Oscar Duarte vs. Humberto De Santiago final press conference quotes
Lightweight contender Oscar Duarte (17-1-1, 12 KOs) of Parral, Chihuahua and new opponent Humberto De Santiago (18-6-1, 13 KOs) of Santa Catarina, Mexico hosted their final press conference today at Buffalo Wild Wings in Chihuahua, Mexico ahead of their 10-round fight for Duarte’s WBC Latino Lightweight Title.
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This battle will be the main event of the October 19 edition of Golden Boy Fight Night on Facebook Watch and will take place at The Gimnasio Rodrigo M. Quevedo in Chihuahua, Mexico. The fights will be streamed live globally on Facebook Watch via the Golden Boy Fight Night Page.
Below is what today’s participants had to say at the press conference:
OSCAR DUARTE, WBC Latino Lightweight Champion:
“I want to thank Golden Boy for the opportunity to fight here in my hometown. And I want to thank my family for always supporting me. I feel happy and enthusiastic about this fight. I’ve prepared very well. I’m ready. And I hope to give a great fight this Saturday. We’ll see you at the Gimnasio Rodrigo M. Quevedo.”
FRANCISCO VARGAS, Former World Champion:
“I’m happy to be coming back to my country to fight, especially right here in Chihuahua. It’s a great state where there are a lot of fans, and I have a lot of friends and people I know here as well. I am very happy. I had a great training camp with my coach Joel Diaz, and we are ready to give a great battle. You know my style. You have all grown accustomed to my style of fighting. So don’t miss out on this night of action on Saturday.”
HUMBERTO DE SANTIAGO, Lightweight Contender:
“Thank you for the opportunity. We’ve come a long way and plan to give a great show for the fans.”
EZEKIEL AVILES, Lightweight Contender:
“As soon as I found out I was going to fight Francisco Vargas, I made sure to be very well prepared. I trained very hard because I know it’s going to be a tough fight. I have nothing more to say, and I will see you all this Saturday.”
Duarte vs. De Santiago is a 10-round fight for the WBC Latino Lightweight Title presented by Golden Boy in association with Miguel Cotto Promotions. The event is sponsored by Tecate “THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING” and the City of Chihuahua. The event will take place Saturday, Oct. 19 at The Gimnasio Rodrigo M. Quevedo in Chihuahua, Mexico. The fights will be streamed live globally on Facebook Watch via the Golden Boy Fight Night Page.
Tickets for the event are on sale now and are available at www.DonBoleton.com.
Angel Ruiz Predicts Knockout Win Friday Night on “Path to Glory”
Welterweight prospect Angel Ruiz (16-0, 12 KOs) made weight at 145.7 lbs. at Thursday’s weigh in, while twice-beaten Javier Flores (14-2, 12 KOs) weighed 146.6 lbs.
Ruiz vs. Flores comprises Thompson Boxing’s eight-round “Path to Glory” main event that originates from the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, Calif. this Friday night.
Ruiz, from Los Angeles by way of Mexico, predicted an early round stoppage in his pre-fight media interviews.
“I can see Flores coming out aggressive,” said the 22-year-old Ruiz. “I’ll use that against him and try to knock him out in the third or fourth round. He’s never faced anyone like me before. I’m like a monster in the ring.”
Angel Ruiz, 145.7 lbs. vs. Javier Flores, 146.6 lbs. (8-rounds)
George Acosta, 133.9 lbs. vs Roberto Almazan, 135 lbs. (6-rounds)
Alec Zavala, 140 lbs. vs. Carlos Apodaca, 138.2 lbs. (4-rounds)
Ivan Zarate, 121.5 lbs. vs. Nery Garcia, 122 lbs. (4-rounds)
Golden Garcia, 135 lbs. vs. Hector Garcia, 135.2 lbs. (6-rounds)
Tickets for “Path to Glory” are priced at $40 and $60 and are available for purchase on the day of the event starting at 5:30 p.m. PT from the will call booth at the Doubletree Ontario.
All fights will be streamed live on TB Presents: Path to Glory via our Facebook page, YouTube channel and ThompsonBoxing.com. Beto Duran will handle blow-by-blow duties, while Hall of Fame broadcaster Rich Marotta provides expert, color commentary.
The livestream starts at 8:00 p.m. PT / 11:00 p.m. ET.
The Doubletree Hotel is located at 222 N. Vineyard Ave, Ontario, CA 91764 and can be reached at 909-937-0900.
“Path to Glory” is presented by Thompson Boxing Promotions and sponsored by Everlast.
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