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  Devin Haney vs. Joseph Diaz Jr.
Final Press Conference

Photos: Ed Mulholland - Matchroom


WBC Lightweight World Champion Devin "The Dream" Haney (26-0, 15 KOs) and WBC Interim Lightweight World Champion Joseph "JoJo" Diaz (32-1-1, 15KOs) hosted their final press conference today ahead of their big fight on December 4 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, live worldwide on DAZN.

Eddie Hearn

ďThank you to all the media that have made the trip here to Las Vegas this week for a huge, huge night for the Lightweight division. Devin Haney vs. Joseph ĎJoJoí Diaz, Jr. for the WBC World Lightweight title live on DAZN all around the world this Saturday from the historic MGM Grand.

ďWeíre really lucky people, weíre really lucky to be here, the MGM Grand is a venue steeped in boxing history. Last week of course we were in the iconic Madison Square Garden for a fight that I think everybody was there or everybody that watched on DAZN will never forgot. George Kambosos dethroning Teofimo Lopez for a whole host of belts in the Lightweight division. The moment where Australian boxing just lit up to see a new star in Kambosos. What a night it was for boxing worldwide.

ďWeíve got a great card here, some undefeated fighters that weíll be talking to, undisputed champions as well on the card, heavyweight action. This is part of an incredible schedule on DAZN to finish this year. What a schedule, weíre very lucky people to be living the dream every week on DAZN Ė particularly this week in Vegas.Ē

Devin Haney

ďI want to start off by thanking God for this opportunity, this is a huge opportunity for me and my family. This is finally my time on the big stage to show what Ďm capable of, a lot of fighting come in there and say what theyíre going to do. He keeps saying heís going to dog me, beat the shit out of me, weíll see.

ďEverybody has got a plan until they get into the ring, when it doesnít work then weíll see what it really is. He can say what he wants to say, I can say what I want to say, on December 4 I will go in there and I will show.

ďI donít think thereís any pressure, at the end of the say Iím going to go in there and do what Iíve got to do. We had a great training camp, we studied JoJo, I feel like me and my team know JoJo know him better than his own coach. We know what heís going to do, what heís going to throw, we studied him so well we know the mistakes heís going to make and the habits he has. Weíre going to go in there and do what we do best.

ďThis is what I feel with JoJo Diaz, he says heís going to go in there and come right at me, we saw how that worked with George Kambosos with Teofimo Lopez, he had no respect and got caught. He can go in there and get caught with a big shot early, or Iíll beat the will out of him. Youíll see.

ďOf course, Iím the best Lightweight, you guys will see December 4. Iíll be one step closer to having all the belts in the lightweight division, it all starts on December 4, and I canít wait.Ē

Joseph 'JoJo' Diaz, Jr.

ďIím excited for it, Iíve done everything and paid all my dues, not even inside this training camp but inside my whole career. Fighting the best opponents possible to make me ready for this moment, Iím ready for it and paid my dues inside of the ring. We had a tremendous training camp, brought in some good sparring partners as well, Iím ready to go out there and execute my game plan December 4.

ďI already know this is the moment Iíve prayed for my whole entire life. For God to be blessing me with this opportunity, Iím ready. I havenít been cutting any corners, Iím just built the way Iím built and Iím going to go out there and execute what Iíve got to do.

ďItís going to be a tough fight because weíre both smart fighters, Iím not just going to be a brawler in there Iím going to go in there and do what I have to do to be victorious. Iím going to go out there and hurt him to the body, hurt him in top, but also show my boxing skills as well. Iím a 2012 Olympian, Iíve fought in there with the best fighters in my divisions in the past, Tevin Farmer, Gary Russell Jr, all these guys. Iím planning on doing the same with Devin Haney.

ďMy main focus in Devin Haney and beating the shit out of him, taking his will and soul come Saturday night. Thatís my main focus right now is just going out there and punishing him.Ē

Roberto Diaz

ďI believe JoJo will win 100 per cent, I know him from the young man that stepped into the office to who he is. Bring out your pens and get them ready, donít call it an upset because heís been elite from day one, from the amateurs. You donít become an Olympian from just being average.

