SHOWTIME SPORTS has released a video feature showcasing the love that undefeated WBA Super Middleweight Champion David Morrell Jr. has for the city of Minneapolis and the support that his adopted hometown has shown to him during his rapid rise in professional boxing. Morrell will look to defend his title against mandatory challenger Aidos Yerbossynuly and thrill the fans in his fourth-straight fight at The Armory tomorrow night in an event presented by Premier Boxing Champions live on SHOWTIME at 9:10 p.m. ET/6:10 p.m. PT immediately following the Jake Paul vs. Anderson Silva replay.
To watch and share the video produced by Alexis Arguello Jr., go to: https://youtu.be/O_jMHzwO6R8
In the video feature, Morrell, an amateur standout in his native Cuba, explains his decision to relocate to Minneapolis and expresses his disbelief at how the “Land of 10,000 Lakes” has accepted him as one of their own.
“First of all, I couldn’t believe it,” says the 24-year-old Morrell. “I couldn’t believe that a Latino would come to a place like Minneapolis, a place where I didn’t expect to receive so much care that I got. Not only The Armory, not only the fights. I go out in the streets, or out to eat, or the mall, and people recognize me and they say to me, ‘Hello, how are you?’ And that’s something that I never expected. It’s almost like they took to me so much and accepted me as another citizen of Minneapolis.”
The video feature will air on Saturday night’s SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast that also includes former unified champion Jeison Rosario taking on veteran contender Brian Mendoza in a 10-round middleweight attraction in the co-main event and unbeaten middleweight Fiodor Czerkaszyn battling the hard-hitting Nathaniel Gallimore in the 10-round telecast opener.
Veteran sportscaster Brian Custer will host the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast while versatile combat sports voice Mauro Ranallo will handle blow-by-blow action alongside Hall of Fame analyst Al Bernstein and three-division world champion Abner Mares. Three Hall of Famers round out the telecast team – Emmy® award winning reporter Jim Gray, world-renowned ring announcer Jimmy Lennon, Jr. and boxing historian Steve Farhood as unofficial scorer. The executive producer is four-time Emmy award winner David Dinkins, Jr. The producer is Ray Smaltz III and the director is Chuck McKean. Sportscaster Alejandro Luna will call the action with former junior middleweight world champion and SHOBOX® analyst Raúl “El Diamante” Marquez serving as expert analyst in Spanish on Secondary Audio Programming (SAP).