Commey vs Marinez ESPN DAZN press quotes and photos

Lightweight contenders Richard Commey and Jackson Marinez woke up Thursday morning ready to battle in a 10-round co-feature. After Maxim Vlasov tested positive for COVID-19, scrapping his light heavyweight title tilt against Joe Smith Jr., Commey and Marinez were elevated to main event status.

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They will do battle Saturday evening (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT) from the MGM Grand Las Vegas Bubble, a three-bout telecast also featuring Adam Lopez defending his NABF featherweight belt in a 10-rounder against Jason Sanchez, and heavyweight prospect Jared Anderson against Kingsley Ibeh in a six-rounder.

Two days before fight night, this is what Commey and Marinez had to say.

Richard Commey

“It’s been over a year since I fought. I lost my {title} to Teofimo {Lopez}. It was a little bit hard for me to take it… It’s done, and I learned what I had to learn from it. I learned my lesson. It’s redemption time for Commey because I still got a lot in there, and I want to be a two-time world champion.”

“I don’t have that much to prove to myself. I want to be a two-time world champion, so it’s time for me. Once I win this fight, there will be a lot of doors open for me. The lightweight division is packed now. Winning this fight would put me back in the mix.”

“I’m coming back off a loss, and he’s coming back off a loss. It makes sense. It’s a great fight for me to come back.”

Jackson Marinez

“Regarding the experience of fighting {Rolando} Romero, the whole world saw what happened. Right now, I see myself as a king without a crown, and even though I lost in a controversial fashion, it opened up bigger opportunities for me. I’m taking full advantage of them.”

“I just want to make it clear that we never got offered the rematch {with Romero}. We were looking for it.

We were in the media doing interviews looking for it. When they saw that after a couple of months I got this big opportunity against Commey, that’s when they went to social media and were saying that I was ducking him and didn’t want to face him again.

Right now, I have a great opponent in front of me, a former world champion, and I’m ready to take advantage of this opportunity. I’m excited and proud to face someone like Commey.”

SATURDAY’S CARD

ESPN, 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT

Richard Commey vs. Jackson Marinez, 10 rounds, lightweight

Adam Lopez vs. Jason Sanchez, 10 rounds, Lopez’s NABF featherweight title

Jared Anderson vs. Kingsley Ibeh, 6 rounds, heavyweight

ESPN+, 8:15 p.m. ET/5:15 p.m. PT

Eric Puente vs. Sergio Vega, 4 rounds, lightweight

Jahi Tucker vs. Eric Rodriguez, 4 rounds, welterweight

Troy Isley vs. Bryant Costello, 4 rounds, middleweight

Floyd Diaz vs. Fernando Macias, 4 rounds, bantamweight

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