Crocker vs. Felix & Undercard
Press Conference Quotes
Frank Smith, Matchroom Boxing CEO:
"Lewis [Crocker] showed back in December on the Michael
Conlan undercard that he has a massive future. We’ve seen
some great nights here in Belfast over the years – whether
it be Carl Frampton, Mick Conlan, Ryan Burnett, and now this
is a big opportunity for Lewis to step into those big
nights. With Jose it won’t be easy because we saw against
Gary Cully what he can do. And looking at the pictures of
him from yesterday, he looks like he’s coming here to fight.
You also have to applaud both fighters as this main event
was made on late notice. What is key in this sport is
working with professionals who are working in the gym and
are ready to go at all times, which both of these have
proved. I think it's a brilliant fight. It’s exactly the
fight that Lewis needs to kick on but Jose isn’t coming here
to lay down. Lewis is young and he's in a market where
there's a love and passion for boxing. We hadn't been to
Belfast for a long long time but we came back here with Mick
in December and like I say this is Lewis' chance because
he's in a place where people talk about boxing. It's great
so come somewhere where everyone is talking about the boxing
at the weekend, because you don't get that everywhere. He's
got that perfect opportunity to recreate those sold out
nights in Belfast. It's going to be a tremendous atmosphere
on Saturday. This is his chance, he's got the personality
and he' got the skills and ability. He needs a big
performance on Saturday night. This can really set him up
for massive fights in 2024 and beyond."
"It's amazing to be back in Belfast so soon again. I'm
headlining this time. Obviously last month the atmosphere in
the city was amazing, fight week was great, fight night was
great - so to be doing it again so soon is unreal against a
very dangerous opponent as well. He's coming off a win over
Gary Cully. He looked very good in that fight, very strong.
I'm expecting fireworks on Saturday. Because it was Belfast
vs. Belfast I'd grade my performance A*. It has to be. That
meant everything to me. It was the pride thing, I said that
during the fight week. As long as I got the victory it would
have been A* regardless. To come through and do it in front
of my friends and family was amazing. It put me on the map.
Everything went well. With the platform of Matchroom and
DAZN now everything is so different. Going into the fight
week last time I realised this was the big stage. They've
obviously got confidence in me to set me up as main event
the next month. I'm not looking past Jose Felix but a big
statement on Saturday sets me up for a big year. I'm
expecting an exciting fight because I think he has the same
mindset as me. This is a more dangerous fight than the
McKenna one. With the McKenna one there was more pressure
mentally. There's just as much at stake with each and every
fight. He'll be full on confidence with the Gary Cully win
and looking to make another upset in Ireland."
"Firstly I want to say thank you to all of the people that
are gathered here. I want to say thank you to God, also to
Matchroom for continuing to give me these opportunities,
also to Paco who manages everything for me. I also have to
thank the people of Ireland for their support. It is almost
as if I have more supporters in Belfast than I have in
Mexico so I thank God for that also. I think this fight will
be a really interesting fight because when I fought Cully it
was a real battle for me to get down to that weight. The
main battle I had was with making weight more than anything.
This time I'm fighting at 147, I'm much more prepared and
I'm hoping to put on a better show this time so that Eddie
Hearn gets to see me win and gets to see that I'm the next
star of Matchroom. As I said before my main problem against
Cully was making the weight. This time there won't be that
pressure to make the weight. My battle was with the scales
on that occasion but this time I think that will work to my
advantage. I know my opponent will try to use that weight
against me in the way that he can but I'm sure that I can go
on and get this victory on Saturday night and put on a great
show. Don't take your eyes off this fight. You know that
Crocker hits hard, I hit hard too - I think it will be a
great fight. I love this city, I love these people. I feel
like I'm in Mexico and I feel like I've got the support, so
I'm very grateful to the people here."
"Where was the experienced and handsome Tommy McCarthy in
your last fight. We'll find out if he's my biggest test to
date on Saturday night. Obviously he's been in with some
good guys from the British circuit and come up short. On
Saturday night we'll find out. I've seen clips of him but I
haven't watched him in depth through his career to rate him.
He's talking about being fast-tracked. I'm not being
fast-tracked. Who's fast-tracking me? I'm moving at my pace.
Maybe he's moved slow in his career. I'm moving at my pace.
They give me a fight, I think I can win it, I take it. The
boos can't fight for you, they ain't gunna fight for him.
What are they going to do. Like you said, as an amateur I've
ravelled the world. I've been in hostile places. You've just
got to be professional and focus on what you've come to do
and execute. Bring the same energy Saturday, that's all I'll
say on that. He's a funny guy, he's a clown. Bring the same
energy on Saturday. I'm going to be smiling and laughing as
I inflict damage."
"Obviously I'm the A-side because it's Belfast. People from
Belfast are coming to watch the Belfast man. It's an
attractive fight, like you say an up-and-coming prospect
agains the experienced and talented and handsome Tommy
McCarthy. Chev don't worry about the last fight I just went
there for the craic. This time I've trained properly for it.
