Fighters this Saturday, Feb. 22, at the Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury II sub-card entered the ring, watching their respective powerplays at the last press conference on Thursday before entering the ring at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
The press conference featured fighters who competed on the PPV sub-card, including former heavyweight champion Charles Martin and former title contender Gerald Washington, who competed in the co-main event, WBO Junior Featherweight World Champion Emanuel “Vaquero” Navarrete, or “The Mexican Iron Man “meet. , and Philippine rival Jeo Santisima, who fights in the PPV number contest, and undefeated super welterweights Sebastian Fundora and Daniel Lewis, who fights in the PPV opener at 21:00 ET / 18: 00 PT.
The fighters who started on Thursday at 19:30 ET / 16: 30 PT were also fighters entering the ring for Wilder vs. Fury II Prelims, including the hard-hitting undefeated rival Subriel Matias and Petros Ananyan, who meet in a super-lightweight. power play, plus contenders Amir Imam and Javier Molina, who will be fighting in a super lightweight outfit.
Forerunners start at 19:30 ET / 16: 30 PT on FS1, ESPNEWS and in Spanish on FOX Deportes and ESPN3. ESPNEWS ‘coverage will switch to ESPN at 20:00 ET / 17: 00 PT.
The unbeaten prospect Rolando Romero, who faces Arturs Ahmetovs, the emerging prospect Gabriel Flores Jr., who meets Matt Conway, the 17-year-old sensation Vito Mielnicki Jr., who fights the battle against Corey champion, and finishes at Thursday’s event and at Thursday ‘s meeting appears. undefeated featherweight Isaac Lowe, who will fight Mexico’s Alberto Guevara. These fights will be available from 17:00 ET / 14: 00 PT on the FOX Sports App and ESPN App.
Here’s what the fighters had to say on Thursday from the Media Center at MGM Grand:
“I can not wait for this. I do not let anything affect me, I’m just here to work. I grew up and I’m more mature. I’m ready to tackle the heavyweight division. My prediction is that I’ll go over him. four times. ”
“It’s going to take me to another great place and it will put me on track to get my heavyweight title back. This fight is coming at a great time in my career and I feel ready for Saturday.”
“It’s a blessing to be in this position. My whole family is going to show up and we are all excited. My cousin is even going to walk me to the ring. We are excited to be a part of this great card.”
“Washington and I saved a while back, but you have to remember that some people are gym fighters and some perform when the lights are bright. Personally, my sparring has nothing to do with how I perform when it’s time.”
“I’m a heavyweight and we’re coming to deliver knockouts. That’s all I know how to do. Knockouts in four. That’s what happens Saturday night.”
“I’m very excited. We put together a great training camp, I went around the world. I went to London to work with Derek Chisora, and I went to Saudi Arabia and worked with Andy Ruiz. “I have brought together a great team and we are just getting ready to go to work.”
“I was able to transform myself into Gerald Washington 2.0. I’ve always had the physical part, I always work hard and train well, but that’s the mental side you have to put together to be a complete fighter and that’s where I am. now.I have a wonderful group of people around me.
“Those who know boxing know that it’s hard, and everyone goes through their own demons. I took a loss and it did not go my way, but to be able to pick yourself up and keep going, you build “that power up. You become a new person and I carry it all with me. I know how that loss felt and I’m on a personal mission for me to achieve my goals.”
“We are mentally trapped. I have done everything to prepare myself for this battle, we are physically and mentally in good shape.”
I know Martin well, and he’s a hard-working fighter. We will be cool before the fight and we will be cool after that, but we are fighting for a title eliminator and we both want the same thing. “
“It’s going to be a good, tough fight. He’s going to be tough and it’s going to be an exciting fight.”
“I always say yes to a fight. Even though I fight fight after fight fast, I always came out in good health. It prepares me for the next fight that comes up.”
“I think my next fight will depend on Saturday’s results. I do think it’s more convenient and realistic to gain weight than to wait for a unification fight.”
“Preparation for this fight was excellent. It’s another great opportunity given to me and I will once again demonstrate that I am the best at 122 pounds.”
“I’m going for another knockout victory and after that I would like to unite. If that does not happen, I will probably move up to challenge the champions at featherweight. I want to be a global superstar for the sport of boxing. And I am well on the way “
“I draw inspiration from the other iconic fights between Mexican and Filipino fighters that took place here, especially Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez. It’s going to help me put on another great show on Saturday.”
