Erickson Lubin vs. Jeison Rosario & Julian Williams vs.
Brian Mendoza Virtual Press Conference
Top contender Erickson ďHammerĒ Lubin and former unified
champion Jeison Rosario, plus former unified champion Julian
ďJ-RockĒ Williams and Brian Mendoza previewed their
respective showdowns during a virtual press conference
Thursday before they enter the ring on the Gervonta Davis
vs. Mario Barrios SHOWTIME PPV undercard Saturday, June 26
from the award-winning State Farm Arena in Atlanta in an
event presented by Premier Boxing Champions.
Lubin and Rosario will meet in a WBC Super Welterweight
Title Eliminator in the co-main event, while Williams and
Mendoza square off for a 10-round super welterweight
showdown on the pay-per-view telecast. The telecast also
features hard-hitting Olympian Batyr Akhmedov stepping in
against former world champion Argenis Mendez in the opening
bout at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.
Here is what the press conference participants had to say
ďThis has been the best camp of my life. I know it sounds
clichť, but it really has been. Iíve been in the gym since
my last fight. I made a few mistakes in that fight, but
Kevin Cunningham and I have been at it since last year and
weíre coming to make a statement.
ďThis is a stacked card and weíre excited to be a part of
it. Iím ready to show everyone that Iím the best fighter in
ďThis is going to be a fan-friendly fight. I can mix it up,
box or bang. Rosario always comes forward. The fans are
going to love it. Iím not the fighter who tries to find an
easy way out. Iím looking to make a statement.
ďI think that Iím a totally different fighter than when I
trained with his coach, Herman Caicedo. Me and Kevin have
worked on a lot of things that regular southpaws donít have.
Iím coming in with a game plan thatís like a jigsaw puzzle.
I think this is the wrong fight for Rosario to take coming
off a knockout loss.
ďThis fight comes down to who wants it more and who prepared
better. I have power too. Heís got to have the skills and
have his mind there. I know Iím ready mentally. I canít wait
ďI gained a lot of experience fighting Nathaniel Gallimore
and Terrell Gausha. Those are top contenders. I donít want
any tune-up fights, thatís why I took this fight against
Rosario. I gained a lot of confidence and everything is
clicking for me right now.
ďWhen I become world champion, I want to be able to say that
Iíve beat all the top guys in the division. Thatís just how
I am. Iím a competitor. Make sure you tune-in on June 26.
ďIt doesnít matter if I knock Rosario out or if I donít. My
job is to look good and come out victorious. Iím going to go
in there and show the world that I can make anyone in this
division look bad.Ē
ďI feel very healthy and very strong. Itís been a great camp
so far and probably one of the best camps Iíve had in my
career. Iím already at the weight and I am ready to go. The
Jermell Charlo fight is the past. Thatís over with. This is
a new camp and I feel very strong. Weíre moving forward.
ďI changed trainers just because I was looking for a change.
Not necessarily because I lost, but because it was just the
right timing. Unfortunately, it came with a loss, but that
was not the reason for the change. Weíve known each other
for some time. I know Herman Caicedoís style. Itís no
nonsense. No excuses. Itís all or nothing and thatís what I
wanted moving forward.
ďFirst and foremost, I have the power to knockout Lubin and
anybody in the 154-pound division. The camp that Iíve had,
and the little tidbits of southpaw knowledge that Iíve
picked up on, make me confident that I can knock Lubin out.
ďWhat happened in the Charlo fight was the fluke. Me winning
the titles was not the fluke. Iím going to show everybody
that I will bounce back from that loss and win my next
fight. I have no problem taking this fight. Itís not a
mistake at all. This is what we do. We fight. Iím very
excited for June 26 and I expect Lubin to bring his best.
ďI actually watched the Charlo fight for the first time last
night. Obviously, I learned from my mistake and worked to
correct it in this camp. Iím looking forward to showing what
Iíve learned from that defeat on June 26.
