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  Gervonta Davis vs. Yuriorkis Gamboa
Final Press Conference

Photos: Amanda Westcott - SHOWTIME


Boxingís hottest attraction, Gervonta ďTankĒ Davis, and former unified champion Yuriorkis Gamboa, went face to face Thursday at the final press conference two days before they battle for the vacant WBA Lightweight Title this Saturday, December 28 live on SHOWTIME from the award-winning State Farm Arena in Atlanta in a Premier Boxing Champions event.

The press conference also featured WBA Light Heavyweight Champion Jean Pascal and two-division champion Badou Jack, who will square off in the co-main event, and former champion Jose Uzcategui and Lionell Thompson, who battle in the opener of the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.

Here is what the press conference participants had to say Thursday from the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel:


ďTraining camp has been great. Iíve been training with my brothers and sister on the undercard. Saturday night weíre going to make history again. There hasnít been a title fight in over 20 years and Iím excited to be in this position to open doors for others and myself.

ďThis is my first time fighting in Atlanta. Iíve been coming here for over four or five years and Iíve been wanting to fight here. Atlanta always shows me love and I always thought that me fighting here would be big. I knew I had a big fan base here.

ďSaturday night weíre going to have a big fight. Thank you to Gamboa for taking the chance. Saturday night itís going to be an action-packed fight and weíll see whoís got what it takes.

ďIím pretty sure Gamboa watched my last fight. Heís just saying he didnít to be cocky. I know he at least watched it heading into this fight. Weíll see Saturday night. Heís been a little cocky, so I have to make him pay.

ďI canít say whether Iíll get the knockout, but Iíve trained very hard and Iíve been focused on the main goal, which is to get the win. I know that Gamboa is a tough opponent and heíll lay it all on the line. If it goes 12 rounds, it doesnít matter to me. Iím looking to make this a great fight for me and also for the fans.

ďI believe that I havenít gone past nine rounds and Iím undefeated, so I think thatís a good thing for me. Iíve been doing this for so many years that I believe Gamboa canít bring anything to the ring that I havenít seen.

ďI know that I have to come in there focused, strong and fast. Letís see what it all comes out to. Iím ready and hopefully heís ready to give the fans what they want to see.

ďSaturday night everyone should be looking for a great fight, not just from Gamboa and me, but the whole undercard. On Saturday night the fight fans win. Weíre both bringing our all and weíll see what Saturday night brings for each of us.Ē


ďMy job isnít to pay attention to any trash talk. My only focus is to go in there at 150% and give it my all. I donít care about any of the chatter outside of the ring.

ďThe confidence that I have comes from my focus and the hard work that Iíve put into this camp. I know what I have to do December 28. Everything from camp has unfolded how I wanted to leading into fight night.

ďIím very appreciative to have this opportunity to fight for the world title on Saturday night. I have to make the best of this position that Iím in. Iím still at the level where I know that I can compete and beat the best fighters in the sport.

ďMy focus and discipline has allowed me to get to the position that Iím in today. Iíve always relied upon that heavily and it hasnít failed me yet.

ďGervonta knocking his opponents out and not going past the ninth round is great for him, but I donít think it has anything to do with my resume. Iíve faced stronger fighters than Gervonta and Iíve been able to beat them. Heís not going to bring anything I havenít seen.

ďWeíre thrilled that the fight landed in Atlanta and we can tell you that the fans are going to be very happy with the fight they see Saturday. I came here to win and Iím definitely ready to go all 12 rounds if I have to.

ďIíve had a great training camp and I know what Iím able to give on Saturday. Iím giving my all and then some. Atlanta, be ready. Weíre going to give you a war.Ē


ďThis is my first time in the city of Atlanta and I might have to move here after my victory on Saturday night.

ďIím excited to be able to display my talents on SHOWTIME on Saturday night. Iím at the top of my game and my whole team has helped me get to here.

ďBadou Jack is a solid fighter with great defense and good attack. Iíve had a great camp in Puerto Rico. Iíve been away from my family for three months and Iím war ready. Make sure you tune in.

ďBadou and I sparred, but it was a long time ago back in 2014. Sparring is sparring. I was getting ready for Sergey Kovalev. It was a good session, but at the time he was at 168-pounds. I donít rely on that sparring because it was so long ago.

ďI know that Badou has had a long layoff and heís fresh and will be even hungrier. Iím always hungry and that will make it a great fight on Saturday night.

ďIíve been fighting at the highest level for the last 11 years. That means something. Iím a special fighter. I have things that nobody can teach, which is a chin and a heart.Ē


ďI had a great training camp, which everyone says, but I really do feel great. Iím 36 and I feel like Iím 26 again. I canít wait for Saturday night to hear Ďand the newí.

