Luis Nery vs. Brandon Figueroa
Final Press Conference Quotes
Undefeated super bantamweight champions Luis ďPanteraĒ Nery
and Brandon ďHeartbreakerĒ Figueroa faced off Thursday at
the final press conference before their world title clash
live on SHOWTIME this Saturday, May 15 in a Premier Boxing
Champions event from Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson,
The press conference also featured former unified super
bantamweight champion Danny Roman and hard-hitting Ricardo
Espinoza, who meet in the 10-round co-main event, plus
undefeated super featherweight contender Xavier Martinez and
former world title challenger Juan Carlos Burgos, who duel
in a 10-round showdown that kicks off the telecast at 10
p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT.
The event is promoted by TGB Promotions. Martinez vs. Burgos
is promoted in association with Mayweather Promotions.
Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at AXS.com.
Dignity Health Sports Park will be open to fans in a limited
capacity, with all guests remaining socially distanced and
subject to local and state health guidelines throughout the
Nery vs. Figueroa will see the powerful two-division
champion Nery pursue a signature win at super bantamweight,
while the rising Figueroa looks to use his all-action style
to earn a career-best victory and announce his presence
amongst the sportís elite. The winner of this fight will
face WBO 122-pound champion Stephen Fulton, Jr. on September
11 on SHOWTIME in a unification showdown.
Here is what the fighters had to say Thursday:
ďIn the ring, Iím going for the finish. Everything is on the
line. I just have to prove what Iím capable of inside the
ring. I donít care about anything else but that.
ďI think people got carried away about my performance from
my last fight. Youíre going to see that my power translates
on Saturday. Brandon is going to be the first person to see
how my power really translates to super bantamweight.
ďWeíve all been waiting to fight with fans in the stands.
The fans are part of the thrill of boxing and how boxing is
supposed to be. I canít wait.
ďIím ready to fight anybody that will improve my legacy. I
want to keep winning and moving up divisions and putting
together a resume that matches up with all of the legendary
ďBrandonís style really fits with what I want to do in the
ring. I know that I can achieve everything that I want in
this division and show all of my skills in this fight. This
style will go better with mine than Aaron Alamedaís did in
my last fight.
ďWe just need to put on a great fight Saturday. This is
going to be an all-out war from the first round on. People
are going to be talking about it for a long time after.
ďIím only focused on Brandon Figueroa. After that fight,
Iíll be ready for Stephen Fulton, Jr. Once I beat him too,
he can tell me how my power feels at this weight.Ē
ďI had what was probably one of the best training camps of
my career. Iím more than ready for this fight. I feel like
all of my advantages are going to be used Saturday night and
I just canít wait. Itís going to be an exciting fight. If
Iím this excited now, I canít imagine what itís like with
the fans there. Iím willing to put it all on the line
ďNery is going to learn a lot about me on Saturday night. My
size will definitely help me. I feel like he hasnít fought a
guy this big, this strong and heís going to find out on
Saturday night. Iíve trained tremendously for this fight. I
have the best conditioning in the 122-pound division. My
volume output speaks for itself and I feel like a lot of
people underestimate me. After Saturday night, they wonít.
Once the bell rings, itís go-time and I come to fight. I
come one hundred percent and Iím coming to take that belt
ďThis game is all about proving yourself in and out of the
ring. I feel like my hard work speaks for itself. My fights
speak for themselves. Iím just glad I get to share the ring
with Luis Nery. I know he comes to win as well, but I donít
think he wants it as bad as I do. If it goes my way, Stephen
Fulton is next and thatís a fight that Iíve been wanting for
a long time. Itís time to unify. If thatís not what you come
to boxing for, then what are you in boxing for?
ďFulton is the fight Iíve been wanting. I know heís been
talking a lot. First of all, I need to get through Luis Nery.
I just canít wait for these big fights and these big names.
