CLEVELAND — When Montana Love was a kid growing up in Cleveland, he dreamed of being a headlining boxer, fighting in the biggest arenas in the city. On November 12, this dream will come true, for him and for the people he loves.
Love is set to fight Stevie Sparks in her fight inside Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse on Saturday night. It’s a game he’s been working hard to prepare for over the past few months.
“We had a long, tough camp. A very long camp. About 10 to 12 weeks. And we spend about eight hours a day in the gym. It’s really a job. So it’s a full-time job for us. . And the grind is real,” Love said.
But it’s not just the fight he’s been preparing for. It’s the ability to showcase all the boxing talent Northeast Ohio has to offer right now.
Love invited local boxers to fight on his undercard – from Akron boxer David Rodriguez and Cleveland boxer Thomas Mattice to Love’s older brother Raynell Williams. The event pairs local talent with fighters from around the world on a massive stage in the center of a grassroots arena.
For Williams, this isn’t just an opportunity to fight on a big platform, it’s his return to boxing after taking some time off. The added excitement comes from the opportunity to fight on his younger brother’s headlining card.
“Happy to be on my brother’s undercard. I appreciate him and Matchroom for putting me on this card, giving me this opportunity,” Williams said. “I said to my little brother, soak it up. He does this, he brought all these people so enjoy this moment. It’s amazing to be here.”
Love has been busy training for his fight, but he’s taken his brother’s advice, understanding the timing and what it means for fighters in the town he lives looking to make a name for themselves.
“It’s bigger than me. I can’t do it alone. I can’t do it myself. So I definitely have to put the rest of the team with me and put other guys with me so that ‘they can do the same, make a statement, grab this platform and take control,’ Love said.
After years of working to make headlines in an area like Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, Love has achieved that goal. His next goal? Win the fight. But no matter the outcome, the Cleveland boxer has already seen a dream come true.
“I still have to pinch myself, let me know this is real life, you know what I mean?” This is what you worked for and is now here. So does that amazing feeling,” Love said.
The Love-Sparks event kicks off Saturday at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse with undercard fights starting at 5 p.m. To learn more or get tickets, click here.
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Camryn Justice is a reporter for News 5 Cleveland. Follow her on Twitter @camijustice.
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