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  Deontay Wilder vs. Dominic Breazeale
Final Press Conference


Photos: Amanda Westcott - SHOWTIME


WBC Heavyweight World Champion Deontay The Bronze Bomber Wilder and mandatory challenger Dominic Trouble Breazeale continued their war of words and further escalated their longstanding feud at the final press conference Thursday ahead of their showdown this Saturday live on SHOWTIME from Barclays Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXING, and presented by Premier Boxing Champions.

Also featured at the final press conference were WBC Featherweight World Champion Gary Russell Jr. and former world champion Kiko Martinez, who meet in a 12-round bout for Russells world title, and unbeaten Juan Heraldez and former world champion Argenis Mendez, who compete in a 10-round super lightweight fight. Those two bouts will be part of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING coverage beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT on SHOWTIME, while three undercard fights will stream live on SHOWTIME Sports social platforms beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING COUNTDOWN.

Here is what the press conference participants had to say Thursday from Barclays Center:
 

DEONTAY WILDER


These fighters always get into great shape and think they have the game plan to beat me. They think theyre going to catch me. Its not going to work. Nothing this guy has prepared for is going to work.

I hope he brings the best he can bring. This is more than just a boxing match. Im passionate about what I do. This has been a long time coming for me and Dominic. He asked for this, and he shall receive.

Its going to be an amazing night for me, and a sad night for him. Being heavyweight champion is a big responsibility. Not everyone is made to be a champion. Its more than being glamorous or carrying around this prestigious belt.

Ive trained harder than Ive ever trained. Hes got me inspired like I was against Bermane Stiverne. I want to hurt Breazeale so bad. Im going to keep my composure until that time comes Saturday night.

I dont believe Breazeale when he speaks. Ive been in this game for a very long time. Someone like him is not going to beat me. The closest hes going to get to this belt is in his dreams.

My whole team has been with me since day one. We started together and were going to go all the way together. Its been an amazing run for me. I started my career at the very bottom and worked all the way to this point.

We never rushed anything. Even in the Olympics, I was still learning on the job. We trained to be a long term champion, not a short term champion, and we accomplished that. Im appreciative for how far Ive come and for everything thats come with it. Hard work pays off.

My actions are going to speak louder than my words. I am the best. I am the chosen one. He can say what he wants. Its going to be a great fight for as long as it lasts. Im going to bring the pain. Saturday night, everyone is in for a treat.
 

DOMINIC BREAZEALE


Im super excited for this fight. Virgil Hunter and myself had a great camp. It was truly one of the best of my life. Im mentally focused and physically right.

Im excited to be back and get another knockout win. Getting that WBC belt is everything to me. This is my Super Bowl.

Victory for me on Saturday is everything. Wilder doesnt know what hes getting himself into. Hes in for a fight. He better be confident in his abilities, because Saturday night, hes going to be in the toughest fight of his life.

Im going to beat Deontay so bad that hes not going to ever want to lace up the gloves again. Sports are 80% mental. When Im done with him, the mental aspect is going to be beat out of him.

Im going to put on another explosive performance. Ive been dreaming for the last year about hearing and the new. Its a beautiful thing and I cant wait to make it come true and have my hand raised.

Wilder hasnt developed at all during his career. He looks the same as he did in the amateurs. He needs to talk himself up to make himself feel confident.

Im too mentally in-tune to be focused on what someone says. When I go into a fight I dont worry about what my opponent can do, but about what I want to do and how I can execute.

None of Deontays words affect me at all. Hes going to keep barking and Im just going to keep waiting. Im going to quiet him down on Saturday night.
 

GARY RUSSELL JR.

Im hungry and ready. Anyone that I step in the ring with is standing in the way of my goals. Anyone trying to stop me, is in a dangerous position.

Were going to try to control the pace of the fight with my jab. I dont think hes going to get past the jab. Hes going to try to get rough and physical. My plan is to make the adjustments that I need to get this win.

Its always a family affair with the Russells. We move as a unit and we excel as a unit. My family is where I pull all my energy from. Its never a distraction. They give me the fuel I need.

In boxing you need to have full trust and belief in your coach. I couldnt imagine a better fit than having my dad. Even if he gives instructions that might not be 100% right in my eyes, I know that its going to be the best thing for me.

No one in this division wants to step in the ring with me. They know the speed and power and abilities that I bring every time I step into the ring.

Deontay and I were on the same Olympic team, plus Dominic and my little brother Gary Antuanne Russell were also U.S. Olympians. It makes for an amazing card on Saturday night.
 

KIKO MARTINEZ


I come to fight and get that title. I had a very smooth training camp and feel 100 percent physically.

I think my experience is superior. He thinks Im only a pressure fighter, but he hasnt seen me box the way Im going to box him on Saturday.

This is the biggest opportunity of my life. To be on this platform and be able to fight for the championship is very special. Im going to make the most of it.

I hope that Russell doesnt take me lightly because I still have a lot of abilities left. Its going to be a great fight for as long as it lasts.
 

JUAN HERALDEZ

Camp went great and I cant wait to put on a show. Im going to let everyone in this division know that Im coming for them. Im going to seize the moment and take full advantage of it.

I feel strong and Im ready to fight. Im just counting down the minutes until I can step into the ring. Its a lot of excitement and Im going to let it all out Saturday.

I plan to win in spectacular fashion on Saturday. Im going to show everyone that Im a player at 140-pounds and Im ready for anyone they can put in front of me.

Im not planning to get hit. Im going to out box him and stick and move. Hes not going to be able to touch me. If the opportunity for a knockout comes, Ill take it.
 

ARGENIS MENDEZ


Im very excited for this opportunity. I had a great training camp and on Saturday night youre going to see a show at Barclays Center.

I love boxing and I love this opportunity that I have on Saturday night. Im going to show my passion for the sport during this fight. I feel great physically and just cannot wait to get into the ring.

A win on Saturday night opens the door for me. People are going to start seeing me as one of the best fighters from the Dominican Republic.

Its going to be a good fight. I have the speed and skills to out box him. Were both very smart fighters. I believe Im the better fighter and it will show on Saturday night.

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


The heavyweight division is exciting again and a lot of that has to do with Deontay Wilder. Its also been helped by SHOWTIME and our commitment to the division. No other network has been more committed or invested more in the heavyweights than SHOWTIME has and were proud of that.

Were also proud that several of the fighters on this card have fought frequently on SHOWTIME. Deontay will make his 12th appearance and Gary will make his 11th. Wilder, Russell and Dominic all launched their careers on ShoBox, like so many other great fighters.

When you get two guys together for a long-awaited grudge match, theres not a lot that needs to be said. Deontay is the longest-reigning heavyweight champion in the sport. This would be the ninth defense for him, which is something that only nine other heavyweights have done in boxing history.

Deonay had two of the most exciting heavyweight fights in recent history last year. As for Dominic, hes a big strong experienced guy whos been on the world stage before. He has fought for a world title and hes coming off of three consecutive wins. He has plenty of power and we saw that in his last fight against Carlos Negron that he can change the fight in one punch.

BRETT YORMARK, CEO of BSE Global


The heavyweight division has been the talk of the sports world for months, and its fitting that the world champion will defend his title right here in Brooklyn in one of the biggest fights in the sport this year.

Deontay, Ive said for a long time that this is your home away from home and we cant wait to have you back. You have a big opponent this week in Dominic Breazeale. Dominic youve already made two appearances in our ring and we know the fans are looking forward to another great show.



 

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