Devin Haney vs. Jorge Linares
Final Press Conference Quotes
Devin Haney (25-0 15 KOs) Ė defending WBC World Lightweight
title against Jorge Linares
ďIím happy he said this was the best training camp and heís
in the best shape of his life. I want the best Jorge Linares
so when I win that thereís no excuses and the world knows he
came in 100 per cent.
ďThis is the time Iíve been waiting for; this is the moment
and my time to finally shine against an incredible opponent
and thinks he can put up a good fight and win against me.
This is a huge opportunity for me, this is time to show
everything Iím made of.
ďLike Jorge said, this is a whole new level but Iím ready
for it. Itíll be a very dominant performance; I think the
world will be surprised at what kind of performance it is. I
think even Jorge will be surprised at what type of fighter I
Bill Haney Ė trainer and father of Devin Haney
ďAs you know, weíve always talked about getting Devin in
that right fight that will catapult his career, we believe
Jorge Linares is that guy. Weíre thankful to Linares for
stepping up and giving Devin that opportunity to once and
for all show that heís an elite fighter.
ďWe have appreciation for Matchroom and how long youíve been
patient. Weíve both tried to get those names in the ring,
finally now on Saturday we have that name in Jorge Linares.
We hope that he comes and brings his all, we hope to have a
healthy and very competitive Jorge Linares so Devin actually
can show heís an elite fighter.
ďThese are the kind of fights that bring out the best in a
fighter. A young fighter like Devin with so much in his
toolbox, arsenal full of different kinds of punches. Itís
just a great opportunity, we want Jorge to come at his best
and bring out those things so we can showcase to the people
what a wonderful talent he is.
ďYouíll see Devin make a statement, heís ready for this
moment. Itís a euphoric moment, now we get a chance to be on
the big stage, our home away from home in Vegas, we look
forward to Saturday night, itís going to be amazing.Ē
Jorge Linares (47-5 29 KOs) Ė challenges Devin Haney for the
WBC World Lightweight title
ďIím very excited to be here in Vegas again, Iím next to the
lightweight world champion Devin Haney, so this is a big
opportunity of my life. I had a great training camp in Japan
for a long time with my brother but now Iím here. Iím very
excited for Saturday night.
ďI feel much better than before, against Kevin Mitchell,
Anthony Crolla, Vasiliy Lomachenko, I think this is the best
and more important training camp Ė a big opportunity in my
life. Iím here a couple more days.
ďIíve fought a lot of big fights, 52 fights, in England,
USA, Latin America, this time Iíve come back to Las Vegas at
the Mandalay Bay. Itís in amazing fight against an amazing
young champion, itís so exciting to show everyone who I am,
how much experience I have and how good I feel.
ďI respect Haneyís comments, thinking about after this
fight, talking about Lopez and everyone in the lightweight
division. Me too, Iím thinking about being a champion again
and then fighting with the best in the division. Thereís a
lot of good opponents and champions, I need to be ready for
Chantelle Cameron (13-0 7 KOs) Ė defends her WBC World
Super-Lightweight title against Melissa Hernandez
ďIím delighted to be here, and I canít wait to get in there
Saturday and put on a show. Iím a natural fighter, I do what
I do, I donít talk much I just let my hands do the talking.
ďIím always spiteful but now itís added a bit more spice
into it. I canít wait to get in there now and get down to
ďIím not going to look past Melissa, sheís a former world
champion and has got a lot of experience but Iím the better
fighter. Things for me are going to go forward and Iíve got
a long journey ahead of me Ė Iím not stopping here.Ē
Melissa Hernandez (23-7-3 7 KOs) Ė challenges Chantelle
Cameron for the WBC World Super-Lightweight title
ďSaturday, expect fireworks. Womenís boxing is back to stay,
I was one of the pioneers and Iím here to prove that I still
have it and pay homage to all the women that came before me.
ďWe busted out asses for so long to finally be on these huge
cards and to be getting paid more than we used to. When I
was fighting, our purses werenít even enough to pay our
rent, now we have women building empires off it Ė itís
amazing to be here.
ďTo clear things up about the banter that went on between
us, it was taken out of context by somebody chasing clout. I
heard what I heard, at the end of the day, the fight is
happening. Iím happy I had that extra time to train because
sheís a badass, Iím here to prove that Iím a little bit more
of a badass.Ē
Jason Quigley (18-1 14 KOs) Ė defends WBO NABO Middleweight
title against Shane Mosley Jr
ďThis is a massive opportunity, big stage, capital of
professional boxing here in Las Vegas. Itís a great platform
for us to get on the stage, showcase our skills and give our
absolute best come fight night.
ďOnce that bells rings thereís always going to be
fireworks., especially with a great fight like this on the
line. We both know what this fight means to us, we both know
where this fight can put us in our careers. You can
definitely expect fireworks come fight night.Ē
Shane Mosley Jr. (17-3 10 KOs) Ė challenges Jason Quigley
for the WBO NABO Middleweight title against Jason Quigley
ďIím grateful to be a part of this, itís a great card and
Iím grateful to be here and have this opportunity. This is
everything Iíve wanted; this is my opportunity. Iím going to
take advantage of that and do my best.
