David Benavidez vs. Ronald Ellis
Final Media Availability Quotes
Undefeated former two-time
world champion David Benavidez and veteran Ronald Ellis
spoke with the media for the final time ahead of their
12-round WBC Super Middleweight Title Eliminator Saturday,
March 13 live on SHOWTIME at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT from
Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., in a Premier Boxing
This weekendís SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXINGģ telecast also
features a co-main event bout between two under-25
lightweight rising stars, Isaac Cruz and Matias Romero, when
they meet in a 12-round WBA Lightweight Title Eliminator. A
10-round super welterweight affair between Terrell Gausha
and Jamontay Clark will open the SHOWTIME telecast. The
event is promoted by TGB Promotions and Sampson Boxing.
Here is what the fighters had to say during fight week and
during Thursdayís media availability:
ďThe thing about Ronald Ellis is that he moves around pretty
good. Heís more of a boxer. I donít see too much power, I
donít see too much speed. Iím prepared for a boxer, Iím
prepared for a brawler. Iím not going to be extremely
confident, but he should be very prepared for this fight
because itís a title eliminator. So Iím just going in there
very cautious, and work how I work: jabs, uppercuts, body.
Put pressure on him. Itís worked against everyone else, so
Iím sure itís going to work against Ronald Ellis as well.
ďIíve been preparing for this fight as if it was a world
title fight. Whatever Ellis brings to the table come March
13 Iím going to be prepared for it. If he wants to bring
pressure, if he wants to be a boxer and move around the
ring, Iíll be ready for it. The way Iím feeling right now, I
feel like itís going to be an early stoppage. I feel great.
I feel strong. Iím going in there to get an early stoppage.
ďIím not overlooking Ronald Ellis. I was looking for a big
name and I didnít really get that. But I give him the
respect as a boxer and I prepared for him like heís a world
champion. I feel like Iím going to get a quick KO against
ďIíve been very motivated and training extremely hard. I
feel like this is the best training camp Iíve ever had. This
is unchartered territory for me being on weight four days
before. I had 13 weeks of camp so thatís more than enough
time to get ready for whoever. If itís Ellis, Canelo,
(Jermall) Charlo, or whoever Iím in there against.
ďThe Charlo fight is the one that I want to make happen in
September. Charlo has a lot to say about me and at the end
of the day we are probably the best fighters in PBC and at
SHOWTIME. So why not make it happen? On both my end and
Charloís end. He doesnít really have anyone else at 160 so
it seems like a fight that should be fairly easy to make. I
think Charlo makes the most sense because we both need a
signature win to get to Canelo.
ďCanelo is the big fish, and everyone wants the big fish.
Whoever fights Canelo has to be at the pinnacle of their
game. Without a doubt, Canelo is one of the best fighters
today and Iím not taking anything away from him. But I feel
like right now where Iím at in my life, Iím ready to accept
a challenge like that. I just had a baby boy, and thereís no
bigger motivation than that right now. I got youth on my
side and I feel like I hit harder than Canelo and I have the
speed too. All I need is to prove myself to the world and to
the fans, and even to myself, that Iím the best. And I feel
like Iím ready for that.
ďI would love to get a fight with Caleb Plant. I think
theyíve just been trying to give Plant the easy route so
that they can prep him for a Canelo fight. Theyíre waiting
to cash him out. Heís been getting back-to-back really easy
fights. Even after he loses to Canelo, because I donít think
he can beat him, I would still love to get in the ring with
him. Me and him still have a lot of unsettled business. I
donít like him at all. He thinks heís the second coming of
Mayweather and nobody is better than him but he hasnít
proved himself at all. Heís had no hard competition.
Everybody heís fought has been way over the hill and have
all been beaten. If he really wants to prove himself as the
champion, the only way he can prove himself is by fighting
ďThis isnít my first time in the bubble, so now I know what
Iím expecting. It got way easier. I got no complaints. I did
what I had to do.
ďI got power. A lot of people seem to overlook it. But now
itís just time to show it. Iíll show my power on Saturday
ďJust coming here on weight has been key, and doing what I
had to do. Usually you could get into the hotel and shake a
few pounds off, but here you canít go anywhere. So I knew
what I was getting myself into.
