CARSON, CALIF. (Might 13, 2021) – Undefeated tremendous bantamweight champions Luis “Pantera” Nery and Brandon “Heartbreaker” Figueroa confronted off Thursday on the ultimate press convention earlier than their world title conflict dwell on SHOWTIME this Saturday, Might 15 in a Premier Boxing Champions occasion from Dignity Well being Sports activities Park in Carson, California.
The press convention additionally featured former unified tremendous bantamweight champion Danny Roman and hard-hitting Ricardo Espinoza, who meet within the 10-round co-main occasion, plus undefeated tremendous featherweight contender Xavier Martinez and former world title challenger Juan Carlos Burgos, who duel in a 10-round showdown that kicks off the telecast at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT.
The occasion is promoted by TGB Promotions. Martinez vs. Burgos is promoted in affiliation with Mayweather Promotions.
Tickets are on sale now and might be bought at AXS.com. Dignity Well being Sports activities Park can be open to followers in a restricted capability, with all visitors remaining socially distanced and topic to native and state well being pointers all through the occasion.
Nery vs. Figueroa will see the highly effective two-division champion Nery pursue a signature win at tremendous bantamweight, whereas the rising Figueroa appears to make use of his all-action model to earn a career-best victory and announce his presence amongst the game’s elite. The winner of this combat will face WBO 122-pound champion Stephen Fulton, Jr. on September 11 on SHOWTIME in a unification showdown.
Here’s what the fighters needed to say Thursday:
“Within the ring, I’m going for the end. All the pieces is on the road. I simply need to show what I’m able to contained in the ring. I don’t care about anything however that.
“I feel individuals obtained carried away about my efficiency from my final combat. You’re going to see that my energy interprets on Saturday. Brandon goes to be the primary individual to see how my energy actually interprets to tremendous bantamweight.
“We’ve all been ready to combat with followers within the stands. The followers are a part of the fun of boxing and the way boxing is meant to be. I can’t wait.
“I’m able to combat anyone that can enhance my legacy. I need to hold successful and shifting up divisions and placing collectively a resume that matches up with the entire legendary Mexican fighters.
“Brandon’s model actually suits with what I need to do within the ring. I do know that I can obtain the whole lot that I would like on this division and present all of my expertise on this combat. This model will go higher with mine than Aaron Alameda’s did in my final combat.
“We simply must placed on an awesome combat Saturday. That is going to be an all-out struggle from the primary spherical on. Persons are going to be speaking about it for a very long time after.
“I’m solely centered on Brandon Figueroa. After that combat, I’ll be prepared for Stephen Fulton, Jr. As soon as I beat him too, he can inform me how my energy feels at this weight.”
“I had what was most likely probably the greatest coaching camps of my profession. I’m greater than prepared for this combat. I really feel like all of my benefits are going for use Saturday evening and I simply can’t wait. It’s going to be an thrilling combat. If I’m this excited now, I can’t think about what it’s like with the followers there. I’m prepared to place all of it on the road Saturday evening.
“Nery goes to study lots about me on Saturday evening. My measurement will certainly assist me. I really feel like he hasn’t fought a man this huge, this sturdy and he’s going to search out out on Saturday evening. I’ve educated tremendously for this combat. I’ve the perfect conditioning within the 122-pound division. My quantity output speaks for itself and I really feel like lots of people underestimate me. After Saturday evening, they received’t. As soon as the bell rings, it’s go-time and I come to combat. I come a hundred percent and I’m coming to take that belt residence.
“This sport is all about proving your self out and in of the ring. I really feel like my arduous work speaks for itself. My fights converse for themselves. I’m simply glad I get to share the ring with Luis Nery. I do know he involves win as effectively, however I don’t suppose he needs it as dangerous as I do. If it goes my means, Stephen Fulton is subsequent and that’s a combat that I’ve been wanting for a very long time. It’s time to unify. If that’s not what you come to boxing for, then what are you in boxing for?
“Fulton is the combat I’ve been wanting. I do know he’s been speaking lots. To start with, I must get by Luis Nery. I simply can’t anticipate these huge fights and these huge names. I’ve been attempting to combat Fulton for some time and now it’s going to be made if the whole lot goes effectively Saturday evening. He’d be subsequent and I can’t wait to placed on a present once more.
