Gervonta Davis vs. Leo Santa Cruz PPV
Press Conference Quotes
Fighters competing on the Gervonta Davis vs. Leo Santa Cruz
SHOWTIME PPV (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT) undercard previewed their
respective showdowns during a virtual press conference
Tuesday before they meet in the ring on Saturday, October 31
from the Alamodome in San Antonio in an event presented by
Premier Boxing Champions.
The event featured unbeaten San Antonio native and WBA Super
Lightweight Champion Mario ďEl AztecaĒ Barrios and
hard-hitting Ryan ďCowboyĒ Karl, who meet in the co-main
event, plus former super lightweight world champion Regis
ďRougarouĒ Prograis and unbeaten contender Juan Heraldez,
who square off in in a 10-round showdown, and lightweight
contenders Isaac Cruz and Diego Magdaleno, who battle in an
IBF title eliminator to kick off the pay-per-view.
The event is promoted by Mayweather Promotions, TGB
Promotions, GTD Promotions and Santa Cruz Boxing Club.
Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at
Ticketmaster.com. The Alamodome has implemented a
comprehensive health and safety plan to protect against the
spread of the coronavirus. All fans attending the event will
be screened upon entry and are required to wear a mask as
well as follow social distancing guidelines. Tickets will be
distributed in seat blocks known as ďpodsĒ to maintain
distance between groups not from the same party. For more
information, visit Alamodome.com
Here is what the fighters had to say Tuesday:
ďIím super amped for this type of fight. Ryan and I have
known each other forever and we know the style that the
other person will bring to the ring. For the fans at
Alamodome and watching on pay-per-view, theyíre in for a
ďI couldnít be happier to be in one of the first fights with
a crowd since the pandemic. Having my first defense be in my
hometown of San Antonio is huge. The feedback Iíve been
getting so far from my fans has been incredible. Onfight
night that weíll both have our fan bases there for an
exceptional night of boxing.
ďI know that come fight night Iíll be facing the best
version of Ryan Karl that weíve seen. Heís training the same
way and expecting that from me. So itís going to be an
action-packed fight and the fans will not be disappointed.
ďI donít feel any pressure fighting at home. Every time I
fight at home, the energy has been unreal. If anything, itís
ďWeíve watched my fight against Batyr Akhmedov a couple
times. Iím a warrior and I showed that in the fight. We made
all the changes we needed to in this camp and Iím going to
show them on October 31.
ďIím very proud of the Akhmedov fight. Every great fighter
has had close fights like that. It was a learning
ďI know the route that Karl has had throughout his career
and I know heís taking this opportunity and coming 100%
ready. Iím planning to keep the world title in San Antonio,
so itís going to be a great battle.Ē
ďThis fight is going to be a big deal. Itís really surreal,
to an extent. Weíre very excited and working really hard and
putting in the work. It couldnít be better that it is taking
place in Texas with fans. Itís going to be a big Texas
ďIíve definitely evolved as a fighter. Iíve trained harder
than I ever have before. Ronnie [Shields] has talked to me
about staying calm and getting ready for the moment and what
it means to be in a world title fight. Itís about just
staying focused and handling business. We have to remember
we are there for business and nothing else. This is no
pleasure but all work, no play. And heís keeping me focused
on those things and getting me in the best shape of my life.
ďIíve known Mario forever so as far as knowing each other
and styles, weíre familiar. But weíve never been in the ring
with each other so we are really just guessing what we are
going to do in there. As far as how weíll come out and
fight, we really wonít know until we are in there with each
ďI expect it to be a fan-friendly fight. A true Texas fight.
As far as how itís going to play out, I really donít know.
People make adjustments in the ring. I expect us both to
come to win and do so at all costs and just make it a very,
very fan-friendly fight.
ďI donít really feel any pressure for this fight at all. It
really doesnít make any difference to me that we are
fighting in San Antonio, or not. Itís nice to be fighting in
Texas because Iím a Texan and Iíd like to fight here and
never have to leave. But I donít feel any pressure at all.
Iíll fight anybody, anywhere. Thereís nobody else in the
ring but me and him so it doesnít really matter in the end.Ē
ďIím very excited for my first fight as part of the PBC
stable. Iíve been wanting to come over to this side for a
long time and itís finally happening. When something bad
happens, something good usually happens off of that so this
is perfect. Iím in Katy, Texas, which is a two-hour drive
from San Antonio, is a big fight town. Plus, this is the
first fight back where weíre having fans. Everything is
working out perfectly and Iím so excited to be on such a big
card and to get back in the ring.
ďI still feel like Iím the best in the world at 140 pounds.
