David Benavidez vs. Kyrone Davis
Final Press Conference
Unbeaten two-time world champion David ďEl Bandera RojaĒ
BenavŪdez and super middleweight contender Kyrone Davis went
face-to-face Thursday at the final press conference before
they meet in the main event this Saturday, November 13 live
on SHOWTIME in a Premier Boxing Champions event from
Footprint Center in Phoenix.
Also featured at Thursdayís press conference was Davidís
older brother and longtime contender Josť BenavŪdez, along
with Argentinaís Francisco Emanuel Torres, before they meet
in the 10-round co-main event on the telecast beginning at 9
p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.
The BenavŪdez brothers have their sights set on impressing
their hometown fans in long-awaited homecoming bouts
Saturday night, which will mark their first time entering
the ring in Phoenix since 2015.
Here is what the fighters had to say Thursday from the
ďIíve had a tremendous training camp this time around. Hats
off to Kyrone Davis for stepping up to the plate and taking
this fight. Iím on a knockout streak and Iím keeping it
going Saturday night. The fans want to see knockouts and
thatís what I want to give them.
ďIím excited to have fans back in attendance, after my last
couple of fights took place in the bubble. The energy is
going to be crazy. I canít wait to get in there.
ďWe went right back into training camp after Davis stepped
in as the replacement. Iím just happy the date was still
salvaged. Iíve trained with multiple sparring partners in
the gym, so Iím used to adapting to different styles. Weíll
adapt to what he brings on Saturday.
ďIíve had a lot of support from the people here and itís
been amazing. Last time I was here, it was on my brotherís
undercard. Iím ecstatic to be back fighting in front of a
crowd. I canít wait to feel the energy from the people.
ďOnce opponents feel my pressure, they realize itís a whole
different type of power. I want to see how heís going to
react to the power, combinations and speed. Iím going to
keep doing what I do best and have fun.
ďIím not thinking about Canelo. Iím just thinking about
Kyrone Davis. Iím excited to give my fans a good show. I
worked extremely hard for this fight and trained like it was
for a world title. Iím ready for whoever they want to give
me to fight next.
ďIím always going to try to knock my opponent out. Not just
Kyrone, but everyone who comes after him. Iím a warrior and
Iím going to give the fans a war. Itís going to be a great
night for me and my brother.
ďMy brother is still my role model. I still look up to him a
lot. When weíre sparring, we try to take each otherís heads
off and we might go days without talking, because it gets so
serious. But heís providing motivation for me every day.
Especially the way that he came back from his injury.
ďKyrone Davis is a live dog. He knows what heís up against.
Iíve had a tremendous training camp and Iím going to make
this a fun fight. Weíre not scared of each other, and that
makes it a great fight.
ďIt means the world to our whole family to be here in this
position. I spent most of my childhood at Central Boxing
Gym. The first mural out there was of my brother and I said
that I wanted to be up there next. Itís really motivating
knowing that Phoenix has our backs.Ē
ďSometimes with stepping-stones, you trip. Weíve seen it
happen plenty of times. My job is to make sure Saturday
night isnít his night. Iím looking to have a good time and
put my all into it.
ďIíve been doing this my whole life. Stepping up on two
weeksí notice is nothing for me. A guy trying to cheat is
disrespectful to the sport. Itís my duty to the sport to
ďThis is going to be a world class fight. Iím coming to
fight and Iím coming to win.
ďI showed that I can fight on this level against Anthony
Dirrell. That performance put me in position to get this
fight. Iím looking to put on a show. Weíre going to have a
ďAll good things must come to an end. His knockout streak is
cool, but who you fight matters. Iím nicknamed ĎShut It
Downí, not lay down. Heís supposed to want to put on a great
show, but Iím looking to do what I have to do to win.
ďIím always ready. When they call me and tell me itís time
to fight, Iím ready to go. Iíve had some experience taking
fights on short notice. Every time we go through something,
we take it and apply it to everything we do going forward.
ďTo see my name in the big lights, is a gratifying feeling.
But itís not just great to be here, I want to show what I
can do at this level.
ďIím a smart fighter and my style changes depending on my
opponent. We have a game plan and Iím going to follow it.
ďIíve never lost over 160 pounds. All of my losses were from
shrinking down to 154 pounds. Iím feeling great at this
weight and Iím ready for any way that this fight goes. Iím
mentally and physically prepared.
ďI can guarantee a great fight and that Iím going to win.Ē
ďIíve had a great training camp. Iíve been out for a few
years, but I never stopped loving boxing. If anything, I
love it more. Iím coming with bombs Saturday. Iím hungry and
Iím ready to eat.
ďI learned a lot from my last fight. I feel like Iím a
different animal now. When I say Iím going to do something,
I do it. He better not run on Saturday. Iím coming to break
his ribs with body shots.
ďI donít care how busy heís been. Heís never seen anyone
with power like mine. You better be ready for Saturday
ďHeís a bum just like the bums that heís fought. Iím back to
take this clown out and show everyone that Iím going to be
the next 154-pound world champion.
ďIíve always loved boxing. Ever since I was young. Now
having my own children, Iím even more motivated than ever.
Iím so grateful to my whole family for all their support
throughout these long training camps. Iím happy where Iím
ďWeíve had a long road and Iím just thankful to everyone
whoís supported us. Itís been six years since we fought at
home, but I love it here. Weíve worked hard at this since we
were little kids. Weíve come so far and Iím just trying to
keep learning new things every day.
ďMy brother and I push each other to be on top. Weíre the
best sparring partners either of us could ask for. We donít
believe in a rivalry, we just want to push each other to be
the best that we can.Ē
FRANCISCO EMANUEL TORRES
ďIím thankful for this opportunity and Iím looking forward
to Saturday night. This is the biggest fight of my life. I
canít let it pass me by. This is the kind of stage I dreamed
of ever since I was a little kid. Iím going to make the most
ďYou can say whatever you want up here on a stage. Maybe his
prediction of a knockout will be true, but he still has to
go in the ring and face me. Weíll all find out Saturday
ďI prepared really hard for this fight and Iím ready to
counter anything he can throw my way. You can bet on that.
ďI donít care that Jose is fighting in front of his fans.
Iíve been an underdog before and Iím comfortable in that
ďI donít care about what he says. Iím just focused on doing
what I have to do.Ē