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Eddie Hearn, Chairman of Matchroom Sport:


"What a delight to be here in Manchester ahead of a huge night of boxing this Saturday from the AO Arena, live on Sky Sports Box Office in the UK and on DAZN around the world. This is the card of the year so far. There's so much to talk about here today from the big Heavyweight main event to the Undisputed World Championship, to the World Light-Heavyweight Championship and much more."

Derek Chisora  Finchley, London  32-10, 23 KO's  fighting Joseph Parker for the vacant WBO Intercontinental Heavyweight Title:

I love fighting, throwing yourself in the World Title shot is okay. Dillian Whyte has been in the World Title shot for the last five years, he hasnt gone anywhere. I dont to put myself in those positions, I want to put myself in positions where I get to fight good fights. This is right, Im fighting Joseph Parker and after that well see what happens.
 
I want to do what I do best, come forward, fight, chuck hell and do what I do every day. Roll the dice and rock and roll go at it. Ill come out of the gates and just go.
 
The guy has a spider bite, we cant deny it, we dont know if its true or not, but he had it and now hes here were not going to cry over spilled milk. David did a good impression wearing the spiderman suit early on the morning, it was okay. The fight is here now so were not going to talk about history anymore, thats why its called history.
 
Its going to be a great night; good things are happening. Its a big card, but we dont have that little edge on with the fans, its depressing but what can we say.
 
The king is back, long live the king Im back. Im buzzing, to all those fans at home, Im going to bring smoke and I know my opponent is going to bring something which is going to be on his bike but its going to be okay. Hes going to be cycling back to Australia but its all good. I know right now Im still laughing and joking but when I come tomorrow, youre going to know what time it is."

David Haye, Hayemaker Promotions:

Derek wants the biggest fights; he wants to leave a legacy and wants to go out there for people to know Derek Chisora means war and destruction. We pushed it to the wire with Usyk last time out, someone whos ranked number one in the world, I thought he won the fight. It was a close fight, two judges only had it by two points, this time round hes not going to leave it to the judges. No mind set to try and win this fight on points.  
 
Joseph Parker, we know is an excellent boxer, one of the best jabs in the business. Ask Andy Ruiz, Carlos Takam, its a killer. So, its a simple solution, were not having a boxing match with Parker it must be a fight. I can guarantee a knockout in this fight, this is not going the distance. This is about how much Joseph Parker can take.
 
Hes got a great chin, he went twelve rounds with AJ, twelve rounds with Dillian Whyte who hit him on the button many times. Dereks going to have to do something very special on Saturday night and hes brought in the big guns Buddy McGirt Hall of Fame trainer. Were adding whatever we can to give Derek whats needed to do the impossible.
 
A lot of people are not giving Derek a shot in this fight, but when you see how Derek comes across the ring in the first round, I think youll understand where this fight is going and going in a very destructive manner. Its going to be all out explosion from the first round and get your popcorn and dont go to the toilet.
 
Anybody who watches Derek Chisora will want to keep him on the outside, because once Dereks on the inside ask David Price who said when Derek was inside, he didnt know where the punches were coming from. When youre inside with those little gloves, a big Heavyweight with short cuffing shots. Hes been practicing this stuff; his inside game is very destructive.
 
Joseph Parker is going to be in a situation he hasnt been in before, hes fought come forward fighters before, but hes been able to keep them at arms length. Derek must do his work in the inside, drag him into the deep end from round one. Its going to have to be brutality from round one and Im excited. 

Buddy McGirt, trainer of Derek Chisora:

Its been interesting, but its been great I have no complaints. Derek, David and the team have made me feel at home, welcomed me well so I really cant complain.
 
I expect Parker to do both, Andy Lee has got an old way of thinking. I think theyre going to box, but also try to fight on the inside when they want to fight on the inside they want to dictate it. That I know, because theyre not going to try and box all night, I know guys like Andy and how he thinks. Sometimes youve got to try and beat a guy at his own game a little while, weve got to get down and dirty.
 
Weve got to drag it down like that, its no secret. Hes got to be Derek, just smooth the rough edges. Theyre going to try and box, yeah, but I also know in the later rounds theyre going to fight him in the inside and break our man down were prepared for that.

Joseph Parker Auckland, New Zealand 28-2, 21 KOs  fighting Derek Chisora for the vacant WBO Intercontinental Heavyweight Title:

Im very prepared for this fight, Ive had a great training camp with Andy in Ireland, then we moved over to Morecambe and got some great sparring under our belt, great pad work, bag, everything. I feel like with this fight, physically and mentally, Im in a great place probably the best Ive been in a while.
 
