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March 02, 2017

CBS BOXING OPEN WORKOUT QUOTES

Press Release: Welterweight champions Keith Thurman and Danny Garcia participated in a media workout at world famous Gleasons Gym Wednesday afternoon in advance of their primetime showdown on CBS, this Saturday, March 4th from Barclays Center in Brooklynm, NY. Also in attendance Wednesday and opening the broadcast at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT were Erickson Lubin and Jorge Cota, who meet in a 154-pound bout.  Additional fighters participating in the workout included light heavyweight Andrzej Fonfara, who takes on former world champion Chad Dawson, popular Heather Hardy, who battles Edina Kiss in a featherweight attraction, Sergey Lipinets and Floridas Clarence Booth, who meet in super lightweight action and 2016 Haitian Olympian Richardson Hitchins, who makes his pro debut. Here is what the fighters had to say: 

KEITH THURMAN

It feels great to be in this big fight. This is what weve been dreaming of. It feels like my destiny. When you put so much hard work into the sport, everyone knows youre planting a seed. You have to watch it grow and nurture it before it starts to bear fruit.

Brooklyn has one of a kind fight fans. The history of this city and the history of boxing in this city is exceptional. The appreciation they have for fighters is one of a kind. Its always a blessing to perform for these fans.

I expect the best of Danny Garcia. This is the biggest fight of either of our careers. I saw the best of Shawn Porter, but Keith Thurman was able to rise to the top once again.

When you look at the facts and our records, it doesnt get bigger than this. Theres no comparison to my other fights. This is the biggest of my career.

The ultimate goal is to unify the division. Its a blessing right now to have two undefeated world champions. These titles have only been brought together a few times in history. Its a great opportunity. The winner is going to be that man to beat at 147-pounds.

I believe that we will see the next superstar in the welterweight division after we unify these titles. Whoever becomes the undisputed welterweight champion of the world, will be on another level. Were going to take our first step toward that Saturday night.

I want to touch as many households as I can touch. I want the kids who come from the struggle; I want them to see me. They have to learn that theyre going to earn their stripes in life from training hard in the gym.

DANNY GARCIA

Ive trained hard for this fight and Im ready. Saturday night, Ill be the new unified champion of the world.

The atmosphere at Barclays Center is amazing. Ive always requested to fight here and Im glad they accept me. I cant wait to fight in front of those great fans again.

Im prepared for the best Keith Thurman. Im ready to make adjustments and fight like a true champion and get the victory.

Ive been training a long time for this fight. I felt great in the gym and I was really comfortable the whole time. Ive had no struggle to make weight. I feel strong and Ive had no injuries. Thats a perfect camp. We train hard, we train smart and were prepared for Saturday night.

I always train to impress. I dont need to add any extra pressure just because its a big audience. I have to go in there and keep my composure and be the same Danny Garcia that I always am.

We just have to stay focused on Saturday night. Were just worried about my game plan for the fight. Theres no distractions for me. I think everything will go smoothly.

Theres always been some tough fights in the legacies of other great fighters. Each fight is a learning experience. Everything in my career has led me to this fight.

People want to see the best fight the best. This is my chance to prove it to the world that Im one of the best fighters in the world.

Im definitely a better fighter than Keith Thurman. Hes never been in the ring with a guy like me. Saturday night, Im going to prove it. Im the better counter-puncher, Im sharper and Ill prove it on Saturday night.

ERICKSON LUBIN

It feels great to be here. Training camp was amazing. We had lots of sparring and made lots of improvements from my last fight. I feel strong and I cant wait until Saturday night.

I dont let anything get to me. I know what I can do. Im going to go in there confident and be dominant. Im going to be aware of everything and keep my mind sharp in the ring.

My coach does the studying of the tape but I know hes a strong Mexican power-puncher. We know hes going to be aggressive, but were ready for any style he comes with on Saturday night.

For every opponent, the game plan is different. We have a game plan, but well be ready to adjust. At the end of the day, I have to go in there and win, and win impressively.

Being on this card is a wonderful feeling. I get to open up for this tremendous fight that I think is going to be the Fight of the Year. Im going to set the bar real high.

Im coming for that number one spot Saturday night. After that, I become the mandatory for Jermell Charlo. Im going to win this fight in spectacular fashion, mark my words.

JORGE COTA

I know that its been a long lay-off but Ive been staying in the gym and staying ready. I dont think Ill have any ring rust once I get in there.

Im going to take it round-by-round and see what he brings into the ring. Im going to make adjustments off of what I see. Ill assess the situation and take it on from there.

I have a lot of motivation coming into this fight and Im ready to move a step closer to a world title. This opportunity is something that I wont let slip by.

I know I have a very tough opponent in front of me, but I am too strong and I will be too good on Saturday night.

ANDRZEJ FONFARA

I got some rest after my last fight and get myself back together. The decision was to change trainers to Virgil Hunter. Im happy with that decision and I had a great camp.

I have more focus during this camp. Its just my family and the gym. The same thing every day. Im in possibly the best shape Ive been in my life.

I have a great jab that I have to use. I think Im a stronger and more physical fighter than Chad Dawson. I know how to box inside and outside. Dawson has a lot of experience but I know I will be ready for anything he brings.

There are a lot of Polish fans Im expecting to see on Saturday night. I know that Brooklyn has a large population of Polish boxing fans. Im ready for that feeling. Im back and Im going after a world title.

HEATHER HARDY

Ive had my eyes on this fight date for a while. I knew that I had to get on this card. There had to be at least one woman representing our sport on this card.

The women have to work three times as hard just to get to this point. Girls train just as hard as men and were working towards getting our due.

We dont just represent ourselves when we get in the ring, we represent our sport. Theres always an incredible amount of pressure, no matter what the stage is.

Just before this fight camp I was coming off of an eight-week MMA camp. Thinking about a girl who can only hit me with two hands, Im not worried at all.

Im excited to get back in the ring and put on a show for my loyal and dedicated fans who love to watch me fight.

SERGEY LIPINETS

The bright lights have never scared me away. Im more motivated by the importance of this card. All I care about is what happens in the fight. I dont see any distractions. Im focused on my opponent.

I prepare for every fight like its for a world title. Its the same system for getting ready. But I am aware that people have a lot of tape on me now, so my team has been working on bringing something different to each fight.

As of now, Im the IBF mandatory, but Im not looking past Clarence Booth. I want to take care of this fight and then move on to whoever is holding that belt in June or July. I want a world title fight next.

I respect every man who steps into that squared-circle. Clarence Booth is a great fighter and I respect him for getting in the ring with me. Hes in my way and I plan on putting on a great performance.

CLARENCE BOOTH

Being in camp with Keith Thurman is like being in the school of boxing. We spar, get some good rounds in and he always gives me good advice.

Im prepared for anything on Saturday night. Ive watched him a little bit. I see hes a big puncher, but Im a big puncher too. Im ready to get to work.

I can do it all in the ring. I can brawl, box and adjust to my opponent. Im excited for this fight on Saturday.

This is a tremendous opportunity for me and Im just excited to get in the ring and take advantage of it on Saturday night.

RICHARDSON HITCHINS

Im excited to make my pro debut. Ive fought in the Golden Gloves at Barclays Center before so theres no pressure heading into this one.

Ive had a long amateur career and I think all of that prepared me for this moment. Everything Ive been doing since I was 13 has led to this.

I dont know too much about my opponent but Im going to go in there and adapt. Weve trained to be prepared for this.

Ive always seen myself fighting on big cards and one day Ill be the headliner. Were finally on the right track towards what Im looking to accomplish.




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