís a three-part series covering the main event fighters as they prepare for the big fight.

Episode two will premiere on Friday, January 11 at 9:30 p.m., and thatíll be followed by our first ShoBox telecast of the year. So with that, Iíll turn it back to you, Leonard, and weíll get right to the fighters. Thanks for your time.

L. Ellerbe

Yes, thank you, Chris. Again, as Chris touched on, this - in my eyes, this is an outstanding bout. This is a bout that the fans have been talking about for a while.

These two have been going back and forth a little bit on social media. What an outstanding co-feature to a great main event and overall outstanding card.

Talking a little bit about Marcus Browne, heís a very, very exciting young fighter, a former Olympian whoís going to be looking to make a statement against a former two-division world champion in Badou Jack.

And I think that, come fight night on January 19, Marcus is looking to, not only make a statement but open himself up to fighting anyone else thatís out there, any top guys in the light heavyweight division.

So, without further ado, I would like Marcus Browne, who comes to us with a 22 and 0 record with 16 big KOs from Staten Island, New York. Marcus, would you like to say a few words?

Marcus Browne

Happy New Year everybody. Iím honored. Iím ready. Iím working hard. Iíve worked hard my whole career for this point and Badou Jack, a respectable guy, two-time world champion, but come January 19, weíre bringing the whole kitchen sink and anything else with it.

Iím ready to take care of business. I know he knows whatís coming to him. And I really havenít got too much to say. Iím going to let my hands do the talking.

Iím not huge braggadocios kind of guy. Neither is he, from what it looks like. It was one of the easiest fights to be made in the division and I appreciate you for signing the contract and being a man and stepping up.

Come January 19, you got hell coming. Youíve got fury. Youíve got everything coming to you. This ainít no Anthony Dirrell. This ainít no washed up George Groves that got beat up by Carl Froch twice.

This ainít no old Adonis Stevenson. This ainít no Nathan Cleverly. This is Marcus Browne, my brother. So make sure youíre ready because I know Iím ready.

L. Ellerbe

Well, thank you, Marcus. And moving on to the former two division world champion. I canít say enough great things about Badou Jack. Heís the guy thatís always willing to take on the best thatís out there.

This is a fight that he asked for and itís a fight that I think that Marcus Browneís style will make for a very, very exciting fight. Badou is used to fighting any and every different style.

Itís a fight that heís really, really looking forward to. So without further ado, former two-division world champion, none other than Badou Jack.

Badou Jack

Hey, how is everybody doing? You know, Iím excited for this fight. Iím always in the gym, always working hard. So I donít have to say that Iím ready. Iím always ready.

Itís going to be good fight. The young hungry guys have got something to prove. Iíve been there, been battle tested because I fought the best.

I donít have to brag about what Iíve done. This is the best guy available and weíre going to have some fun. It might look easy from the outside. Well, itís a little different when you step up to world-class in the competition.

M. Browne:

Trust me. I know it ainít easy. And Iím working like Iíve never worked before in my life, so trust me, I know it ainít easy. And you could say what you want from the outside. Come January 19, youíre going to see. Youíre going to see. So, keep it up.

B, Jack

I let my hands do the talking. Everybody knows me.

M. Browne

Same here.

B. Jack

Weíll see fight night.

Q

Badou, I was just wondering if you could maybe talk about your experience level at the top level,

do you feel youíre more prepared for this type of fight than Marcus is because of the level of opposition that you fought?

B. Jack

To have experience against great fighters, of course, is going to play a major role in big fights but in boxing, anything can happen.

Iím very confident. Iím ready and Iíve been waiting. I havenít fought since May. Iím definitely ready. Iím really hungry, so experience is a major key, of course.

Q

Marcus obviously has a very fast hands. Heís a strong guy. What you think of him just overall as a fighter?

B. Jack

The little that Iíve seen, heís a good fighter. Heís definitely a good fighter.

Q

Marcus, what do you think of Badou Jack and maybe his level of experience against top guys?

M. Browne

Well, most of his fights have been at 168. Nathan Cleverly was washed and Adonis Stevenson is old. Heís a very strong minded, hungry and a great champion, of course, but come January 19, heís going to see that he hasnít fight anybody like me, plain and simple. Iím not James DeGale.

This is the light heavyweight division. Heís fighting a real light heavyweight and a young, strong, light heavyweight. So, weíll see come January 19, like he said.

Q

Marcus, Iím not sure how closely you watched the fight but when he fought Adonis Stevenson back in May, who did you think won?

M. Browne

I didnít watch it to see who won. And, honestly, I really donít care who won, it didnít matter to me, but it was a good fight.

He started off slow. Picked it up towards the end. Still couldnít get him out of there. So, good fight.

Q

Thank you, Marcus. I have a question for both guys, as well. Obviously what happened to Adonis last month was a reminder of how brutal this business is.

