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Eddie Hearn:


ďWeíre here back in London after a whirlwind global tour that continues. Two weeks ago we were in sunny Gibraltar for an incredible event with Dillian Whyte against Alexander Povetkin. Last weekend in Uzbekistan for a thrilling night with over 10,000 people in attendance for the homecoming heroes.

"Back in London now for a huge card live on Sky Sports in the UK and on DAZN around the world. Conor Benn returns against the fantastic Samuel Vargas in what should be a thrilling fight. Two womenís World Title fights on the card as well, Savannah Marshall against Maria Lindberg and of course Shannon Courtenay against Ebanie Bridges for the vacant WBA Bantamweight World Title.

"Next week we have the WBO Middleweight World Championship in Miami between Demetrius Andrade and Liam Williams. Then weíre in Barcelona, two Brits going for the European Championships and then the huge card on May 1st of course Ė Chisora vs. Parker and Katie Taylor vs. Tasha Jonas, Chris Eubank Jr against Marcus Morrison, Dmitry Bivol against Craig Richards, Scott Fitzgerald and Campbell Hatton on the card.

"Then thereís the small matter of 70,000 people at the fantastic Dallas Cowboys Stadium for Canelo against Billy Joe Saunders. Then weíre back in the UK for a May 15th show that will be announced next week. Just a little few things coming up for you."

Conor Benn Ė Essex, England Ė 17-0, 11 KOs Ė defending his WBA Continental Welterweight Title against Samuel Vargas:


ďThis is definitely one for the fans. Iím chomping at the bit; this is a fight Iíve been calling for a long time now and this is another fight where I can show my levels and experience.

ďYou can judge me on my last performance, or the performance before that, but Iím always evolving and learning from previous fights and the mistakes Iíve made. This is the sort of fight where I really do show what Iím capable of.

ďWe donít know the ceiling to my career, we donít know where the limit is because I came into the game raw and naive. Iím learning and I plan on displaying all of that come Saturday night.

ďIf you watch Vargasí fights he comes in and he brings it but so do I. Of course, heís tested at a higher level and got more experience than me, but everyone I fight moving forward is going to have experience on me, Iíll always go into the fight the less experienced fighter because of my lack of amateur background, because Iím only 24.

ďPeople will question that, itís my job to prove them wrong, itís my job to get in there and do a number on him Saturday night. Itís going to be my hardest nights work, I know what he brings, heís a tough South American who loves to fight and fights with his heart on his sleeve. Youíve got to give him credit where itís deserved.

ďI keep getting asked now about other fights, I made the mistake once in my career looking past opponents and look what happened Ė I hit the deck twice and it turned out to be my hardest nights work in my career. Iím fully focused on Vargas; I know what he brings and heís in there to win and show me how itís done.

ďIíve been training hard for this fight; Iíve been working hard and visualising this fight and Iím ready to go. Whatever he brings, Iíll match it Ė itís going to be a shootout at some stage of this fight.

ďEvery time weíve said itís a test Iíve passed with flying colours. With Koivula people were writing me off again, saying heís too experienced, and then what happened. I stepped up again against Sebastian Formella and what happened. I rise to the occasion and I will rise to the occasion, I will make sure I match it.

ďTonyís trained me harder than ever for this camp. Heís really pushed me; I donít often say I need a break, but I needed a few this camp. When youíre talking about sacrifices try four years, not being with family Ė thatís really hard.

ďMy little son now, we only had a few days off when he was born to spend time with him, so your mind and emotions are still on the fight. Even when Iím holding him, Iím thinking about the fight. Twitching in my sleep about the fight. Itís going to be nice after this to sit down and emotionally relax with my new family.Ē

Samuel Vargas Ė Bogota, Colombia Ė 31-6-2, 14 KOs Ė challenging Conor Benn for his WBA Continental Welterweight Title:


ďIím blessed, Iím happy and had a good training camp. I feel like everything has fallen into place for me to have a great show Saturday night. Iíve put my heart and soul into this training camp, working with Bones Adams. Iíve lots of rounds in the gym and Iím really excited to be here. The moment is here, itís time.

ďI donít really compare, I was 24 once, I was young once upon a time and when I look at myself then and now, I just laugh. I just think I bring too much into the ring for him.

ďItís kind of sad we donít have fans in the venue, I was looking forward to having a lot of fans there because it wouldíve beee a great energy, you need that. The fans in London have a lot of love and support which Iím thankful for.

ďThis is a fan friendly fight, he fights, I fight my ass off. I fight for my family, for everything I have, for the desire to win and become better at life and boxing, thereís so many motives I have to fight for.

