Golden Boy put on a conference call to hype the upcoming Abner Mares-Joseph Agbeko scrap. Here are quotes from the call...
Dave Itskowitch, GBP COO
"We’re excited that the finals are upon us. This is great show w a great undercard that will be announced this week."
"Tickets are still available at ticketmaster.com and at Hard Rock Hotel Box Office. "
"I'm glad we’re getting close to this fight. It's a fight that I've been waiting for for quite some time. "We're 13 days away from the fight now and I'm ready to do this."
"The tournament & the title are both important. For me this would be my first title so that’s significant, but winning the tournament means a lot too because I will have faced 2 of the best bantamweights out there. It’s for pride, to beat 2 of the best in their prime means a lot."
“I had a draw with Perez in a fight that a lot of people thought that I won. Even with the draw I was a winner because I got a lot of experience."
"When they told me Agbeko couldn’t fight I was frustrated. When I heard I could fight someone else I wasn’t mentally excited because it wouldn’t be a world title fight. I knew I could do it physically but I wasn’t into it mentally."
"GBP isn’t just my promoter, it’s my family. Winning this fight I will be the first to start from scratch to world champion. It means not just a lot to me but a lot to GBP, we all will win that night!"
"The tournament was to find the best bantamweight, other fighters had the option to enter and they didn’t. The winner of this fight should be considered the best."
"I'm going in with the same game plan I had for the first fight. I can’t think “oh he got sick” because I still think he'll perform the same & that he’s ready."
"Agbeko is the champ & I don’t want to disrespect him & look past him. It’s going to be a tough fight."
"His punches seems slow but he’s sneaky. In the end though I think my youth and my speed will be a big factor in this fight."
"We’ve been sparring fast guys, slow guys, sluggers, boxers. We’re ready for any style."
"I want to thank the media & fans from the bottom of my heart. I've been waiting for this fight anxiously. It’s going to be great, don’t miss it."
"This is a fight I've been looking forward to and I am ready for it. It means a lot to me. I want to be the best bantamweight."
"I think experience will be the determining factor in this fight. I have the experience & I’m ready for anything he does in the ring."
"I want to thank everyone for giving me another chance for this fight. I will be ready on August 13."
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