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Bryant Jennings headlines NBC Fight Night June 8th
The relationship between NBC Sports Network and Main Events has worked out rather wonderfully. The strength of that relationship will be on display on Saturday, June 14, when NBC will air a dynamic tripleheader from the Sands Casino in Bethlehem, PA beginning at 8PM.
The main event, heavyweight title contender Bryant Jennings (16-0, 8 KOs) meets Russian Andrey Fedosov (24-2, 19 KOs).
“I really don’t know much about him,” Jennings admitted. “I just how much I put into this and know what I can bear and that he’s no threat at all,” Jennings said. “I also know that he don’t work as hard as me, he may think he wants it more (than me) but he has no idea how bad I want this. I live this 24/7, 365! He’s not ready for B. Y.! I am confident of a win come June 14th.”
Also, Sergey Kovalev (20-0, 18) and Cornelius White (21-1, 16 KOs) will fight to determine the new IBF No 1. Contender to Bernard Hopkins in the light-heavyweight division.
“I will win because I am dedicated to this fight, I have a big desire to win, and I am hungry,” said Kovalev. “I do not know much about White, but this is not unusual for me. My job is to train as hard as I can. I have every confidence that I have all the tools I need to beat White.”
White is equally excited. “
“It is a great opportunity for me to show the world that I am an elite fighter,” White said. “This is the next step I need to get me closer to a world title. To fight a strong, undefeated fighter (like Kovalev) says a lot about me. I’ll fight anybody. This fight will put my name out there. This will change my life!”
Bethlehem’s own Ronald Cruz (17-1, 12 KOs) dropped a split decision to Antwone Smith last September at home. Cruz returns home to fight Ray Narh (25-2, 21 KOs) to a 10-round welterweight fight.
“Number one, I know I have the skills and capabilities to beat anyone,” Cruz said. “Number two, I’m eager to fight for a world title, and Narh is in my way. Added to all this, I have to prove that I’m a lot better fighter than I was in my last fight.”
Narh is fully confident that can hand Cruz is second loss in as many fights.
“Gonna win this match because I got more experience and his style suits me perfectly,” Narh said. “I’ll teach him the art of boxing. The harder he comes, the harder he will fall.”
The Jennnings-Fedosov, Kovalev-White and Cruz-Narh fights top a seven-bout card at the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem. Doors open at 6:15pm ET. Tickets priced at $50 and $75 and $130 (luxury suites) can be purchased through the offices of Peltz Boxing (215-765-0922) and at all Ticketmaster outlets (800-745-3000). Tickets also are on sale at www.peltzboxing.com, www.SandsEventCenter.com, and www.Ticketmaster.com.