Wilder vs. Fury PPV Undercard Press Conference
Fighters competing on Saturdayís PPV undercard headlined by
the heavyweight championship showdown between Deontay Wilder
and Tyson Fury went face-to-face on Thursday at the final
press conference before they enter the ring on SHOWTIME PPVģ
from STAPLES Center in an event presented by Premier Boxing
The PPV undercard begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT and features
unified 154-pound world champion Jarrett Hurd defending
against the U.K.ís Jason Welborn, Cuban heavyweight
contender Luis Ortiz in a 10-round showdown against rugged
veteran Travis Kauffman and rising heavyweight Joe Joyce
taking on Joe Hanks in a 10-round heavyweight attraction.
Tickets for the event, which is promoted by BombZquad
Enterprises and Queensberry Promotions, in association with
TGB Promotions and DiBella Entertainment, are on sale now
and are available via AXS.com. Wilder vs. Fury will be
produced and distributed by SHOWTIME PPV. The suggested
retail price (SRP) for the pay-per-view telecast is $64.99
for standard definition.
Here is what the press conference participants had to say
Thursday from Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites Los Angeles:
ďEverything that my team and I have spoken about has come to
pass. Iím here as the co-main of a massive card and Iím just
really appreciative of everyone who believed in me and
helped push me to this moment.
ďSaturday night I want to show my versatility. Everyone has
seen that Iím electrifying. I bring the action. But I want
to show that I am swift and I do have defense. I know how to
use my height and range. Iím still going to bring the action
on Saturday, so you have to make sure to tune-in.
ďWe donít think of Welborn as a tune-up fight. Jason Welborn
is a British champion for a reason. We just want to go out
there and establish the game plan we worked on in camp.
ďI want to show my defensive side and show that I can box
and move. I want to show that I donít have to just keep
coming forward. Iím going to be able to do that and start to
break him down and get him out of there.
ďEverybody sees my demeanor, and they know that I carry that
to the ring. My composure is my biggest attribute. No matter
what anyone says, Iím always going to be me.
ďIím number one in the division and things are going to play
out how I want them. Weíve had three tough camps training
for southpaws. When I eventually fight (WBC champion)
Jermell Charlo, Iím going to be ready because of all the
work on my versatility and defense. Iíll be ready for
ďI want to be an active champion because I didnít have a lot
of amateur fights. I need to stay in the ring and get all
the experience I can. I want to get these good fights in
while Iím still young and healthy.
ďIím back from my surgery and weíre going to get back to the
old Jarrett Hurd. Iím going to show everyone all that I can
do. Everyone knows that thereís always going to be action.
Itís going to be a wonderful fight on a wonderful card.
Donít blink during this one.Ē
ďThis is a dream come true to be here today. Hurd has worked
his way up to get here just like I have. Right now, heís in
my way. I hope everyone enjoys what I bring to the table on
ďI have the belief that Iím born and bred for this game and
Iím going to show it to the whole world on Saturday night. I
always prove people wrong.
ďThe last two years Iíve become the best in Britain and
beaten everyone they put in front of me. When people doubt
me, I train even harder. Iím coming to win and Iíve got
nothing to lose.
ďI have to get what I deserve and Iíll do it on Saturday
night. Iíve already been through the storm. Heís got what I
ďIíve got to enjoy the fight and get what I want. He can
look past me all he wants, but once he feels what I bring to
the table, weíll see how he reacts. Iím ready for whatever
heís going to bring to the table.Ē
ďI want to thank everyone who has helped me get this
opportunity. I like to do my talking in the ring, but Iím
happy that Travis Kauffman stepped up. A lot of heavyweights
havenít done that and Iím glad we can make this fight
ďIím coming to do my job. This is a heavyweight fight and we
know that means one punch can change everything. Itís not
going to end well for Travis on Saturday night.
ďThere are 10 rounds to get the job done, and three minutes
per round. Iím going to get my job done. The job is to seek
and destroy. So I hope that Travis is very prepared to give
the fans a great show. Saturday night youíll see ĎKing Kongí
in the ring.
ďIíve pushed myself even harder than ever in training camp.
Weíre sticking with the same game plan of family first and I
believe I will be rewarded. My five-year-old boy reminds me
that I have a loss and that motivates me to train harder and
ďI expect Travis to have the great confidence heís showing.
