Undefeated superweight Ra’eese Aleem will further cement his status as a top contender when he faces Mexico’s Eduardo Báez in a 10-round live match on SHOWTIME Saturday, May 27. 11 during a Premier Boxing Champions event from Dolby Live at Park MGM in Las Vegas.
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The first SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING trio kicks off at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT and is led by the undefeated super bantamweight world champions taking on the Champion. WBC Champion Brandon Figueroa faces WBO Champion Stephen Fulton Jr. in a belt unification clash.
Ticket for the live event, promoted by TGB Promotions, is currently on sale and can be purchased at ticketmaster.com.
Aleem returned to the ring after his declared January win on SHOWTIME, when he beat the previously undefeated Vic Pasillas four times on his way to a TKO victory in the 11th round. Here’s what Aleem had to say about the 27th bout. His November and more from training camp in Las Vegas:
During his recent training camp in Las Vegas with Coach Bobby McCoy:
“I’ve been out of the ring since January, but I’m still focused. My coach, Bobby McCoy, has been by my side ever since, and we’ve worked hard together to get to this point. The wits we have here in Vegas are second to none, so I know I’ll be up for anything Baez has to offer. I’m in great shape and I’m the hungriest of my career. “
On the situation of the WBA title exclusion (Aleem chose to keep the match date with Baez after the WBA ordered the elimination match against Azat Hovhannisyan):
“As many of you may know, I chose not to fight Azat Hovhannisyan in the WBA super bantamweight knockout. My reason is simple, I’ve been out of the ring since January. I am a fighter and I need to fight. I just had my best performance, and my fight was pushed back once. I want to be able to join this fight, work on the things I need to improve on, and then take the next challenge in front of me.
“For me, sitting on the shelf any longer is impractical at this stage in my career. I’m the fighter that fans want to see the 122-weight world champion. I beat the deadliest guy in the tournament for the interim title, so I should fight the champion.”
About his opponent, Eduardo Báez:
“Báez is a boxer under tough pressure, and I will have to be ready for a grueling fight. He is unbeaten in his last twelve matches, with eleven wins and one draw. His only loss was to Mauricio Lara, a world-class boxer. I’m taking this fight very seriously because it’s the kind of fight that can ruin everything I’ve worked for.
“I will make a statement in this game and finish the game before the final bell rings. I know none of the top fighters want to fight me, unless the sanctioning authorities force them to fight me, so, therefore, I have to keep winning.
“I’m upset because I know I’m the heaviest super-weight in the world. I have followed a lot of Marvin Hagler and found inspiration in his story. I know that if I continue to win spectacularly, the fans will ask to see me in a big battle. Until then, I just have to keep winning.”
While fighting in his adopted hometown of Las Vegas:
“I get a lot of support in Las Vegas. A lot of people will come out to see me fight. I’ve encouraged some of the great fighters out here, and they all want to see me in action. I consider myself a humble fighter, but I know I am one of the best, and my confidence is felt by those around me. I know other people believe in me and want to see me perform, so this is going to be a coming party for my Vegas peepers. I feel like I’ve been embraced by Las Vegas, and now I intend to win the knockout in my new hometown and steal the show.”
Fight on SHOWTIME:
“I love fighting on SHOWTIME. I feel like I’ve grown as a boxer on this platform, starting with the ShoBox: New Generation platform, and then winning a knockout against Vic Pasillas. I want to keep fighting for SHOWTIME because the executives and staff have always treated me wonderfully and I feel at home here.
“I want the winner of Figueroa vs. Fulton. If the winners don’t fight me, the world will know they’re bringing me down, that they’re not real fighters, and that they can’t be seen as true champions for the fans. I want to fight for a world title and I want everyone watching on SHOWTIME to know my hunger is real. ”
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