Munguia vs. Derevyanchenko Final Press Conference
Mexican superstar and former World Champion Jaime Munguia
(41-0, 32 KOs) and Ukrainian world champion contender Sergiy
“The Technician” Derevyanchenko (14-4, 10 KOs) hosted their
final press conference today at the Toyota Arena in Ontario,
CA. The fighters were in attendance to promote their
upcoming 12-round super middleweight fight for the WBC
Silver Super Middleweight Title on Saturday, June 10
broadcasting live worldwide on DAZN beginning at 5:00 p.m.
PT/ 8:00 p.m. ET.
Also in attendance, Shane Mosley Jr. (19-4, 10KOs), and
D'Mitrius Ballard (21-1-1, 13KOs) expressed their respect
for each other regarding their upcoming 10-round fight for
the NABO Middleweight Title. The event also featured
fighters on the undercard, below is what the fighters and
their representatives had to say about the upcoming event on
Saturday, June 10 at the Toyota Arena in Ontario, CA.
JAIME MUNGUIA, FORMER WORLD CHAMPION AND SUPER MIDDLEWEIGHT
"This fight is a good fight for us and for the fans. Without
a doubt, he is a great rival to measure myself against and
know where I am at in the division.
"Without a doubt, this is the toughest fight of my career.
"This will be a great fight, a great war. I trained really
hard for this event, and this fight will be exciting with
many punches and Arriba Mexico!"
SERGIY DEREVYANCHENKO, WORLD TITLE SUPER MIDDLEWEIGHT
"I took this fight because Munguia is a tough fighter. I
wanted this fight; it's a tough fight; I want to fight tough
"I do not worry about Munguia or his team overlooking me.
That is a problem for Munguia and his team; that's their
problem, not mine. I am focused on the fight, so on
Saturday, we will see."
ERIC GOMEZ, PRESIDENT OF GOLDEN BOY PROMOTIONS:
"There are very few shows that get us excited, and I am
happy to say that this is one of those fights that gets us
excited, as promoters. I'm gonna say it right now: this is
going to be 'fight of the year.'
"These guys styles match up perfectly, and there's going to
be non-stop action on Saturday. I want to thank Keith
Connolly and team Derevyanchenko for taking this fight. I
know you had other opportunities, but you said 'no, let's do
it.' In reality, you know, Sergiy should be undefeated. Many
can make the argument because he lost some really, really
close fights against top fighters. The who's who in boxing.
So I want to commend you, and thank you. (To Derevyanchenko)
I know you'll bring your A-game.
"Munguia has been knocking on the door for a big fight. A
lot of the other champions are making excuses and do not
want to give him an opportunity. They have other plans. But
Munguia keeps grinding, he keeps grinding, and he keeps
winning, and proving to the world that he belongs on the
main stage of boxing."
BERNARD HOPKINS, HALL OF FAMER AND GOLDEN BOY PROMOTIONS
"Do not just look at this fight as just a fight; look at it
as a fight to get to the next big fight, the next level that
you might want in the future or now.
"There's a lot of talent here on this stage, and I know from
experience, that there are champions and legends brewing.
But take it one step at a time. Throw punches, be smart, be
safe, but put it all on the line because."
FERNANDO BELTRAN, PRESIDENT ZANFER BOXING:
"It's a real pleasure to be here in Ontario. This is a
beautiful arena, Toyota Arena. We know it will be sold out
because people know these two great fighters.
"Jaime is the pride of Mexico, and we are very happy to
promote him and be with him since the beginning of his
career. I am very excited to see him against the great
fighter, Sergiy Derevyanchenko. He's a great fighter, and
everybody knows it. Everybody wanted to see him against
Munguia in a battle like this one. I believe this is going
to be a sensational fight, because our audience and all the
people who are gonna be here are gonna be excited about
seeing both these fighters."
SHANE MOSLEY JR, NABO MIDDLEWEIGHT TITLE CONTENDER:
"D'Metrius Ballard is an excellent opponent. He's his only
loss was to the man on the left of me, Jaime Munguia. So
he's a great fighter. I am ready to show my skills and show
what I've improved on, and show that I'm on my way to being
a middleweight champion. I'm not saying I want to be, I'm
saying I'm going to be the middleweight champion. The
confidence starts here (pointing to his head). If [I] don't
believe it, who else is gonna believe so, I believe it. I
will be a middleweight champion of the world."
D'MITRIUS BALLARD, NABO MIDDLEWEIGHT TITLE CONTENDER:
"I think fighting against Shane Mosley Jr. is a perfect
opportunity for me coming after my first defeat against
Jaime a year ago. He's coming off back-to-back wins,
impressive wins, and I feel like it's a perfect opportunity
for me to get my name back in the middleweight contender
list and continue my dreams and aspirations of becoming a
ANTHONY SALDIVAR, SUPER WELTERWEIGHT PROSPECT:
I was born and raised here in Ontario, California. Funny
fact, I used to work here at Toyota Arena, so fighting here
is a blessing, and I feel very privileged and honored. So
come Saturday Saturday I'll be putting on a big show.
JORGE CHAVEZ, SUPER FEATHERWEIGHT PROSPECT:
I would like to take the opportunity to thank Oscar, Eric,
Golden Boy Promotions, SOA, and of course, Bernard for
giving me the opportunity to fight on June 10th. Expect
great things from me, always.
RICARDO SANDOVAL, FLYWEIGHT PROSPECT:
"I'm very, very blessed to be fighting at the Toyota Arena,
being close to home in front of my family, friends, and
supporters. I want to thank SOA and Abraham, Oscar, and Eric
Gomez for the opportunity for giving me a platform to
showcase my skills. I trained really hard for this fight and
I guarantee an action-packed fight, it will steal the show."