In the ESPN main event on Saturday at Las Vegas' MGM Grand Conference Center, welterweight contender Egidijus "Mean Machine" Kavaliauskas will take on Canada's Mikael Zewski in the Lithuanian's first bout since unsuccessfully challenging Terence Crawford for the WBO world title last December. The bout is scheduled for ten rounds. Kavaliauskas is 21-1-1, compared to 34-1 for Zewski. Here is some of what Kavaliauskas had to say to the media on Thursday:
“I want to face the best opponents at welterweight. My goal is to become mandatory and fight for another world title. I would like to fight the top names at 147."
“Zewski is also a pressure fighter like me. I think we have similar styles, and I really believe we will make a very entertaining fight on Saturday. I know the fireworks will begin in the very first round. This will be an action fight!”
“If I get the opportunity to fight Crawford, I would do it all over again. I want to face him again. I know he is beatable. Everyone is. I liked how the fight started, but not how it ended. I lost focus in the middle of the fight. At the end of the day, that fight gave me more confidence. I was definitely in the fight. It made me a better fighter. I corrected the mistakes I did make, and now I’m coming stronger.”