Roman "Rocky" Martinez
"I feel very happy returning to New York to fight, and even more on a special date like the Puerto Rican Day Parade. I know that a lot of Puerto Ricans will be there and I'll be ready, as always, to give it my all. Lomachenko I can say that he is a boxer with a lot of accomplishments as an amateur and even though he became champion in just a few professional fights, it isn't the same in amateur as in professional boxing and we are working hard to take the victory on June 11."
"Thank you to Top Rank! Thank you to my manager, Egis Klimas! And thank you to HBO for believing that I can headline its telecast in the main event of the evening. It is a big opportunity for me. It is a chance to set a new record by becoming a two-division world champion in the shortest period -- my seventh professional fight -- a record that currently stands at eight fights. On June 11, at Madison Square Garden, I'm going to do my best to reach a new career pinnacle."
Egis Klimas, Lomachenko's manager
"I would like to thank our promoter Top Rank for making this fight against Rocky Martinez a reality. We are also very thankful to HBO for approving this fight as its main event of their telecast. And a big thanks to the WBO for sanctioning this battle between two great champions.. For our team it is a big honor to be headlining at Madison Square Garden on June 11th and putting on a good show for the fans. I have no doubts that Vasyl will be in great shape for his debut in the 130-pound weight class."
"I'm more motivated than ever for this fight on HBO and performing in front of my people in New York. I recognize that my focus for my last couple of fights hasn't been at its best. I feel that my last performances haven't been close to what has been expected of me and that has motivated me to show my supporters that the Felix Verdejo they have been rooting for will be at The Garden on June 11 and for a very long time after."
"This is the first time in boxing history which two fighters on this card each won two Olympic gold medals. Vasyl Lomachenko and Zou Shiming accomplished iconic feats in the sport of boxing and Felix Verdejo himself is a former Olympian and one of the top amateur boxers."
Peter Nelson, HBO Sports
"On Puerto Rican Day Parade weekend in New York, Rocky Martinez fights to defend his 130-lb crown and his heritage, while Vasyl Lomachenko moves up in weight campaigning for a second world title in a continued quest to have his professional career mirror the glory of his unrivaled amateur virtuosity. The high stakes are well deserving of one of boxing's most elite stages: Theater at Madison Square Garden."
Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with Puerto Rican Best Boxing, Diamante Promotions, SECA and Madison Square Garden, tickets to the Martinez vs. Lomachenko / Verdejo vs. Martinez championship doubleheader will go on sale Today! Thursday, April 28, at Noon ET. Priced at $300, $200, $100, $50 and $35, tickets can be purchased at the Madison Square Garden Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster charge by phone (866-858-0008), and online at www.ticketmaster.com and www.thegarden.com.