Two totally different styles, Junior Fas style was move and hug, punch every now and then. With Derek its no secret, hes going to come forward and apply the pressure, throw punches everywhere. My hands are going to have to be up, down and all around.
 
I think this is the perfect fight at the right time. Were right there, get a good victory and theres many other great fights out there to be made and to position yourself when the titles are free to fight for. This is a big card, not only the main event but the undercard fights are very exciting, Im looking forward to Saturday.

Andy Lee, trainer of Joseph Parker:

I can only see the fight playing out one way, with Derek coming forward and bringing war which he has done over numerous fights in recent years. I see Joseph boxing a smart fight, if he can put in the practice what weve been rehearsing in training the I can Joseph winning by late stoppage. We dont want to leave anything to the judges, the only way to guarantee victory in this game is by getting a knockout, as much as theyre going for it, well be going for it as well.
 
We might surprise you, we surprised everybody with Tyson Fury against Wilder, we just might do the same, but youll have to wait and see.
 
Katie Taylor Bray, Ireland 17-0, 6 KOs  defending her WBC, WBA, IBF, WBO and Ring Magazine Lightweight World Titles against Natasha Jonas:

This is why were taking the fight; we dont take any easy fights. Im in this sport to fight the best, in terms of training camps every ones the same, we train for every single fight as if its going to be my hardest. My mind set and mentality doesnt change fight to fight so Im looking forward to a great fight on Saturday.
 
The fight was nine years ago, we were both very different fighters to what we are now. I think weve both developed and matured into great pro fighters. The fight is going to be completely different Saturday night then it was in the London Olympics. What works in the pro game doesnt work in the amateur game this is a completely different fight.
 
I think my last few performances have shown Im at my peak, Ive shown my best in the last few performances. My last three fights were probably my best performances as a pro, so I feel like Im definitely improving and getting better each time. 

Ross Enamait, trainer of Katie Taylor:

Were here to win the fight, we train hard for every fight. This is Katie Taylors twelfth World Title fight; this is there twelfth fight period. Every fight is a big fight, were coming to win and we're here to win on Saturday.
 
Shes going to be as sharp as ever, we looked great the last fight, we beat Persoon clear in the second fight regardless and what hes [Joe Gallagher] saying over here. The fight before that we looked great, theres no slide, youre going to see the best Katie on Saturday. 

Natasha Jonas Liverpool, England 9-1-1, 7 KOs  challenging Katie Taylor for her WBC, WBA, IBF, WBO and Ring Magazine Lightweight World Titles:

Every time Im asked to step up, I do, and I perform. Being the underdog for me is no different, Im always the underdog on the big night. The more you tell me I cant do it, the more Ill prove you that I can.
 
Youve got to remember that going into the Harper fight wed just come off a lockdown, financially I didnt know when I was going to box again, I had the baby 24/7 because the schools were shut, and I was in a bit of pickle of where I was going to go or where my opportunity was going to arise.
 
Obviously we got that opportunity, and the baby came along to all the sessions, she was a big part of that camp. It was great to be back, and I was starting from down the mountain mentally, physically, emotionally. Now Im not there, after the Harper fight, Im at the top of the mountain. Im starting at the Harper fight and building up from that. Everything says that Im much better than from the Harper camp and I know I had to be there.
 
I think in boxing one punch changes everything. I do believe I have power; I dont want to make prediction or disrespect anybody by saying that. After the traumatic experience of round 8 against Harper, I promised myself that they are learning curves and that will never happen again. If I get that opportunity, itll be the end of the fight. 

Joe Gallagher, trainer of Natasha Jonas:

"Its good to see the bookies are giving Natasha a better chance against Katie then they did against Terri Harper, thats good for a start. Its friends reunited, Katie Taylor what can you not say about her. What shes achieved, shes a national hero back in Ireland, what shes done for female boxing across the world, nothing but respect for her.
 
This is the fight business; come Saturday night this is strictly business. Katie Taylor, shes the media darling, Natasha Jonas is going into the fight after a great career performance. She won the WBC Super-Featherweight title, only two people in the world didnt think she got it, but apart from that shes a World Champion in my eyes.
 
