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  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 Thursday:

ERICKSON LUBIN

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 this division.

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 to fight.

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

JEISON ROSARIO


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 chin.

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

JULIAN WILLIAMS


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 mind.

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

BRIAN MENDOZA

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 June 26.Ē

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



 

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