ďAt 154 pounds, I can knock anybody out. I have seen some of
Lubinís fights just as a fan and he is a great fighter. Itís
not easy to land shots on him or land a home run shot. So
thatís not the game plan. Obviously, there is a game plan
and if I do land on him, I feel that I can knock him out.
But I wonít just go in there trying to land a shot on the
ďIím the type to take advantage of an opportunity when it
presents itself. This is another opportunity to get right
back in the picture and fight for a title, so you have to
take this. Not everybody would. Erickson did and Iím cut
from the same cloth. Itís the opportunity and the pride of
fighting the best.Ē
ďCamp is going really well. Iíve been out in Las Vegas with
SugarHill Steward grinding and putting in the work. The fans
can expect an explosive performance and a victory for myself
on June 26.
ďI just have to be myself on June 26. I think Iím more
skilled than anyone else in the division and I plan on
proving that again against Brian Mendoza.
ďIíve known who Brian Mendoza is. I expect him to get beat.
Heís a decent fighter, but victory is the only thing on my
ďI donít want to talk about what happened before the Rosario
fight because itís in the past. I donít want to make any
excuses. It wasnít that I didnít focus or train hard. Right
now, Iíve had a great camp and Iím prepared to win.
ďWith me, youíre always going to see a hungry and focused
fighter in the ring. I donít know if Iíll look much
different. I think with a new coach it takes some time for
the changes to start setting in.
ďI went through a four-week training camp before my fight in
December was cancelled because I got COVID-19. It was almost
a full camp and it definitely kept me motivated going into
this next training camp for this fight.
ďIím the best fighter in the division. I just lost, thatís
all. LeBron James and Michael Jordan had bad nights, I can
have a bad night too. Iím still the best in the division and
Iím anxious to get back in the ring.Ē
ďTraining camp has been going great. Iím out here in Las
Vegas, too. Iíve just been grinding. This is a very big
opportunity for me and I plan to take full advantage of it.
Everybody can expect one hundred percent and everything I
have in me.
ďItís not about looking back at the one blemish on my record
and crying about what happened in the past. Thereís always a
million excuses behind the scenes, but it is what it is. I
learned from that loss and you guys have seen the change in
my performances since that fight and how I was more
comfortable at 154 pounds in my next fight. I feel like this
next fight will pull out even more from me. You guys will
see another big jump in my skill level on June 26.
ďI do feel that I have everything to gain in this fight and
nothing to lose. I keep telling people on fight night that
youíre not going to see somebody thatís just happy to be
here and happy to get to this point. I have big goals and
this is the perfect fight. So youíre going to see me coming
with everything I have and coming for the victory. I have
everything to gain.
ďI feel like Iím catching Julian Williams at the right time
because of where I am in my career. Itís about me. This is
the right time. Iím 27-years-old and Iíve been a pro for
many years now. I just feel like the schooling that Iíve had
is really starting to come out and Iím hitting that next
level. Iím not worried about whatís going on with Williams.
I know heís still coming with everything he has to prove
that he still has it and that heís still in the mix.
ďA lot of people get to this point and they get a big fight
like this and they think theyíve made it. They get happy
just to be here, but you wonít see that at all with me. Iíve
always visualized being at the top of this sport and
climbing to the very top. Iím taking full advantage of this
opportunity and youíre going to see somebody very hungry on
LEONARD ELLERBE, CEO of Mayweather Promotions
ďThis is a really terrific card from top to bottom. Julian
Williams is one of my favorite fighters. Heís a former
unified champion whoís going to take on the tough Brian
Mendoza. Williams is looking to make a big statement that
heís still a force and that heís ready to get back in the
mix with the other top 154-pounders.
ďThe co-main event could be a main event on its own. With
Lubin and Rosario, weíre really excited to see who will
emerge from that fight ready to challenge for a world title
once again. We canít wait for June 26.Ē