World Boxing Organization (WBO) Junior Middleweight Champion Daniel Santos will seek to extend his unbeaten streak in world title bouts to 10 (with one no-contest) when he defends against former WBA welterweight champion Jose Antonio Rivera in the main event on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING, Saturday, Sept. 3, 2005, at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast).
In a must-win fight for a pair of talented, once-beaten heavyweights who aspire to box for a world title, World Boxing Council (WBC) No. 7/World Boxing Association (WBA) No. 9/International Boxing Federation (IBF) No. 12 contender Owen Beck will face IBF No. 8 contender Sergei Liakhovich in the 10-round co-feature. Don King Productions will promote the explosive doubleheader from Gund Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.
DANIEL SANTOS (29-2-1, 20 KOs)
“I am not worried about Rivera. I am here to do my job. To me, it is like getting up everyday. I do not worry about it because I train correctly. I have been training for three months. I will not try to finish it beforehand, but if I see the opportunity, I will go after the knockout.”
JOSE ANTONIO RIVERA (37-4-1, 24 KOs)
"I will be there 100 percent to win this fight. I have only trained three weeks so far, but I just fought in April and am in great shape.”
OWEN BECK (37-4-1, 24 KOs)
This fight is going to be good. I am bringing fireworks. Training camp has been good, and I feel most confident. I will definitely walk out with a victory. If the people want to know what Owen will bring, I can guarantee a knockout. This fight is a big challenge, but I am looking ahead to fighting a bigger fight against a bigger name.”
SERGEI LIAKOVICH (24-1, 18 KOs)
“I feel great. I have had a great camp. I will be ready. I am 110 percent ready, and as far as I am concerned, Owen Beck is in a whole lot of trouble. He is a tough guy, but come Sept. 3, I will have many questions that he will not have answers to.”