SHOHJAHON ERGASHEV vs. MYKAL FOX OFFICIAL WEIGHTS AND QUOTES
Fri, 15 Feb 2019
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Rising Prospect Ergashev To Face Fellow Unbeaten Fox at 10 p.m. ET/PT
MULVANE, Kan. Ė February 14, 2019 Ė Unbeaten super lightweight and rising star Shohjahon Ergashev and fellow undefeated Mykal Fox made weight just a day before their ShoBox: The New Generation main event headlines a doubleheader live on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/PT) from Kansas Star Casino in Mulvane, Kan.
The 10-round clash between Uzbekistanís power-puncher Ergashev (16-0, 15 KOs) and Fox (19-0, 5 KOs) will follow the 10-round co-featured super bantamweight fight pitting 28-year-old ShoBox veteran Jesse Hernandez (11-1, 7 KOs) against WBO No. 4-ranked Thomas Ward (25-0, 4 KOs) in what will be the toughest test of Hernandezís career.
Here is what the fighters had to say on Thursday from the Kansas Star Casino.
FINAL WEIGHTS, REFEREES AND JUDGES
Super Lightweight 10-Round Bout
Shohjahon Ergashev Ė 142* lbs.
Mykal Fox Ė 142* lbs.
Referee: Bill Clancy (North Carolina); Judges: David Sutherland (Oklahoma), Karen Holderfield (Arkansas), Mike Contreras (Nebraska)
*--Fight contracted at a catchweight of 142 pounds.
Super Bantamweight 10-Round Bout
Jesse Hernandez Ė 121 lbs.
Thomas Ward Ė 121 ĺ lbs.
Referee: Kevin Champion (Missouri); Judges: David Sutherland (Oklahoma), Karen Holderfield (Arkansas), Jeff Sinnett (Nebraska)
ďI know the odds are against me because of his height. He says heís 6-foot-4 and the tallest fighter Iíve fought was 6-foot-1.
ďI just have to be the smarter fighter tomorrow. My limited English skills has never hurt me in the ring and communicating with my corner. Fighting is a universal language. My English is a little bit better; itís getting better.
ďI trained for this fight both in Detroit and some in Florida and sparred with bigger guys like Anthony Dirrell and Leon Lawson at the Big Time Boxing Gym in Boca Raton. I had my conditioning coach B.B. Hudson in Florida with me too. So we are more than ready to go come fight night.
ďIím not eyeing one particular fighter; I just want to fight for a title. Itís been a year since my ShoBox debut against Sonny Fredrickson and Iíve improved a lot. I canít wait to show my skills tomorrow night.
ďI have some surprises that Iíll show on my way into the ring. I like to make it fun, and the fans will see that when I enter the ring.Ē
ďThis is the best shape Iíve ever been in. Weíve been trying to put this fight on for a long time. We tried to do it last year, but it didnít work out. I decided to fight someone the caliber of Ergashev because heís undefeated, and Iím undefeated. We have similar records, so why not?
ďIíve been watching [Ergashev] fights every day on YouTube. There is some danger in that, but I feel like I the more I can study what he does in the ring, the better prepared I will be.
ďI donít know what comes next for me. Iím still young. Iím just focused on tomorrow night.
ďRight now, my brother [ShoBox alumnus Alantez Fox] thinks Iím the better fighter than him, but thatís only because Iím fighting tomorrow. I bet after the fight he will go back to thinking thereís no one better than him.Ē
ďEventually, Iíll be a featherweight, but I think I can make this weight [122 pounds] for another year, year and a half.
ďIíve studied him on YouTube. I know what to do tomorrow night. I know how to exploit my advantage. He has a No. 4 ranking by the WBO so if we get the win we can get his rating, if not better.
ďHeís never seen a fighter like me; never fought in the States, or against a Mexican fighter. So I know I have the advantage. I have the ring IQ, and am the smarter fighter.
ďI have 10 rounds as my mindset. Last time I was on ShoBox I wanted to get my opponent out of there. But not this time. Of course, if I hurt him in the first round I will try to get him out of there. But itís OK to win by decision too.Ē
ďI was offered this fight and itís a nice opportunity for me. Itís live on SHOWTIME, so why not? This is a great stage and itís a very winnable fight for me.
ďEventually we will get a world title shot. I just have to keep winning. I know I have the ability and the time is now. If the opportunity is right, we will take whatever is put in front of us.
ďHeís supposed to be an aggressive fighter and Iím a boxer so it will be a good mix of styles. I know that heís a good, strong fighter, but Iíll be ready to handle whatever he gives me.
ďOf all the rounds Iíve boxed in 25 victories, Iíve only lost four or five rounds. If youíre not getting hit, youíre not losing.
ďIím a family man and donít go out. Iíve just been focused 100 percent on my boxing career.
ďIíve been in the States since February 6. We stopped in New York on our way here and trained for a few days. I trained at Mendez Boxing in Manhattan and also trained at Gleasonís Gym in Brooklyn.Ē
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