Montana Love: "Headlining In
Cleveland Is A Dream Come True"
Montana Love fulfils a dream on Saturday night – headlining
for the first time in his hometown of Cleveland as he faces
Steve Spark for the WBA Intercontinental Super-Lightweight
title at the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse on Saturday night
(November 12) live worldwide on DAZN.
Love (18-0-1 9 KOs) tops the bill in the sports mad Ohio
city and on his second appearance at the home of NBA giants,
the Cleveland Cavaliers, Love meets Australian Spark (15-2
14 KOs) in a pivotal clash in the 140lb division, with
ranking positions and World title shots at the front of the
hometown man’s mind.
“The city is showing me love and getting behind me,” said
Love. “It’s a proud city and we look after each other and
back. It’s a dream come true, being able to headline in the
biggest arena in my home. Cleveland means everything to me.
We don’t have much, but we stick together and get the job
“The Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse is an electric place, we’ve
had a lot of great athletes come through the city in that
building, and now I am one of them. I am living my dream, I
went through the trials and tribulations to get here, and
what I had to deal with is a big part of what makes me
“I promised my mother that I would take this 100 per cent
seriously. The last thing she remembers of me is going to
prison and being in and out of jail, so now I am trying to
right my wrongs.
“I feel like I am made for this moment. I am coming off
being co-main on a Canelo card; fighting in front of a
packed house in Las Vegas and I’ve fought at home in front
of a big crowd before, so there’s no pressure, I’m going to
“Steve is a tough guy; he’ll bring the fight and it’ll make
for a real spectacle. I want to win this in spectacular
fashion, go for the KO – but we just want to look beautiful
and put on a great show.”
Love and Spark clash on a stacked card in Cleveland, with
the co-main bout featuring a Matchroom debut for Richardson
Hitchins also at Super-Lightweight, where the Brooklyn
talent faces Yomar Alamo for the IBF North American title.
Raymond Ford continues to catch the eye in his rise in the
Featherweight division and defends his WBA Continental
Americas title against Sakaria Lukas and Christian Tapia
takes on Cleveland’s Thomas Mattice for the WBA Continental
Americas Super-Featherweight title.
Love’s older brother and Olympian Raynell Williams continues
his return to boxing against fellow Ohioan Ryizeemmion Ford,
Khalil Coe faces unbeaten Bradley Olmeda, Nikoloz
Sekhniashvili meets Ohio’s David Rodriguez and Brazilian
Olympic silver medalist and former amateur World champion
Beatriz Ferreira steps through the ropes for the first time
in the paid ranks against fellow Brazilian Taynna Cardoso.