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  Chris Colbert vs. Roger Gutierrez
Virtual Press Conference Quotes


Unbeaten rising star Chris ďPrimetimeĒ Colbert and WBA Super Featherweight Champion Roger ďThe KidĒ Gutiťrrez each expressed confidence that they will emerge victorious in their upcoming clash during a virtual press conference Thursday, as they previewed their showdown taking place Saturday, February 26 live on SHOWTIME in a Premier Boxing Champions event live from The Chelsea inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXINGģ telecast kicks off at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT and will feature unbeaten phenom Gary Antuanne Russell, a 2016 U.S. Olympian, facing former world champion Viktor Postol in the 10-round super lightweight co-main event, while IBF Junior Bantamweight World Champion Jerwin Ancajas will defend his title against unbeaten Argentine Fernando MartŪnez in the televised opener of the loaded tripleheader.

Colbert has made a name for himself with his exciting mix of speed and power that has helped him shoot up the 130-pound rankings, defeating former champions and dangerous contenders along the way. Colbert will look to capture his first world championship against Venezuelaís Gutiťrrez, who earned the title and made his first defense in a pair of upset victories over Rene Alvarado in 2021.

Here is what the fighters had to say Thursday:

CHRIS COLBERT


ďThis is going to be ĎPrimetimeí on SHOWTIME. This is what Iíve been waiting for. Thereís no better time than right now. This is my time and Iím going to dominate in this fight.

ďEverybody that they put in front me that they say has power, they donít hit hard at all. I end up walking them down and beating them up. I donít expect anything different in this fight. Iím ready to win by any means necessary. I donít care about looking pretty, I care about winning and dominating.

ďHe better make sure he brings the Mack truck, because Iím coming at him in this fight. If he canít put me on my bike, then heís going to be in trouble.

ďAt the end of the day, two warriors have to go in the ring and fight. Heís the current champion and Iím going to be the champion. I expect nothing but a firefight from him.

ďFebruary 26, you better make sure you tune in. I donít have any losses and I donít plan on getting any. Youíre going to hear Ďand the newí when this fight is over. After the fight, Iíll take him out for a beer.

ďTo be honest, Iíve never watched Gutiťrrez fight. Shout out to him for earning the belt, but I donít care who he fights like. I have one job that night, and thatís to win by any means necessary.

ďWhen I win this fight, Iím that guy. Iíve told you forever that Iím that guy. I was born that guy. Iím just going to continue to prove that and whatever comes next, comes next. Hopefully Gary Russell Jr. can heal up and I can take that fight and put him into retirement.

ďGutiťrrez has more knockouts than I have fights, but it doesnít matter to me. I like fighting bigger punchers because I know they come to fight. I know heís not going to run. I want this to be an exciting fight. I want to show the fans that I can do it all.

ďYouíve seen my skills and youíve seen that I can stand in the middle of the ring and bang with anybody. Youíve seen me do it all. Iíve never been outboxed, so I know heís not going to do that. If he wants to go toe-to-toe, Iím going to show everyone that Iím too fast, too sharp and too strong.

ďThis is definitely another stepping-stone for me. I knew that this opportunity was going to come. I knew that I was going to be a world champion. I made it happen. This is just another day, another dollar, for me.

ďI bring my own style to the boxing game. Iím looking to build my own legacy in this sport. Iím focused on this fight. Iím ready to go mano-a-mano with the champion.

ďWhen I win in dominating fashion, donít be surprised if I knock him out. Thatís what Iím coming into this fight to do.Ē

ROGER GUTIERREZ


ďI was very excited when I was told that this fight was going to happen. Regardless of him being the mandatory, I knew that this fight was going to be a big opportunity for me to show that Iím one of the best in the world.

ďThis is a chance that Iím not about to pass up. Iíve been training in Los Angeles since December and Iím going to show the world what I can do on February 26.

ďAnything that youíve seen from me against Alvarado, you can toss it out the window. This is going to be a completely different fight. Iím going to have to adapt and Iím going to better than ever. This is going to be something youíve never seen from me before.

ďItís not important to me whether Iím the favorite or the underdog. Alvarado was the favorite against me as well. I donít care who believes in me, what matters is that Iím a warrior and I believe in myself.

ďEven though people say Iím a knockout artist, thatís not what I look for. I work toward winning each and every round. It doesnít matter to me if we go to the final bell. The knockouts just come naturally.

ďYouíre going to see a Venezuelan champion once again. I donít care what people say about this fight. Iím taking this belt back to Venezuela after February 26 to celebrate with my people.

ďHis best weapon is his mouth. I canít wait to see him in the ring on February 26. I understand that he does what he has to do, but Iím not worried about his talk at all.

ďChris is a great fighter and heís a very versatile boxer. Thatís what excites me. I love facing big challenges. Youíre going to see me step up to this challenge on fight night.

ďWinning the world title was a whirlwind of emotions. Not only did make it to the top, but I was able to fulfill my promise that I made to my mother, who passed away a month before my fight. It was amazing to be able to reach that pinnacle.

ďIf he wants to stand there and go blow for blow, weíll be ready. If he wants to use the ring, weíre ready to chase him down. We will have a plan no matter what. Iím going to be ready to leave the ring victorious.

ďIím focused on this fight, but if everything goes well, the name that I have in mind for a next opponent is Leo Santa Cruz.Ē



 

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