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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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