Iíve been trying to fight Fulton for a while and now itís
going to be made if everything goes well Saturday night.
Heíd be next and I canít wait to put on a show again.
ďI know Luis Nery comes to fight. Heís a strong fighter at
the 118-pound division but the 122-pound division is a
different story. I feel like weíre just going to have to
find out Saturday night, though. I come forward. I bring the
pressure and Iím definitely going to bring the power, the
size and all the advantages I have to make sure that we give
the fans a great show. I do respect him as a fighter but
weíre just going to have to find out Saturday.
ďI feel like this is a fight that could be Fight of the
Year. I know everything is on the line and Iím going to go
out there and make sure I give it my all. If I do that, itís
going to be a great fight.Ē
ďIím a former unified champion and Iím still overlooked. Iím
still the guy who you have to beat at super bantamweight.
ďIím going against a great opponent. He has a high knockout
rate, so I have to fight a smart fight. Props to him for
taking the fight, but Iím not overlooking him. Everyone is a
threat when they get in that ring.
ďI know that the champions are trying to avoid me and skip
over me for other fights. But I deserve respect and Iím
going to show why theyíre avoiding me on Saturday.
ďEspinoza is a great fighter who has great power. Iím taking
this fight like Iím facing another champion. Anything can
happen inside of the ring. All I can control is my
performance against Espinoza on Saturday.
ďIím trying to make a statement on Saturday night. Iím going
to show everyone that Iím still at the championship level.Ē
ďDanny Roman has fought some really quality opponents that
are high in the rankings, but this is my time. This is when
I show that I can step up in competition and prove that I
belong with the best.
ďThe reason why I think Iím going to win this fight, more
than anything, is because I believe in myself. I have a
great team behind me and if I have faith in myself, all good
things are going to happen from now on.
ďI admire a lot of fighters but I donít want to compare
myself to any of them. I am Ricardo Espinoza and Iím one of
ďDanny Roman is definitely a great opponent and I feel like
my preparation and training can showcase why I can be
considered one of the best in the division. Saturday night
will be a great showcase for me.Ē
ďYouíre going to see me stay composed throughout this whole
fight. I was winning my last fight decisively and I got too
overconfident. I fell asleep against an experienced fighter
and he took advantage, but I was still able to get the win.
I learned from that and Iím going to take it into this
ďIím not too worried about a late opponent change. I had a
sparring partner who was very similar to Burgos, so it
worked out well. This is another big fight for me. Fighting
someone with his experience will make me step up my game.
ďI think fighting in front of the fans is going to help all
of us. The fans give us a lot of drive. Itís going to make
this an even more exciting night.
ďThis is boxing, and in order to find out what youíre made
of in this sport, you have to go through adversity. Getting
knocked down two times can defeat a fighter mentality. I
learned a lot from that fight and itís helped me become a
more mature fighter.
ďIím going to keep my foot on the gas. Iím going to stay on
my toes. All it takes is one punch to change the fight. I
just have to stick to the game plan.Ē
JUAN CARLOS BURGOS
ďThe fight will be on short notice, but it wonít affect me
at all because I have been training since January. I was
going to fight in Tijuana on February 27, that didnít
happen. I was going to fight in early May, that didnít
happen. So even though the fight is on short notice, I am
plenty ready to go on Saturday night.
ďXavier Martinez is a good fighter. He is undefeated for a
reason and Iím sure that weíre both going to give the fans a
show. Itís going to be a great fight but I am coming plenty
prepared and ready to give the fans the show they deserve.
ďThere is a reputation that I have come up short in the big
fights. But against ĎRockyí Martinez for example, I felt
like I won the title and the judges just robbed it from me.
I am more than ready to redeem myself and show what I am
capable of on Saturday night.
ďThis is definitely a big fight for me and Iím going to have
a great opponent in front of me in Xavier Martinez. I have a
lot to give still and I want to show that Juan Carlos Burgos
is here to stay still.Ē