Antonio Orozco & Keandre Gibson
Quotes Ahead Of April Showdown
Before Antonio "Relentless" Orozco (25-0, 16 KOs) and
KeAndre "The Truth" Gibson (16-0-1, 7 KOs) square off in a
10-round super lightweight main event for the vacant WBC
USNBC Super Lightweight Championship on Saturday, April 1
live from The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas and broadcast live
on Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN, the two fighters discussed
their upcoming fight.
Below is what the fighters had to say about their showdown:
ANTONIO OROZCO, Undefeated Super Lightweight Contender:
"For me, this fight is very important, I did not take it
lightly as I know it is against KeAndre Gibson, a good
fighter in this division. Gibson and I have fought on the
same cards before. He's a tremendous fighter, a quick guy
and real good counterpuncher. Our styles are going to give
fans a great fight.
"I have a sports nutritionist with me in this training camp,
and I'm ready to come back better than ever. My focus at
this point is April 1, from there we will see what is next.
Right now, I want to give the fans an entertaining fight.
Fans want to see a little bit of everything, and I want to
give them what they want."
KEANDRE GIBSON, Undefeated Super Lightweight Contender:
"My goal is a WBC world championship title, but right now my
focus is on defeating Antonio Orozco. Obviously the hope is
to knockout him out in the first round and get it done
early, but I'm fully prepared to go to war and put on a good
"I've been studying Orozco for a while now because I knew he
was one of the top guys in my division. I feel like I'm more
prepared for him than he is for me. He hasn't really fought
slick, quick boxing guys like me, so I feel like I'm more
prepared to fight a guy with his style than he is to fight a
guy with my style."
Living up to its promise to bring the best fights to the
fans, Golden Boy Promotions has upped the ante once again in
putting together an action packed undercard to support
Orozco vs. Gibson.
Hoping to make air time before the co-main event between
Mercito "No Mercy"Gesta (29-1-2, 16 KOs) and Gilberto "El
Flaco" Gonzalez (27-3, 22 KOs), Los Angeles' Edgar Valerio
(9-0, 5 KOs) will participate in the televised swing bout of
the night in a featherweight fight scheduled against a soon
to be announced opponent. Valerio comes back off a
spectacular knockout victory from last December over
Guadalupe Leon at the Belasco Theater and is looking to do
the same in this upcoming bout.
Up and coming Glendora native Joet Gonzalez (15-0, 7 KOs)
will face his toughest challenge yet in highly touted
Derrick Murray (13-1-1, 5 KOs) of St. Louis, MO in an eight
round featherweight fight. Known for his power punching
abilities and impressive reach, the 23-year-old Gonzalez was
last seen defeating Jairo Ochoa via fourth round knockout on
the undercard of Bernard Hopkins' final fight last December.
One of Los Angeles' rising prospects, Emilio Sanchez (14-0,
9 KOs) will appear on this undercard to take on rugged
Mexican fighter Jose "Flash" Bustos (11-7-3, 7 KOs) of
Ciudad Juarez in a super bantamweight battle scheduled to go
eight rounds. With famed trainer Manny Robles in his corner,
Sanchez has been a force to be reckoned with since turning
professional in 2013 and comes off a unanimous decision
victory over Diuhl Olguin last November under the LA FIGHT
Kicking off the fights, the pride of Palmdale, CA, Cesar
Diaz (4-0, 4 KOs) is sure to begin fight night with a bang
in a bantamweight bout scheduled for four rounds against
Felipe "Panterita" Rivas (17-18-4, 11 KOs) of Nogales,
Mexico. Fighting for the second time in 2017, none of Diaz's
opponent have lasted past the third round in the ring
against this talented, young fighter and his fists.
Orozco vs. Gibson is a 10-round super lightweight battle set
for April 1 presented by Golden Boy Promotions. The event is
sponsored by Tecate "Born BOLD." Doors open at 4:00 p.m. PT
and the first fight begins at 4:00 p.m. PT. ESPN Deportes
will transmit the fights live from The Cosmopolitan of Las
Vegas at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT with ESPN2 airing it at
11 p.m. ET/8:00 p.m. PT. The ESPN3 and WatchESPN will
livestream at approximately 4:30 p.m. PT.