ďIím in this sport because I want to be known as my own man,
I want to be known as Shane Mosley Jr. Thatís why Iím here
and thatís what Iím going to do.
ďThatís why they come to watch the fights, we put on good
shows. Golden Boy, Matchroom, both put on great shows and
thatís what weíre expected to do.Ē
Robert Diaz Ė VP/Matchmaker, Golden Boy Promotions
ďI want to wish both fighters good luck, I know once the
bell rings you guys are concentrated on one thing only. This
fight means so much to both Jason and Shane, itís such an
important fight, itís a very even fight and a fight nobody
wants to miss. They both know what a win on Saturday night
is going to do for their career.
ďI know both fighters very well, Iíve known Shane since he
was a boy working with his father. Iíve known Jason since
his pro debut working his whole career with Golden Boy Ė
Iíve become very attached to both. Theyíre both very similar
outside the ring, theyíre gentlemen. There hasnít been once
bad thing said between them, but once that bell rings
theyíre not friends. Trust me, theyíre both coming to knock
each other out. May the best man win.Ē
Martin J. Ward (24-1-2 11 KOs) Ė faces Azinga Fuzile in a
final eliminator for the IBF World Super-Featherweight title
ďThis is my time now to shine. Las Vegas, the bright lights
and big city, thatís what Iím here for. To deal with this
guy here, itís all business, Iím fighting on Saturday night
for me. Iím going to deal with him in good fashion and show
the US public who I am. Azinga Fuzile knows who I am, heíll
definitely know my name Saturday.
ďAzinga is a good fighter, itís going to make for good fight
but Iím 100% confident Iím going to do a job on this guy.
Heís a good, slick fighter but Iíve definitely got all the
tools in my arsenal to deal with him in good fashion on
ďIíve put it all in at camp, Iíve done all that Iíve needed
to do, itís all on Saturday night now. The talking means
nothing, Iíve prepared, Iím mentally and physically there,
Iím ready to put on a good show on Saturday night and excite
Azinga Fuzile (14-1 8 KOs) - faces Martin J. Ward in a final
eliminator for the IBF World Super-Featherweight title
ďIím ready for the fight, Iíve been preparing for three
months for the fight. Iím ready, I canít wait for Saturday
to beat Martin. I promise you, Martin, Iím going to win. I
signed the contract to fight and thatís what Iím going to do
on fight night.
ďIím too good for Martin. Iíve seen his videos, watched him
fight, then I said I can fight him in a way that I can beat
him easily. Firstly, I didnít know about him, when I was
checking the ratings looking at the guys on top. I found out
who he was when they said I must fight Martin Ward. He will
know me better, who Azinga is and what heís capable of.
ďI wonít say how Iím going to beat him; youíre all going to
see it on Saturday. My fight with Rakhimov, what happened,
happened, I had to move on. Now Iím facing this guy, I need
to take him out of my way. Iím ready to show the people of
Las Vegas beautiful boxing.Ē
Khalil Coe Ė makes professional debut
ďIím looking forward to the journey with Matchroom, I
already put on a show and Iím grateful to be on this card
for my pro debut. The talent thatís going behind me, I want
to stand out just as well as they do.
ďThis is what Iíve been waiting on my whole career, I never
thought I would be signed with Matchroom so thatís a big
plus. Iím going take advantage and do what Iíve got to do
and put it on for the fans.
ďThereís going to be a big difference. Some people just
think I only have a right hand, Iím only a puncher, but I
have footwork, elusiveness, and power. You never know what
Iím going to bring to the fight.Ē
Reshat Mati (9-0 7 KOs) Ė fights Ryan Pino in his tenth pro
ďIím looking to be active as much as possible. Iím looking
for big fights, to get my name out there, you told me to go
down to 140lbs, we ventured slowly, worked our way down and
make a big impact.
ďIíve learned just to stay calm. In the amateurs itís three
rounds, itís quick. The main thing is to stay loose, listen
to your coaches and stay active as much as possible. Itís
better to stay active because the times you have off tests
you to how you come back to those adversities. First Iíve
got to deal with this guy Saturday and then work our way to
the next fight.Ē
Ramla Ali (2-0) Ė faces Mikayla Nebel in her third pro fight
ďI canít believe Iíve been given the opportunity to fight in
the boxing capital of the world, Vegas, so early on in my
career. I can only feel grateful, humbled, and honored to be
part of such an amazing card. I love Jorge Linares, I grew
up watching him, I think heís amazing and him versus Haney
is going to be electric.
ďI think there was a little twitter war going on this
morning, someone took what I said out of context. What I
meant was youíve got these amazing fighters in the world,
Lomachenko, Shields, Katie Taylor, who have done so much in
the amateurs, won everything there is to possibly win, if
they wanted to fight for a World title in their first fight,
theyíd be deserved of it. I want to feel deserved of a World
title and to feel like a World champion when I feel ready. I
donít want to be pushed into it when I donít feel ready.
ďIím really excited for when those opportunities will arise,
I never shy away from a challenge and if fighting those
girls means that itís the next step to a world title then so