Super bantamweight prospect Angelo Leo and opponent Neil John Tabano are excited to be fighting on the big stage for the first time when they clash on a Showtime-televised card at the Sams Town Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada on Friday.
Super bantamweight prospect Angelo Leo, 16-0-(8) and opponent Neil John Tabano, 17-4-(11), are excited to be fighting on the big stage for the first time when they clash on a Showtime-televised card at the Sams Town Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada on Friday.
In the co main event super featherweight Xavier Martinez (13-0, 9 KOs) will take on John Moralde (21-2, 11 KOs) in a 10-round co-featured attraction. In the telecast opener, Las Vegas prospect Andres Cortes (10-0, 6 KOs) will face Baltimore’s Jahmal Dyer (9-1, 5 KOs) in an eight-round super featherweight bout.
Showtime Championship Boxing televise live at (10 p.m. ET/PT)
Here is what the fighters had to say on Thursday from Sam’s Town in Las Vegas.
“I’ve been in Vegas for about two years and training at Mayweather’s gym. I’m from Albuquerque and it’s a good fight town. We have some champions there, including Austin Trout and others.
“My style is a unique style – it’s a boxer-puncher style. I would say my style is really versatile. I can also punch if I need to – it depends on how my opponent fights.
“In my 122-pound division I have a good height advantage and I’m one of the taller guys. I’m best at 122. It’s tough to make weight, but this is the best weight for me.
“This is my national TV debut but there’s no pressure. I’ve been visualizing this moment since I was a kid.
“My opponent is no pushover. He’s got some power in his punch, so I have to be careful with that. I do watch a little video of my opponents. I think Tabanao is a good fighter, he’s a smart fighter. He’s a counterpuncher, he comes to fight, he comes to win. I’m ready for whatever he brings.”
NEIL JOHN TABANAO:
“My style is come-forward and aggressive. My style always depends on my opponent and what he shows me.
“I’m excited to be in America to continue my career but this is a Mayweather Promotions fight and a lot of people will be watching. So overall it’s great for my career.
“I know [Leo] is good because he knocked out my teammate, Glenn Porras.
“My mother passed away in December at age 48 from stage 5 kidney disease. I am dedicating this fight to her.
“The first time I was ever knocked down it was a double knockdown, but I got up and the other guy [Charlie Pucdol] didn’t. At least I won the fight.”
“I’m an action-packed fighter. I’m a very slick, skilled boxer and improving with each step. It’s a great fight for me and I can’t wait to get in there.
“It’s more than a fight, you have to sell yourself out there. I’m from a good fight town in Sacramento, but I knew I would have to move to Vegas to step up against the best.
“I’ve watched a lot of Floyd and Diego Corrales. I was born in 1997 so I was 3 or 4 years old when I started watching those guys.
“With this game, it’s patience. And one thing I’ve learned from Floyd is to be patient. He says get it done the right way, and don’t rush. Because that’s when you mess it up.
“I’m an exciting fighter and I like to throw and mix it up in there.
“I want to make this a statement fight. If I don’t get him out early, because he’s tough, then I’m going to beat him down.
“I’ve fought on TV before so this is my third TV fight. So the lights won’t distract me. This is my job and it’s all part of the territory. So I can’t worry about all the lights and hoopla.”
“I’m a southpaw with a lot of experience and had more than 300 amateur fights with 270 wins.
“It’s a great step-up fight for me. I respect my opponent and know he’s going to bring it.
“Boxing has always been a big part of my family’s life and I’ve been boxing since I was six years old. Four of my siblings are boxers and one is a professional.
“The guys who I have sparred with are bigger than me so I’m fully prepared to go in there and take care of business.
“I was impressed with Xavier Martinez. He’s a good fighter, as all fighters at this level are skilled. He puts nice combinations together. We have formulated our game plan and I am very confident of my outcome on fight night and that I will be leaving Las Vegas victorious!”
“I’m mean and I’m aggressive. I’m an animal. I’m here to mess things up and destroy people.
“I’ve taken care of myself through this training camp and I’m motivated to continue climbing and making a name for myself.
“I’m a quiet guy outside the ring. I’m smart and intelligent outside the ring, but also inside the ring. Growing up all we knew was how to bang. But I’ve matured a lot.
“I’ve sparred some tough guys, including Gervonta Davis. That’s when Floyd [Mayweather] saw me and wanted to sign me so we did it.
“I’m an aggressive counter-puncher and I can take a shot. I’ve been especially working on my defense. My brother Luis is in my corner and he was a decorated amateur and won the Gold and Silver Gloves. Now he’s focused on helping me. He never turned pro, but I’ve seen the things he’s done and learned from them.
“I think people will remember me after I knock this guy out in my backyard. It’s gonna be something you don’t want to miss!
“Fighting in Vegas has been a dream come true for me. When I fought for the first time at the Mandalay Bay I almost cried.”
“He’s just another guy I’m stepping into the ring with. He’s nothing special.
“I’m a boxer with a strong right; look it up and you’ll see the video.
“I took some time off of my full-time job to get ready for this.
“With my last loss, I lost focus. My opponent did what he was supposed to do. But I rebounded and learned from my mistakes. It will only make me better in the future.”