On February 22 from the Morongo Casino in Cabazon, California, Gary Shaw Productions will present a ShoBox doubleheader, headlined by unbeaten Armenian prospect Art Hovhannisyan in a 10-round junior welterweight fight against Alejandro Perez. In the co-feature, middleweight prospects Tureano Johnson and Willie Fortune will meet in an eight-round bout.
Below are quotes from Hovhannisyan, Shaw, and Johnson.
"It's a demanding sport with constant obstacles on a daily basis. The margin for error is so small that even good fighters that do the right things can slip up in a single instance. I know what is expected of me with every performance and I use my training time wisely. I look at every day as a chance to prove something and I've been proving myself for a long time, I focus on the little battles in camp so that I can be victorious in the battle that takes place in the ring."
"I treat every fight with the importance it deserves and I never underestimate my opponents, but this is definitely a little different knowing that fans that wouldn't normally get to see you can through Showtime. It's fitting being on Showtime because that's how I feel when I go out there. It will be show time for me and I just know the fans of the sport will be pleased with what I bring to the ring."
"The card is going to be really special because it is filled with fresh faces that possess real talent. There are a lot of great fighters in the world and great prospects, but you never get the chance to see them. This show will give fans a chance to really understand that the next star is never too far away. Fighters have different personalities in the ring; they can have similar styles and still perform completely different. This will be a good opportunity for fans to get familiar with two very unique talents.''
"We've matched (Hovhannisyan) tough, that's what he's wanted. Art knows what he wants out of boxing; that's an important part of the process because it's not enough to want to be the best. That kind of mentality is vague and it puts you in a constant uphill battle. He's after very specific goals and I believe he is well on his way to achieving his success.''
"I don't look for knockouts, but they come to me because I put myself in a position to entertain the crowd. I don't avoid confrontation in the ring, but I'm comfortable enough to trust my hands and let them go. I'm anxious to work. Some people have to go to their jobs that they don't enjoy, but I'm fortunate enough to enjoy what I do. I love every day that I get to lace up my gloves because I know what the possibilities can bring. I enjoy camp. The fight is like the icing on the cake.''
Tickets priced $35 and $55 are on sale at the Morongo Casino Box Office or by calling the Box Office hotline at (951) 755-5391. They are also available by calling Ticketmaster (800) 745-3000 or online at ticketmaster.com. Doors open on fight night at 5 p.m. The first fight starts at 5:30 p.m.