Brazilian MMA superstar, Cris Cyborg, is all set to make her U.S. boxing debut on BLK Prime PPV, when she squares off against Gabrielle Holloway on the Terence “Bud” Crawford (38-0, 29 KOs) vs. David Avanesyan (29-3-1, 17 KOs) card, live from the CHI Health Center in Omaha, Neb. on December 10.
Crawford vs. Avanesyan, a 12-round WBO welterweight world title clash, will stream live on the BLK Prime app and across all cable and satellite outlets for the price of $39.99. BLK Prime, a Silicon Valley-based tech company, is a subscription video-on-demand platform that utilizes elite technology to bring the best picture-perfect stream available. The telecast will begin at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT.
Here is what Cyborg had to say about her recent training camp, her matchup with Gabby Halloway, fighting on BLK Prime PPV, and more.
On her recent training camp:
“Things are going great. Boxing is a lot different than MMA, but the hard work stays consistent. The biggest difference is the time. The rounds go so fast, I only have two minutes to win the round. So, the big thing I worked on is focusing on starting quickly. I have given this camp my all, and I am expecting to win.”
On her matchup with Gabby Holloway:
“I am fighting a tough opponent. Gabby Halloway has never been stopped and fought someone I knew in Raquel Miller. She hasn’t been the most active but has been around the game for a long time, and has more experience than me, as a pro boxer. I am not overlooking her at all. I want to keep up a good pace and apply a lot of pressure.”
On what a win will do for her career:
“I want to be able to fight against the big names in the sport of boxing. I want to compete and challenge myself against the best of this era, and to do so it all starts on a win on December 10th. A win puts me in a great position.”
On fighting on BLK Prime PPV:
“I was a part of women’s MMA when it was a new thing, and BLK Prime gives me the same feeling as some of the great companies like Strikeforce, when I was on my rise. I want to headline a card on BLK Prime in the future and I am excited that they are allowing the fighters to take control of their career. The fans must support this event, and bring in a new age of boxing.”
Cris Cyborg finds inspiration from Bruce Lee ahead of Saturday’s return to the boxing ring
Cris Cyborg will make her return to the Boxing ring this Saturday Dec. 10th in Omaha Nebraska as part of the main card of the Terence Crawford Vs David Avanesyan PPV. The bout will be her first Pro Boxing fight in the USA after the MMA Grand Slam Champion captured the FMS SuperWelterweight belt last September in her debut against Brazilian National Champion Simone Silva in her native hometown of Curitiba Brazil after 8 rounds of boxing. Returning at a fight weight of 154lbs; Cyborg, the current Bellator MMA Champion, will be doing a 4 round fight against Army Veteran Gabby Holloway. Holloway who made her professional boxing debut in 2016 and has faced top female boxer Raquel Miller also competes in MMA where she is ranked top 10 in the world most recently losing a close decision to Bellator #1 contender Cat Zingano in her last MMA performance.
For Saturday’s fight Cris Cyborg who normally conducts training camp at her own private facility in Huntington Beach relocated to Seattle Washington and enlisted the help of rising trainer Jose Benavidez Sr, father of current Mexican boxing Superstar David Benavidez. When asked of the switch in the training environment, Cris Cyborg had this to say “Team Benavidez is a family run gym and I can feel that passion from all of the coaches as they are excited to work with me. After only a couple of training sessions I noticed the improvements they made to my Jab, Defense, and overall footwork. I am excited to display my growth Saturday night.”
Following the conclusion of her training camp in Seattle, Cris Cyborg made it a point to visit the LakeView Cemetery which is the final resting place of Martial Arts legends Bruce Lee and his son Brandon Lee. For Cyborg, MMA’s winningest Champion the experience at the resting site was a special moment as she said, “Paying my respects to Bruce Lee and his son was the perfect finish to my training camp. Bruce Lee was such a great influence on Martial Arts and the art of fighting that and my visit was a chance to pay my respects and a time to reflect on my own journey and goals as I get set to head to Omaha Nebraska for Saturday night’s fight.”
For Cris Cyborg the next step of her Martial Arts journey begins Saturday Dec. 10th at the Chi Health Center in Omaha Nebraska. The full fight card will feature 10 fights with the Main event showcasing Terence Crawford Vs David Avanesyan. The Event will be available on internet PPV BLK Prime and traditional PPV providers InDemand, DIRECT TV, and DISH with tickets for fans wanting to attend the event live ranging from $60-$600.