Natasha Jonas now moving up to Lightweight, here she is now taking on what people describe as the greatest all time female fighter. This is a fight that if there was to be three-minute rounds for womens boxing, this would be it. If you go back and watch their London 2012 Olympic fight, it was brilliant. But to show how much both have improved since then, it would be better in 12 x 2 or 10 x 3 contest.
 
Weve got a ten round sprint here; were seeing that with Natasha fight of the year with Teri Harper. Were going into this fight with the bookies siding with Natasha more, the judges are to come and do what they need to do, not to be here in awe of Katie or Matchroom. They come here and score what happens, Sky have got to commentate on punches landed, not where theyre from or whats going round.
 
Natasha is a strong live underdog, Im telling you now Katie Taylor, whether she wants to say it or not, this will be the hardest and most disciplined training camp shes ever had for any of her fights. She knows the serious threat Natasha Jones brings. They know the threat, what we want in this fight is fairness by the judges and the commentary to score on whats seen. If everyone does their job, including me and Natasha, were going to have a new Undisputed World Champion come Sunday morning.
 
Sit back, enjoy your popcorn and enjoy what it is its the biggest female fight the UK and Ireland has ever seen. Were privileged to be part of it and see this event. Well roll onto Saturday night.

Dmitry Bivol Saint Petersburg, Russia 17-0, 11 KOs  defending his WBA Light-Heavyweight World Title against Craig Richards:

I missed fighting, Im really looking forward to getting in the ring and making a great fight for all of the boxing fans. I have a dream to be the Undisputed Champion, I have goals to fight in Saint Petersburg, to fight in the America, to fight in England. Now Ive accomplished one of my goals.
 
I just believe in my skills; I believe I can beat him and move forward again. Of course, I think about my life, Im living until May 1st then well see what will happen. I believe, I trained all my life, Ive boxed since I can remember, and I have to be the winner.  

Vadim Kornilov, World of Boxing:

Its been frustrating for everybody with COVID and everything going on, there are a couple of opportunities but Im really excited for Dmitry to have his first debut in the UK. The fans here are great, weve had a lot of success with Povetkin, getting a lot of attention.
 
This is important for him and his career, I can see the ambition on the other side, I can see the professional team, that will make the fight even more exciting. Both guys are coming to win and both guys have a lot of confidence. We feel very excited, and we look forward to Saturday.

Craig Richards Crystal Palace, England 16-1-1, 9 KOs  challenging Dmitry Bivol for the WBA Light-Heavyweight World Title:

I believe that I can become the next champion. Ive come off a good win for the British Title, its not like I was in dark place in my career, and this was the only opportunity. Ive got momentum in my career; I only took the fight because I believe I can win, and I want more momentum.
 
People talk about me stepping up from the British scene and moving on. My careers been a bit backwards, although it looks like Ive just won the British and moved on Ive been beating unbeaten guys early on my career.
 
If you look at all the other Brits that have pushed on, theyve had one domestic dust up and then moved on to the world scene. Ive had loads of experience, whens the time to move on I cant keep fighting domestically, its time to push on Ive got enough experience. Im ready to go.
 
 I think hes [Bivol] one of the greatest fighters in the Light-Heavyweight division. This is why hes perfect for the job. People mentioned the other Light-Heavyweights, sometimes I wasnt getting mentioned, but I believe I was getting overlooked. Beating someone like Dmitry Bivol, whos one of the best out there, Ill get the credit I deserve."

Peter Sims, trainer of Craig Richards:

We had a conversation before the Shakan Pitters fight and I said to him, its not about if you win this fight, its how you win this fight this will define whether youll step up or stay at the British level for a little while. The way he dismantled Shakan Pitters was a sign for him to step up.
 
Hes fifth in the WBO rankings, hes 3rd or 4th in the British rankings. I believe hes the best British Light-Heavyweight at the moment.
 
Boxing is made of upsets, if we go back to Nigel Benn vs. Gerald McClellan fight, or recently Andy Ruiz Jr and Anthony Joshua, conspiring to upset the boat and beat Dmitry Bivol I think he can.
 
You cant deny that Dmitry Bivol is a class fighter, his amateur pedigree is absolutely spot on. Were going into the fight with total 100 respect for Bivol. Hes the WBA Super Light-Heavyweight World Champion for a reason.
 
His speed is good, hes got great feet, hes got the whole package, but we believe with the assets Craigs got and what hes developed and how hes progressed in the gym, he can do the job and upset the boat.

