ESPN2 FINAL PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES FROM MIAMI
Press Release: The final press conference was held in Miami today to discuss the ESPN2-televised boxing show to be held this Friday, January 4, 2013 in Miami's Magic City Casino. Headlining will be a twelve-round super featherweight bout between Miami's own Rances "Kid Blast" Barthelemy (17-0, 11 KOs) and Canadian-based Arash Usmanee (20-0, 10 KOs). In the co-feature, Puerto Rican Jonathan "Mantequilla" Gonzalez (15-0-1, 13 KOs) takes on Philadelphian Derek "Pooh" Ennis (23-3-1, 13 KOs) in a junior middleweight ten rounder.
Quotes from the Conference:
Rances Barthelemy - I want to thank everyone for this fight, the casino, my management, my promoters and trainer. I am renewed with this camp. All these changes are for the best. You will see a different fighter than before on Friday night. I have trained very hard and have gone to Big Bear, California, to spar. I am ready for the bell to ring. I want to thank my opponent, Arash, for accepting this fight in front of his Cuban fans.
Arash Usmanee - I would like to thank everyone for this opportunity. I have had a great camp and I am ready to fight. I hope he is ready to fight.
Derek Ennis - I am here to put on a good show for everyone. I want to thank all the promoters. I am coming out to do my thing: hit and not get hit. I will see you at the fights and do my talking in the ring.
Jonathan Gonzalez - I want to thank God for giving me the opportunity. I have been in camp for eight weeks and I am ready to fight today. I am on weight today and I am ready to take out all my frustrations out on Ennis. He has no idea. I am ready.
Leon Margules (Warriors Boxing) - Every fighter on this card can win and that's refreshing and exciting in today's boxing. I am very excited to have this event at the Magic City Casino; we hope we have several shows at this wonderful venue. This is the first show on ESPN of 2013 and we will not disappoint the viewers or the fans. We are starting the year strong.
Richard Dobal (Bad Dog Productions) - We are excited to be at the Magic City Casino, and to bring boxing back to Miami. This is a great show and the fans will not be disappointed.
Luis DeCubas (Blue Wave Group) - This is a great card. Blue Wave Group is excited to be working with Warriors Boxing and Bad Dog Productions. We have worked very hard to put this show together and we are looking forward to selling this place out.
Tickets are on sale now on the Magic City Casino website www.magiccitycasino.com as well as in person at the Magic City Players Club.