I was just wondering, Badou, having shared the ring with him, what your thoughts are and what happened to Adonis and maybe how heís recovered so far. And, Marcus, I know you didnít fight him, but if also you could speak to that as well.

B. Jack

I was very emotional about it because Iíve been in that ring with him in my last fight. And he took a lot of punishment in that fight.

He was stumbling around in the hotel after the fight. Everybody said he really took a beating. So, itís sad. But this is what we signed up for. Iíve been praying for him since this thing happened. Iím glad he woke up and hopefully he can recover. Itís the business. Itís nothing personal.

This is just business. Weíre trying to feed our families. Hopefully you get back to normal so he can enjoy his family and his kids and everything. He just had a daughter before for the fight so, itís sad but God willing, heíll come back to normal.

M. Browne

Itís a sad and unfortunate situation but this is what we sign up for, what we sign on the dotted line for, getting in the ring. Thatís the risk that we take at fighting.

I feel bad for him but hopefully he comes out of this with all of his faculties, so he could be able to enjoy his family like Badou said.

Most importantly, heís older. Heís an older fighter. Father time caught up with him. I heard he was going through a lot of things outside of the ring so maybe that was part of the reason. But hopefully he will be all right.

Q

Badou are you now at the point where you kind of feel that you have to enter each fight with the objective of taking the judges out of the result so that there are no doubts that you are the clear winner?

B. Jack

Yes, you canít really complain to the judges. In all those close fights I had, I landed more than 100 more punches than my opponents. And most of them - this is sad, but most of them were not the same fighter after. I just have to make a statement. Theyíre not going to do me any favors.

Q

This is for the interim WBA title and if you win, would you welcome a fight against the full world champion, Dmitry Bivol?

B. Jack

Yes thatís the fight that I really wanted but, right now, Iím focusing on Marcus Browne. Thatís where all my focus is, so I canít look past anyone. I know that as a fighter better than anybody else.

L. Ellerbe

Iíll speak on that. If Badou is victorious in this fight against Marcus Browne, heís willing to fight any of the light heavyweight champions out there - any of them.

Q

Would you say that the winner of this fight can make the claim that they are the best light heavyweight in the world?

B. Jack

There are four champions better ahead of Marcus Browne. So just me beating him, that doesnít really make me number one. I thought I would beat Stevenson and he was the lineal champion. But I donít really focus on that. Iím focusing on winning my fight. All of the other stuff is just bonus.

Q

Badou do you feel that you will be able to get up the way you normally would for a fight being that Marcus isnít one of the champions?

B. Jack

Yes, that comes with experience. Itís the ability be ready whenever. It doesnít matter if itís the champion or if itís a contender or whatever. Youíve got to think that every fight is a world title fight or the toughest fight of your life. So, my motivation is never a problem.

Q

Leonard I heard you say that after this fight, if Badou is victorious, heís willing to fight all of the champions. Is he able to go out and seek those champions on their respective networks?

L. Ellerbe

Weíre willing to listen and entertain any offers that are out there. Obviously, Badou has a very tough fight ahead of him in Marcus Browne and heís got to get by Marcus Browne first before considering anything else. But to answer your direct question, weíre willing to listen to any offers that are out there, if heís able to get past Marcus Browne.

Q

Marcus, how badly did you have your mind set on Badou? Was this your only option?

M. Browne

Actually, well, couple months ago, all other guys were busy and he was the only guy who wasnít, so it was one of the easiest fights to make. It really doesnít matter to me who I fight. Iím tired of sitting around and not being active. I like to actually be in the ring.

Q

Is there anything that you see in Badou thatís giving you confidence that or is it frustration of not getting one of the champions?

M. Browne

No, no frustration, and I donít see anything. Heís a tough, tough fighter. Heís not an easy fighter. Heís no walk over. Super tough. Super gritty. Super headstrong, so thereís nothing that I see. He was just a guy who wasnít busy and I wasnít busy.

Weíre in the same weight division. Heís a light heavyweight. Heís a two-time world champion. He really didnít lose the belt. He gave it up to fight for the belt to get a draw, so heís still a champion basically.

All I see is a champion, the guy whoís ready and willing to fight and so on. This is a business.

Q

Do you feel that it would be easy for you to get a fight after this debut if you were able to beat Badou because of who he has and what heís considered in the division?

M. Browne

Iím not overlooking him. Iíll be focused on him. Iím not worried about fighting no other champions. All Iím worried about is fighting Badou Jack on January 19. And after that, we can discuss whatever.

But until then, Iím only talking about fighting Badou Jack at MGM Grand on January 19 in Las Vegas. Thatís about it.

Q

Leonard, quick question here. I hope youíre having a good New Yearís. Looking at the WBA and WBC ratings, Badou and Marcus were both one and two.

Is there a particular reason why you went with the WBA route for this fight in terms of the interim title?

Leonard Ellerbe

No, not necessarily. As you just mentioned, both of these guys are highly ranked across the board. It wasnít difficult at all. And from the Badou perspective, he is always willing and ready and basically available to fight any of these guys.

