David Benavidez vs. Alexis Angulo Showtime Championship
Boxing Press Webinar Quotes
Undefeated WBC Super Middleweight World Champion David
BenavŪdez joined his main event opponent, Alexis Angulo, and
the rest of the fighters on this Saturdayís SHOWTIME
CHAMPIONSHIP BOXINGģ tripleheader in a virtual press webinar
on Wednesday in advance of their respective bouts that will
take place live on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT) from the
Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. The card is presented
by Premier Boxing Champions.
The co-main event features rising lightweight Rolando
ďRollyĒ Romero taking on fellow unbeaten Jackson MarŪŮez in
a 12-round battle for the interim WBA Lightweight Title,
while heavyweight contenders Otto Wallin and Travis Kauffman
square off in a 10-round showdown.
The event is promoted by TGB Promotions and Sampson Boxing.
The Romero vs. MarŪŮez bout is co-promoted by Mayweather
ďI feel amazing. Our preparation has been very good and
everything has gone smoothly. We had private sessions in our
gym, so we had sparring and everything we needed. Iím very
close to weight right now and Iím ready to defend my title
ďMoving to Seattle was really good for me. I just bought a
house out there and itís a beautiful place. Iím there to
figure out what I really want in life and dedicate myself to
boxing. Iíve hit a different stage in my life and career and
Iím just ready to keep winning.
ďIíve seen Anguloís style in some of my previous opponents.
Iíd compare him to ĎPorkyí Medina, but Angulo is a little
fresher because he hasnít been through the wars like Medina.
Angulo is very heavy handed and he wants to win. Heís coming
off of an upset win and I think that has him motivated to
believe he can beat me.
ďIím ready for whatever he brings to the ring. I just have
to be patient. I canít just try to knock him out and leave
myself open. I have confidence in my abilities, and if I do
everything right, I believe the knockout will come. Iím
ready to give a great show to all my fans around the world.
ďIíve just been working on every aspect of my game. My
defense, the jab, body shots and keeping the distance
especially. I think Angulo is the perfect opponent to
display everything I have. This is going to be a rugged and
tough fight but thatís what I expect for every fight from
now on. As long as I prepare myself correctly, I think Iíll
be fine. This is the level I wanted to be at, and now that
Iím here, I want to take full advantage of that.
ďAngulo is a tough fighter. He hurt Gilberto Ramirez a
couple times in their fight. I have to go in there and be
alert. Everything has to be perfect. When I get on the
inside, Iím going to attack the body and throw combinations.
ďI think this is going to be a different fight than my last
fight. I donít think Angulo will utilize the ring like
Anthony Dirrell did. I want to start the fight off well,
find my rhythm and ultimately break him down.
ďI want to fight [IBF Super Middleweight Champion] Caleb
Plant next. All the super middleweight champions have to
take risks and fight each other. I want those other belts. I
want to take the chances now and show everybody, including
myself, that Iím the best.
ďI feel like this is just the beginning for me. I want to be
a unified champion and be known as the best super
middleweight of my generation. I have time on my side and
Iím hungry and competitive. The sky's the limit for me.Ē
ďThe [COVID shutdown] has helped me tremendously. Iíve been
able to prepare better, and not just physically, but also
spiritually and emotionally. Iím more prepared than Iíve
ever been and this is really the best thing that could have
happened to me. I know the coronavirus has affected many
people negatively, but for me itís been the total opposite.
Itís just given me a lot more time to train.
ďI hear that they are predicting Benavidez will knock me out
in the seventh round, but that is just peopleís opinion. Iím
going to show on Saturday night that the people who are
predicting that will be proven wrong.
ďWhen I fought Anthony Sims Jr., he was a good fighter, but
Benavidez is on another level in the boxing game. Iím going
to show people that I belong on the same level as Benavidez.
ďBenavidez is a warrior, but I donít see him having any big
advantages over me. In my only pro loss to Gilberto Ramirez,
it was really just the experience factor. The biggest change
for me since that fight is more personal, and just my
mindset. Iím just stronger now, emotionally too. Thatís the
biggest change Iíve experienced.
ďI know I have to be more aggressive in this fight Ė just
more effective and smarter on Saturday. I donít have a game
plan. Iím going to adjust to the fight as it comes to me. I
know I can adjust to anything Benavidez throws at me.
ďI donít know if this is my toughest fight to date. All my
fights are difficult, some more than others. Iím prepared,
Iím ready and on Saturday you will get to see if this is my
ďThis is a big opportunity for me. This is a way for me to
show that I belong in there against the top fighters in the
division. Iíve sparred with all of them before, but this
will show Iím ready to face any of them in a real fight.
ďIím not worried about going 12 rounds for the first time.
Iím not trying to let it go 12, but Iím prepared from
sparring 15 rounds at a time in camp. Itís not going to be
hard to have more left in the tank in the later rounds.
ďFloyd Mayweather taking time to work with me in camp says a
lot about him. Heís got a lot of other things he could be
doing, so itís already a blessing. He always tells me to
work my jab and focus on my boxing ability. Weíve worked a
lot together in camp for this fight.
ďWhen I signed with Floyd. I asked him what I should work on
and he told me to work on my jab. About four or five fights
in I started to really use that advice and itís the best
advice that he could have given me.
ďIíve never relied on just my power. I use my skill set and
when I land a punch, the power is what floors them. Iím just
a heavy-handed fighter.
