Cuba's Yudel Jhonson faces Cleveland's Willie Nelson in tomorrow night's ShoBox main event. (Photo by Tom Casino/Showtime)
Tomorrow night's ShoBox: The New Generation is a double-header from Texas Station in Las Vegas, with a 10-round main event in the junior middleweight division. Yudel Jhonson of Cuba and Willie Nelson of Cleveland, Ohio, both weighed in at 151½ lbs for that fight, well under the 154-pound limit. In the co-feature, super middleweights Badou Jack (167) and Alexander Brand (166½) were both under the limit. Below are photos and quotes from the weigh-in event. Bad Left Hook will have live round-by-round coverage of ShoBox tomorrow night at 11 p.m. EDT.
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"Thank you to the United States for the freedom to fight professionally. Thanks to SHOWTIME for making me able to show my talents. I'm in great condition. I'm in the best shape I've ever been in and I had the best training camp of my career.
"This is a great opportunity and I won't let it pass me by. I'm dedicating this fight to all the mothers in the world, especially my mother in Cuba.''
WILLIE "THE GREAT" NELSON
"I want to thank everybody for coming to this fight. The only thing I can say is Yudel is a great fighter, but I'm better. Tomorrow night I will be the better man.
"I'm not taking anything away from him, but I will win. Watch tomorrow night.''
BADOU JACK "THE RIPPER"
"Thanks to my promoters and SHOWTIME for this opportunity. I can't wait for the fight. I wish it was today. I will win by a knockout. He's in with a real fighter now. You could tell he was nervous.
"I'm going to beat him up tomorrow night.''
"This is only the beginning. I will definitely be victorious tomorrow night. He talked too much before the fight. He never beat anyone, so why is he talking like a world champ?
"I'm going to shut his big mouth."
All photos by Tom Casino/Showtime