Boxers compete on undercards Keith Thurman vs. Mario Barrios previewed their respective matches during a press conference on Thursday before entering the ring this Saturday, February 5, from the Michelob ULTRA Arena at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.
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Meeting face-to-face were undefeated Jesús “Mono” Ramos and Vladimir Hernández, plus former doubles champions Luis Nery and undefeated Carlos Castro, as they discussed their matches on FOX television. Sports PBC Pay-Per-View starts at 9am. p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.
The press conference also featured heavyweight contenders Abel Ramos and Luke Santamaría, plus exciting ultralightweight athletes Ryan “Cowboy” Karl and Omar “El Relámpago” Juárez, who entered the ring. in PBC the action by FOX and FOX Deportes begins at 7pm ET/4pm PT, before the pay-per-view action.
Ticket for the live event, which TGB Promotion promotes, is currently discounted and available at axs.com.
Here’s what the boxers had to say on Thursday from Michelob ULTRA Arena:
“Now, this is a more important opportunity for me, and I am grateful for that. I also have to thank Hernandez for letting me fight after his win over Julian Williams. That makes this an important battle for me.
“This is a step in the right direction. My team handles their work, and I have to manage my share. I have a formidable opponent ahead of me, and I’m ready for what he has to offer. .
“I like how persistent he is. He has a rough style, and that makes for an interesting fight. It’s a challenge, and I love the challenge. There will be a lot of action on this card.
“He likes to rush forward, so I need to keep him at a distance and control him with my jab. I also believe I can cause damage to my left side. Either way, I’ll be ready to adapt.
“In the last two games, I have matured a lot. Not all disputes will end in a knockout. I know how to adjust and how to box. If I have to do it on Saturday night, I’ll be ready.
“It means a lot to be in this position. My family has worked hard for this. None of this was given to us; we had to work. That makes it even sweeter.
“I think beating Hernandez would make a big statement. He’s just beaten one of the best in the tournament, and I’m ready to show it off.”
“I will be on the lookout for anything he brings. I’m ready to deliver an exciting fight, but we’ll also be prepared for whatever he takes to the ring. I am up for this challenge.
“I had a really tough match with the Southpaws during training. This will be happening again and the fans will be delighted. I will give as much as I can.
“I am so excited to have the opportunity to stand on this stage and a card like this. I want to thank the whole team and Ramos for giving me the opportunity to shine.”
“I am very happy to be here. We are looking forward to having a great fight on Saturday night. We’ve studied Carlos Castro very thoroughly and it’s clear what he likes to do. We are ready for any challenge that comes our way.
“For this fight, I was able to prepare with more time than when I met Brandon Figueroa. It allowed me to take out my opponent, and the preparation went very smoothly.
“We’ll see on Saturday if he can withstand my power. I’ve done a lot of research on him, and he’s a great fighter. It remains to be seen on Saturday what will happen, but the style makes for fights and I think his style suits mine. I’ll do whatever I can to get a show of hands on Saturday night.
“I am here to fight my best. We are here at the highest level, and I am not here to fight anyone below that level. I don’t avoid anyone. They introduced me to Castro, and I didn’t shy away from it, so I accepted. I’m ready. He’s the third undefeated boxer in a row that I’m going to face, and that excites me. ”
“I’m feeling great. I want to thank God for this opportunity, along with my whole team and Luis Nery, for this wonderful opportunity to see him in the ring on Saturday night.
“These are the battles that you always dreamed of as a child. You dream of standing on these courts and going up against fighters like Luis Nery. He’s a boxer that’s already at this level, but I think it’s time to prove that I deserve to be on this court and prove to myself and everyone that I deserve to be in the fights. this match.
“I learned a lot about myself before Oscar Escandon. I realized that I had to be patient, and that I had to be ready to jump when the bell rang. Escandon was a strong fighter, and it was my first battle with my new team, plus I was about to be fired. Now, it’s time for me to shine.
“I think I have a lot to prove and show that Arizona has a lot of talented boxers. I’ve known Ramos’ for a while since I was a kid, and I’ve known Carbajal for a while. It was a blessing to share the same arena with different opponents on a Saturday night.
“Like always, you prepare hard and prepare strongly. But I think this will be some kind of mental battle. When the bell rings, he comes forward to knock your head off, but we’re prepared for that. On Saturday night you will witness an action packed fight and maybe the best man will win.
“Luis Nery has proven to be one of the best, and I still consider him one of the best. I expected him to become stronger than ever, so I prepared for that. I believe a win against Luis Nery will get me the title. ”
“I’m so excited. I want to thank all the media for being here. I had a great training camp. I’m so glad I got this card. I’m preparing for Josesito Lopez , but our mission is to fight.
“Josesito is a pressure fighter going forward. Santamaria has more boxing skills. We are all boxers, and every time we fight, we always deal with different styles. There’s been a slight change, but the game plan remains the same.
“I saw my nephew Jesus fighting before me. When we both fought in the Andy Ruiz vs Chris Arreola match, I was nervous watching him. I worry more when that happens. Fighting first is better because you’re more comfortable and can sit back and enjoy the fight.
“I want to keep the momentum going. I feel I have achieved success in the boxing match. My boxing ability shows my experience and all the fights I’ve had.
“I have always had that boxing ability and that style of pressure. I think combining it with both is working for me. It worked for Omar Figueroa, and it worked for me in training. My style is constantly evolving. The pressure will be good and like I said, I’m good at boxing too. So I look forward to doing both.”
“I feel lucky. I’m happy to be on this card with so many great warriors. As the day got closer, we pushed it a little more. When we got the call, we had even more problems.
“I have to stand on tiptoe. If we can stay outside, I think we’ll be fine. Ramos is a pressure fighter and doesn’t tire of punching. No matter what he brought, I had to keep adjusting.
“I feel like I have a lot of experience in the ring with different opponents. So the experience I get helps me become a better boxer. There was a time when I jumped into a fight. Suddenly, I started fighting tougher opponents on bigger stages, so I felt lucky. ”
“I feel great. I feel healthy. There’s no other word for it. We worked hard, and we had a long camp. It comes down to hard work. Skill Pay the bills.We’ll be out there, and we’ll do our best.It’ll be packed acting as usual.
“I’m excited. It’s a bountiful opportunity for me. As always, I’ll take it and don’t waste it. It’s going to be a fun, exciting card from top to bottom. Please stay tuned and watch us live on FOX, then move on to the pay-per-view section, and you’ll be happy.
“As an amateur, I box. A lot of people don’t think I can crate, but I’ve had legs for days. I can do what I need to do. Sometimes it’s hard for me because I like to fight, I like to be active, I like to show off. I can do all of that. It was just the thrill of it all. I think I’m back to my boxing skills, but we’re more focused on the ‘W’ than anything. I guarantee that I will still be on a show.
“You will watch a gunfight. That’s what we talked about and we used that word a lot. We’ll have ice in our veins, and we’ll be ready to run the business. “
“I am lucky to be here. I’m so happy to be back in Vegas here and I’m ready to show off all my hard work and dedication.
“I knew my opponent would come and try to take everything from me. We are warriors. But I’m at my best physically, mentally and emotionally. This camp is probably the best one I’ve had so far.
“I am not a one-way fighter, I can box, and I can fight. So whatever my opponent brings to the table, I will be ready for it.
“It will be a big showdown in Texas. I am very excited. I am so lucky to have this opportunity. I will make the most of it. It will be action packed and very enjoyable. Like I said, whatever my opponent brings to the table, I’ll be ready. ”