ďIíve been asking for tough fights like this and to step up
against the better competition. If it turns out it was too
soon, then itís only because I asked for it. But thatís not
happening. Iím going to end up on top.
ďI donít think his experience is going to be a problem for
me. My boxing ability and power is going to be way too much
for him. I donít think heíll be able to do anything to me. I
think Iím going to win with an early round knockout. Itís
going to be a really bad knockout.
ďI think Iím the best in the world, but thatís just me. I
think Iíd stop every single fighter at 135-pounds.
ďIím already defined as a puncher, but Iíve yet to really
show my boxing ability. Thatís only because I havenít needed
to yet. As I get into tougher and tougher fights I think Iím
going to blow through the 135-pound division. When I move up
to 140 and 147 pounds, Iíll be ready to show my boxing
ability more. I started this sport at 17 and Iím 24 now. I
feel like I have nothing but room to grow.Ē
ďIíve been training with the Garcia team for over a year.
Iíve learned so much from them. The Mexican boxing style is
very different than the Dominican one Ė working with Robert
and his team has helped me combine them both.
ďRomeroís overconfidence and lack of experience will give me
the edge on Saturday. Iím clearly the more experienced
fighter, and I guarantee you, heís never been in a ring with
a boxer like me. My style is very different to what heís
used to. Heís in for a surprise.
ďI give Romero merit for his power, heís a good athlete, but
Iím not intimidated by him. I know I will get the win come
ďEvery boxer dreams of becoming a world champion from the
moment they first try on a pair of gloves. Iím no different.
Iíve dreamt of this moment my entire life. Winning this
fight will bring countless opportunities and will change my
ďI believe everything is possible if you work hard enough.
Iím a man of a few words, but my hard work will show in the
ring on Saturday night.
ďMy fellow Dominican, [Jeison] ĎBananaí Rosario has filled
the Dominican people with hope. I want to follow his
ďYes, it has been quite different [training during COVID].
In the spring, when New York shut down, we were training a
lot in my apartment and in Central Park. I pretty much had
to build a gym in my apartment. I bought a bike, a bench
press, and some other weights. Then for the last couple of
months we had a private gym that we were working out of.
ďIt is not so much about proving that the Fury fight wasnít
a fluke. It is about me going out there and being myself and
taking care of Kauffman. Heís a good fighter, so I have to
be alert at all times, but I feel like I am just a better
fighter so as long as I go out and preform, no one will be
saying it is a fluke and that I am for real.
ďHopefully I will get a title shot soon. I did better
against Fury than anybody has, so you can take that and see
that I am one of the top guys. I think that I am one of the
top guys and I am happy to be fighting again so I can show
that. The champions are tied up with themselves, so we will
see what happens, but I feel like after the Fury fight
people know that I am in that mix. Fury seems to always be
calling people out, but he never mentions my name.Ē
ďI would like to fight the champions, of course, and that is
Fury and Anthony Joshua. Wilder is a top guy, so that is an
option when he comes back, but a Fury rematch or a fight
with Joshua is what I really want. It is important for me to
take care of Kauffman and stay busy, then get back in the
ďIt feels great that I am finally going to fight. It has
almost been a year since my last fight. It is great to
train, but I do not want to train all the time, I want to
fight. I have been on lockdown in New York, so finally I get
ďWhen you fight the best, you see what you do well, and you
see what you need to work on. I have been watching the Fury
fight, and I have been studying it. Being in there with
Fury, and trading rounds with the champion like that, there
is nothing better. I need the experience, so that was great
for me. I am sure I learned a lot that I do not even know of
yet. I feel like improved after that fight, but we always
need to improve.Ē
ďMy life has always been full of challenges. With every
fight and every camp there have been challenges. With the
passing of Brother Naazim Richardson, who Iíve known since I
was nine and whoís trained me for the last six years, it
hurt. I didnít expect him to pass away because heíd already
overcome so much. It truly hurt me, but it also motivated
me. I was unable to leave training camp, because all I could
think about was that Brother Naazim would not have let me
leave. He was truly a great mentor to me.
ďWhen we knew Naazim wouldnít be here, we decided to go back
to what I knew best, which was working with my dad Marshall
Kauffman. I knew that I should go back to the person who
taught me everything I know.
ďI turn 35 next Friday so it would be a great birthday
present to beat this guy up before that. Every time I go to
fight, I donít get the nerves that people talk about. Itís
another day at the office. This is a way to provide for my
family. Thereís always a lot on the line. If I win, it puts
me in position to make life changing money.
ďI have everything on the line because I know I have what it
takes to beat Wallin. His claim to fame is losing to Tyson
Fury. Thatís all they know him for. I wonít take anything
away from him, but heís trying to prove that it wasnít a
fluke. Itís my job to stop him and I believe I have what it
takes to do that.
ďIíve seen some flaws from Wallin and Iíve seen him do some
great things. Heís got youth on his side, but I have the
experience. Iíve been doing this for almost 20 years. Iíve
been in there with some of the best heavyweights in the
world. I donít underestimate anybody in the ring. Iím coming
here to bang and may the best man win. I believe Iím the
ďI always want to make a statement but winning is the number
one statement. No matter how I win, I have to win. I donít
want to look good and lose. I canít lose. I want to win and
get another big opportunity.
ďThe passing of Brother Naazim has been a motivator these
last couple of weeks especially. I kept hearing Brother
Naazimís voice in my head and itís helped push me through
the toughest days and made me even more motivated heading
into this fight.Ē