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Coney Island Fight Preview

If things go as they should, in the minds of many educated folk, next year by this time, Texan Errol Spence will be a full fledged star in the pugilism sphere. They think he has the skill set, and more room to grow as a combat sportsman, to get into that pound for pound space.

The ex US Olympian gets an opportunity to draw more eyeballs to what he’s got going on when he tangoes with Leonard Bundu on Sunday, on NBC proper.

Yep, free TV, network, just like you sons and daughters of the 60s and 70s enjoyed in the 70s and some of the 80s.

Lou Dibella promotes the PBC show which is topped by Spence-Bundu–tune to NBC for a 5 pm ET start—and features Brooklyner Heather Hardy in a grudge match glass ceiling smasher versus Shelly Vincent.

“Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island is a beautiful venue on the ocean and it’s fully covered,” Dibella told NYF. “It will be a great afternoon of boxing. Errol Spence is a stud and fans will get a chance to witness his rise when he takes on Bundu. That fight will be televised on NBC at 5PM EST after the Olympic basketball finals. That’s great TV placement for boxing and great for those who can’t come out to Coney Island. But people who come out can enjoy the beach, the rides and then come to the venue at 2:30 pm and see a great undercard with local attractions and international talent. The women’s fight between Heather Hardy and Shelly Vincent is a long brewing grudge match that’s gonna be a BARNBURNER. It’s an important fight for woman’s boxing and a reason in itself to get tix for this Sunday afternoon of “wars on the shore!”

Well stated…

Here is a release which tells you more about Spence and has tix info:

BROOKLYN (August 15, 2016) -Unbeaten rising star Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr. is leaning on his experience as part of the 2012 U.S. Olympic team as he nears a world title eliminator on network television and eventually a world title shot.

“People ask if I’m nervous about headlining big fights, but I’ve already fought on the biggest stage you can fight on at the Olympics,” said Spence Jr. “I was fighting in front of the whole world and it got me ready for where I’m at today.”

The 26-year-old will take on once-beaten Italian contender Leonard “The Lion” Bundu in a welterweight world title eliminator that headlines Premier Boxing Champions on NBC Sunday, August 21 from Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk in Brooklyn.

Televised coverage begins on NBC at 5 p.m. ET/2 p.m. PT following the Olympic Men’s Basketball Gold Medal Game. For Spence Jr., it was the experience of being around world class athletes such as the members of the USA Men’s Basketball team that he remembers most vividly about his time in London.

“I’ll never forget meeting all of the athletes that I had grown up watching,” said Spence Jr. “I got to meet Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, the Williams sisters and Usain Bolt. Just being able to talk to them and be around them was amazing. I was an Olympian just like them.

“It was a big moment for me when people like that would recognize me and tell me they were going to come watch me fight. That’s something I’ll always remember.”

While Spence Jr. had the best run of any of the men on the 2012 U.S. team, he came up short of his goal of bringing home a medal for his country. Despite that, Spence Jr. wouldn’t change anything about his 2012 experience.

“I feel like everything happens for a reason,” said Spence Jr. “If I go back and change something, it might change something in my future. So far my future is looking great right now. I’m one of the top fighters in the game and everything that happened in the Olympics led to that.”

Four years removed from his time in the Olympic Village, Spence Jr. is ready to make his mark as a pro, but will still have an eye on the new crop of talent that is currently competing in Rio.

“I would tell the Olympians to stay focused no matter what happens,” said Spence Jr. “Work with what you have there, listen to your coaches and stay 100 percent dedicated. You got this far, so why slack now?

“I wish them the best of luck and I think we definitely have some gold medal hopefuls like Shakur Stevenson and Claressa Shields. They’re going to come home with gold and it’s going to be big for U.S boxing.”

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by DiBella Entertainment and presented by BROOKLYN BOXING™, start at $35 and are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased online by visiting www.ticketmaster.com and fordamphitheaterconeyisland.com.

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