Itís a great chance for him and Iím sure heíll be motivated.
Iím motivated for every fight, because itís not just about
my opponent. My goal is to provide for my family and Travis
is in the way. Iíve never deterred from that mentality and
itís got me ready for Saturday night.Ē
ďIím thankful to Luis Ortiz for taking this fight. Everybody
is afraid to fight him, but Iím not afraid of anyone. We all
know that Luis Ortiz can punch, but I donít care about any
of that. Itís my time. I come from a rough background and I
wonít back down.
ďThis is my time. Thereís nothing thatís going to stop me
from taking this guy down. Heís so worried about Deontay
Wilder, but he has to worry about me before he gets any
ďYou might not know who I am right now, but you will after
Saturday night. Iím going to make sure people remember my
ďLuis Ortiz is very skilled, but if you want to be the best
you have to fight the best. No one actually wants to step up
and take this fight, but I really believe this is my time. I
bring some heat in the ring and I come to fight every time.Ē
ďIím excited to be on this massive card. Iím going to give
the whole world a treat as part of a great event. You have
to tune-in and watch me start the show off right on Saturday
ďTraining in Big Bear has been a perfect environment for me.
Itís in the mountains, it has the altitude and itís
secluded. Iíve seen what goes into their training camps and
worked alongside the best in the world. Theyíve helped me
install the kind of style that will have me at my best.
ďI have the Olympic pedigree, but now itís about advancing
the brute strength and really getting the perfect snap on my
ďSparring against Tyson Fury was really top-level work. I
know that itís made me a better fighter. Heís looking fit
and strong and it shows when youíre in the ring with him.
ďThis is a great opportunity. Abel Sanchez has done a
tremendous job getting me ready for this position. Iím
excited to show everyone my skills and everything Iíve
ďIím glad that Joe Hanks decided to take this fight. I canít
wait to lace up the gloves and get the party started. Iím
going to keep my knockout streak going and I guarantee itís
going to be excitingĒ
ďItís been a long time coming for this moment. Iím thankful
to my team and Iím excited to be on this card with other
great heavyweights. Itís a great time to be a heavyweight.
Iím ready to put my name in the ring to have the chance to
really do something special with a great performance
ďThe work has been done. I did everything that I had to do.
Iíve done more than I did preparing for my past fights.
Being the underdog doesnít mean much to me. Iím from Newark,
New Jersey, and weíre all underdogs there.
ďIíve put the time in and Iíve had everyone supporting me
and pushing me and I think itís going to get me over the
hump. Iím just really excited to get in there.Ē
STEPHEN ESPINOZA, President Sports & Event Programming,
Showtime Networks Inc.
ďWhen we talk about Jarrett Hurd, heís a fighter who has
seemingly come out of nowhere and has had an incredibly
rapid rise to the top. He was not a decorated amateur. He
has learned on the job. All he has done since beating Oscar
Molina in 2016 is impress. He is recognized as one of the
bright young stars in boxing. He has been off due to injury
and certainly could have taken an easier fight than Jason
Welborn, who is a British Commonwealth champion. Weíre
expecting an action fight there.
ďLuis Ortiz is one of the top heavyweights in the world. He
has one blemish on his otherwise perfect record, a loss to
Deontay Wilder. Perhaps Ortiz was just seconds away from
victory. We talk about a slim margin in fights, that was the
slimmest of margins. I think he is going to be trying to
make a statement on the undercard that he deserves a rematch
against Deontay Wilder. Standing in his way will be Travis
Kauffman. This is another all-action fight filled with big
ďIn our opening bout, we have one of the most talked-about
rising young heavyweights in the sport Ė Joe Joyce, who is
taking on a tough veteran in Joe Hanks. As we know, the
heavyweight division has been the focus more in the last six
to nine months than weíve seen in the last couple decades.
Joe Joyce is at the top of the list on the potential next
wave of future stars. He is certainly not wasting any time
taking on a fighter of Joe Hanksí caliber.
ďWhen you look at the card overall, youíve got some of the
biggest punchers in boxing. I wouldnít be surprised if we
see several knockouts on this card. Donít miss the action.Ē