He has a tough fight against Marcus Browne for the WBA interim title and weíll move on from there.

Q

Badou, if you beat Marcus Browne, would be your preference to go directly into a Bivol fight or would you like to explore another possibility?



Badou Jack

There are a lot of big names out there. Sergey Kovalev and Eleider Alvarez fight two weeks after me, so letís see what happens. Iím focusing on whatís in front of me.

But Iím willing to fight any one of the champions. I prefer the one that pays me the most. If theyíll pay me the same, probably Bivol. But like I said, Marcus Browne is first. Thatís it.

Q

One more question for you, Badou. What did you think of Bivolís last couple of performances where he went the distance with older veterans?

B. Jack

I think he is a good fighter. I think heís a good boxer, athletic. Everybody says, oh, heís going to knock this guy out. Yes, but this is boxing. Jean Pascal is a tough guy.

Itís not easy to knock everybody out. Thatís the thing. Itís a different story when you fight veterans and tougher guys than when you fight prospect opponents that youíre supposed to knock out.

Itís a different story. My last fights have been against world champions. Itís a little harder to knock guys like that out. But Bivol, I think he won every round. Most of the rounds against him anyway. I think heís a good fighter.

Q

Marcus, should you beat Badou Jack, is it your wish to go directly to Bivol or would you like to explore other possibilities?

M. Browne

This is prize fighting, so whoeverís got the biggest prize, thatís who I want to fight. But, yes, whatever makes the most dollars, makes the most sense to me at this point in my career.

Thatís where Iím at with that. But Iím not looking past Badou Jack. Heís not a guy to be overlooked in his own right. Iím not going to feel and talk about ten months ahead when Iíve got the biggest fight of my life in 17 days.

Q

Marcus, just want to get your personal opinion. Leaving you out of it, who do you think is the best light heavyweight in the world out of those four?

M. Browne

Marcus Browne. I ainít leaving me out of it because I donít care whoís the best light heavyweight because youíre talking to one right now.

Q

Marcus, given how most of your fights, since 2015, the last three years, really ended pretty quickly, are you making any adjustments in having to ensure that youíre able to go a full 12 rounds against a guy like Badou Jack?

M. Browne

Thatís for me to work on and for you to see on January 19. At the end of the day, I know the type of fighter he is. We know heís a work horse of a fighter and weíre prepared for that. Heís got great form. On January 19, youíll see that Iím in shape or not.

Q

Do you still kind of feel like you need that win over Badou Jack to sort of make a true statement to all the boxing fans out there that you do belong in that elite echelon of fighters at 175 pounds?

M. Browne

I need a win against every fighter that I step in the ring with. No fighter is going to define my legacy. At the end of the day, this is all part of Godís plan, itís already written and Iím just following it. This is not my dream, itís my destiny and Iím taking it one day and one step at a time, one fighter at a time.

Badou Jack is not going to define my legacy and determine whether or not I am a real player in the light heavyweight division. My performance in this fight will.

Q

Badou you said you wanted to make a statement. What advantage does your experience give you with a guy like Marcus Browne with all of his skills?

Also, when you say you want to make a statement, does that mean that you donít want to leave it in the hands of the judges and that you do want to get a knockout?

B. Jack

Of course, I donít want to leave it in the hands of the judges. If youíre a fighter, you should never go the distance.

Every fight is a different fight so you never know. But all I know is Iíve been there before. I know what it takes. I know Iíve been on a bunch of pay-per-view cards.

I know what it takes in front of those lights. When itís really getting down to a 50-50 fight, when youíre in a tough fight, I know what it takes.

Q

Do you feel like, when you say you want to make a statement, do you feel like you want to get a stoppage? What are your thoughts on that?

B. Jack

Iím listening to my corner and following the game plan. Of course, I want to knock guys out. If they donít come, they donít come. Iíll show you January 19 what Iím about.

Q

Marcus, do you feel any pressure to get the knockout, win every single round and that way, make a statement and not leave it in the hands of the judges? In other words, are you concerned about winning this?

M. Browne

Iím not concerned about anything at all. At the end of the day, we know what weíre working for. If a knockout comes, it comes. But if not, we are winning every round and thatís that.

Iím not here to lose rounds and thatís about it. But Iím not concerned about what the judges are doing. We already know what type of time it is already.

We should know how weíre coming. Iím not looking for a knockout. Iím just looking to box and do what I do and implement the game plan and systematically break him down.

L. Ellerbe

We would like to thank everyone for joining the call. Weíre 17 days away. Again, this is a great, great matchup. Outstanding co-feature to Manny Pacquiao taking on Adrien Broner on January 19.

I guarantee you, this fight here will be probably the best fight on the card. These guys will be looking to steal the show, and again, itís a very outstanding matchup and weíre very excited. Thank you everyone for joining the call.



 

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