David Morrell Jr. vs. Aidos Yerbossynuly
Unbeaten WBA Super Middleweight Champion and Minneapolis
fan-favorite David Morrell Jr. and undefeated mandatory
challenger Aidos Yerbossynuly went face-to-face at the final
press conference on Thursday, before they put their unbeaten
records on the line live on SHOWTIME this Saturday, November
5 in a Premier Boxing Champions event from The Armory in
The press conference also featured former unified champion
Jeison Rosario and veteran contender Brian Mendoza, who meet
in the 10-round middleweight co-main event, plus unbeaten
middleweight Fiodor Czerkaszyn and the hard-hitting
Nathaniel Gallimore, who kick off the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP
BOXINGģ telecast at 9:10 p.m. ET/6:10 p.m. PT with a
Prior to the telecast, The SHOWTIME Boxing COUNTDOWN show,
hosted by award-winning MORNING KOMBAT podcast hosts, Luke
Thomas and Brian Campbell will deliver a three-fight lineup
streaming live on the SHOWTIME Sports YouTube channel and
SHOWTIME Boxing Facebook page at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT.
The streaming presentation is topped by longtime contender
Andre Dirrell in a 10-round light heavyweight showdown
against hard-hitting Yunieski Gonzalez, plus former unified
champion Julian ďJ-RockĒ Williams takes on Argentinaís
Rolando Mansilla in an eight-round middleweight affair,
while unbeatens Kent Cruz and Enriko Gogokhia rematch in an
eight-round super lightweight sequel of their split-draw in
Here is what the fighters had to say Thursday from
DAVID MORRELL JR.
ď100% Iím coming for the knockout. Heís the one thatís
asking for it. Itís going to be for my team and for Cuban
boxing. You donít mess with the people of Cuba.
ďIím excited for my second opportunity fighting on SHOWTIME.
I hope heís not too hungry, because Iím not giving him
anything to eat on Saturday night. Iím more focused and
locked in than ever thanks to Ronnie Shields and my whole
ďI appreciate Aidos stepping up to this fight, but now itís
time to show what I can do. Iím going to show the rest of
the division whatís in store for them.
ďIím predicting an eighth-round knockout. Iím going to go
into the ring as be the best version of myself.
ďWeíre in the home stretch now. Iím going to go in there and
go for the win. Today was to show everyone how excited we
are for this fight, because the fans should be pumped for
this as well. Weíre ready to put on a show for them.
ďI feel bad for Aidos. He has no idea whatís going on and he
doesnít know anything about boxing history. Iím going to
teach him on fight night. Iím taking him to school. He has
ďMy only focus right now is on Aidos. Iím not paying
attention to any other fighters, but Iím going to be ready
for them. I want to fight David Benavidez in my next fight.
I respect everyone in the division, but Iím hungry for the
biggest fights. I want to fight everybody.Ē
ďIím a hunter. I like hunting and itís part of our culture.
Itís hunting season right now in Kazakhstan, but Iím here in
the United States and Iím here to hunt Morrell on Saturday
night and bring that belt home.
ďWe respect the Cubans and their skills. But in the pros,
there arenít as many good fighters as in the amateurs.
Whatever he has learned, I have those same skills. We both
have power in both hands, and Iím going to let my fists
speak for me.
ďIím always learning. I improved a lot with my training in
Las Vegas because my coach, Kay Koroma, is a very
experienced and well-known coach in American boxing. I had a
good transition from the amateurs into the professional
ranks and I learn something new with each fight. I grow as
an athlete with each fight.
ďThere is nothing about David Morrell Jr. that concerns me.
The danger with boxing is that every fighter is coming to
hurt you. Every boxer is dangerous. Thereís nothing special
about him. I think that we are evenly matched fighters but
the difference on Saturday night is going to be that Iím the
smarter fighter and I want it more.
ďIf heís promising something to his fans, he might have to
apologize to them after he loses. Iím definitely coming to
stop Morrell in this fight. I trained hard and Iím here to
get the belt.
ďIf I get past David Morrell Jr. on Saturday, then Iíd like
to fight David Benavidez next. Iíve sparred with Canelo
Alvarez before and I respect him. To get that fight, I have
to prove myself first. Thatís why I want to face Morrell and
ďIím going to go in there to win. I donít care if I finish
the fight in the first or last round. Iím happy either way.
My power will be there, but Iíll be ready for whatever
ďSometimes you need to stumble not just once, but twice or
more, to learn a lesson. I guarantee that Iíve learned my
lesson and that youíre going to see the best version of me
on Saturday night.
ďThis fight is just as important as when I went into
Philadelphia and took the titles away from Julian Williams.
Thatís how serious Iím taking this fight.
ďIím staying at middleweight. I was putting my health at
risk to make 154 pounds, so Iím fully committed to winning a
world title at 160 pounds.Ē
ďIím here and Iím ready. Iíve been training in this camp
since April. Iíve really been locked in this whole year.
Youíre going to see that Iím anything but a last-minute sub.
ďIím ready to put on an explosive performance. Everyone is
going to see the work I put in it. This is where preparation
meets opportunity. Youíre going to see me at my best and
with my hand raised.
ďThis is huge for me. Iím about to add a former unified
champion to my resume. This changes the trajectory of my
career. Itís all up from here and Iím about to show the
world what Iím capable of.Ē
ďGallimore is a power puncher, but there are a lot of
different skills you need in boxing. Itís not just power
that decides who wins.
ďThis is my chance. Iím hungry and I will show it. This is
like a holiday for me, because Iím here without pressure.
Iím happy and Iíll show it in the ring.
ďHeís had this break in his career, but I know heís been
training and sparring throughout it. Maybe heíll feel some
rust in the ring, but weíll find out on Saturday.
ďIím very confident in the training that Iíve had. This is a
step up for me and itís something Iíve wanted for a while.
Iím ready to perform on the big stage.Ē
ďRing rust is not going to be a problem. I started my career
at middleweight, so Iím not worried about that either. Weíve
been working on a lot of new things and on Saturday itís
going to show.
ďHe can say what he wants to say, because at the end of the
day, he has to get in the ring with me. Everyone is going to
see what I bring to the table on Saturday night.
ďIím definitely back. As Iíve said before, it starts with
this opponent. The whole world is going to know that Iím
back after they watch this fight.Ē