LAS VEGAS – Undefeated superbantamweight Ra’eese Aleem will try to cement his status as a top challenger further when he meets Mexico’s Eduardo Báez in a 10-round duel live on SHOWTIME on Saturday, November 27 in a Premier Boxing Champions event from Dolby Live at MGM Park in Las Vegas.
SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING tripleheader starts at 22:00 ET / 19: 00 PT and is headlined by undefeated world champions in superbantam weight going toe-to-toe as WBC champion Brandon Figueroa meets WBO champion Stephen Fulton Jr. in a title clash.
Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by TGB Promotions, are on sale now and can be purchased at ticketmaster.com.
Aleem returns to the ring after a statement victory in January on SHOWTIME, when he dropped the previously undefeated Vic Pasillas four times on his way to a dominant 11th round TKO victory. Here’s what Aleem had to say about his fight on November 27 and more from the training camp in Las Vegas:
At his recent training camp in Las Vegas with coach Bobby McCoy:
“I have been out of the ring since January, but I have kept my focus. My coach Bobby McCoy has been right by my side since then and together we have worked hard to reach this point. The sparring we have here in Vegas is second to none, so I know I will be ready for anything Baez brings. I’m in great shape and I’m the hungriest I’ve ever been in my career. “
About the WBA title eliminator situation (Aleem chose to keep his match date with Baez after the WBA ordered an eliminator match against Azat Hovhannisyan):
“As many may be aware, I chose not to fight Azat Hovhannisyan in the WBA’s superbantam weight eliminator. My reasoning is simple, I’ve been out of the ring since January. I’m a fighter and I have to fight. I just had my best. performance, and my fight has already been pushed back once.I would like to be able to get this fight in, work on things I need to improve, and then take the next challenge ahead of me.
“For me, it was unrealistic to sit on the shelf even longer at this point in my career. I’m a fighter, fans want to see meet the world champions at 122 pounds. I beat the most dangerous guy in the division for the interim title, so I should fight against the master. “
About his opponent, Eduardo Báez:
“Báez is a tough pressure fighter and I have to be ready for a grueling battle. He is undefeated in his last twelve matches with eleven wins and one draw. His only loss was to Mauricio Lara, a world-class fighter. I take this fight very seriously as it is the type of fight that can ruin everything I have worked for.
“I will speak out in this fight and end the fight before the last bell rings. I know none of the top fighters want to fight me unless the sanctions force them to fight me, so therefore I must keep winning. .
“I’m annoyed because I know I’m the best superbantam weightlifter in the world. I’ve looked a lot at Marvin Hagler and found inspiration in his story. I know that if I keep winning in a spectacular way, fans will demand to see me in a big fight. Until then, I just have to keep winning. “
About matches in his adopted hometown Las Vegas:
“I get a lot of support in Las Vegas. A lot of people want to come out to see me fight. I’ve spared some amazing fighters who stay out here and they all want to see me in action. I carry myself like a humble fighter , but I know I’m one of the very best and my confidence is felt by those around me.I know others believe in me and want to see me perform so this will be an upcoming party for my Vegas I feel “I’ve been embraced by Las Vegas and now I intend to get a knockout victory in my new hometown and steal the show.”
About the match on Showtime:
“I love fighting on Showtime. I feel like I grew up as a fighter on this platform, starting on the ShoBox: The New Generation platform and then having a dominant knockout victory over Vic Pasillas. I will continue to fight at SHOWTIME as the managers and staff have always treated me well and I feel at home here.
“I want the winner of Figueroa vs. Fulton. If the winner will not fight me, then the world will know that they are failing me, that they are not true warriors, and that they can not be considered true masters of the fans. I want to fight for a world title and I want everyone who watches Showtime to know that my hunger is real. “