Undefeated former two-time world champion David Benavidez and veteran Ronald Ellis spoke with the media for the ultimate time forward of their 12-round WBC Tremendous Middleweight Title Eliminator Saturday, March 13 reside on SHOWTIME at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT from Mohegan Solar Area in Uncasville, Conn., in a Premier Boxing Champions occasion. Struggle followers exterior the US can watch the combat LIVE on FITE TV (click on right here)
WBC Tremendous Welterweight Title Eliminator – 12 Rounds
David Benavidez – 167 ¼ lbs.
Ronald Ellis – 167 ¼ lbs.
Referee: Johnny Callas; Judges: Don Trella (Conn.), Tony Paolillo (N.Y.), Tom Carusone (Conn.)
WBA Light-weight Title Eliminator – 12 Rounds
Isaac Cruz – 134 lbs.
Matias Romero – 134 ¾ lbs.
Referee: Harvey Dock; Judges: Glenn Feldman (Conn.), Steve Weisfeld (N.J.), Kevin Morgan (N.Y.)
Tremendous Welterweight Bout – 10 Rounds
Terrell Gausha – 154 ½ lbs.
Jamontay Clark – 154 ½ lbs.
Referee: Arthur Mercante; Judges: Steve Weisfeld (N.J.), Tom Carusone (Conn.), John McKaie (N.Y.)
This weekend’s SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast additionally includes a co-main occasion bout between two under-25 light-weight rising stars, Isaac Cruz and Matias Romero, after they meet in a 12-round WBA Light-weight Title Eliminator. A ten-round tremendous welterweight affair between Terrell Gausha and Jamontay Clark will open the SHOWTIME telecast. TGB Promotions and Sampson Boxing promote the occasion.
Here’s what the fighters needed to say throughout combat week and through Thursday’s media availability:
“The factor about Ronald Ellis is that he strikes round fairly good. He’s extra of a boxer. I don’t see an excessive amount of energy; I don’t see an excessive amount of pace. I’m ready for a boxer; I’m ready for a brawler. I’m not going to be extraordinarily assured, however he must be very ready for this combat as a result of it’s a title eliminator. So I’m simply stepping into there very cautious, and work how I work: jabs, uppercuts, physique. Put stress on him. It’s labored in opposition to everybody else, so I’m certain it’s going to work in opposition to Ronald Ellis as properly.
“I’ve been getting ready for this combat as if it was a world title combat. No matter Ellis brings to the desk come March 13, I’m going to be ready for it. If he needs to deliver stress, if he needs to be a boxer and transfer across the ring, I’ll be prepared for it. The best way I’m feeling proper now, I really feel prefer it’s going to be an early stoppage. I really feel nice. I really feel sturdy. I’m stepping into there to get an early stoppage.
“I’m not overlooking Ronald Ellis. I used to be on the lookout for an enormous identify, and I didn’t actually get that. However I give him the respect as a boxer, and I ready for him like he’s a world champion. I really feel like I’m going to get a fast KO in opposition to Ellis.
“I’ve been very motivated and coaching extraordinarily arduous. I really feel like that is the very best coaching camp I’ve ever had. That is unchartered territory for me being on weight 4 days earlier than. I had 13 weeks of camp, in order that’s greater than sufficient time to prepare for whoever. If it’s Ellis, Canelo, (Jermall) Charlo, or whoever I’m in there in opposition to.
“The Charlo combat is the one which I wish to make occur in September. Charlo has quite a bit to say about me, and on the finish of the day, we’re in all probability the very best fighters in PBC and at SHOWTIME. So why not make it occur? On each my finish and Charlo’s finish. He doesn’t actually have anybody else at 160, so it looks as if a combat that must be pretty straightforward to make. I believe Charlo makes essentially the most sense as a result of we each want a signature win to get to Canelo.
“Canelo is the massive fish, and everybody needs the massive fish. Whoever fights Canelo needs to be on the pinnacle of their recreation. Indisputably, Canelo is likely one of the finest fighters at this time, and I’m not taking something away from him. However I really feel like proper now, the place I’m at in my life, I’m prepared to simply accept a problem like that. I simply had a child boy, and there’s no greater motivation than that proper now. I obtained youth on my facet, and I really feel like I hit more durable than Canelo, and I’ve the pace too. All I would like is to show myself to the world and to the followers, and even to myself, that I’m the very best. And I really feel like I’m prepared for that.
“I might like to get a combat with Caleb Plant. I believe they’ve simply been making an attempt to offer Plant the simple route in order that they’ll prep him for a Canelo combat. They’re ready to money him out. He’s been getting back-to-back very easy fights. Even after he loses to Canelo, as a result of I don’t assume he can beat him, I might nonetheless like to get within the ring with him. Me and him nonetheless have loads of unsettled enterprise. I don’t like him in any respect. He thinks he’s the second coming of Mayweather, and no one is healthier than him, however he hasn’t proved himself in any respect. He’s had no arduous competitors. Everyone he’s fought has been method over the hill and have all been overwhelmed. If he actually needs to show himself because the champion, the one method he can show himself is by preventing me.”