“I am very excited and I had a very good camp. We are ready to put together a great show and realize my dream of winning a world title.”
“I’m going to be like Manny Pacquiao and win a world title in my first fight in the US. That’s a big motivation for me. It’s an opportunity I’m going to take advantage of.”
“I walk around on this weight. I came to Las Vegas at 157 pounds. I do not know exactly how easy it is, but I make the weight easy and I’m going to be in this section for a while.”
“We have different strategies for different battles. Whatever the battle offers and whatever my opponent brings, we will be ready.”
“I believe this fight is going to be a lot of fun. I’m coming for the knockout. Expect a great fight with exciting action. We will not disappoint.”
“I’m excited to be on a map like this. It’s another big step for me, with a real challenge against a good undefeated fighter. I’m going to bring the fight to him.”
“We’re just ready to fight. We’ll fight them all, and we’ll fight the best. We fought in Los Angeles in November, won there, and now we have another chance to get a good win. That’s what we’re going to do. “
“Working with Terence Crawford was another wonderful opportunity we seized. Coming into the camp with him was incredible. He has such a high spirit and is so fast, he’s hard to beat. It was a wonderful experience early in my career. “
“I am very grateful for such a great event. We are here to make this a great fight and to provide a great show for all who watch.”
“I am very grateful for this opportunity. My team got me in good shape and worked with me in camp every day so I was ready for Saturday night.”
“I am very excited to be in this position. I promise you that you will not regret watching this fight. We are going to take action.”
“To my opponent, thank you for embarking on this fight. I am here to make my dream come true with a victory on Saturday and I will not let anyone stand in my way.”
“I’m not worried about what lies ahead after this fight. I’m just focused on Saturday night. I will leave the rest to my team, but I will definitely notify the entire 140-pound division.”
“I know my opponent has a powerful hold, but I have worked very hard to make my dream come true. It is very important to me.
“I had good sparring and I’m ready for anything that could happen in the ring. I thought I should have made the decision in my last fight, but on Saturday I will be able to start a new winning streak.”
“It will put me high on the rankings, so I look forward to delivering an amazing performance and showcasing my talents.”
“The chemistry with my team is great. We have fun, but we work very hard. I want to thank my manager for putting me in a good position, and I’m ready to put on a show.”
“Molina is just as tall as me, he’s just as fast as I am, but I think I have more experience than him because of the title fight. Skill-wise, I believe I’m just better than him too.”
“I know I have power, but I’m not dependent on it. I’m going out to do my best and win in any way I can, whether it’s a decision or a knockout blow.”
“It’s a blessing to be in this position, and I plan to take advantage of every opportunity that lies ahead of me.”
“I feel I have to make a statement in this fight. Just a little over a year ago I struggled to even get a fight. I’ve been active ever since, so I think this fight is happening at the perfect time for I.”
“Imam is a tough fighter and a victory brings me so much closer to a title. We are prepared and ready for anything he brings to the ring.”
“I’m glad to be in this position. I did not think it would take that long, but we are here now. I am going to take full advantage of this opportunity in front of many eyeballs.”
“I’m going to get another first round knockout on Saturday night. If you know me, you know that when I say I’m going to do something, it’s going to happen.”
“One punch is all it takes for me. I believe I’m one of the hardest hitting players in boxing and the hardest hitting player under 147 pounds. There’s no doubt about it, I’ll get a first round knockout on Saturday.”
Gabriel Flores Jr.
“I try to get better and better every show. This is how I learn from my mistakes. I want to put on a good show on Saturday night.”
“Back in 2013, I lost my mother, and it was difficult. It was someone I was used to seeing every day. When I first heard about Kobe Bryant, I could only think of the rest of his family. I know “part of that pain. For me, this struggle is for everyone who has ever felt that pain.”
Vito Mielnicki Jr:
“I balance training and school, but I want to graduate to six-round fights and show I’m more than just a 17-year-old prospect. I’m here to stay.
“Being on this stage motivates me because one day I want my face to be on all the posters and art across MGM Grand. I’m really motivated to keep working hard and get the job done every time.”
“I have a good opponent who has only been beaten by the best. He has already fought against world champions and quality fighters, so this is a big step for me. If I win and give a good performance, it goes right into me. the mix with the top fighters.
“You’re going to see on Saturday night that 2020 is my year. I have a worthy opponent who is going to come and win. So I’m ready and I can not wait to show the world that I’m a fighter worldwide.”