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  Davis vs. Santa Cruz PPV Undercard
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 matchups at a final press conference Wednesday before they square off this Saturday, October 31 from Alamodome in San Antonio in an event presented by Premier Boxing Champions.

The press conference 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.

Davis vs. Santa Cruz 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 press conference participants had to say Wednesday:

MARIO BARRIOS


ďIím super excited to be back home for my first title defense. Come Saturday night, itís going to be an explosive night of boxing throughout this whole card. Iím trying to steal the show in the co-main event.

ďI donít feel any pressure. Iím fighting at home and defending my title, so itís just a dream come true. You have an Aztec warrior and a Texas cowboy going at it. I couldnít imagine a better co-main event.

ďWe had another great camp with Virgil Hunter in California. Iím excited to continue to show everyone why Iím the best in my division.

ďRyan definitely comes to fight. Heís known for being a pressure fighter. Iíve always considered myself a boxer-puncher. Iíll try to use my jab and fight from the outside as much as I can. But Iíve been known to brawl on the inside as well. Itís going to end up being a fan-friendly fight.

ďIím a complete fighter. I have the speed and power. I also have height and length. I carry my power throughout twelve rounds. Iím a dangerous fighter from the opening bell until the very end.

ďYouíre going to see a completely different fighter on Saturday night. My last fight I showed the warrior that I am, and during the championship rounds, I made big things happen. Saturday night, Iím going to show everyone how Iíve improved.Ē

RYAN KARL

ďYouíre going to see a great fight on Saturday. We are going to steal the show, because Iíve come prepared. Iím at my very best and itís going to make me victorious. We put the work in. Iím going to seize this opportunity now that I have it.

ďIím not worried about getting a knockout. I just have to be victorious and become champion. Nothing else matters.

ďIím healthy and injury free now. Itís been over two years since I could say that. Itís a new start in a way. Iím listening better and my corner is the best itís ever been. I expect it to be a very explosive and exciting fight.

ďIíve known Barrios since the amateurs, but it never crossed my mind that weíd fight because he was much smaller than me then. Heís matured and gotten a lot bigger now, so Iím anticipating heíll bring the fight to me on Saturday.

ďI come to fight, Iím rough and ready and Iím coming to win any way possible. It doesnít matter to me. Iíve never been in a boring fight. Win, lose or draw, youíll always get your moneyís worth.Ē

REGIS PROGRAIS


ďIím excited to be here. Training has been amazing. I just want to go out there and prove that Iím still the best at 140 pounds. I was number one for a long time. This is the first step toward getting my belts back. Iíve been training differently than ever before. Iím really living like a fighter right now. I just have to go out and do what I know I have to do.

ďI need a stoppage or a shutout. Thatís what Iím looking for. Heís an okay fighter. I donít want to degrade him too much, because I just feel like Iím the better fighter.

ďThis is my first step toward proving Iím still the best. You sit and go over the fight a million times in your head and it usually never goes that way. Iím just going to do me and show the world that Iím still here. I train too hard not to be number one. I donít want to be behind anybody.

ďWeíre all going to do our thing Saturday night. Itís a huge stacked card. Order SHOWTIME PPV and watch me mess Heraldez up.

ďIím just taking it one fight at a time right now. The landscape in boxing changes all the time. Iím not worried about anything else other than Juan Heraldez.Ē

JUAN HERALDEZ


ďIím going to go out there and show everyone what the sweet science is all about. Itís about hitting and not getting hit. Thatís my game plan.

ďI believe that my style is exactly what boxing is all about. I have more advantages in my game than he does. Iím going to make sure that everyone sees it on Saturday night.

ďPrograis had his chance to be elite, now itís my time. He fought Taylor and lost. I didnít really even watch more than a couple of rounds of that fight though, because Iím a completely different fighter than him.

ďPrograis is a step up on paper, but all that goes out the window once weíre in the ring. Itís about boxing skills and toughness. Iíve been boxing all my life, so I donít think Iím stepping up to him.

ďI can box and I can punch. Thereís not going to be anything else that needs to be said or done. This fight is going to prove to everyone that I have great boxing skills. Itís going to put me in a position to earn respect, win belts and make more money.

ďI donít think heís going to be able to land clean shots on me because of my defense. Youíll have to ask him afterwards how hard I punch. I know his eye was really swollen after his last fight. Plan on seeing him look the same on Saturday.Ē

ISAAC CRUZ


ďIím very happy to be here in San Antonio. Iíve been doing a lot of sparring for this fight, especially against southpaws. Iíve sparred over 200 rounds so I will be at my very best on Saturday night.

ďI came to fight, I came to steal the show, and I came for the victory. I donít need to talk too much. I can talk with my fists on Saturday.

ďIím very prepared to give Diego Magdaleno a great fight. Iím a classic Mexican fighter who keeps coming forward. I throw a lot of punches and I donít break down after the early rounds. I love to give a good show.

ďIím facing a good fighter with a lot of experience. Heís had a lot of tough fights, but we came very well prepared to take the victory with us.

ďAfter this fight, people will not be able to forget my name. Iím ready to keep giving more and more in the future.Ē

DIEGO MAGDALENO

ďIíve fought in Texas so many times and I love fighting in front of these real fight fans. This started back in February when I kicked off 2020 with a roar. I was one of the last fights with a crowd, and now Iím back here with a crowd again. Iím relishing in the energy of this event.

ďItís my birthday and Iíve never felt this great. The whole world is right in front of me and I just have to go out and grab it.

ďIím bringing something huge on Saturday. Youíve never seen Diego on this much Ďfuegoí before. I never stopped believing in myself and thatís why Iím here today.

ďI know I have to stay focused and stick to the game plan. Iím going to be true to myself. I have to be smart and everything else will be taken care of.Ē

LEONARD ELLERBE, CEO of Mayweather Promotions


ďSince we first started Mayweather Promotions weíve promoted over 20 pay-per-view fights, and I have to say that from top to bottom, this is one of the most stacked undercards weíve had. That will bring nothing but excitement for the fans come Saturday.

ďThe opening fight is an outstanding lightweight fight with Isaac Cruz taking on the always exciting Diego Magdaleno in a title eliminator in one of boxingís hottest divisions.

ďThen we roll into former world champion Regis Prograis, who is always in entertaining bouts, taking on Mayweather Promotionsí own unbeaten Juan Heraldez. These guys have gone back and forth during the promotion. Heraldez has told me he thinks Regis is an average fighter, and Regis has talked his trash too. They get to settle it on Saturday night. This has the potential to steal the show.

ďThe co-main event is an all-Texas showdown with Mario Barrios against Ryan Karl. This will definitely be an exciting bout. They both have highly respected trainers in Virgil Hunter and Ronnie Shields. So you know they will be extremely well prepared. From top to bottom we have a very entertaining undercard, so make sure to tune-in Saturday night.Ē



 

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