It was a last minute thing. Listen, don't worry about the
past, focus on the present. All you need to worry about is
what's happening on Saturday night. I've taken this fight
seriously because I know you're a serious guy. I've trained
properly so just worry about that. The last fight, I'm not
even joking, I just went there because I had nothing else to
do. During that fight I was like, 'you know what - I love
this game'. I love fighting, and it just brought back a buzz
for me because I hadn't fought for like 14 months before
that. That really got my passion back for boxing and got my
head back in the game. I had Eddie Hearn on my podcast at
the last show in Belfast and I asked him to throw me a bone.
He then phoned my and asked if I wanted to fight Chev
Clarke. It's a good fight for me. The WBA Title is on the
line. The winner of this fight is going to go high up in the
world rankings. This is almost like a World Title Eliminator
- you're putting yourself in line for a big title fight."
"I'm in a great position. Obviously with Eddie Hearn and
Matchroom, you couldn't ask for any better. I've got to keep
living up to the expectation and keep performing very well
at the highest level. The opportunities are there, as you
can see there are so many Welterweights here today. I'm
ready to put on a big performance on Saturday and I'm glad
to be back in Belfast. First of all Andy (Lee) has been
there and he's done that. He knows the road to be a World
Champion and he knows it's not easy - there's a lot of ups
and downs. Obviously I'm still a prospect with Andy. I'm
still under his care. Andy can see a little bit of me in
him, what he's been through. I've got to just listen to Andy
and observe everything that I can. Keep building in the gym,
keep working and learning with Andy, keep disciplined and
the world will be my oyster. We've got a good challenge on
our hands on Saturday. Deal with that on Saturday. We've got
May at Croke Park on the Katie Taylor undercard. I'm sure a
lot of Irish fans would like to see me on that. Hopefully
summer time Eddie said we could do a show in Limerick City.
Why not? I've seen some of his fights and he's a very
durable fighter - never been stopped, 15 fights 13 wins.
It's a great test for me at this stage of my career. It's an
opportunity for me to perform again at the highest level."
Williams Andres Herrera:
"Firstly I'd like to say thank you very much for the
opportunity. I've just come here to compete. It's a great
opportunity for me and I just want to show that I'm at this
level. I've seen a lot of my rival, I know that he moves
well around the ring. He has great potential but we've come
here to win and that's what we're coming to do. All I need
to do is just study him in the ring, to watch him, to watch
how he develops and how he fights, to kind of get the worst
out of him."
"I'm massively grateful. As all boxers will know, inactivity
can kill you, so it's best to be getting out and getting out
so early in the year. I've got a test in front of me, he's
undefeated, 9-0, he's a good talent. We've spoke in the past
and we get on but all of that is to the side now because
we've got to go to war and that's that. I'm always
confident, I got into the trenches every camp. Every fight
from now onwards is one more step of securing a future for
my family that I want. I treat every fighter and every fight
the same. I prepare diligently and it is what it is. He's
never tasted defeat and i'm grateful for him stepping up but
he's got a big task on his hands. He's never fought anyone
and he's never fought anyone like me. I'm going to win. It
doesn't matter how I'm going to win, but I will win."
"Obviously I'm here for big fights and I'm grateful for the
opportunity from DAZN and Matchroom. Come Saturday night I'm
ready to grab the opportunity with both hands. Beating Conor
is going to progress my career and I'm looking forward to
doing that on Saturday night. Like he said, we've spoken to
each other in the past, there's not bad feelings. It's
business at the end of the day. What he's got I want very
very much. He had a great performance against Cyrus
upsetting the applecart and I've been brought in now and I'm
going to do the same for myself on Saturday."
"I'll be real, I've watched my debut knockout pretty much
every day. I watch the little clips on DAZN back on
Instagram, I watch the YouTube full fight back and
everything. It was a great experience. Watching it back I'm
not too surprised I got the knockout but back then I was
because in the amateurs I was more like a boxer mover - I
didn't really get the stoppages. Watching it back I realised
that I'm a good fighter and I can read my opponents really
easily. My reaction times were on top. I do a lot of rounds
in sparring, I do eights and I do tens and I do them really
comfortably. I don't think an extra two rounds is going to
be a problem for me at all."
"I've gained a bit of experience. I know what it's like,
first public workout, press conference and weigh-in last
time. I went back to the gym and i carried on learning,
working on things. Now I'm coming back to Belfast and I'm
glad to be back. I'm going to put on another demolishing
performance. As an amateur I flew to Russia, Ukraine - I
fought abroad a lot. So coming to Belfast wasn't really
anything new to me because I'm used to this stuff."
"I'm happy. Big thanks to Matchroom and Conlan Boxing for
getting me on the show. It's what I want, activity. I've got
big plans for this year. I'm looking to have big fights.
I've been pro for two years now. I had a long long amateur
career where I did good things so I'm ready to go now, I
don't want to waste time. I'm just ready to go, big fights,
any opportunity I can get. I have to take my opportunities
now. I'm ready to go. I need to get through this fight on
Saturday obviously, I'm not overlooking my opponent. I'm
looking at the likes of Hopey Price and Nathaniel Collins,
all them boys. We have big plans, If I want those big fights
in the summer it's about learning too. I'm still learning.
I'm trying to learn every fight. It's just about small
improvements every time for me."