Campbell Hatton Manchester, England 1-0  fighting Levi Dunn in a four round Lightweight contest:

I learnt a lot; the whole week was a great experience for me I enjoyed every minute. I learnt just how hard a game it is, the opponent I faced was a tough, durable lad. I got the 8-ounce gloves on and thought hes not going to last two rounds with these on. They are tough blokes; you dont just knock them over. Now I know to keep calm and not try and force things.
 
Ive known Levi, Ive sparred him and know what to expect. Its a good thing at this stage in my career to put a bit of a game plan together which you dont normally get. Thats going to help me stay calm as well, I know the specific things I need to do. The United top makes things a lot better.
 
I think in my first fight I showed little glimpses of what I can do. I set high pace that I could fight, but I didnt show my boxing brain and the classy work I can do. This time I do want to show that patience and put in a more classy performance.

Levi Dunn Prestwich, England 0-4  fighting Campbell Hatton in a four round Lightweight contest:

I only started boxing when I was 17, from when I started, I always saw myself on Sky and Matchroom. I didnt think it would happen this fast but now Im here.
 
Im just blessed to be here in the first place, with this pandemic I didnt think it was going to happen like this. The only fights have been hard fight out there, but I've got to win and try my best. Each fight I know Im improving a hell of a lot, its only a matter of time before I feel like Ill be able to beat everyone in my weight class.
 
Since we sparred, Ive had 3 pro fights since then and sparred a lot of top kids so I feel like Ive improved a hell of a lot since then.

Chris Eubank Jr Brighton, England 29-2, 22 KOs  fighting Marcus Morrison in a ten round Middleweight contest:

That's what this fight is about, to see if that sauce is still there. I havent fought a ten-round fight in a long time, Ive been out of the ring for a long time. My last fight was in New York end of 2019 and lasted two rounds, so the last real fight was February 2019. So this is my opportunity to get back in the ring and showcase everything me and Roy have been working on over the last year and a half.
 
Weve done a lot of work, I have been inactive in terms of not being in the ring fighting, but in terms of what Ive bene doing with Roy at his gym, super active everyday week in week out. Learning, improving, Im one of the only fighters in the game that can say during COVID I improved as a fighter, I think Ive ascended so its just up for me now to go out there and show off the skills.
 
What I was doing worked for me for a long time, but I got to a point where I realised that once you reach a certain level you need as much support as you can get, as many eyes on you as possible. Going into the gym on your own schedule, doing what you want, controlling the gym, its not necessarily the best way to do things especially if theres somebody that can guide you better than you can guide yourself.
 
I had a very hard time finding that in a trainer, which is why I chose not to have one for so long. In meeting Roy, I found someone I fully trust, when he tells me to do something I can second guess it. Its been a very eye-opening experience. Everything happens for a reason and I think this is the perfect time we met, during COVID, Im very happy.

Kalle Sauerland, promoter of Chris Eubank Jr:
 
Thats what boxings about, its about opportunities. But you know its exciting to be working with Roy, what a legend and one of my all-time favourite fighters. Roy came in as a bonus, we were talking with Jr before, and we werent sure the relationship with Roy and Chris because everybody was in lockdown and working behind closed doors.
 
Chris is one of those talents and personalities that only come around so often, and he reminds me of a throwback to the days of the UK where his dad performed. Hes a combination, hes throwback fighter, hes got the charisma and warrior like approach of his father, hes got the bang of Benn, hes got the speed of Naseem, hes got the set on him like Collins.
 
Youve got everything you need in a fighter and now hes got Roy in the corner. Hes got Wasserman Boxing in his corner, a powerhouse, no disrespect to the other side but we are here to take over and Saturday in the first step of a massive year."

Roy Jones Jr, trainer of Chris Eubank Jr:
 
I really love the atmosphere, really loved being here. For me and Joe outside the ring weve got to play mental chess as well. Were here to give our athletes the best opportunities to go out and showcase what they are. This kid has the ability to be anything he wants to be in boxing, Im sure his kid feels the same.
 
When you get a horse that can win the Kentucky Derby, youve just got to get him with the right trainer and situation, and the skys the limit. Thats whats happened with Chris, hes been doing so much on his own and got so far on his own, youve got to take your hat off to it. Now the fact he came to my gym and he stayed there, shows me he wants to get better; he wants to the top of the heat, he wants to win the triple crown.
 
Im so glad to him get this opportunity, so glad to see Marcus get this opportunity, Im looking forward to being a part of this.
 