In the Josh Taylor fight, I went over there to England,
fought in front of over 20,000 people who were all against
me and I still feel like I won the fight. I wonít say they
robbed me because thatís not what happened, but I still feel
like I won the fight. I feel like Iím the best in the
division and I need to keep proving it. This is another step
ďMy next move depends on whatís offered to me. But first
off, I have a tough fight in front of me. Iím focused on
Juan Heraldez. There are a lot of things on the table for me
after this, but I have to get past him first. I do yearn to
be a champion at 140 pounds again before I move up to
welterweight. That is the plan. But the landscape of boxing
changes so much that itís so hard to predict. You never know
whatís going to happen.
ďThere are a lot of people out there right now for me to
fight. Adrien Broner, Josh Taylor, Jose Ramirez. Me and Josh
Taylor are definitely going to fight each other again. No
matter what, we have to fight. The fight was too close and
it was too much of a big deal out there in the U.K. for that
not to happen again. I definitely want to fight Ramirez. I
feel like heís ducked me for a little while. And the Broner
fight could definitely be a huge fight. All of those names
are who Iím looking for. But itís one step at a time and
itís Juan Heraldez next.
ďThe Taylor fight definitely showed me that there are things
I need to improve on. Going into that fight, I questioned
myself if I could fight 12 hard rounds. I had only gone 12
rounds against Terry Flanagan but that was a boxing lesson,
not 12 hard rounds. I fought 12 hard, hard rounds against
Taylor so it was kind of a question in my head before that.
Now I know that I can do it. Josh Taylor is a very big
puncher and I took his punches like it was nothing. As far
as things I need to work on, I guess weíll see. But Iíve
been working really hard and Iíve been in training camp
since before the pandemic started. I had a lot of fights
that didnít happen so Iíve been working that whole time,
working on different things and busting my ass. Iím going to
do whatever it takes to get to the top spot at 140 pounds.Ē
ďIn my last fight against Argenis Mendez I learned that I
have to really control of the fight. I canít let there be
50-50 rounds and leave it in the judgesí hands. I have to
take as much control as I can over the fight.
ďOn paper Prograis has a good resume, but when it comes to
skills in the ring, itís a totally different thing. People
can say what they want, but skills pay the bills.
ďIíve only watched a couple of rounds against Josh Taylor
because that was a fight against a southpaw. I donít think I
can take much from that. Iím a totally different fighter.
ďI just believe in my skills and ability. Whether itís my
footwork, speed or overall ability, I donít believe that he
does anything better than me. He had his time at the top of
the division, but now itís my time. Itís my time to shine.
ďAfter this fight I think the whole division is going to
fear me. I think itís going to be hard to find me a fight
after Iím through with Regis.Ē
ď[Magdaleno] is definitely a good fighter and has a lot of
experience, but me and my team are ready to take advantage
of the experience we have and to use it for our purposes to
be able to prevail in this fight.
ďThe fact that this will be the first big fight with fans in
the stands in the United States just fills me with
happiness. It motivates me even more to do my best at the
Alamodome on October 31.
ďThe Mexican fans know what Iím all about. We will now head
over to the United States and show the American fans what
Isaac Cruz is capable of. I know I can be a contender with
the likes of Gervonta Davis, Ryan Garcia and [Vasiliy]
Lomachenko and show people that there is another Mexican
fighter that can be a contender and make noise in this
ďIím prepared for his experience. Itís going to be a great
fight from the start, but as the rounds go on, he will start
to realize the fighter I am and the power that Iím capable
ďThis is my second fight with my trainer, Bones Adams. Itís
a family affair. Boxing is family to me. Going into every
fight, being a mature old man that they are calling me
nowadays, it feels good because I know where my priorities
are. My last win over Austin Dulay was huge because my last
team that I had was pretty much saying that I was old, that
I was washed up and done. I didnít like that idea. I went
back and rejuvenated my whole team. Rejuvenation over here
is Bones Adams.
ďYouíre never too old to get better and weíre here to serve
beatdowns to the young guys. My last opponent was 24 years
old coming over to face an old man, and I proved the world
wrong. Now everybody is believing again in Ď2FUEGOí. Iím
going to start this show off with some fire. They have me
opening the show on a stacked card and Iím going to get in
there and give it my all.
ďIím surrounded by people who want me to progress. If I
believe in myself, I want my team to believe in me and I
felt that my old team didnít believe in me. Thatís why you
saw what happened in that Teofimo Lopez fight. Iíve learned
from my mistakes and moving forward I have positive gym
vibes. I have a great coach who has been in the ring with me
and knows me personally. I definitely made a huge change and
look what I did against Dulay, a guy with vicious knockout
power. Numbers and strategies can say one thing, but at the
end of the day, when we get in the ring, itís up to me to
prove everyone wrong like I did in my last fight.
ďI will be the first fight back with a crowd and I think
that favors me. I fight off other peopleís energy and you
guys will all see that on October 31.Ē