SHOWTIME FINAL PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES FROM LAS VEGAS
Press Release: Golden Boy Promotions President Oscar De La Hoya and the fighters participating in Saturday’s Showtime Championship Boxing telecast participated in a final press conference Thursday at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Lucas Matthysse, a 140-pound contender who holds a silly WBC interim title, will face Mike Dallas Jr. in the main event. Matthysse (32-2, 30 KOs), of Trelew, Argentina, boasts a knockout percentage of almost 90 percent and is looking to make a statement in the 140-pound division against Dallas Jr. (19-2-1, 8 KOs), of Bakersfield, Calif. In the Selcuk Aydin (23-1, 17 KOs) and Mexican warrior Jesus Soto Karass (26-8-3, 17 KOs) collide at junior middleweight. Junior middleweight Jermell Charlo (19-0, 9 KOs), of Houston, Texas, faces Harry Joe Yorgey (25-1-1, 12 KOs), of Bridgeport, Pa., in a ten rounder that will open the Showtime telecast.
Airing on Showtime Extreme prior to the Showtime telecast, 2008 Mexican Olympian Francisco Vargas (13-0, 10 KOs) battles Memphis' Ira Terry (26-10, 16 KOs) in a ten-round junior lightweight bout and Philadelphia junior middle Julian Williams (10-0-1, 5 KOs) takes on Newport News, Virginia’s Jeremiah Wiggins (10-1-1, 5 KO’s) in an eight-round bout.
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Below is what the executives and six of the fighters had to say on Thursday:
Oscar De La Hoya, President Golden Boy Promotions: “We have one of, if not the strongest punchers in the 140 pound division in Lucas Matthysse, who is facing Mike Dallas Jr. This is a fight that can take Dallas Jr. over the top and this is the type of fight that the fans will definitely enjoy because of the styles. Styles make fights. One thing for this year, 2013, is that I made sure that our matchmakers and everyone involved know that we need and we want exciting, exciting fights. This event Saturday night will be very exciting.
“The co-feature [involves] Selcuk Aydin. Anyone who saw him fight Robert Guerrero knows he put on an incredible performance. He is very talented. Soto Karrass, what can I say about him? He is a fighter who just keeps on coming, a fighter who’s well prepared and in your face. It’s going to be a tremendous fight.”
Lucas Matthysse: “I’m a man of few words. I’m in great shape and I am ready to fight. What else can I say? Bring it on. This is a very important fight for me not only to win, but to look good.”
Mario Arano, Matthysse’s Co-Promoter: “You will see the best Lucas Matthysse on Saturday. We want to make sure Team Dallas knows we are not overlooking any fighter. Saturday night will be a tough fight. Lucas is focused and he trained hard.”
Mike Dallas Jr.: “It’s big moments like this when you have to step up. I’m ready to go. Everybody dreams to be a world champion. It’s every boxer’s goal. I have the desire and ambition. The only thing on my mind is getting a win. I respect this fighter. He is strong and tough, but I am ready to prove and show to everybody what I can do.”
Selcuk Aydin: “I am ready. We had a good training camp. I want to put on a good fight on fight night.”
Jesus Soto Karass: “I am very prepared. I know the task at hand and that is why I trained for two months in Montebello, Calif. I won’t let this opportunity slip away. I know what I am up against. He’s a tough fighter, but that’s why I prepared 100 percent to make sure that I’m ready for anything.”
Jermell Charlo: “At eight years old my brother and I got in the ring. Come Saturday night, I’m going to show everyone that I’m supposed to be in the ring and deserve a title. I’m going to show every fighter in this division what’s next. I’m the next generation. Look out for me.”
Harry Joe Yorgey: “This is going to be a great show for boxing and a great show for the fans.”