ďI guess you have to wait until Saturday night for me to prove that I still have it. I was flat against Marcus Browne, regardless of the cut, but I feel much better this time than I did heading into that fight.

ďAll of the close decisions Iíve had in the past, everyone who watched those fights knows that those were wins. Saturday night Iím going to win and there will be no doubt.

ďGervonta was on my undercard and now Iím on his and Iím very proud of him. Heís already a superstar.

ďI take care of myself. I donít do anything outside the ring to jeopardize my career. I have a great nutritionist who gives me all organic foods. You can talk to my strength and conditioning coach as far as how Iím looking, but I feel amazing.

ďIím going to take everything one fight at a time. I think Pascal can bring the best out of me on Saturday night. Styles make fights and I think our styles will mesh.

ďPascal and I both come to fight. Marcus Browne is a southpaw and heís more evasive. So itís hard to compare. Pascal is a tough guy and I expect nothing less than a tough fight.Ē


ďIím grateful to be back in this position and I promise the crowd wonít be disappointed. Iím going to be around for a long time and Iím going to get my world title back.

ďI donít talk much, but since he says I only have power, weíll see on Saturday. Donít talk today and then run around the ring.

ďAfter I knock out Lionell Thompson, weíll see what Caleb Plant has to say after that. I hope he will stand and fight. The only reason Plant is champion is because I messed up.

ďWhen Iím at my best, Iím the best super middleweight on the planet. Everyone will see on Saturday.Ē


ďI want to thank Uzcategui and his team for taking the fight. This is my first time in the super middleweight division and I plan on being victorious.

ďTo everybody that has helped me and supported me, I promise I wonít let you guys down. Iím planning on giving my best performance on Saturday night.

ďIíve been in there with bigger punchers at light heavyweight and the only time I was stopped was early in my career. Iíve beaten good guys and undefeated prospects that could punch.

ďI believe that moving down in weight, and doing it right with a nutritionist, will be better for me. Anyone can hurt you. Everyone says that he can punch, but anyone who hits you right can hurt you.

ďIím focused on being perfect. I donít plan on making any mistakes. I know what I can do. Anyone who has shared the ring with me will say Iím one of the most skillful fighters out there. Floyd Mayweather even said it.

ďI know Uzcategui is tough, but Iím not worried because Iím bringing my best. I believe Iíll be victorious. I respect him and heís definitely a force to be reckoned with, but I just believe in myself.Ē

LEONARD ELLERBE, CEO of Mayweather Promotions

ďSaturday night, itís going to be lit. Iím very excited about this card. I can recall when we first talked about bringing this fight to Atlanta, there was only one name that was synonymous with tapping into a market that hasnít had a big fight in 20 years. When it comes to excitement, the name Gervonta Davis goes hand in hand.

ďWe knew that this entire community would be involved. We know that this would be the most talked about event and create a buzz that we havenít seen in many years.

ďWe have an outstanding undercard, including a great co-main event with Jean Pascal and Badou Jack, which I guarantee will be a very entertaining match. These two are going to lay it all on the line.

ďFrom top to bottom this is a very entertaining card. Looking at the main event, when you look at Gamboa, you know what he brings to the table. Weíre not buying anything about him being an older fighter. He has a phenomenal pedigree and he has seen everything in that ring. This is a very dangerous fight for Gervonta and thatís what we want. We want nothing but the best for Gervonta.

ďI think that Gamboa is going to bring out the best in ďTankĒ on Saturday night. Weíre going to give you an entertaining card from top to bottom, with a main event thatís going to end in a knockout.Ē

STEPHEN ESPINOZA, President Sports & Event Programming, Showtime Networks Inc.

ďItís a big weekend for SHOWTIME as we have eight big boxing shows over the next 10 weeks, featuring some of the biggest names in the sport and some of boxingís top young prospects. We couldnít kick it off with a better fight card this Saturday night.

ďItís time to quit calling Gervonta a young star or a rising star, because what he has demonstrated this year is that heís a bonafide star. That is without question when you go into three cities and bring out all the people that he has.

ďAt the end of the day, none of that matters on Saturday night. Thatís what we love about this sport. You have labels, critics and big names, but none of it matters when the bell rings. Each one of these six fighters up here fights like an underdog, because theyíve all been underdogs before.

ďGervonta and Gamboa fight like theyíre hungry and like theyíre angry. They fight like thereís one plate in the middle of the ring. In the co-main event, with Badou Jack and Jean Pascal, Iíll put their resumes against any fighter in the sport. Theyíve fought tough fight after tough fight and theyíre still fighting on this stage. Uzcategui is one of the hardest punchers in the sport, and Lionell Thompson is looking for his shot. With all of this together, weíre in for an entertaining night.Ē


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