ďSaturday night in front of JoJo thereís a very talented young man, a very good world champion Ė but itís good versus elite. Come Saturday night you will all see, the beauty of boxing is nothing is ever written, last week you saw it, this weekend youíll see it. JoJo will take that title back to California.Ē

Bill Haney

ďThis has been quite a journey for Devin and our family to get to this point, thank you Eddie of course and to DAZN and Golden Boy for stepping up to the plate and brining on a very qualified JoJo.

ďHe has a legendary reputation both inside the ring and outside the ring, in the gym. His work ethic is unprecedented in his community, he runs people out the gym, heís going to come to fight. Thatís whatís going to bring out the best in Devin Haney and we look forward to that opportunity.

ďHe [Robert] said the same thing about Jorge Linares, that Jorge was going to come and that he has everything to stop Devin, he didnít. This is no different than JoJo, we look forward to Devin impressively putting on an ass-whipping on JoJo and then you give us the title of the Golden Boy killer.

ďWe donít look past JoJo by any stretch of the imagination, you saw what happened last week with the 13-1 underdog George Kambosos, shoutout to him and his family Ė doing a tremendous job heís quite a Cinderella story.

ďWe canít look past JoJo, but we canít help see George Kambosos in our city parading around as if heís an undisputed champion. Weíre hearing conflicting messages from the Kambosos camp as if we need to do something else better, but when you have Devin Haney you have the youngest promoter in the game, youngest world champion and a guy that has not only communicated with JoJo to make this fight happen, but he also communicated with Jorge Linares and took the initiative before the world even believed it and worked and talked with Kambosos.

ďWe hope after this fight George Kambosos and his team are a man of their word and stick behind it, letís make this shit happen.Ē

Joseph 'JoJo' Diaz, Snr.

ďHeís not going to try and become; he is going to become the world champion. Joseph has been ready for this moment for a long time, I know Devin Haney, what he brings to the table and the goods that he was, but I know my son. My son is going to do what he needs to do on Saturday night and get the job done.

ďThey have him as an underdog because of the bets and stuff but that doesnít mean anything. JoJo is going to go out there and do what he does, theyíre going to see something theyíve never seen before.

ďI tell him to ignore it, itís just a bunch of hype and stuff, this is MGM boxing and not a circus Ė thatís for another casino down the street. They do what they do, heís getting paid pretty good money to do what he does, if he wants to embarrass himself thatís fine. Weíre going to do what we need to do on Saturday night.Ē

Filip Hrgovic

ďI need to stay focused, I cannot underestimate anyone, thanks to Emir for accepting the challenge. Iím looking forward to Saturday night.

ďI donít know whatís going on, youíre the biggest promotor in the world and I hope youíll find someone to fight me soon. Iím looking forward to big fights, I said to my promotors and you [Eddie] a long time ago I feel like Iím ready for everyone.

ďIím training really hard; Iím focused on boxing 100 per cent and Iím looking for a big fight. Iím focused on Saturday night, I donít want to underestimate anyone, I know I have the quality and talent to become the best fighter in the world.Ē

Nisse Sauerland

ďItís been a frustrating time for Filip, the whole IBF situation, we went through the top 15 twice and no one wanted to fight Filip. Now, next year, someoneís got to fight him for the mandatory and I believe youíre looking at the next world champion, next year 2022 Ė itís going to be Hrgovicís year.

ďRespect to Ahmatovic, itís always hard to get Filip opponents but weíre just happy to be in Vegas. Thanks to Eddie, thanks to his team for helping us, roll on Saturday youíre going to see the future Heavyweight champ.Ē

Emir Ahmatovic

ďIím happy to be here, last week I got a call for the fight against Hrgovic and I said of course, I want to fight him Ė why not? Thatís why Iím here, Iím 100 per cent here to win and I will give it my all to win the fight on Saturday.Ē

Montana Love

ďIím very happy to be here, be part of DAZN and the team. Saturday night Iím here to put on a show man. Just be me, too pretty look good while doing it, and having fun.

ďMy last three opponents have been saying the same thing, saying theyíre my biggest test but I made it look easy. Iím just here to have fun, I donít think any of these guys are on my level. I know Carlos is going to come to fight, in my mind I want to get him out of there sooner but Iím going to stick to the game plan and execute.