“I do know Luis Nery involves combat. He’s a powerful fighter on the 118-pound division however the 122-pound division is a unique story. I really feel like we’re simply going to have to search out out Saturday evening, although. I come ahead. I carry the strain and I’m undoubtedly going to carry the ability, the scale and all the benefits I’ve to ensure that we give the followers an awesome present. I do respect him as a fighter however we’re simply going to have to search out out Saturday.
“I really feel like this can be a combat that could possibly be Struggle of the 12 months. I do know the whole lot is on the road and I’m going to go on the market and ensure I give it my all. If I try this, it’s going to be an awesome combat.”
“I’m a former unified champion and I’m nonetheless neglected. I’m nonetheless the man who it’s important to beat at tremendous bantamweight.
“I’m going in opposition to an awesome opponent. He has a excessive knockout fee, so I’ve to combat a wise combat. Props to him for taking the combat, however I’m not overlooking him. Everyone seems to be a risk once they get in that ring.
“I do know that the champions are attempting to keep away from me and skip over me for different fights. However I deserve respect and I’m going to indicate why they’re avoiding me on Saturday.
“Espinoza is a good fighter who has nice energy. I’m taking this combat like I’m going through one other champion. Something can occur inside the ring. All I can management is my efficiency in opposition to Espinoza on Saturday.
“I’m attempting to make an announcement on Saturday evening. I’m going to indicate everybody that I’m nonetheless on the championship degree.”
“Danny Roman has fought some actually high quality opponents which might be excessive within the rankings, however that is my time. That is once I present that I can step up in competitors and show that I belong with the perfect.
“The rationale why I feel I’m going to win this combat, greater than something, is as a result of I consider in myself. I’ve an awesome workforce behind me and if I think about myself, all good issues are going to occur to any extent further.
“I love lots of fighters however I don’t need to examine myself to any of them. I’m Ricardo Espinoza and I’m considered one of a form.
“Danny Roman is certainly an awesome opponent and I really feel like my preparation and coaching can showcase why I might be thought of probably the greatest within the division. Saturday evening can be an awesome showcase for me.”
“You’re going to see me keep composed all through this complete combat. I used to be successful my final combat decisively and I obtained too overconfident. I fell asleep in opposition to an skilled fighter and he took benefit, however I used to be nonetheless in a position to get the win. I discovered from that and I’m going to take it into this combat.
“I’m not too apprehensive a few late opponent change. I had a sparring accomplice who was similar to Burgos, so it labored out effectively. That is one other huge combat for me. Combating somebody along with his expertise will make me step up my sport.
“I feel preventing in entrance of the followers goes to assist all of us. The followers give us lots of drive. It’s going to make this an much more thrilling evening.
“That is boxing, and as a way to discover out what you’re fabricated from on this sport, it’s important to undergo adversity. Getting knocked down two instances can defeat a fighter mentality. I discovered lots from that combat and it’s helped me turn into a extra mature fighter.
“I’m going to maintain my foot on the fuel. I’m going to remain on my toes. All it takes is one punch to vary the combat. I simply have to stay to the sport plan.”
JUAN CARLOS BURGOS
“The combat can be on quick discover, however it received’t have an effect on me in any respect as a result of I’ve been coaching since January. I used to be going to combat in Tijuana on February 27, that didn’t occur. I used to be going to combat in early Might, that didn’t occur. So although the combat is on quick discover, I’m loads able to go on Saturday evening.
“Xavier Martinez is an effective fighter. He’s undefeated for a purpose and I’m certain that we’re each going to provide the followers a present. It’s going to be an awesome combat however I’m coming loads ready and able to give the followers the present they deserve.
“There’s a status that I’ve come up quick within the huge fights. However in opposition to ‘Rocky’ Martinez for instance, I felt like I received the title and the judges simply robbed it from me. I’m greater than able to redeem myself and present what I’m able to on Saturday evening.
“That is undoubtedly a giant combat for me and I’m going to have an awesome opponent in entrance of me in Xavier Martinez. I’ve lots to provide nonetheless and I need to present that Juan Carlos Burgos is right here to remain nonetheless.”