ďI never make no excuses, even in my loses, I always work my ass off in training camp. This fight in particular, I havenít seen my family or Lee in two months. Everybody keeps telling me how focused and driven I am because itís all Iíve done, thereís nothing else to do but box, study, know my enemy and do my job.Ē

Savannah Marshall Ė Hartlepool, England Ė 9-0, 7 KOs Ė defending her WBO Middleweight World Title against Maria Lindberg:


ďIf anything, this is a tougher fight than the original fight we had. Maria is very experienced, tough and been in with some of the best in the world Ė Christian Hammer twice. Iím expecting a tough fight come Saturday.

ďIíve had a twelve-week camp, so Iíve prepared for everything. Whatever Maria brings Iím more than confident Iíve got the answer for.

ďI think itís every boxers dream of being the Undisputed Champion and I do believe that is the biggest fight in female boxing, but I canít look past Maria at the moment.Ē

Maria Lindberg Ė Malmo, Sweden Ė 19-6-2, 10 KOs Ė challenging Savannah Marshall for her WBO Middleweight World Title:


ďUnfortunately, this was so sudden, and I didnít have much time but Iím more or less always in training. Iím prepared, this is a new experience for me as Iíve never taken a fight like this with such short notice. Thereís a first time for everything, Iím excited and looking forward to Saturday.

ďIím more experienced as a professional, I think I have three times more fights than Savannah and many Title fights. Iíve fought some really good fights, so the experience is definitely on my side. I have my style and I know how Iím fighting, thatís the way Iím going to make it hard for her on Saturday.Ē

Shannon Courtenay Ė Watford, England Ė 6-1, 3 KOs Ė fighting Ebanie Bridges for the vacant WBA Bantamweight World Title:

ďThis is more than just a fight, this is an opportunity for me to change my entire life, my familyís life. This is the reason I got into boxing and Iím excited to achieve my dream Saturday night.

ďWe have very different opinions when it comes to fighting. She talks more about the weigh-in, all I care about is the fight Ė Iím a fight fan. This to me is a World Title, why are we not talking about the fact this is a world title fight. This is a fantastic fight.

ďSheís an exciting fighter, sheís aggressive and comes forward, Iím aggressive and I come forward. Our styles are going to mix, so letís talk about the fight, thereís nothing else to discuss.

ďIím just excited to fight. I can understand why sheís saying she wants to get more eyes on the sport, but I want to get more viewers for the correct reasons. Katie Taylor didnít work her backside off to pave the way for women like Ebanie and I to talk about underwear.

ďIíve got a 14-year-old sister, my coaches have daughters, my god-daughter, I want to be a good role model and show them hard work and motivation gets you here. Not flaunting your body.

ďIíve got a cool, calm and collected head. Weíve had a game plan since day one of this fight, Iíve got the best team behind me keeping me nice and calm. My game plan is my game plan, weíve stuck to it in sparring, and itís worked beautifully Ė itíll work even better on Saturday.

ďThis fight isnít my Everest; this is just the start for me. Win the World Title, join the likes of Savannah Marshall, Katie Taylor, Terri Harper and another British woman to hold a World Title. I want to bring another World Title to Britain; we saw it with Lawrence Okolie a few weeks ago and I want to be the next one.Ē

Ebanie Bridges Ė New South Wales, Australia Ė 6-0, 2 KOs Ė fighting Shannon Courtenay for the vacant WBA Bantamweight World Title:


ďThis same way Iíve got noticed is the same way Iím getting this fight noticed. I feel like womenís boxing needs more eyes on the sport, we need to do whatever we can. I truly believe that the reason this fight has got so much talk about it is because of me, because of the different approach. I think thatís whatís helping getting eyes on the sport, getting talk on the sport and building it.

ďWhat does matter is what happens in the ring, thatís all that matters. If we can get as many people as possible to watch the fight, then Shannon and I can show to more diverse number of viewers that women can fight. Thatís my goal, get the views and once the people are watching Shannon and I are going to put on a show.

ďIíve been fighting and into martial arts since I was five, I havenít been a boxing fan for just five or six years, I was boxing fan well before I started in the sport. For me, the boxing part is very important to me, but I feel like we need to get more views on womenís boxing and Iím willing to do whatever it takes to get that.

ďI think me winning this World Title will show people you donít have to be like everybody else to achieve these goals. Thatís what Iím going for.

ďIím savage, I want to go in there and f**k this shit up. Iím not here to play around, Iím here to get the job done. I donít play around in boxing, when I fight, Iím there to hurt you. I might look the way I look, but I canít wait to get in the ring and show people how I fight. The more people I can get to tune in to watch the Bomber, I couldnít have asked for a better platform, Iím going to do whatever I can.

