WBC, WBA and IBF unified world champion £154 Jermell Charlo and £154 WBO world champion Brian Castaño received enthusiastic and sincere support from their respective fans at the final press conference. same excitement and excitement on Thursday.
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“I have to prevail. I have to be the best Jermell Charlo you all have yet to see. I will dominate this fight in a different way than the last one.
“Castaño is a fighter just like he has been in every war. He will come and keep coming back. I’ll use everything I’ve learned from that fight, on Saturday night. I’ll take advantage of what I have that he doesn’t have. I will use the skills I have acquired.
“I will become stronger, faster and wiser than I have ever been. Thank you Castaño, for giving me more time to mentally prepare.
“I am grateful for my opportunities. This is my time, and I’m focused. He is my target, and I will take him down. I know what I own in the ring. I know who I am, and I know where I come from.
“I have been working very hard since last July. All I had to do was get in there and put it all on the wire. With the dedication that Derrick James I and I, along with my entire team, including Joan Guzman, have given, we are ready.
“Hitting people is what I do. That’s what I’m known for. I am known for strength, and I am known for speed. That’s what I’m doing.
“I didn’t finish him off, so I think that was the only mistake I made. I’m usually closer. I have that on my mind. Once he gets injured again, and hopefully, sooner rather than later, it will be over.
“He won’t be able to do anything when we drop these bombs on him on Saturday.”
“I prepare very seriously for every opponent I have in front of me. This time, it’s Charlo, and I promise you I’ll be even more ready to give my fans a show on Saturday night.
“I thought his home fighting was a factor in the referees last time. I still think of myself as a visitor here, but it has a more ‘neutral’ feel to it than San Antonio. The lesson I have learned is to stay alert and ready for whatever comes my way.
“It will be unique to show everyone what I am capable of, especially in front of the Latin fans here. This is the culmination of many years of work. I can’t wait to get on the pitch and prove I’m a champion and give the Latin fans the performance they deserve.
“He can say whatever he wants. I might be less concerned if he wanted to take me down. Go out there and see if he can withstand my penalty for 12 innings.
The disrespect he had for a fellow athlete bothered me. He said a lot of things that I thought were out of place. I don’t know why he’s edematous, screaming and nervous. Instead, I want to show that energy in the ring.
“There is no particular weapon that I have that is better than him because I have adapted my style to suit the opponent. Charlo will see what I have in store for him. I am ready to show that what I have prepared is more than enough to get the victory.
“Charlo is a top boxer. It’s correct. But at this level, everyone has power. He’s strong, but there’s nothing about his drive that really stands out for me compared to other fighters I’ve faced. There was only one opponent that made me play, and that was not Charlo.
“Saturday there will be electricity. We promoted this. We guarantee a spectacle. You won’t want to miss it.
“The first fight motivated me because I thought I won. I know that I cannot leave this fight in the hands of the referees. I don’t need to doubt that I’m a super fighter. ”
“On paper, I don’t know if he’s going to be my biggest challenger. We won’t know until the night fight. We’ll see when we get into the ring.
“I don’t watch tapes of people I fight unless I’ve seen them. We had a great camp, and we will do what we do. Everyone will see me shine and make a big statement.
“Most definitely, I am extending my knockout streak on Saturday. We’ll let it come; 19 in a row coming soon. We are not looking for it.
“We don’t look past Clayton. We’re going to do damage on Saturday and look good in the meantime. I can talk about the future later, but I’m locked in by Clayton right now.
I know we have a main event, but I came to steal the show. You know what my motto is, I’m in and out like a lottery.
“People will see me go in there and be seamless. This is just another day in the office for me. One dollar a day.”
“This makes sense to me. I fought a battle that most people wouldn’t get into. This is the kind of fight I need in my career. That is why I am extremely prepared for this.
“I came to fight. We cannot say what will happen, but I am here to fight.
“Of course, he’s confident he’ll get a knockout, but I’m here to make sure that doesn’t happen.
“I wasn’t able to get the games I needed. So we decided to make this match, even though it’s a fight that not many people can participate in. This is a fight where I need to prove myself.
“It’s hard to say what his flaws are because I don’t see a lot of footage. I don’t follow what someone did in their last fight. No one performed the same way they did in their previous competition. I have to prepare on Saturday to do what I can, stop him from winning.
“I am an excellent fighter with a great IQ. I haven’t shown everything yet, but I think this fight will give it a go. This win will show everyone that I belong in his class. ”
“I promise that I will be 100% on Saturday night and give my best. You’ll see Puerto Rico rise to the top again, and I’ll put on a show for everyone.
“This will open so many doors and open up a better future for my family. I go there as the best version of myself. This will be a terrible war. ”
STEPHEN ESPINOZAPresident, SHOWTIME Sports
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