Errol Spence Jr. Dallas Media Workout Quotes
Unified WBC and IBF Welterweight World Champion Errol “The
Truth” Spence Jr., a Desoto, Texas-native, declared that he
is “on point” physically during a media workout in Dallas on
Thursday ahead of his 147-pound title unification clash
against WBA Welterweight World Champion Yordenis Ugas taking
place Saturday, April 16 live on SHOWTIME PPV in a Premier
Boxing Champions event from AT&T Stadium in Arlington,
Responding to a statement made Wednesday by Ugas’ trainer
Ismael Salas that he was a “different” fighter in his first
fight back after a 2019 car accident, Spence smiled and said
he was now in better shape physically and mentally and that
Ugas’ trainer would soon see.
Just the 12th unification fight in the rich history of the
welterweight division, Spence vs. Ugas will join other
classic unification matchups at the weight class such as
“Sugar” Ray Leonard vs. Thomas Hearns I and Floyd Mayweather
vs. Manny Pacquiao. Spence will look to add a third
welterweight championship belt to his resume when he returns
to fight at AT&T Stadium in front of his hometown fans for
the third time.
Tickets for the April 16 live event at AT&T Stadium, which
is promoted by TGB Promotions and Man Down Promotions, are
on sale now and can be purchased at SeatGeek.com, the
Official Ticketing Provider of AT&T Stadium.
Spence held his media workout at World Class Boxing Gym
alongside his longtime trainer Derrick James. The workout
streamed live on the SHOWTIME Sports® YouTube Channel and
can be watched in its entirety HERE. Ugas hosted a live
streamed media workout on Wednesday in Las Vegas, which can
be watched HERE.
Here is what Spence and James had to say Thursday:
ERROL SPENCE JR.
“I’m feeling good and I’m ready to go. This layoff was
easier for me after the injury than the one after the
accident because it was a lot less stress on my body.
Mentally I was also prepared for what I was going to go
through. I had been back in training before camp started for
this fight so I’m ready.
“Even half of me would beat most of these guys at the top
level. I feel great now and I’m 100%. Physically I’m on
point and everything feels real regular. If Ugas’ trainer
(Ismael Salas) thinks I’m a different fighter now, we’ll see
in two and half weeks how different I am.
“Training camp has been great. I’ve had great sparring
partners and we’ve been focused. I got a nutritionist and
it’s made the weight cut much easier for me.
“I have everything in my arsenal. Whatever Ugas brings to
the table, I’m ready for it. I’m going to dictate the pace
and control everything. I’m making him fight my fight.
“From what I’ve seen, Ugas is very physical and very tough.
He was waving Shawn Porter forward, so you know he has that
fighter spirit inside of him.
“I’ve been putting in a lot of work and I’m not worried
about my eye at all. It actually feels stronger than the
other one. I’m just making sure that I’m 100% on point with
“I’m not looking to say anything to the rest of the
division. I’m going to send my message with my performance.
When I have three belts, everyone is going to know what that
“I watched the Ugas vs. Manny Pacquiao fight live but I
haven’t watched it since then. I thought the way that fight
went was more because of Pacquiao being a shell of himself.
“I’ve been looking forward to this fight since I had to drop
out of the Pacquiao bout. I knew I would be fighting the
winner, and now I’ve got Ugas in front of me. He’s a tough
champion who’s been through a lot in his life.
“I can’t sit back and fight a tune-up fight right now. I
want to go straight in with the sharks. Ugas is going to
push me to another level and that’s what I want. I knew that
if I was fighting a tune-up I could sneak snacks in at night
and stuff like that. I’m fighting someone on my level.
“Ugas is living the ‘American Dream’ and he wants to keep
living the ‘American Dream’. His challenge is beating me and
I want his belt.
“Those Mexican fans are a huge part of Texas and I love
fighting in front of them. I’m planning on giving them the
kind of amazing fight they love.”
DERRICK JAMES, Spence’s Trainer
“Camp has been great. Errol’s working hard and looking
strong. We’ve had some very quick, very sharp and physical
sparring partners. They’re keeping him on his toes and when
he isn’t coming 100%, they’ll let him know it.
“I think the only difference with Errol between the Shawn
Porter and Danny Garcia fights was the strategy and fight
style he was using. Errol is doing great. We haven’t even
thought about the eye. It’s not an issue.
“Errol has known this fight was coming for a long time, so
he’s been training for months and months and has been
“I never think about a matchup with a trainer but I’m
excited to be up against a great trainer. He took down Manny
Pacquiao so we’re going to be 100% ready.
“To be able to have Errol fight at AT&T Stadium is amazing
because it just shows his progression and maturation as a
fighter. For a young fighter like Errol, it’s a dream come
true. We can’t wait.
“Other than the fight, that ring walk at AT&T Stadium is the
best part of the fight. To go out there and be embraced by
the fans like that, it’s crazy. It’s going to be a special
moment on April 16.
“You’re going to see Errol in his top form in this fight.
He’s coming to handle business. We’re not taking Ugas for
granted at all. He’s very smart and has a great corner.
We’re going to go skill for skill. There’s a true prize to
be attained in this one.”