Dominic Breazeale, Gary Russell Jr. & More
Fight Week Media
Fighters competing in SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING action
headlined by the Deontay Wilder vs. Dominic Breazeale
heavyweight world title showdown this Saturday night showed
off their skills at a media workout Wednesday prior to
stepping into the ring at Barclays Center, the home of
BROOKLYN BOXINGô, in an event presented by Premier Boxing
Top rated heavyweight contender Dominic ďTroubleĒ Breazeale
and WBC Featherweight Champion Gary Russell Jr. were among
the fighters taking part in the workout at Gleasonís Gym in
Brooklyn. Also at Wednesdayís event and competing in action
live on SHOWTIME beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT were
former world champion Kiko Martinez, who challenges Russell
for his title, and super lightweight contender Juan Heraldez,
who faces Argenis Mendez in a 10-round attraction.
Rounding out the participants Wednesday was unbeaten
prospect and Brooklyn-native Richardson Hitchins, who meets
Colombiaís Alejandro Munero in SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING
COUNTDOWN action beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT, in
a presentation that will stream live on the SHOWTIME Sports
YouTube channel and SHOWTIME Boxing Facebook page
Here is what the fighters had to say Wednesday:
ďYouíre going to see a different Dominic Breazeale for this
fight. Iím something that the heavyweight division needs and
you all are going to be surprised on Saturday night.
ďCome Saturday night, itís man versus man. You have to do
what youíve been saying youíre going to do. His talking
wonít help him then.
ďThereís no way this fight goes the distance. I know for
sure itís going to be fireworks from the opening bell and
thereís going to be a fantastic finish.
ďLosing to Anthony Joshua in 2016 was a huge stepping stone
for my career. I learned so much about what I had been doing
wrong. I didnít do enough to get the win that night. I
analyzed punch after punch and learned more from that loss
than any win I had.
ďI donít give Deontay much credit for his title defenses.
People talk about his big right hand, but this is
heavyweight boxing. I have a big right hand too. Iíve put
many individuals down on the canvas. All Wilder does is
talk. Weíll see who lands that right hand first on Saturday.
ďIíve been training like a caged-dog during camp and itís
nice to be here now and see peopleís reactions to the work I
put in. Iím confident in what I can do and what I bring to
the table on Saturday night. Itís going to be fun.Ē
GARY RUSSELL JR.
ďMy opponent knows who heís getting in the ring with.
Anybody who has an extended amount of time to prepare for no
one else but you, is a dangerous opponent. We donít
underestimate anybody, but I donít think his best is going
to be good enough.
ďMartinez has no other way to fight than to come forward.
Weíll control him with our jab and he wonít be able to get
past it. I donít see this fight going the distance.
ďWhen it comes to game plans, you have to have the ability
to be versatile. You have to be able to make adjustments.
Having one game plan doesnít necessarily work.
ďItís always about getting your hand raised, regardless of
the situation. My dad said a long time ago, Ďif youíre
better than somebody, be better than them.í Iím not going to
fight down to my competition. If heís good enough to stay in
there for the whole fight, then heíll get beat up for 12
ďI know heís a strong puncher, but I never watch too much
footage of my opponents. Maybe a round or so. I prepare
myself to the best of my abilities, regardless of the
ďThe ultimate goal is to focus on getting the win. I donít
worry about how big the stage is because thatís only going
to take away from your performance.Ē
ďIím very happy to have this fight here in New York. Iím
very thankful to everyone who got me in this position. Iím
going to make the most of it.
ďIíve been training for the last few months for this fight
and Iíve prepared well for Gary Russell Jr. There are no
excuses for this fight.
ďI feel like Iím better than Gary Russell Jr. I think that I
have everything in me to beat him and become world champion
ďI think that Russell is the best featherweight in the
world. After Saturday, thatís going to be my spot in the
ďMy experience will be very important in this fight. All of
my fights have prepared me for this one and have given me
what I need to accomplish my goals on Saturday.Ē
ďWeíre going to show a lot of smart boxing, power and
defense. Iím going to be too much for Mendez. I donít think
itís going the distance.
ďI know Iím facing a former world champion whoís moved up to
140. Iíve been at this weight my whole career though. Iím
the new dog on the block and I have to make my presence
ďIíve been making this weight for 15 years and still growing
stronger and stronger. Floyd Mayweather and Mayweather
Promotions have given me the opportunity to get to this
point to eventually realize my dream and become a world
champion. I have to seize the opportunity.
ďIíve gotten a lot of great work this training camp at the
Mayweather Boxing Club. My coach Otis Pimpleton has elevated
my training and every part of my game.
ďI just want to win on Saturday and the sky is the limit for
where I can go. I know my career is in good hands and I just
need to do my part.Ē
ďIím ready to go in there and do what I do. Itís another day
in the gym and another chance to show off my skills. Iím
more than just a prospect. I feel like I can compete with
anyone and itís up to me to prove it.
ďIím going to keep taking these guys out until the
competition steps up. Iím going to take care of everyone
they put in front of me. I know my opponent Saturday is
going to come to fight. Iím going to have the smarts to win
ďI had camp in Las Vegas and got a lot of rounds in with
great fighters like Heraldez and Devin Haney. Iím just ready
to keep showing everyone more in each fight.
ďI never look for the knockout. If it comes, it comes. I
donít think heís going to be able to take the heat I bring.
My goal is to show that Iím ready to step it up to a much
higher level of competition.Ē