Up-and-coming and unbeaten lightweight prospect Sharif “The Lion” Bogere (19-0, 12 KOs) of Las Vegas, Nev., weighed in at 134 pounds and his opponent “Sugar” Raymundo Beltran (24-4, 16 KOs) of North Hollywood, Calif., at 135 pounds during Thursday’s weigh in from Buffalo Bill’s Star of the Desert Arena in Primm, Nev., just a day before they battle in a 10-round lightweight matchup tonight.
In the co-feature, American heavyweight Seth “Mayhem” Mitchell (21-0-1, 15 KOs) of Bradywine, Md., and Nicaraguan Evans “The Sandman” Quinn (20-5-1, 18 KOs) of Bluefields, Nicaragua, had to be separated when the two squared off because Quinn shoved his fist near Mitchell’s face. The former Michigan State University linebacker Mitchell, who weighed in at 245 pounds, will take on Quinn, who tipped the scales at 217 pounds, in a 10-round heavyweight affair.
What the fighters had to say on Thursday:
"I know Beltran’s tough. I know he trains with Manny (Pacquiao). But I don’t care. I’m going to take it tomorrow.”
"Coming in as the opponent feeds my motivation. This is a challenge and it’s time to prove what I can do. They take me lightly. Manny people have.
“I’ve been knocking on doors. A lot of us fighters have been. So I’ll show the world that we’ve been disrespected. I’ll show them they are wrong. This is my shot on national TV.”
SETH “MAYHEM” MITCHELL
“I’m focused on business, on taking care of my opponent. But I understand that I need to look good."
“(Quinn’s) head games will not affect my game plan. It gets me going.
“I am honored to for the title (of best American heavyweight prospect). But I take it in stride. My success thus far hasn’t surprised me.”
EVANS “THE SANDMAN” QUINN
"Nicaraguans are fighters. We are warriors. That’s why I am the way I am.
“I always keep my game plan. I don’t take away that (Mitchell) could be an American hero. He could be whatever he wants to be. I just plan to take away the fight. I will win.”s