Main Events' CEO Kathy Duva:
This is our 19th show Fight Night event. We have been enjoying a tremendous run. When we started, NBC thought we needed to work with other promoters. It has given us the freedom to create fights that would have never happened otherwise. J Russell Peltz and Jolene Mizzone's matchmaking has been a huge part of our success along with BAM Promotions. This event has the most promoters of any of our previous events. For this event we have German Titov of Titov Promotions, Pushka Promotions, Sal Musumeci of Final Forum Promotions and Duco Events. It has been a pleasure working hand-in-hand with them.
Saturday is going to be a triple header. Duco is one of the reasons we have a triple header. They are very famous in New Zealand. Main Events has a history with New Zealand. We brought David Tua over here. David Higgins and Dean Lonergan from Duco have been great to work with. The recurring storyline for Fight Night has been coming to America and it seems to be working for Main Events.
Derric Rossy is a solid working class fighter. That is the highest compliment. He is one half of a classic crossroads fight. When we were looking for Czar's next opponent, we knew we needed to test him and we knew Rossy would test him. Czar comes from the eastern most city in the Ukraine. This gave him a reason to uproot his family and come here to the United States. He has moved to Florida and started working with John David Jackson and Derik Santos. I am so sorry for what he has been through, but I am so happy he is finally here.
Finally, I want to thank Sands. This is the easiest place to put on an event. You get a treat when you come to a fight here. It is a beautiful facility.
I would like to thank Main Events, Kathy Duva, Sands and NBCSN for the opportunity to come here and show my skills. I just went through the very good camp with John David Jackson and Derik Santos. I got more experience and I can't wait to showcase that Saturday night. I wanted to thank Derric Rossy for taking this fight. The strongest man is going to win Saturday night.