MARES-MORENO FINAL PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES
Press Release: All six fighters squaring off in Saturday’s tripleheader at Los Angeles' Staples Center participated in a final press conference to discuss the show, which airs on Showtime Championship Boxing. In a battle of reigning title holders, Abner Mares (24-0-1, 13 KOs), of Hawaiian Gardens, Calif., defends his WBC 122-pound belt against WBA 118 pound super champion Anselmo Moreno (33-1-1, 12 KOs), of Panama City; IBF 118-pound champion Leo Santa Cruz (21-0-1, 12 KOs), of Los Angeles defends against Victor Zaleta (20-2-1, 10 KOs), of El Paso, Texas, while junior middleweights Alfred Angulo (20-1, 17 KOs), of Los Angeles by way of Mexico, and Raul Casarez (19-2, 9 KO’s), of Texas, will clash in the telecast’s opening match. Also featured as part of the Showtime Extreme broadcast, starting at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT will be WBO 175-pound titlist Nathan Cleverly (24-0, 11 KOs), of Wales, defending against late replacement Shawn Hawk (22-2-1, 16 KOs), of South Dakota. Here is what was discussed att he final press conference:
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OSCAR DE LA HOYA (promoter):
“We don’t just want to put on a main event; we want to stack our cards from top to bottom. That’s what boxing should be and that’s what boxing is all about. We have great prospects and world champions fighting together on one night. Moreno is stepping up to fight the best to be the best in the 122 pound division. That just shows you what type of fighter Moreno is.
“One thing we’re most proud of at Golden Boy is that Abner is the first world champion that we’ve brought up from the beginning. Fans have the opportunity to see him fight here in his home. Fans love him for his fan-friendly style. People keep saying, it’s tough fight – well, it’s a fight. The best fighting the best. That’s what you’ll see Saturday night.”
“I’m ready for Saturday. I’m ready to give you guys another great fight. My team has done a tremendous job with me... Fans know I come to fight. I leave everything in the ring and they now know I don’t leave the ring without giving them everything they paid for. I came to this country when I was seven years old and to see me fighting at Staples throws me off a bit. I will not disappoint on November 10th. I’ll give you guys the fight of the year.”
“I’m in perfect condition for Saturday. I’m very happy that they gave me this great opportunity to fight Mares. The only thing we’re waiting for is the weigh-in and then its fight night. He’s tough and I need to stay smart and stick to my game plan.”
LEO STANTA CRUZ:
“I trained really hard. I dedicate this fight to my fans and the people of Mexico. Victor is strong, he comes forward like me, so it will be a great fight. The better man will win on Saturday night. I’m excited to fight here in Los Angeles in front of my hometown fans. I can’t wait to get in there on Saturday night.”
“This is my first fight here and I’m excited about the opportunity. Hopefully, it will not be my last time here. I’m ready to face Leo Santa Cruz on Saturday. He’s a really good fighter and I know I need to bring my best to beat him.”
“I’m back in my town and it feels great. I’ve worked hard for this and I’m ready to get back in the ring. This is going to be a really good fight for the fans. I’m just grateful to get this opportunity after everything I’ve been through.”
“I’m excited, I’m grateful for the opportunity. I trained really hard with my team to make the most of this night. Angulo is a great fighter and I know he’ll be ready after his long layoff. But I’m focused and need to do my job in the ring.”
“This is a great opportunity to come to the United States and showcase my talent. I’m looking to make a statement and take my career to the next level. I trained at Wild Card Gym and it’s been a great experience. I’m looking forward to showing my exciting style and making the most of this.”
STEPHEN ESPINOZA (Showtime):
“This Saturday, I have no doubt we keep our streak of action-packed fights alive. We have another stacked card. We have the return of “El Perro” – Alfredo Angulo – one of the most feared fighters in the junior middleweight division. We have rising star and world champ Leo Santa Cruz – one of the most exciting young fighters in boxing.
“As for the main event, if you’re a boxing fan – a real boxing fan – it doesn’t get any better than this. Abner Mares, who grew up on Showtime, is a world champion with a rare combination of toughness and skill. Anselmo Moreno, a world champ as well, is one of the most skilled fighters in any division.”