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  Shakur Stevenson vs. Shuichiro Yoshino
Final Press Conference Quotes


The King of Brick City is ready to shine again in front of a packed hometown crowd.

Undefeated former two-weight world champion Shakur Stevenson (19-0, 9 KOs) will take on Japanese puncher Shuichiro Yoshino (16-0, 12 KOs) in a 12-round WBC lightweight title eliminator this Saturday at Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.

In the co-feature, heavyweight destroyer Jared The Real Big Baby Anderson (13-0, 13 KOs) faces fellow unbeaten George Arias (18-0, 7 KOs) in a 10-rounder. U.S. Olympic silver medalist Keyshawn Davis (7-0, 5 KOs) meets his stiffest challenge yet in the 10-round lightweight televised opener against former title challenger Anthony Yigit (26-2-1, 10 KOs).

Stevenson-Yoshino, Anderson-Arias & Davis-Yigit will be broadcast live on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN+ at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT.

The ESPN+-streamed undercard (7 p.m ET/4 p.m. PT) includes Polish heavyweight Damian Knyba (10-0, 6 KOs) and Brooklyn-born featherweight phenom Bruce "Shu Shu" Carrington (6-0, 3 KOs).

At Thursday's press conference, this is what the fighters had to say.

Shakur Stevenson


It feels great to be back home. It feels great to be back in front of my fans and family. Im enjoying myself, and I just cant wait for Saturday. Im really excited for Saturday. But is he ready for Saturday? Thats the real question. He walks around here with a smile, and I cant wait to wipe that smile off his face.

This dude been running around here saying that I dont have any power. Hes been saying that hes going to push me mentally. Lets see if hes ready to go to deep waters with me. Im going to drown him.

Youre going to see everything in the arsenal. Im going to go out there and box him. Im going to beat him up. Hes going to leave that ring knowing that Im the best fighter hes ever been in the ring with."

Shuichiro Yoshino


Im really pumped up for the fight. Im really excited."

Im excited to fight for the WBC title. This opportunity is really going to change my place in boxing.

My trainer and I have been studying Shakur. We have a game plan to implement on Saturday.

Jared Anderson


Im beyond focused. Im more than ready for this fight. Im ready to handle business and come out impressively. Its a fight against an undefeated fighter. And were looking forward to being impressive.

I let things play out in the ring. Jerry Forrest kind of picked the ending to our last fight. I came in, and I felt too relaxed. Thats how he landed those two big shots. So, he decided the fate of that fight. Hopefully, Arias decides to let us get a couple of rounds in.

George Arias


On paper, he is the toughest fighter Ive faced because it seems like hes the new face of the heavyweight division. As for me, I see it as a sport. I got to do what I can to win. Its boxing. You do what you have to do to win. Its just another fight to me.

Ive come back from a layoff before. I did the best I could to be ready. I have no excuses. I trained to the best of my ability. I sparred with great fighters. I did everything I could. For me, its like if I fought a few months ago.

Keyshawn Davis


I know Yigit is definitely coming to fight. He is an experienced fighter. I really think hes going to test me in ways that nobody has tested me before. Hes a southpaw. And hes a fighter. He likes to fight. And I love that. I like to fight, too. This Saturday is going to be action-packed. The tougher man is going to win.

Anthony Yigit


Im very happy to be here. Im very thankful for this opportunity. Im happy to be able to showcase my skills. Ive been training my whole life. I had some bumps along the road. But, hey, who said following your dreams is easy? But were still doing it. And Im here. This is my time.

Damian Knyba


Its an honor for me. Its a huge step forward. The beginning was tough. I never had guaranteed fights. We had to scramble to get fights and experience. But Im here now. Im ready to take advantage of this opportunity. Im excited to see the huge leaps forward that my career will take.

Bruce Carrington


Every single time I fight, I try to display art. Its not just about knockouts. I want people to see that everything is strictly business. Im Picasso in the ring. The ring is my canvas, and Im painting the canvas. I just want everybody to learn and be more educated every single time I fight.



 

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