Promoter Eddie Hearn looked on like a proud parent on Wednesday in Manhattan, New York, as he surveyed the big-name fighters sitting on the dais who will take part in a blockbuster Aug. 3 show from Los Angeles’ BMO Stadium.

The card is so stacked that it was broken into two press conferences on Wednesday at Gotham Hall to accommodate all of the star power, with the main-event and undercard fighters enjoying their own time in the spotlight.

The card will take place under the leadership of Saudi Arabia’s chairman of the General Entertainment Authority, Turki Alalshikh in his first boxing card outside of the kingdom.

The lineup of fighters from top to bottom is among the most star-studded in recent memory – what Hearn called “the best card I’ve seen in U.S. boxing.”

Terence Crawford will face Israil Madrimov in the headliner for the WBA and WBO interim super welterweight championship.

In the co-feature, former heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz of Southern California will face Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller, with Isaac “Pitbull” Cruz defending his WBA junior welterweight title against heavy-handed Jose Valenzuela in another anticipated bout. 

The stacked card also includes junior middleweights Vergil Ortiz Jr. (20-0, 20 KOs) facing off against former titleholder Tim Tszyu (24-1, 17 KOs), though neither fighter was in attendance on Wednesday. Ortiz will first face Thomas Dulorme this Saturday.

Also in action on Aug. 3 will be the highly entertaining David Morrell, who is set to face Radivoje “Hot Rod” Kalajdzic at light heavyweight. 

Former Olympic gold medalist Andy Cruz will also be competing on the card.

Ruiz will return for the first time since he decked Luis Ortiz three times on his way to a unanimous decision win in September 2022.

“I’m just super-happy to be back,” Ruiz said on Wednesday. “Lots of ups and downs in life, but I’m glad that God gave me another opportunity. I’m ready to rock and roll. Aug. 3 will be the return of Andy Ruiz – a consistent Andy Ruiz.”

The colorful Miller was last seen losing to Daniel Dubois in December via 10th-round TKO. 

Miller and Ruiz are friendly, and there was little animosity between the big punchers on Wednesday.

“This is a great fight,” Miller said. “I can’t wait to do what I do best and that’s kick ass. And after that [Andy] and I will go out for a pint. I’m going to kill myself in camp. There’s no s***-talking this time. It’s not that type of opponent. There’s nothing but love. But the minute one of us gets punched, the friendship goes out the door.”

The popular Cruz battered Rolando “Rolly” Romero for an eighth-round TKO last month, while Valenzuela recorded a highlight-reel sixth-round knockout over Chris Colbert in a December rematch.

Despite the loaded nature of the 140-pound weight class, Cruz demurred when he was asked to pick his dream matchup, saying his focus is squarely on Valenzuela.

“I’ve been preparing a lot to face him and to give a great show to the people of Los Angeles,” Cruz said. “I’m ready for all the best fighters, but right now I’m focused on Valenzuela.”

Valenzuela will be making his debut at 140 pounds against the aggressive Cruz.

“It’s been a dream of mine since I was 10 to be a world champion,” Valenzuela said. “I’m big for the 135 division and I think this is the move I needed. I’m feeling good.”

Morrell sounded as if the super middleweight division is a distant memory for him, as he will also make his debut in a new division after capturing a WBA super middleweight belt. 

“I’m going up to 175 because nobody wanted to fight me at 168,” he said. “It looks like all of the fighters will be at 175 with Benavidez also moving up in weight.”

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