“This isn’t my first time within the bubble, so now I do know what I’m anticipating. It obtained method simpler. I obtained no complaints. I did what I needed to do.
“I obtained energy. Lots of people appear to miss it. However now it’s simply time to point out it. I’ll present my energy on Saturday evening.
“Simply coming right here on weight has been key and doing what I needed to do. Normally, you might get into the resort and shake just a few kilos off, however right here you possibly can’t go anyplace. So I knew what I used to be getting myself into.
“I don’t really feel like giving out the sport plan, however I hope he pressures me. However I’ve obtained two arms too, and I’m going to remain in there, and I’m going to combat. I’m simply going to combine all of it up and do what I’ve been doing my total profession—simply multi function evening.
“My boxing IQ is there, and we’re simply going to work. We’re simply going to do every little thing we’ve to do to get the win. To be the champion, it’s a must to beat the champion. And in my eyes, he’s nonetheless a champion.”
“Coaching camp was very arduous. I sparred for 2 months, my sparring companions educated me very properly, and we’re extraordinarily able to take this win house.
“No, I don’t really feel stress following an enormous knockout. I’m all the time ready to complete fights. That’s the reason I prepare as arduous as I do and put together myself like I do.
“We put together for fights to go the space and for me to knock out my opponent. If the knockout is there, I’ll take it, however we put together ourselves for something to occur, and I’m all the time prepared.
“I all the time like to return ahead as a result of it permits me to alter to one thing else. You by no means know when your boxing abilities should take over. I wish to preserve my opponents guessing.
“Each fighter has a special technique, so I can’t use what I did final combat and convey it to this one. I count on a superb combat Saturday, and I will probably be prepared.”
“I wish to thank my backers and my coach for coaching me for this combat and getting me prepared. I’ve been getting ready for this since I began boxing, and I’m wanting ahead to Saturday evening.
“I match proper into camp with German Caicedo. I felt comfy like I used to be one of many guys. The gymnasium is understood for that, the vibe that it has, all of the fighters with the identical purpose. I’m grateful for that acceptance.
“I’m very excited. We’ll see if Isaac Cruz is what they’re saying he’s. I’ve educated very arduous for this combat. It’s a dream to combat on this stage, a dream to combat in the US, and I’m taking it very critically. Cruz is a superb fighter, however we’ll see if he’s the most effective within the division come Saturday evening.
“Clearly, I’ve loads of religion in my capacity. Cruz is a knockout artist, that’s what he involves do, and that’s all he involves do. I’m a boxer, however I can punch additionally, so come Saturday evening, the 2 kinds are going to showcase one another, and I would be the victor.
“We’re ready if Cruz tries to alter up his recreation plan. We don’t see that occuring, however we’ve a plan for something he tries to do. However we imagine he’s going to be the identical fighter he’s all the time been. Being on the larger stage now, we don’t see him altering his stripes.
“I wish to guarantee that I belong on this stage, that this wasn’t a fluke or a handpicked state of affairs. I left my hometown with my father, who has been with me since I used to be a child, and we’ve had an incredible camp. I really feel very assured about Saturday evening. I’m going to point out the world and get the victory. I’ll go away all of it within the ring. If it’s life or demise, I’m ready 100%.”
“Coaching camp has been good, I put all of the work in, and my weight is nice.
“I by no means take note of the percentages as a result of I’ve been an underdog my complete life. This can be a good combat, and I look ahead to placing on a dominant efficiency Saturday.
“With the Erickson Lubin combat, I really feel like I discovered quite a bit that I used to be capable of appropriate in coaching camp. One of many principal issues I have to do is let my arms go extra with a southpaw and be efficient. I look ahead to touchdown some good photographs and getting it carried out earlier.
“It undoubtedly makes this second time within the bubble a lot simpler now that I’ve expertise doing it. My coach all the time says we both win or study. So I’m taking that and my expertise as a fighter into the ring with me.”
“We’ve got loads of pleasure coming from Ohio, and all of us wish to be the highest canine. So I’m wanting ahead to displaying I’m the one.
“I like challenges, and I by no means say no to a combat. After I hear them say I’ve an issue with southpaws and I don’t let my arms go, it provides me the motivation to show individuals improper and impress the followers.”
“Every part has been going fairly clean. I’m simply able to get it on and get it over with. My first time within the bubble, it’s completely different, however every little thing has been going clean thus far. My weight is fairly down, so I’m simply able to go, prepared for Saturday.
“Gausha is a gradual starter. I’m going to press the problem and provides the boy the enterprise. I’m going to return out and be the very best me I may be. I’m going for the gusto, however I’m not stepping into there on the lookout for the knockout. If it comes, it comes, however I’m undoubtedly popping out on prime.
“Gausha will probably be a pleasant identify on my resume. Hopefully, this places me into title rivalry. I’m wanting ahead to huge fights and massive paydays. We’ll do it on SHOWTIME, hopefully.”