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PBC on ESPN Notes and Quotes


We are a little over a week away from the liftoff of Al Haymon’s latest Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) related network takeover. Keith “One Time” Thurman will defend his WBA welterweight belt against Luis Collazo in the main event for the first edition of PBC on ESPN. Thurman (25-0, 21 KOs) will be fighting in his hometown for the first time as a world champion. Thurman trains out of St. Petersburg, Florida under the tutelage of esteemed chief trainer Dan Birmingham at his St. Pete’s Boxing Club. Birmingham is a two-time Boxing Writers Association of America “Trainer of the Year”. Thurman appears ready for the next phase of his career:

“I am an evolutionary boxer,” Thurman said. “I change and grow with every camp, every fight, I am here to retain my title and become the undisputed, true welterweight champ.”

In order to achieve that goal, Thurman must first get past Collazo (33-6, 19 KOs) a man with far more professional experience than Thurman, when it comes to fighting at the championship level.

Birmingham, who has been with Thurman since the champion was 15 years old, feels confident:

“Keith continues to exemplify the dedication and expertise needed in this sport to not only become and stay world champion, but to truly showcase the science of boxing to fans across the globe,” Birmingham said. “He’s added some new dimensions to his training, including indoor rock climbing as well as his normal high-intensity gym workout. He is fit, focused and as always, ready to get into the ring.”

Tuesday afternoon, Thurman and Collazo took part in a media conference call. A couple of highlights include:

Keith Thurman: “We want the knock-outs…but at the end of the day, we want to be champion…my job is to win. Everything else is just icing on the cake…I’m happy to be defending my title in my hometown and putting on a show.”

Luis Collazo: “If I gotta go to his yard to fight for a world title, that’s what it is.”

The show, which opens with the co-feature bout between Tony Harrison (21-0) and Willie Nelson (23-2-1) in the junior middleweight division, will air on ESPN at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT live from the USF Sun Dome in Tampa. Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by Warriors Boxing, are priced at $200, $150, $75, $50 and $25

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