Mayweather-McGregor Prelims

By Caryn A. Tate on August 10, 2017
Mayweather-McGregor Prelims
“I think fighting on network television will be awesome and a huge opportunity for me.”

Shawn Porter (27-2-1, 17 KOs) will face Thomas Dulorme (24-2, 18 KOs) in a 10-round bout that will headline the prelims…

Former welterweight world champion “Showtime” Shawn Porter (27-2-1, 17 KOs) will face Thomas Dulorme (24-2, 18 KOs) in a 10-round bout that will headline the Mayweather vs. McGregor preliminary bouts live on FOX and FOX Deportes on Saturday, August 26.

“As always I’m just excited to get in the ring and perform,” said Porter. “I think fighting on network television again will be awesome and a huge opportunity for me. And to do it before one of the most anticipated sporting events ever is even more exciting. I feel like I’ve earned this spot and I’m ready to give the people the appetizer they deserve! ‘Showtime’ Shawn Porter never disappoints and I will prove that again on August 26.”

“I’m thankful for this opportunity on August 26,” said Dulorme. “I have been blessed with great fans and my last fight helped me to gain a little more recognition, but I am just getting started. I had a great performance back in January with a TKO victory, and this fight I plan to bring that same mindset into the ring. I am ready to win and to fight on Floyd Mayweather’s card is a blessing. I have a great team behind me and I am confident. I know my opponent is tough, but he’s just the opponent I need to really show everyone that I am even tougher.”

The broadcast on August 26 begins on FOX and FOX Deportes begins with a one-hour Prefight Show at 6pm ET/3pm PT. Preliminary bouts start at 7pm ET/4pm PT and will lead into the Mayweather vs. McGregor event that will be produced and distributed by SHOWTIME pay-per-view beginning at 9pm ET/6pm PT.

Also included on the preliminary portion of the card will be super lightweights Juan Heraldez (12-0, 8 KOs) vs. Jose Miguel Borrego (13-0, 12 KOs) in a 10-round fight.

“After my last fight, I gained a lot of inspiration to show more to my fans,” said Heraldez. “I’m bringing the best Juan Heraldez to this fight. My last few performances have been great, and I’ve shown that I can have the power to knock my opponents out. I’m familiar with my opponent, but truthfully he’s not a factor and on fight night my 0 will not go.”

“This is a great chance for me to continue to show that I have the skills to be a future world champion,” said Borrego. “I’m going to leave everything in the ring and put on a great show for the fans like I always do. I respect my opponent and I think this will be a great fight, but I will end the night victorious.”

“The fans are in for a show,” said Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions. “Not only do we have an amazing lineup of fights on our PPV telecast, we have a stacked undercard and plan to give the fans more. More fights, more access. We plan to get the fans excitement brewing with matchups like Dulorme vs. Porter and Heraldez vs. Borrego all on network TV. These are some even matchups and we are happy to have FOX and FOX Deportes on board to showcase this talent ahead of the grand finale that is, Mayweather vs. McGregor.”

Not televised but also on the undercard will be 2016 Great Britain Olympian Savannah Marshall, who will be making her pro debut in a four-round super middleweight bout. Marshall was an Amateur World Champion, a Commonwealth Games gold medalist, and is still the only boxer to have a win over two-time Olympic gold medalist and now unified super middleweight world champion Claressa “T-Rex” Shields (4-0, 2 KOs).

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