Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Tarver to head June 2 quadrupleheader
By Dan Rafael
We've known for a couple of weeks that cruiserweight Antonio Tarver (the former light heavyweight champ) would face powerful Lateef Kayode, with middleweights Winky Wright and "Kid Chocolate" Peter Quillin squaring off in the co-feature on an edition of "Showtime Championship Boxing."
The card had been set for May 26, but organizers were still searching for a site. Well, they have one now -- as well as a new date and an expanded telecast.
According to Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer, who promotes Wright and Quillin, the card will move to June 2 and take place at the outdoor tennis arena at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The stadium, which seats roughly 8,000 and is truly one of boxing's best venues, has hosted a number of fights over the years, including epic first and third chapters of the four-fight Rafael Marquez-Israel Vazquez series.
Schaefer said he, Al Haymon (adviser to Tarver and Quillin) and Kayode's promoter, Gary Shaw, had all agreed to the deal and that Showtime approved moving the date.
In addition, Schaefer said, Showtime boxing boss Stephen Espinoza has given the green light for the telecast to include four live bouts -- the two top fights as well as two others that Schaefer didn't want to disclose because they aren't finalized.
"Four big fights in one night. It will be like a pay-per-view, but without the pay-per-view price," Schaefer told ESPN.com by phone on his drive into the office Wednesday morning. "We are currently working on the other fights and hope to have them wrapped by the end of the week. But this will be real fights."
As for the site, Schaefer said he finalized a deal with arena owner AEG (which owns arenas around the world, including Staples Center in Los Angeles, and which also owns a minority stake in Golden Boy) for the card on Tuesday night.
"They are going to put their promotional muscle behind this show at the Home Depot Center," he said. "They want to make it the biggest boxing night in their facility's history."