Dark tripleheader-- headlined by Miguel "El Alacran" Berchelt (31-1, 28 KOs) defending his WBC 130-pound title-- and Takashi Miura (31-3-2, 24 KOs) hosted a Los Angeles media workout at City of Angels Gym ahead of Saturday's fights. The show will also feature WBA 130-pound super champion Jezreel "El Invisible" Corrales (21-1, 8 KOs) in his U.S. debut against Robinson "Robin Hood" Castellanos (24-12, 14 KOs). Opening up the HBO broadcast, will be light heavyweight Joe Smith, Jr. (23-1, 19 KOs) against Sullivan Barrera (19-1, 14 KOs).
On the RING TV live streamed portion of the card, Mercito "No Mercy" Gesta (30-1-2, 16 KOs) will run up against Martin "El Brochas" Honorio (33-10-1, 16 KOs) and Manny "Chato" Robles (12-0, 4 KOs) will step up his competition with Juan "El Peņita" Jimenez (23-12, 16 KOs).
Below is what fighters on the Saturday, July 15 HBO Boxing After Dark triple header had to say at today's workout:
Miguel "El Alacran" Berchelt, WBC super featherweight champion:
"I consider myself a world champion, and fighting Takashi Miura is a way to prove that I am the best in my class. Some of my advantages include my height, the fact that I haven't been in many wars, and my youth.
"I have a youthful hunger that makes the difference between the two of us. It's cool to know that I am facing the best in my division - I was able to get through Francisco Vargas, so I know that I can take on Miura.
"Our plan is simple: win round by round. I will show the crowd that not only can I box, but that I can keep my energy through the rounds. Fighting with intelligence is key-you can be in a war but if you're not smart with how you land your punches it won't benefit you or help you win.
"Overall, I am excited to be able to fight again in Los Angeles with my fellow paisanos (countrymen)."
Takashi Miura, ex-WBC super featherweight champion:
"Training camp went extremely well, and I am pleased with how everything is going. I am getting used to the environment and time difference in LA, but should be fully ready to go come fight week.
"After my last loss, I became depressed for a couple of months. I thought I wouldn't be able to come back to the level that I once was. However, boxing is everything to me, and I couldn't just walk away.
"I have more heart than Berchelt. I want this more than I want anything. I am expecting a war because I know he won't want to give up his belt that easy. But I want it back. If there's a possibility to unify the titles, I will, if the opportunity is there. Our division is known for a lot of wars."
Jezreel "El Invisible" Corrales, WBA super super featherweight champion:
"I've always been confident in my training. They call me 'El Invisible' because you can't see me in the ring when I'm moving.
"I'm very happy to be making my U.S. debut and fighting with Golden Boy Promotions."
Robinson "Robin Hood" Castellanos:
"We had a great training camp, and we did everything we could to put together the best fight possible. I don't know which way the fight will go, however what I can tell you is that the only thing on my mind is winning."
Joe Smith, Jr.:
"Since my last fight, everyone recognizes me more. I've been working on continuing my journey towards becoming a world champion.
"In my fight with Barrera, we're just all going to have to see what Saturday brings."
"This fight is special because it is the first time my father will see me fight professionally. Joe Smith, Jr. is very good; he has power, but I have power too. I think I have a lot more experience than him, and I'm his biggest challenge yet."
Mercito "No Mercy" Gesta:
"I'm always excited for every fight to get back in the ring, especially now that I'm fighting at the 'Fabulous' Forum for the first time. I've been working a lot on my sparring, and I've learned a lot going in to this fight. I'm ready."