Garcia vs. Duarte Houston Press Conference
International superstar “King” Ryan Garcia (23-1, 19 KOs)
and knockout artist Oscar “La Migraña” Duarte (26-1-1, 21
KOs) of Parral, Mexico hosted a press conference today ahead
of their 12-round, super lightweight collision. The fight
will take place at Toyota Center in Houston, Texas on
Saturday, December 2 and is presented in association with
Cancun Boxing. The event will be broadcasted worldwide on
DAZN as part of your subscription.
Here is what today's participants had to say:
RYAN GARCIA, INTERNATIONAL BOXING STAR AND SUPER LIGHTWEIGHT
"You know, Oscar is a tough opponent, a knockout artist, so
I have to be prepared, you know, refresh after my last
fight. I've been training with Derek and have been learning
a lot and building. At this new weight I feel more
confident, just stronger and just more aware."
"If I expect to become a champion, I can't take easy fights
and think that's going get me there. So, I knew that Oscar
was a challenge. He's fast. He's strong. He's got good
timing. So it just made sense for me, you know, this fight,
to show what I could do to prepare me for the bigger
"I know the city's gonna show out because you know, Houston!
So much love out here!"
OSCAR DUARTE, SUPER LIGHTWEIGHT CONTENDER:
"I'm happy and very excited to be here. I am thankful for
this opportunity. I'm ready. I'm living in my best moment.
I'm thankful for my team, my family and come December 2, I'm
going to shine. It's going to be a great fight and I'm going
to make Chihuahua and Mexico proud."
"Come December 2, I'm going to win and I'm going to be the
next idol in Mexican boxing with the preparation that I am
doing. I have a big rival in front of me, I have an
incredible team behind me. They are my strength, and I am
ready for the big challenges ahead of me. This is my best
moment for me not only physically but mentally too."
OSCAR DE LA HOYA, CHAIRMAN AND CEO OF GOLDEN BOY:
"Ryan doesn't shy away from anything and I mean, you take a
look at Oscar Duarte, and he's a very, very tough knockout
artist. And so the fact that Ryan Garcia picked him as as
his comeback fight tells you everything about Ryan Garcia.
He's ready. He wants to make a huge statement. He wants to
come back and be world champion."
"Ryan has a champion's attitude. That's exactly what he has.
And a lot of people in the boxing industry were very
surprised because Oscar Duarte is coming off an 11-fight
knockout streak. His trainer has been doing wonders and you
know, he can't wait to showcase and so I believe that Ryan
Garcia will will will bring his best, and Oscar Duarte will
bring his best, and all the fans here in Houston will bring
will bring the best energy and hype around this fight."
DERRICK JAMES, FORMER TWO-TIME TRAINER OF THE YEAR:
"I'm happy to be in Texas and back in Houston. I love
Houston. I think that it's going to be a spectacular night
of boxing. Ryan and I are getting along pretty good in
training camp and everything is meshing. This is a day by
day process. We keep getting better and better and better.
So I'm looking for a great night of fights."
PEPE GOMEZ, CHAIRMAN OF CANCUN BOXING:
"I am very happy to be here. This is a very important fight
for Cancun boxing, for Mexico, for Oscar Duarte and our
team. We need the best fights for this sport. Thank you
Oscar De La Hoya for making this happen."