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  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 Promotions.

FLASH QUOTES:

DAVID BENAVIDEZ


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 on Saturday.

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

ALEXIS ANGULO


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 toughest fight.Ē

ROLANDO ROMERO


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

JACKSON MARI—EZ


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 Saturday night.

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 life.

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 footsteps.Ē

OTTO WALLIN

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 ring quick.

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 some action.Ē

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

TRAVIS KAUFFMAN

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 better man.

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



 

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