ďFollowing your [Eddie] lead, whoever you put in front of me weíre going to put them down and keep stepping on them.Ē

Jessica McCaskill

ďIím always ready to go, itís not always me, Rick will be like weíre going to be really chill and as soon as I go in there and get the gloves on, heís got the mitts on, itís crazy. We have a high work rate, I work out 2/3 times every single day so when Iím sitting in my hotel room ready to do a workout and you put a ring in front of me, thatís whatís going to happen.

ďIím definitely looking forward to what we have planned for 2022. Weíre not looking past Kandi at all, especially when somebody takes a fight last invite and she already had a fight she was preparing for. Iím not sleeping on here at all, like she said itís going to be fireworks, she comes forward she throws punches with almost every step she takes. I like to brawl but Iím trying to put together some more boxer and show everyone some more skill, make my mark in history and in the boxing world.

ďI only had about 25 amateur fights and when I linked up with Rick Ramos, he said weíre going to move you really fast and thatís exactly what weíve done.

ďVegas, itís always a dream for a fighter, like having the green belt is always a dream for a fighter. I came to Vegas in 2014 and walked around the whole hotel and told everybody Iím going to fight here one day. To be here and to have spoken that into my future it means everything.Ē

Kandi Wyatt

ďItís a dream come true, I fell in love with boxing when I was ten years old, and this has always been a dream to be a world champion and box in Vegas nonetheless.

ďI couldnít be more excited to see female boxing taking off, itís growing in the amateur ranks as well which is nothing but good news. The way female boxing is taking off in the pro ranks, Iím super excited about it and I couldnít be happier.

ďJessica is a gamer; sheís going to come out to fight. Iím here to fight too, Iím not here for the experience, Iím here to win so expect fireworks on Saturday.

ďItís hard to put into words, like I said itís something Iíve been dreaming about when I was ten years old so Iím rendered speechless already.Ē

Austin Williams

ďFirst off I want to give thanks to everybody, Eddie Hearn, Matchroom, Churchill Boxing, we could have taken this time and only focused on my personal life, but my management company stepped in and made sure I elevated in my professional game as well.

ďIím blessed and thankful to coach Kevin Cunningham for taking me under his wing. A lot of coaches would know I was going through a hard time, and he could have easily said no I donít want to deal with him, but he took me in, and we had the greatest camp Iíve ever had in my life. Shoutout to my sparring partners, they gave me the best work Iíve ever had and itís a blessing to be here.

ďA boxerís life has a lot of pressure in it, we fight for our life, we do this to entertain everybody. Itís a lot of pressure and as you can see, people can turn on you from one day to the next, a fighter deals with a lot.

ďItís a good time and platform for me to speak out about mental health and let people know itís a real thing, I also speak for my brothers who share the ring with me. Just be a person that really letís people know whatís going on.

ďAmmo is always exciting, always bringing fireworks and sometimes I can get ahead of myself. Now that weíre stepping into the higher levels like you mentioned, 2022 is going to be a bigger year for all of us, now weíre stepping into higher levels with more dangerous fighters Iíve got to be dangerous but safer Ė thatís where coach comes in. The knockouts are going to cleaner and more spectacular.Ē

Alexis Espino

ďItís crazy, itís surreal honestly being here sitting in a venue where my whole life I looked up at being in a stage like this at the MGM. Iím more than ready, Iím excited.

ďIím excited, I feel like the better the opponent the better Iíll do, the more I get pushed the more Iíll do. Iím very excited to perform this Saturday because I know Iím going to look good.Ē

Marc Castro

ďItís been a great start, but it wasnít too great because I got COVID a couple of times. I had some setbacks, but Iím blessed to be in this position. Itís all a part of Godís plan and now weíre here, first fight in the MGM and Iím grateful and blessed to be here.

ďIím a fighter so I stay in the gym, daily sacrifices everyday so thatís how I get the victories over these great fighters. Theyíre great too but Iím just better.

ďIt feels great to have the support this early in my career, itís a testament to my family and the sacrifices Iíve made. I feel like the fanbase is growing every single day and itís going to be a journey.Ē

Amari Jones

ďI have a step-up fight and Iím more than ready; Iíve been training with a world champion; I train like a world champion, and I feel great.Ē


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