ďI donít feel like giving out the game plan, but I hope he
pressures me. But Iíve got two hands too and Iím going to
stay in there and Iím going to fight. Iím just going to mix
it all up and do what Iíve been doing my entire career. Just
all in one night.
ďMy boxing IQ is there and weíre just going to work. Weíre
just going to do everything we have do to get the win. To be
the champion you have to beat the champion. And in my eyes,
heís still a champion.Ē
ďTraining camp was very hard, I sparred for two months, my
sparring partners trained me very well and we are extremely
ready to take this win home.
ďNo, I do not feel pressure following a big knockout. I am
always prepared to finish fights. That is why I train as
hard as I do and prepare myself like I do.
ďWe prepare for fights to go the distance, and for me to
knockout my opponent. If the knockout is there, I will take
it, but we prepare ourselves for anything to happen and I am
ďI always like to come forward because it allows me to
change to something else. You never know when your boxing
skills will have to take over. I like to keep my opponents
ďEvery fighter has a different strategy, so I canít use what
I did last fight and bring it to this one. I expect an
excellent fight Saturday, and I will be ready.Ē
ďI want to thank my backers and my coach for training me for
this fight and getting me ready. Iíve been preparing for
this since I started boxing and Iím looking forward to
ďI fit right into camp with German Caicedo. I felt
comfortable, like I was one of the guys. The gym is known
for that, the vibe that it has, all the fighters with the
same goal. Iím grateful for that acceptance.
ďIím very excited. Weíll see if Isaac Cruz is what theyíre
saying he is. Iíve trained very hard for this fight. Itís a
dream to fight on this stage, a dream to fight in the United
States and Iím taking it very seriously. Cruz is a great
fighter but weíll see if heís one of the best in the
division come Saturday night.
ďObviously, I have a lot of faith in my ability. Cruz is a
knockout artist, thatís what he comes to do and thatís all
he comes to do. Iím a boxer but I can punch also so come
Saturday night the two styles are going to showcase each
other and I will be the victor.
ďWe are prepared if Cruz tries to change up his game plan.
We donít see that happening, but we have a plan for anything
he tries to do. But we believe heís going to be the same
fighter heís always been. Being on the bigger stage now, we
donít see him changing his stripes.
ďI want to make sure that I belong on this stage, that this
wasnít a fluke or a handpicked scenario. I left my hometown
with my father who has been with me since I was a kid and
weíve had a great camp. I feel very confident about Saturday
night. Iím going to show the world and get the victory. I
will leave it all in the ring. If itís life or death, Iím
ďTraining camp has been good, I put all the work in, and my
weight is great.
ďI never pay attention to the odds because I have been an
underdog my whole life. This is a good fight, and I look
forward to putting on a dominant performance Saturday.
ďWith the Erickson Lubin fight I feel like I learned a lot
that I was able to correct in training camp. One of the main
things I need to do is let my hands go more with a southpaw
and be effective. I look forward to landing some good shots
an getting it done earlier.
ďIt definitely makes this second time in the bubble so much
easier now that I have experience doing it. My coach always
says we either win or learn. So I am taking that and my
experience as a fighter into the ring with me.
ďWe have a lot of pride coming from Ohio, and we all want to
be the top dog. So I am looking forward to showing I am the
ďI like challenges, and I never say no to a fight. When I
hear them say I have a problem with southpaws and I do not
let my hands go, it gives me motivation to prove people
wrong and impress the fans.Ē
ďEverything has been going pretty smooth. Iím just ready to
get it on and get it over with. My first time in the bubble;
itís different but everything has been going smooth so far.
My weight is pretty down so Iím just ready to go, ready for
ďGausha is a slow starter. Iím going to press the issue and
give the boy the business. Iím going to come out and be the
best me I can be. Iím going for the gusto but Iím not going
in there looking for the knockout. If it comes, it comes but
Iím definitely coming out on top.
ďGausha will be a nice name on my resume. Hopefully this
puts me into title contention. Iím looking forward to big
fights and big paydays. Weíll do it on SHOWTIME