ďWe both have the power to knock people out, so a knockout or stoppage is very possible. Itíll come down to our conditioning and heart to see if it goes the ten rounds. If it does go the ten rounds, itíll be a very exciting ten rounds.

ďI truly believe if I win this fight on Saturday night, Iíll become a superstar. If Shannon wins it sheís still Shannon, she still has to beat Rachel Ball. Sheís a World Champion but I just think itís different. Iím very excited to be that person and to be a new face and character in womenís boxing.Ē

Alexander Espinoza Ė Managua, Nicaragua Ė 20-2-2, 8 KOs Ė defending his WBC International Silver Bantamweight Title against Kash Farooq:


ďWe know there are some great champions from Nicaragua, and youíll see another one Saturday night.

ďI believe very much in myself and Iím looking forward to retaining my International crown. I believe I can beat anyone at world level and go on to win a World Title myself.Ē

Kash Farooq Ė Glasgow, Scotland Ė 14-1, 6 KOs Ė challenging Alexander Espinoza for his WBC International Silver Bantamweight Title:


ďIím been preparing for this fight; I know what to expect on the night and Iím really confident Iíll put in a good performance and get the win. Heís going to bring it.

ďI was pleased but thereís always room for improvement. I went back, took a couple of days off and went right back to the gym. I trained right through Christmas, New Year and my birthday. It was a good performance, but I want to improve every fight, I want to get better, and this is another fight where Iím going to showcase my skills and look good.

ďI think he [Alexander] will be there all night, but thatís going to make me look even better. Itís going to give me opportunities I didnít get last fight. Expect a good performance off me but never say never he may surprise me.Ē

John Hedges Ė Takeley, England Ė 1-0 Ė fighting Stanko Jermelic in a four-round International Light-Heavyweight contest:


ďIt was a hard debut but looking back on it now and I couldnít have asked for a better one. Itís prepared me for whatís to come in the future. Taking a southpaw one a couple daysí notice was probably something I shouldnít have done, but Iím glad I did, we got the win, and we push on now for my second fight and Iím looking to shine.

ďIíve trained hard, Iíve had some class sparring and sparred some great names Ė British Champions all at Light-Heavyweight. Iíve trained hard, been around some good boys and putting everything in, Markís been away but I had a few weeks with him.

ďMe, Steven Andrews, Mark Tibbs, Jimmy Tibbs and Ian have all been down there doing the job, putting the work in and making sure I can have a good performance this time.

ďItís a proper Essex gym, weíre having it down there Ė itís lively. I canít knock it, itís a proper gym and Iím enjoying it down there. Iím enjoying being in good company and training hard.

ďIím trying to take the pressure off myself, I donít want to swallow on it. Iím ready to go, Iíve put the work in, and this is the fun part. I want to prove to people what I know I can be and what Iíve done before Ė Iím ready to go now.

Stanko Jermelic Ė Split, Croatia Ė 0-5 Ė fighting John Hedges in a four-round International Light-Heavyweight contest:


ďIíve had good training camp; I feel like Iím ready to face John. Iíve watched Johnís previous fight and Iím ready to fight on Saturday.Ē

Nick Campbell Ė Glasgow, Scotland Ė Professional Debut Ė fighting Petr Frohlich in a six-round International Heavyweight contest:


ďI suppose you do need to be mad to get into boxing, but I love it. Iíve loved the sport since a young age, so it just felt like the right thing for me to do at the time Ė give up rugby and go to boxing.

ďHere we are, no better stage to make your debut and Iím buzzing for it I canít wait.

ďScotland is famous for their lighter weights; weíve got Josh Taylor and Kash Farooq who is fighting with me on this card at the weekend but thereís never really been a good Heavyweight. Thereís a void there, one that I want to fill.

ďMy rugby background is going to help me with this, with the pressure. Iím taking it in my stride, using the pressure to perform, put on a show Saturday night and show that Iím here to make a statement.

ďI got into this four years ago, I went through the amateur set up and been down Sheffield sparring guys in the GB squad. Iíve been over the world the Scotland, always testing myself and see how I went.

ďAs far as Iím concerned, the only way is up and anybody who doubts me is just more fuel to my fire.

Petr Frohlich Ė Most, Czech Republic Ė 2-30-1, 1 KO Ė fighting Nick Campbell in a six-round International Heavyweight contest:

ďIím so pleased and grateful for this opportunity to fight here in London, particularly given the current climate. Iím going to give my best and show what a quality boxer I am.Ē



 

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