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  David Morrell Jr. vs. Aidos Yerbossynuly
Final Press Conference Quotes

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 Minneapolis.

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 10-round duel.

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 February.

Here is what the fighters had to say Thursday from Minneapolis:


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 team.

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 it coming.

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 Benavidez back-to-back.Ē


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 happens.

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


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