Erislandy Lara vs. Ramon Alvarez
Final Press Conference Quotes
Former world champion Erislandy "The American Dream" Lara
and Ramon "El Inocente" Alvarez squared off at the final
press conference Thursday before they battle for the WBA
Super Welterweight title this Saturday night from The Armory
Also on hand at Thursday's press conference and featured in
action beginning at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT Saturday were fast
rising super welterweights Sebastían "The Towering Inferno''
Fundora takes on Jamontay "The Quiet Assassin'' Clark, who
meet in a 10-round showdown, and hard-hitting Cuban
heavyweight Frank Sachez and Victor Bisbal, who compete in a
The fighters were joined on the press conference stage by
Cuban great and former two-division world champion Joel
Casamayor. Here is what the fighters had to say Thursday
from The Armory in Minneapolis:
"Training has been really good. We're strong and I just wish
Alvarez luck. We changed things up in our training and are
back with Ismael Salas now. Alvarez is about to find out how
hard we've worked.
"I think after the sixth round, you will see all the
training that I did and the game plan that we have, start to
break him down. After that, the knockout is going to come.
"My goal has been to get back to the top of the division.
I've been at the top of the division all of these years and
regaining a title is huge. It's part of my history and my
legacy. I'm super excited to be back in another big fight.
"I'm just focused on getting my title back. I want to look
spectacular in this main event Saturday night on a big
stage. Then I can move on to the biggest fights in the
"Going back to my original pro coach Ismael Salas has been
great. Ronnie Shields is a great trainer and we had a great
run together, I just had to change atmosphere. I'm very
comfortable in Las Vegas. The sparring was perfect and we're
ready to rock.
"I come well prepared for this fight. The fight with Canelo
was a long time ago, so now I'm just looking forward and
toward being in bigger fights."
"I'm not worried about what Lara's mindset is. I'm prepared
and ready to go. I'm here to write my own story as I've been
doing by working hard since day one.
"What happened between my brother and Lara was years ago and
you can't change history. I'm only focused on what I have to
"We had a very good preparation for this fight. It's a big
fight for both of us. We've been completely focused on
what's in front of us.
"I don't put too much thought into Lara's last two fights
not being wins. He's changed his mentality and attitude and
he's fighting and not boxing as much as he did before. I
think that shows that he still has a lot left in the tank to
"I've prepared very hard and I can only show it in the ring
with my performance and my fists. We can both talk, but on
Saturday night it will all be decided.
"I'm not just thinking about making history, but I will make
history on Saturday night. The Alvarez brothers are going to
make more history for Mexico when I win this title."
"When I come to fight at different venues I'm able to block
everything out and just focus on the fight. But I do have
some fans here in Minneapolis and I'm pretty sure they like
me here since it's my third time fighting here. It helps
builds up my confidence a little bit more.
"The only adjustment we made for this fight was for the
southpaw stance of Clark. I've fought tall guys before. My
last opponent was 6'1". So this won't be much of a change
"We'll see what Clark comes with on Saturday. We'll be
prepared to box from the outside but also adjust depending
how he fights me. I work hard to be an all-around fighter.
"I'm just excited to keep fighting on this stage and
displaying my skills for everyone. I'm only focused on
getting better and I believe fights like this will show what
we've worked on.
"People look at my height, but I can fight on the inside
too. I think people expect me to box but showing all that I
can do gives people even more to worry about."
"I don't think too much about his height. This is a big
opportunity and a new start for me. We're going to pull off
the upset Saturday night.
"I sparred with a lot of tall guys including some
heavyweights, so I'm all the way ready for this fight. I
have a good jab and I'm going to use it a lot in this fight.
"I think I fight better against taller opponents. I don't
think he's going to be able to out box me or fight me on the
inside. I feel that I have all the advantages. He can take
it wherever he wants to go.
"I see my loss as a lesson. We learned from it and we're
here now. It's a blessing. I'm going to keep showing my
heart and my hunger.
"This win is going to mean everything to me on Saturday
night. I'm calling it my new beginning and it starts with
"I want people to know that there's going to be a new Cuban
heavyweight champion. I'm going to put a show on and
everyone can see it on Saturday night.
"My team has made adjustments and we're ready to fight for
10 rounds my first time as a pro. If it was a 12 round
fight, I'd be ready for that as well.
"I've made some technical changes that will make it easier
for me to go the whole distance and go into deep waters.
"My opponent is experienced and it's another chance for me
to display my skills. I'm definitely going for the knockout
and a big statement."
"This is a fight that I've been waiting for. I've turned
down other fights for a chance like this and I'm going to
take advantage. My plan is to end Saturday night with a
"I know that the Cubans are always great fighters and they
have great training. He's powerful and experienced, but at
the end of the day, I know what he's brining into the ring.
"There's a good chance this fight ends in a knockout but
I'll be prepared to go the distance and win every round if I