“People don’t give van Heerden a chance here, which surprises me. To everyone who is saying, ‘why is he fighting van Heerden?’, that’s a winged compliment. They’re trying not to show my respect, but really, they’re because you didn’t put me in this position two years ago, three years ago, four years ago. So what people think at the end of the day doesn’t really matter because the progression is real.
“I love challenges. I pass the test and so do all the warriors. We are all competitive, and we love to compete, and this is a challenge. Here is another challenge that I prepared and will overcome with the colors flying by.
“I will go in if I see an opportunity. I will take it.
“I took down Algieri like no one else did. I’ll knock Van Heerden out like no one else can. I believe passion and hard work can take you anywhere.
“It’s not an emotion; I fight with passion. I work extremely hard and it’s not just me who works hard. It’s been six years of sacrifice to let a moment like this slip between my fingers. “
Chris van Heerden:
“All respect Conor for giving me this opportunity. I have nothing but respect for him. I am ready for this. I pictured this moment… I had to fight in the UK a few times… It was always a dream and a vision. I have what it takes to be in the top 10. I get it. I’m not here to pay my salary. I’m not here to fight. I’m here for my career. I’m here to win, get my career back on track and get back into the top 10. I believe in myself and I think I have everything it takes to get right back up.
“I respect Conor Benn, and I believe he’s right there with the best, and that’s why I’m in this fight. He is a fierce, angry fighter. He is a warrior. I am a boxer. And I believe I have the skills to prove that I’m a better fighter than Conor. I want to be competitive, and if you talk about boxing, I believe I’m a better boxer than Conor, a better boxer.
“I was offered a bunch of other fights, easier ones. But I believe Conor is right there, and I’m there to check on him and see if he’s legit.
“I wish my dad was here because we’ve been talking about this moment for a long time. I’ve been away from him for eight years, every birthday, every Christmas, chasing this dream. And then my father was brutally murdered three years ago. But we made it, and here we are. So I feel it. This is it.”
Chris Billam Smith:
“Last time it was a good game, but this allows me to put this aside and prove my performance can be a lot better than last time. And I confirmed it in the camp. I’m going to have a great performance on Saturday night.
“Now I know how to beat him and win the knockout.”
“The last game was so close, and I am happy to have a rematch so we can set a record and win again… He may have to cancel Bournemouth because I will win this one. on Saturday night.
“As long as I win on Saturday night, that’s all I focus on. I am completely focused. It was a victory. And I have to focus on it.
“He did it in a polite way and gave me a shot (the rematch) when he didn’t have to give it to me. There has been too much controversy with the first one. I get respect, and I don’t have any bad feelings, mainly because our fight was one of the battles of the year.
“As long as we’re in the shooting ring, I need to be turned.”
“I am more than ready. As you know, I love fighting. I stayed at the gym to prepare. What makes a fighter is experienced fighters. I know she’s a fighter, and she’s seasoned. It tells me she’s never been stopped before, so I know what’s important and I know what I need to do on Saturday night.
“You’re going to see a dominant performance even when it goes far, and you’re going to see a seasoned boxer – you know, just a different caliber for who I am. We want the knockout, and the power is absolute.
“I won’t be able to argue with the 130-pound price tag. I believe it, and I got it. I understand I am a warrior. That fight with Mayer was a big one for women’s boxing, and as we continue to develop the sport, we will continue to build on the sport. ”
Edith Soledad Matthysse:
“I have accumulated a lot of experience and that is a must in my game. I came here to win and I hope to win Saturday for me and my country, Argentina.
“Saturday, I hope to leave here in victory.”
“The final fight was in the pocket, but it was. I got rid of it. I got through it over Christmas and I’m working hard again. He wants to take me down, so it’s going to be an intense fight.
“The plan of the game is to prepare and do what I do best. Hopefully, we’ll get through these flying colors and see a rematch when we’ve gotten through this, injury-free. ”
“I’ve been watching Jack for the past two or three years, and I always imagine his battles. I was hoping to get this fight.
“I know the plan for Saturday night, and I’m looking forward to it.
“All I think about right now is to take him down. There is nothing else that I would enter the ring with. To knock him down and get him out of there. “
“This weekend is my chance to unbox in front of my friends and family. Ever since I started this sport, people have been desperate to get behind me, and now is the time.
“We went to Spain and there was no pressure on me. It’s about getting in there and focusing on work, relaxing and settling down.”
“I think he (Gudino) will create a few different looks… I think I just need to go out there and enjoy myself. And again, I’m going to present another artistic violence.
I’m looking forward to going back there and performing for the fans.
“I believe in myself. I know what I’m capable of. Those who know me know what I’m capable of. For me, it’s when the opportunity comes, you have to be ready for it and take it. I I am sure that I will, and when the time comes, it will be special.”
Mario Angel Gudino:
“I have learned from experiences all over Europe. I have been to Belgium and Norway during my travels here. Come on Saturday, and it’s a great opportunity for me to extend that experience and hopefully bring in a win. ”
“I know he is very durable. Since last April, I haven’t stopped, haven’t stopped exercising for more than a week. It’s about building momentum and getting through any fight. And I think that’s when you’ll see Cyrus Pattinson at his best.
“It’s all about winning the rounds. Going straight from three laps in Essex, it’s a huge leap to eight… I want to get to that level to start competing for titles.”
“I’m glad I’m out again and I can build momentum. I want to keep busy and keep fighting… I can go on and keep looking for a title. I want to keep fighting and keep progressing to different levels. I’m happy.
“I am coming to win. I’ve got a lot of experience in the amateur game. I’m used to people commenting on it. You will see more skills. I’m happy about that, and I’m looking forward to fighting and putting on a great performance. ”
“I am very happy to be here… Manchester Arena; it’s what every kid dreams of when you come from Manchester. I just came from the road in Salford. I did a lot ticket As you say. It was just a very proud moment for me coming from the small hall scene. This is my chance to step on the big stage, and I have to take advantage of it.
“This is what dreams are made of. This is my chance, and I must seize the moment. Most importantly, I have to enjoy it.
“In boxing, it’s a fun old game. You never know where you’re going and where you’ll end up. So I have to make the most of this opportunity. ”
“It would be nice to play again before the big tournament in Spain next month.
“The best James Metcalf can win this war.”