11/12 DAZN: Montana Love vs Stevie Spark

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Montana Love will headline at home in Cleveland, Ohio for the first time in his career as he defends his IBF North American Super-Lightweight title against Stevie Spark at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse on Saturday, November 12, live worldwide on DAZN.



Ticket pre-sale begins Tuesday, August 30 at 10 a.m. with public on-sale beginning on Wednesday, August 31 at 10 a.m. at RocketMortgageFieldHouse.com.



Love (18-0-1 9 KOs) boxes in his backyard for the fourth time in his career but first time as the star attraction and does so making the first defense of the strap he landed in his last outing, outpointing Gabriel Valenzuela in Las Vegas on May 7, on the undercard of Canelo Alvarez’s clash with Dmitry Bivol.



The 27 year old is ranked at #7 in the IBF and will be looking to put on a statement performance ahead of the vacant IBF World title being claimed by either Jeremiah Ponce or Subriel Matias this fall – and the man Love will need to impress against is Australian puncher Spark, who has plenty at stake himself.



‘The Viking’ (15-2 14 KOs) penned a promotional pact with Matchroom and Eddie Hearn, and his first bout under the deal sees him straight into the Lion’s den on his US debut.



The 25 year old from Toowoomba in Queensland has ended 14 of his 15 wins inside the distance, and the former IBF and WBC Australasia Champion will be out to ruin Love’s homecoming and leap into World title contention.



“From neighborhood hero to superstar - Cleveland we did it baby!” said Love. “I am happy to announce I will be defending my title here in my hometown.



“This is something I dreamed of as a kid. I’m looking forward to putting on a superstar performance. I need everybody in my city to come out – let’s defend the land!”



“I’ve been working very hard for a lot of years for this moment,” said Spark. “I have the best team in the world who I can’t thank enough for making this possible. I’m looking forward to exploding into the international boxing scene with a spectacular win. The American boxing fans are in for a treat, as I believe they will love my all-action style.



“We respect the fighter Montana Love is, he is highly credentialed but that’s why we took this fight. We are coming prepared, and we are coming to win. Come November 12, there will be no Love!”



“This is the stage and moment that Montana has been waiting for – and now he needs to take it with both hands,” said Hearn. “The chance to headline at home in a fight that can lead to World title action makes this the biggest night of his life, and with the Cleveland’s fans behind him, this is the moment to prove he belongs in the elite.



“But Stevie has other ideas. Australia is one of the fastest growing markets for boxing, and we’re looking to build stars Down Under. If ‘The Viking’ can pack his punch power and bring it to Ohio, he could become a major player at 140lbs overnight.”
 

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Montana Love vs. Steve Spark - Undercard Information​

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BY RANDOM HITS
Published Wed Oct 12, 2022, 04:48 PM EDT
Montana Love’s first headline hometown show will be a family affair as his older brother and Olympian Raynell Williams continues his return to boxing at the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland on Saturday November 12 – with Khalil Coe and Nikoloz Sekhniashvili also added to the Ohio bill.
Williams (13-1 7 KOs) returned from a near five-year absence from the ring in September with a stoppage win in Cleveland in the final round of six, and the Team USA 2008 games man will face fellow Ohioan Ryizeemmion Ford (8-2 6 KOs) over the same distance.
“This is a dream come true for me,” said Williams. “Fighting at home, in Cleveland, on a card headlined by my brother – it doesn’t get much better than that.
“It felt great to finally step back into the ring last month, and I’m excited about getting right back in there, and working my way back into contention. I know Ford well; he’s an Ohio boy just like me. I respect him as a fighter, but he’s simply not on my level and on November 12 I plan to put on a show.”
Khalil Coe fights for the third time in 2022 and will do so over six rounds against the unbeaten Bradley Olmeda. Coe (3-0-1 2 KOs) is looking for win number three of the year having stopped Dylan O’Sullivan in Phoenix in February and followed that with a points win in his first six rounder against William Langston in New York in April.
The New Jersey talent now meets Puerto Rican Olmeda (5-0 3 KOs) who himself has two wins to his name in 2022 and fights for the third time in the States with plenty on the line in a battle of the undefeated Cruiserweights.
“I’m very excited for this fight,” said Coe. “These are the type of challenges I want at this stage of my career. I’ve had a great training camp and I’m ready to show that on November 12 against a very tough, determined, and undefeated opponent.”
“I want to thank Eddie Hearn and Matchroom for this great opportunity to fight on this show,” said Olmeda. “I am ready, prepared, and confident I will win this fight and show the world what Bradley ‘The Underdog’ Olmeda is made of.”
There is a fascinating Super-Welterweight clash on the card, as Nikoloz Sekhniashvili faces David Rodriguez. Sekhniashvili (7-1 5 KOs) returns to action in Cleveland after over a year out of the ring and will do so against the undefeated Rodriguez (6-0 2 KOs) over six rounds. Sekhniashvili turned pro in April 2018 after seven years on the Georgian national team and recorded seven wins with five inside the distance before tasting defeat in New York in August 2021.
It's a huge opportunity for Rodriguez to make a name for himself in the biggest fight of a career that the 27 year old juggles with being a Health teacher at LeBron James’ I Promise School in Akron, Ohio.
“I am excited to be a part of such a great event in Cleveland,” said Sekhniashvili. “I am fighting an undefeated fighter and will show everyone that I am a World-class Super-Welterweight prospect. Thank you to Matchroom and my team for providing the opportunity.
“I’ve fought in nationals, in Cuba, and been in the ring with World champions; it’s my time,” said Rodriguez. “I’ve fought punchers my whole boxing career, I know exactly what to do, this moment is everything – I won’t lose.”
Love headlines his first hometown show against Australian Steve Spark on November 12, and the fights above join an already stacked undercard that sees Matchroom’s newest Stateside signing, Richardson Hitchins, fight for his first pro title when he takes on Yomar Alamo for the IBF North American Super-Lightweight title, Raymond Ford continues to catch the eye in his rise in the Featherweight division and defends his WBA Continental Americas title in Cleveland against Sakaria Lukas and Christian Tapia takes on Cleveland’s Thomas Mattice for the WBA Continental Americas Super-Featherweight title.
 

