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July 05, 2018

ALEXANDER-BERTO CARD OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCED BY PBC

Marcus Browne mismatch and Quillin-Love clash round off telecast

Press Release: Former champions Andre Berto (31-5, 24 KOs) and Devon Alexander (27-4-1, 14 KOs) will battle in a twelve-round welterweight contest on a Premier Boxing Champions show to be aired on Fox and Fox Deportes on Saturday, August 4th from the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Long Island, New York. The telecast begins at 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT with former WBO  middleweight title holder Peter "Kid Chocolate" Quillin (33-1-1, 23 KOs) facing J'Leon Love (24-1-1, 13 KOs) in a ten-round bout. 
Also in action will be former amateur standout and fast-rising unbeaten prospect Joey Spencer (3-0, 3 KOs) in a junior middleweight match.

The night begins on Fox Sports 2 & Fox Deportes when light heavyweight Marcus Browne (21-0, 16 KOs) takes on Lenin Castillo (18-1-1, 13 KOs) over ten rounds, and former welterweight title holder Luis Collazo (37-7, 20 KOs) faces Bryant Perrella (15-1, 13 KOs).
 
Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by TGB Promotions and DiBella Entertainment, go on sale Friday, July 6 at 10 a.m. Tickets can be purchased online by visiting www.ticketmaster.com, www.nycblive.com, or by calling 1-800-745-3000. Tickets are also available at the Ticketmaster Box Office at NYCB LIVE beginning Saturday, July 7 at noon. Group discounts are available by calling 516-231-4848.
 
"This is an outstanding card from top to bottom with matches that figure prominently in the 147-pound, 168-pound and 175-pound divisions,'' said Tom Brown of TGB Promotions. "Berto and Alexander are two former champions who are fighting to get back into the crowded welterweight title picture. The Peter Quillin and J'Leon Love winner factors heavily in the super middleweight championship mix. It's compelling action for the fans at Nassau Coliseum and the ones tuned in to FOX in prime time.''
 
"I'm happy to bring another action-packed event back to NYCB Live on Long Island," said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. "Headlining the FOX and FOX Deportes telecast, former world champions Andre Berto and Devon Alexander meet in a high-stakes crossroads battle with the winner emerging one step closer to another shot at the welterweight crown. Former middleweight champion Peter Quillin continues his comeback facing the talented J'Leon Love and Staten Island's unbeaten light heavyweight contender Marcus Browne also appears on the card. Long Island boxing fans will want to arrive early for a tremendous undercard, with local talent as well."
 
An exciting and accomplished fighter from Florida, Berto returns to the ring after dropping a contest last April to Shawn Porter. Berto represented Haiti in the 2004 Olympics and more recently scored a fourth-round knockout of former title holder Victor Ortiz in their high-octane rematch.
 
Berto previously challenged retired legend Floyd Mayweather in September 2015 and has engaged in numerous wars, including in  2012 against Robert Guerrero and his first fight with Ortiz. He has twice held a welterweight title, first the WBC belt, which he successfully defended five times between 2008 and 2011, plus the IBF crown he picked up in 2011 with a victory over Jan Zaveck.
 
"This is a great fight that has been a long time coming," said Berto. "We share some common opponents, but we have different styles of fighting and styles make fights. I've had a lot of success with southpaws. I'm looking forward to seeing him in front of me and capitalizing on what I'm working on now."
 
Alexander returned to the spotlight in February after only fighting once since 2015 while he sought treatment for an addiction to painkillers. He looked sharp in his first big fight in years, displaying similar speed and skills that had made him a two-weight champion before being given a controversial draw against former champion Victor Ortiz on FOX, in a fight most thought Alexander had won.
 
The 31-year-old emerged onto the scene with a unanimous decision victory over Randall Bailey to add the welterweight crown to the 140-pound title he had won three years prior. Originally from St. Louis, but now training in Florida with longtime coach Kevin Cunningham, Alexander has defeated the likes of Marcos Maidana, Lucas Matthysse and Jesus Soto Karass throughout his accomplished career.
 
"I'm very excited about this fight. Berto and I have history going back to the amateurs,'' Alexander said. "I know him very well, but we've never fought. I have to show that I'm still one of the best in a stacked division. This is all business for me, because at this point in my career, I'm approaching every fight as if it's my last. This is prime time for me.
 
"My mentality is that Berto is still the killer that he was 10 years ago. So I'm looking at him like he's lost nothing. I've got one mission, and that's to beat Berto. I'll be technically sound and 100 percent focused on accomplishing that task."
 
A Brooklyn-resident who has made the borough home for his whole career, Quillin returned to the ring last September when he defeated Dashon Johnson by unanimous decision. The former WBO middleweight title holder made three title defenses after winning a vacant against Hassan N'Dam in Brooklyn and his only loss came at the hands of former champion Daniel Jacobs.
 
"I'm excited to be back at home in New York in front of my fans and people I love so dearly,'' Quillin said. "I'm coming back more polished and more seasoned and a man of God. I've definitely always been a guy who steps out and does what people think I can't do. I know J'Leon is looking to make a splash. He needs a name on his resume. I have to do everything in my power to make sure that doesn't happen. Either he's going to have to learn a hard lesson or give me a hard lesson.''
 
The 30-year-old Love enters this fight unbeaten in his last seven contests after most recently defeating Jaime Barboza in May. The Michigan-native now trains and lives in Las Vegas.
 
"I think this is a really good match-up," said Love. "Peter Quillin is a very talented fighter and a former world champion who is always in great shape. He's someone you have to train very hard for and that you definitely cannot take lightly. I'm just grateful for the opportunity to fight a spectacular fighter like him. We'll put on a great fight."
 
Browne has put together three straight knockout victories. The 27-year-old southpaw has sandwiched knockouts of Thomas Williams, Jr. last February and Francy Ntetu this January around a second-round destruction of then-unbeaten Seanie Monaghan in the inaugural boxing event at Nassau Coliseum on a FOX primetime telecast last July. The 2012 U.S. Olympian will look to put himself in position for a world title fight with a convincing win on August 4th.
 
"I feel good about fighting close to home in New York," said Browne. "Lenin Castillo is definitely a good, hungry, up-and-coming fighter who has one loss to Joseph Williams. I'm not overlooking him, but right now I'm trying to keep my top position in order to vie for a title, so I have to destroy him.''
 
The 29-year-old Castillo fights out of his native Dominican Republic and enters this bout with three straight victories by stoppage. Castillo's recent wins followed his first professional loss, a majority decision defeat to unbeaten Joseph Williams last February. Castillo has fought professionally since 2010 and was unbeaten in his first 12 fights. The only other blemish on his pro resume was a majority draw in Brooklyn against then unbeaten Travis Peterkin in 2015.
 
"Marcus Browne is a boxer I've been following a long time because we were both Olympians,'' said Castillo. "This is a good style matchup that I think will make a fun fight for the fans. We're looking for the victory. Both of us know that a win here can take us to a world title shot and I'm not planning on wasting my opportunity.''
 
Collazo is a former WBA 147-pound champion hailing from Brooklyn who has fought top welterweights from Berto and Shane Mosley to Keith Thurman and Ricky Hatton. His most recent fight saw him score a knockout victory over Sammy Vasquez in February 2017. He returns to the ring after recovering from injuries sustained during training and will face Perrella of Fort Myers, FL. 

The 29-year-old Perrella defeated Alex Martin in his home state in December via a unanimous decision in his last outing.



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