Fighters competing on the FOX Sports activities PBC Pay-Per-View undercard Saturday, Might 1, previewed their respective showdowns throughout a digital press convention Tuesday earlier than they step within the ring for the occasion headlined by former unified heavyweight world champion Andy “The Destroyer” Ruiz Jr. battling all-action heavyweight Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola from Dignity Well being Sports activities Park in Carson, California.
The digital press convention featured former world champion Omar “Panterita” Figueroa, Jr. and Abel Ramos, who meet within the co-main occasion, sensational tremendous welterweight contender Sebastián “The Towering Inferno’’ Fundora and hard-hitting Jorge “El Demonio’’ Cota, who battle in a 12-round attraction, and rising welterweight star Jesús Ramos and U.S. Olympian Javier “El Intocable” Molina, who square-off to kick off the pay-per-view at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.
TGB Promotions promote the occasion. Tickets are on sale now and might be bought at AXS.com. Dignity Well being Sports activities Park might be open to followers in a restricted capability, with all company remaining socially distanced and topic to native and state well being pointers all through the occasion.
The FOX Sports activities PBC Pay-Per-View is priced at $49.99.
Here’s what the press convention individuals needed to say Tuesday:
OMAR FIGUEROA JR.
“I’m positively seeking to make this an fascinating struggle. We don’t receives a commission for additional time. Suppose I can get it accomplished in a spherical, belief that I’m going to attempt. All of it relies on what Abel brings to the ring. We’ll see what sort of struggle he brings and go from there.
“Once you’re going through the highest guys within the sport, and you’re not 100% wholesome, the load of all of it turns into insufferable at instances. I wanted to present my physique time to heal, and proper now, I really feel like all of that’s behind me. I really feel as near 100% as I’ve ever felt, and I’m excited to see how my physique holds up.
“All I’m targeted on is Abel Ramos. He’s no gentle activity, so I can’t look forward to any potential matchups sooner or later. The one factor I can management is my efficiency on this struggle on Might 1.
“These final couple of years have been powerful for me. My life has been this sport ever since I used to be three or 4 years previous. Desirous about a loss by no means crossed my thoughts till it truly occurred. Having that ‘1’ within the loss column gave me a special perspective on every thing, and also you’ll see it on Might 1.
“I’ve given followers nice fights all through my profession, together with a number of instances at this venue. It takes two to tango, so we’ll see what Abel brings on struggle evening. I can’t wait to get this present on the highway.
“I’m excited to proceed this new chapter in my profession and present everybody how I’ve grown. I recognize everybody who has stood by me. I actually consider that is going to be the most effective chapter but.”
“I’ve been coaching exhausting, and I’m going to be able to step in in opposition to Omar on Might 1. I’ve an important alternative, and there’s nothing on my thoughts however making the most of it.
“The consultants are proper to say that we will steal the present due to our kinds. The kinds are going to combine very properly. The followers are positively going to like this struggle.
“Omar is a warrior, and we will’t look previous him. The winner of this struggle will certainly be positioned in an important place. There’s no likelihood I’m overlooking Omar, however I’m nonetheless very conscious of the place I can go along with a win on Might 1.
“There have been quite a lot of nice wars on this venue. One thing about that place attracts these kind of fights. Like at all times, I’m simply targeted on my job heading into this struggle. To me, that job is giving followers an thrilling struggle.
“To everybody watching this struggle, that is going to be an important battle between Mexican warriors. It’s an entire card filled with warriors, and we’re going to do our half to present everybody an important present from begin to end.”
“I’m excited to be on this card and be a part of the Cinco de Mayo legacy of combating for the Mexican followers.
“We simply picked up coaching proper the place we left off after my final struggle. I didn’t take any break day after the struggle in December. Since we have been initially presupposed to struggle Cota, that is actually my second coaching camp making ready for him.
“If I wished to, I might squeeze all the way down to 147 kilos. I stroll round at my ring weight. This camp was in all probability even simpler than my final camp in that sense as a result of it’s getting a bit of hotter in order that there’s no downside with any weight coming off.
“We’re seeking to get that shot on the champions on this division. Regardless of who’s in entrance of us, we goal to impress and present everybody we should be on that degree. We don’t actually fear an excessive amount of about what the competitors in my rapid future will appear to be; we simply preserve working exhausting one struggle at a time.
“I do know that they are saying Cota has quite a lot of energy, and his document exhibits it. We’re prepared for struggle, a boxing match, or something he brings. I’m able to win it doesn’t matter what.
“I felt the competitors degree modified with combating Nathaniel Gallimore. Profitable that struggle and my most up-to-date one has actually helped enhance my confidence, so I really feel like I can tackle anybody on this division.