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im hearing stories that this shyt is not selling at all...like really not selling...eddie might have to start papering this card

Montana has been introduced at both the Browns and Cavs trying to get this fight hyped up. We will see Ohio is a great boxing state but I just don’t see those other cities surrounding Cleveland traveling to Cleveland to watch the fight.
 

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Montana has been introduced at both the Browns and Cavs trying to get this fight hyped up. We will see Ohio is a great boxing state but I just don’t see those other cities surrounding Cleveland traveling to Cleveland to watch the fight.
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looks like plenty of seats...VIP packages is 225 on the floor breh...i dont mind the card...shyt if it was a little bit more on the card i would have prolly went and got the credential for this
 

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whoever put this shyt in a full sized basketball arena is a moron, hometown or not Love not known enough to move tickets like that at that venue.
i agree...card isnt even bad...its like a shobox card but it needed a higher profile fight in the main OR love facing higher profile opponent at 140,147
 

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Montana Love-Steve Spark: DAZN Weigh-In Results From Cleveland​

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BY JAKE DONOVAN
Published Fri Nov 11, 2022, 01:41 PM EST
Montana Love returns to the venue that housed his breakout performance.
The unbeaten junior welterweight enjoys his first televised headliner as he faces Australia’s Steve Spark this Saturday at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse in Love’s hometown of Cleveland, Ohio. Love and Spark each weighed 140 pounds, right at the junior welterweight divisional limit for their scheduled twelve-round regional title fight (Saturday, DAZN, 8:30 p.m. ET).
Love (18-0-1, 9KOs) provided a slam dunk of a performance in his previous appearance at the home of the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers, scoring a one-sided, seventh-round knockout of former IBF 140-pound titlist Ivan Baranchyk. It took place last August 29 on the Jake Paul-Tyron Woodley undercard, after which Love signed an exclusive promotional contract with Matchroom Boxing.
Saturday marks the third fight under the Matchroom banner for Love. In his most recent outing, the 27-year-old southpaw traded knockdowns with Gabriel Gollaz Valenzuela before prevailing in a twelve-round decision win on the Dmitry Bivol-Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez undercard at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Spark (15-2, 14KOs) has won three straight since a stoppage loss to Tim Tszyu last July 7 in Newcastle, Australia. The last-minute opportunity saw Spark agree to move up two weight divisions to face the unbeaten Tszyu at junior middleweight after countryman Michael Zerafa withdrew over travel concerns during Covid restrictions.
A truer indication of Spark’s capabilities came in his most recent win, a third-round knockout of former title challenger Apinun Khongsong on June 11 in his Toowoomba hometown. Saturday marks his first fight in the U.S. and just second outside of Australia.
DAZN main card, 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT
Montana Love (18-0-1, 9KOs), Cleveland, 140 pounds vs. Steve Spark (15-2, 14KOs), Toowoomba, Australia, 140 pounds—12 rounds, junior welterweight
Richardson Hitchins (14-0, 6KOs), Brooklyn, New York, 140 pounds vs. Yomar Alamo (20-1-1, 12KOs), Caguas, Puerto Rico, 138 ½ pounds—10 rounds, junior welterweight
Raymond Ford (12-0-1, 6KOs), Camden, New Jersey, 126 pounds vs. Sakaria Lukas (25-1-1, 17KOs), Windhoek, Namibia, 128 pounds*—10 rounds, featherweight
* Lukas is two pounds over limit, not eligible to win Ford’s WBA Continental Americas Featherweight title
Christian Tapia (15-0, 12KOs), Coamo, Puerto Rico, 129 ½ pounds vs. Thomas Mattice (19-3-1,15 KOs), Cleveland, 129 ½ pounds—10 rounds, junior lightweight
Beatriz Ferreira (pro debut), Salvador, Brazil, 130 ½ pounds vs. Taynna Cardoso (5-0,1 KO), Jundiai, Brazil, 131 pounds—6 rounds, junior lightweight
DAZN ‘Before The Bell’ prelims, 5:30 p.m. ET/2:30 p.m. PT
Raynell Williams (13-1, 7KOs), Cleveland, 130 ½ pounds vs. Ryizeemmion Ford (8-2, 6KOs), Alliance, Ohio, 131 pounds—6 rounds, junior lightweight
Nikoloz Sekhniashvili (7-1, 5KOs), Sherman Oaks, California via Gori, Georgia, 153 ½ pounds vs. David Rodriguez (6-0, 2KOs), Akron, Ohio, 155 pounds—6 rounds, junior middleweight
Khalil Coe (3-0-1, 2KOs), Flemington, New Jersey, 174 pounds vs. Bradley Olmeda (5-0, 3KOs), Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, 175 ½ pounds—6 rounds, light heavyweight
 
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