You never know what God has in store for you, you never say never because you never know. Because we didnt become rivals [Chris Eubank Sr] or enemies, Im able to help his son.

Marcus Morrison Hattersely, England 23-3, 16 KOs fighting Chris Eubank Jr in a ten round Middleweight contest:
 
This is a massive fight for me and Im well aware this is levels above what I have previously been in with before. When I got the phone call, there was no way I was turning it down, this is a great fight and I think its going to be full of excitement come Saturday.
 
I dont think being inactive is going to play a massive part in this fight. If youre a true athlete and professional, youll stay in the gym. Even if youve not got a fight youll stay in and work on your craft. Both of us are that type of fighter, I believe Chris has stayed in the gym and stayed busy, its the same with me. I cant wait and the fans are in for a treat. 
 
Joe Gallagher, trainer of Marcus Morrison:
 
Its a huge opportunity, in my opinion it will be a rough, tough, rugged type of fight all action. Obviously, youve got Roy Jones Jr, what a legend of a fighter but also a gentleman outside the sport. Its fantastic to have him here in Manchester, hes always gracious, kind and has time for people. Having him involved has added that little bit of spice.
 
Macus has been at this arena 8 or 9 times now. Weve pushed him once before with Welborn, it was man against boy at the time. Welborn then went on to win a British Title. Marcus then had a win in Italy, showed he had power late.
 
Its hard this fight, Im a huge fan I like the kid, he reminds me of Callum Johnson last week. Hes coming for it; hes having a straightener with you whether you like it or not its a fight. Thats what we like, and I think thats what boxing is missing nowadays, fighters that want to fight this kid wants to fight.
 
Marcus Morrison, he likes to fight as well, this is going to be a good one. Marcus carries power in both hands, we know hes an underdog but when anybody in a fight can punch youve got to be wary and respectful of that. Marcus on Saturday night will be going in there hoping to land, if he lands itll be what happens next. Can he finish? We dont know. Can Chris survive? We dont know. We will have a moment in this fight, how the fight plays out after that remains to be seen.
 
We had Marcus going over some of Chris old fights early one, very sharp. Weve had Chris in the gym before, I know him and I cant talk bad of him, hes a good fighter. He carries himself well and is a personality in boxing. When the bell goes its down to both Marcus and Chris, Chris is going to try to implement things Roy has taught him. Im not going to say theyve overlooked Marcus but if eh they have, they could come unstuck Saturday night.

James Tennyson Belfast, Northern Ireland 28-3, 24 KOs fighting Jovanni Straffon for the vacant IBO Lightweight World Title:

Its a huge opportunity for me to put myself up there and earn some fights with the top Lightweights in the world.
 
This is it; this is the belt that I need to get me up there. This is going to put me in a great position, like you said the other belts are taken and I want a piece of the action.
 
Im looking forward to a good fight, these Mexicans have got a reputation for their toughness and durability they bring it every time. Im excited, I love these kinds of fights this is what Im up for.
 
This has got the makings to be a very exciting fight. Im praying, ready and very confident Im looking forward to it. 

Jovanni Straffon  Mexico City, Mexico 23-3-1, 16 KOs fighting James Tennyson for the vacant IBO Lightweight World Title:

I come here for the upset, I come here for the win and I want all the people in the UK and world to watch me fight.
 
He [Tennyson] might fight as a Mexican but hes never faced a Mexican so he can expect a war.

Scott Fitzgerald Preston, England 14-0, 9 KOs fighting Gregory Trenel in an eight round Super-Middleweight contest:

Im buzzing to be back. Its been a long time, 18 months, this is all new to me. Thats how long its been. Im looking forward to getting in there Saturday, do a job and get myself back in the mix.
 
At one point I wasnt sure if I was going to be back in the ring. Ive been working hard and Im happy to be back here and about to get back in the ring. Ill do a job Saturday night and I look forward for whats to come.
 
I know that a lot of people want to see that fight again [Fowler]. I think I can do a better job on it as well. Id like to get this fight out the way, youve mentioned another fight in July, look for one of those big fights whether its the Fowler rematch of whatever for October time.
 
Sometimes things arent going great, but its not going to be like that for the rest of your life. You just get up and keep trying, youll get back. 

Gregory Trenel  Dainville, France 13-6-2, 3 KOs fighting Scott Fitzgerald in an eight round Super-Middleweight contest:

This is the perfect moment for me against a beautiful opposition. I am dangerous for Scott because Im crazy.             




 

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