“That is going to be a struggle. We’re each going to be bringing it from the opening bell, and I can’t look forward to it to happen in entrance of stay followers.”
“I do know that I’m going through a troublesome undefeated fighter who’s very proficient, however I’m bringing my finest. I’m coaching very exhausting to be 100% on Might 1.
“Nothing is just too totally different in comparison with the preparation we had for the primary time we have been presupposed to struggle Fundora. We each wished to struggle one another after it bought canceled, so I’m glad we’re nonetheless capable of make it occur.
“I’m in Tucson, Arizona proper now, getting in nice work to be prepared and at my finest on Might 1. I solely had a little bit of a cough for COVID-19 signs, so I didn’t really feel any sick results from it, and I definitely don’t really feel any proper now.
“It’s exhausting to seek out sparring companions with Fundora’s traits, however I’m very assured with what we’ve been capable of do in camp. We’ve discovered guys with comparable bodily attributes to present me the appears I want in sparring.
“This can be a struggle that the followers are going to be on their ft for. This struggle might finish at anybody second. We’re going to be attempting to knock one another out from the beginning, and we’ll see what occurs on Might 1.
“I’m going to enter the ring totally ready and with no intention aside from getting this victory. I do know what this win means for my profession. I ready myself bodily and mentally for what this struggle means for my profession.
“There’s no secret that when the bell rings, we’re going to return after one another. I can’t look forward to this struggle, and I’m positively able to steal the present on Might 1.”
“I really feel that I’ve been stepping up with every struggle. Javier Molina is an enormous step up. If every thing goes proper, we’re going to maintain stepping up little by little. I need to be a champion by the point I’m 21-years-old. I do know that if I preserve doing every thing proper, I can accomplish that purpose.
“I set my knockouts up, and I work exhausting every spherical. If the knockout comes, it comes, but when not, I’m at all times able to go 12 rounds. That’s the way it’s going to be on Might 1.
“Molina is the opponent who will deliver the most effective out of me. I hope for that to occur on this struggle. I need to go previous spherical 4. I need to present everybody my true expertise. Some folks classify me as a knockout artist, however I’ve seen what I do in sparring, and I hope to showcase that on this struggle.
“Sparring with Terence Crawford and Maurice Hooker was an important expertise. It’s given me a lift of confidence going into any struggle I’ve. I’ve seen how champions practice and have been in there with champions. It was actually intense sparring, and it was nice to study from guys of that caliber.
“We’ve at all times had high-level coaching camps, regardless of who the opponent is. I at all times put together as if it’s a world title struggle. I don’t take anybody frivolously, and that’s positively the case with Javier Molina. Lots of people contemplate him my hardest take a look at to this point, however I believe these powerful coaching camps have me prepared for this step up.”
“We’re working exhausting within the gymnasium as a result of now we have a younger powerful opponent right here. This gained’t be a straightforward struggle, and that’s what I anticipate at this level in my profession.
“My final struggle in opposition to Jose Pedraza was a troublesome battle; it simply wasn’t my evening. Once I bought into this struggle, I knew that this was the kind of struggle I wanted to get again to the place I need to be.
“I used to be off from the start in my final struggle. I used to be impatient within the struggle, However I’m grateful that I’m again with a possibility to get to the place I need to be.
“I believe with a win over Pedraza, I might have had a 140-pound title shot, however I at all times knew that going again to 147 was inevitable. I really feel nice at this weight, and we’re working exhausting to placed on a present.
“I’ve been doing this my complete life. After my loss to Pedraza, I simply stayed within the ring and stored working exhausting. I’m grateful for this chance to showcase my abilities. I’ve nothing however respect for Ramos, however it’s a very totally different story once we’re within the ring.
“A win over Ramos will get me a degree nearer to a world title. I’ve been a professional since I used to be 19, so I do know that we’ve been working exhausting and coaching nice. I plan on taking full benefit of this chance on Might 1.”
TOM BROWN, President of TGB Promotions
“We’re actually enthusiastic about this pay-per-view undercard. We’ve got three nice all-action, toss-up fights. There’s been quite a lot of speak these days about nice younger welterweight prospects, and I’ve to say that everybody ought to preserve their eye on Jesus Ramos. He’s stepping as much as open the pay-per-view in his hardest opponent to this point in a superb U.S. Olympian in Javier Molina.
“Sebastian Fundora is one other high prospect stepping in for this pay-per-view, and he’ll even be going through a troublesome veteran who ought to present an actual take a look at in Jorge Cota. Plus, Omar Figueroa Jr. taking up Abel Ramos is an ideal type matchup that I consider will get away to be a ‘Mexican type’ Gatti vs. Ward struggle. That is really a stacked card from high to backside.”