Press Release: Tomorrow in Cleveland as part of a ShoBox quadruple-header, New Zealand heavyweight Junior Fa (12-0, 7 KOs) faces former Golden Gloves champion Freddy Latham (9-0-2, 5 KOs) in an eight-round bout. Here is what they had to say at Thursday's weigh-n:
“When I beat Joseph Parker [in the amateurs twice] it was my movement and my footwork that was key. He’s such a big puncher I just kept moving because I didn’t want to stand right in front of that.
“I’m a multi-dimensional fighter and my strengths are my mobility.
“Deontay Wilder showed that he has plenty of power. He’s always there from the first bell… I like the guy, he’s got plenty of power and is very explosive.
“I like Anthony Joshua’s boxing brain. He’s got power, but it’s a different kind of power from Wilder. I like the way he sees his punches.
“For myself to be known, I’ll definitely have to fight in America. I don’t think I can make too much of a statement being back home in New Zealand.
“I think I can be three to four fights away for the chance at a world heavyweight title. I have to be entertaining in this fight for the American people to get to know me.
“Boxing used to be the biggest thing in New Zealand, but then rugby blew up.
“I live 40 minutes from Joseph Parker but we’ve never sparred. It’s too competitive.”
“This is my first time on national TV so I’m excited and nervous.
“He’s taller, but I feel like I’m just as long as he is. I can put my head in his chest and go to war. If it’s going to be a dog fight I’ll get into his chest.
“Yeah, I’ve watched both the heavyweight world champs. I’d beat Joshua now. Wilder, I would have to get serious sparring in. I’d have to change everything I do in my life – the way I train and my lifestyle and everything. Deontay’s the man right now. Joshua burns out after six rounds and that’s why I’d beat Joshua now. I’m two years away from those guys. Tomorrow night is my first step.
“Boxing’s coming back in Pittsburgh and we’ve got two or three other heavyweights there that are popular right now.”