Coming up Saturday night in San Antonio, TX, rising lightweight prospect Floyd Schofield gets a chance to headline for Golden Boy Promotions as a late replacement main event. And, the fighter known as “Kid Austin” is ready for the challenge.
Schofield took part in the final press conference for the Saturday night show at AT & T Center, and here’s more from the Golden Boy release:
“Floyd “Kid Austin” Schofield (14-0, 11 KOs) who will headline in his home state of Texas. Presented in association with Davies Entertainment, Schofield will face Haskell “Hackman” Rhodes (28-4-1, 13 KOs) of Las Vegas, Nevada in a 10-round lightweight fight and defend his WBA International Title. The new main event replaces the original clash between undefeated knockout sensation Vergil Ortiz, Jr. (19-0, 19 KOs) of Grand Prairie, Texas and World Champion Eimantas Stanionis (14-0, 9 KOs) of Kaunas, Lithuania for Stanionis’ WBA Regular Welterweight Title. The DAZN broadcast will begin at 7:00 p.m. CT/ 5:00 p.m. PT.
“It’s a blessing to be the main event, everybody is coming up to me now ‘oh, now you’re the main event’ so you know, I gotta do what I got to do,” Schofield said. “Hearing that, I know I have to make a statement. I was training just as hard as if I was the main event from the beginning, so Saturday night I am going to make a statement.
“It’s super exciting to be fighting in San Antonio because it’s like now, all my fans don’t have an excuse, they can come to this fight. So I’d like to see everyone who said they were coming I have a big fan base in Austin and in San Antonio, and to combine them for the fight is going to be massive support and love, the energy is going to be amazing.
“I just want to give a big thanks to Oscar De La Hoya, Golden Boy, Bernard Hopkins, my dad, my team, Chris, Cameron Davies, and all the fans. Thank you for not canceling this fight and my best wishes to Virgil Ortiz. Make sure you tune in on Saturday. It’s gonna be a good show.”
Schofield has tremendous upside and we discussed him more on our “Big Fight Weekend Preview” podcast, as Dan Rafael joined me. You can hear the episode by clicking play below,
Schofield was last in the ring on the undercard of Gervonta Davis-Ryan Garcia in April in Las Vegas. The New Jersey native made quick work of Jesus Leon on a KO that has sent him to motion for the new opportunity for the Golden Boy main event.
Now, we’ll see if he can do something entertaining and memorable with the opportunity.