Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis vs. Isaac ‘Pitbull’ Cruz – undercard quotes & photos
Fighters competing on the Gervonta Davis vs. Isaac Cruz SHOWTIME PPV undercard taking place this Sunday, December 5 (8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT) previewed their respective showdowns during a press conference Friday before they enter the ring in a Premier Boxing Champions event from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles.
(Photo credit: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME)
The event featured rising super welterweight star Sebastian “The Towering Inferno” Fundora and fellow unbeaten Sergio Garcia, who compete in a WBC Super Welterweight Title Eliminator that serves as the co-main event, middleweight contenders Sergiy Derevyanchenko and Carlos Adames, who meet in a 10-round WBC Middleweight Title Eliminator, and featherweight contenders Eduardo Ramirez and Miguel Marriaga, who square-off in a 10-round attraction that opens the pay-per-view telecast.
Tickets for the event, which are promoted by Mayweather, GTD, and TGB Promotions, are on sale now and can be purchased at AXS.com.
Here is what the press conference participants had to say Friday from downtown Los Angeles:
“My style depends on the fight. If he gives me the chance to display my skills and shows he can last in there, then I’ll do that. But if I can end it quickly, then I’m going to do what I always do.
“If he’s willing to fight on the inside or try to walk me down, it’s going to go like my recent fights have gone. If he wants to box me, we’ll be ready for that.
“I do what I worked on in training camp during a fight. I don’t worry about what Garcia is going to do. I’m not concerned with what style he brings. We’re prepared to be the best Sebastian Fundora possible.
“We want the belts. I want them in the ring who wins a Jermell Charlo vs. Brian Castano rematch. Those are the guys to beat, and I want to prove myself against them.
“I’ve been improving with age and as I continue to mature. We pick up some new things with each fight based on how opponents attack me. That’s helped me be better each time I step into the ring.
“I listen to everything my father says. That’s the respect and teamwork that we have for each other. If he wants me to keep this guy at a distance, I’ll do that. But if he wants me to run an opponent over, I’m ready to go.
“I can guarantee fans that you’re going to get your money’s worth on Sunday. I promise that this is going to be the fight of the night.”
“It’s an honor for me to be here making my U.S. debut on SHOWTIME PPV. I feel absolutely no pressure. Fundora is a peculiar fighter for this division. He’s unusual to prepare for. But I have sparred against opponents as tall as he is. I feel ready for any challenge he may throw my way on Sunday night.
“I’m not going to tell you what I’m going to do in the ring. It’s up to me to show you in the ring on Sunday night what I can do beyond just words. It’s my job to show the world what I’m capable of and to prevent the knockouts that Fundora is used to getting from happening. Fundora will come with his hunger, ambition, and drive, and I’m going to do the same thing.
“I came here to win the fight, and I came here to win hearts. It will be a great fight because I didn’t come here to run. I came here to stand up to Fundora. I respect my opponent. And I appreciate anybody who gets in the ring with me. I’m going to put my pride and skills on the line and show everybody what I’m capable of.
“I’ve sparred with guys as tall as Fundora, but those guys are heavier than Fundora is. I consider that an advantage. It’s something that made me more challenging. Something that made me stronger. It’s going to come in handy when I get into the ring on Sunday night.
“I love this challenge. I’m coming into somebody else’s house. I have no pressure. I want to give the fans a great show and enjoy each moment. Hopefully, there’s a happy ending, but I plan to savor every single second that I have on Sunday night.
“Spanish boxing is certainly on the rise. But I fight for my family. I want to make them proud. I want to make my corner proud. Those people mean the most to me and who I fight this fight for. For my fans in Spain and my two little ones, my wife and my family.”
“I have a lot of motivation for this fight. That and my power is going to help me. Winning this fight will keep my career going and put me where I want to get back.
“I feel strong, and I’m excited to face Adames. He’s a good fighter who hits hard. But I’m ready for anything he brings. I’ve fought the best middleweights in the world. And I’ve faced power punchers before, so I’m not worried about his power.
“I’ve studied Adames and looked at some of his past fights. He’s a powerful fighter. I am familiar with him, and we’ve been working during training camp for what he does. I know what I have to do on Sunday night, and I’m going to show everyone during the fight.
“Of course, I need to win this fight. This fight is the next step toward becoming a world champion. I want to win this fight, face Jaime Munguia, and fight for the title again. My dream is to win the belt, and that’s what I’m working toward.”
“Every fight has something big on the line. Every battle is risky. Otherwise, why are you fighting? I always look for the most significant challenges. And I want to fight against the best boxers, and Sergiy is undoubtedly one of them. I am aware of everything at stake, but I do not run away from it. And I am excited about what is going to come on Sunday night.
“I understand that he has fought against great fighters. In the end, he is fighting against Carlos Adames, and I am a big puncher. Please don’t underestimate me. Otherwise, he is going to have a big problem on his hands. I consider myself to be a great fighter, just like him.
“People didn’t think I would be that great at 147-pounds. I showed them. Then I went to 154, and they didn’t know I would be a great fighter, but I showed them there. Now I am at 160, and I will show them again how powerful I can be and how big of a threat I can be. Sergiy is a good fighter, but he’s not an obstacle for me. I don’t consider him to be an insurmountable mountain.
“Sparring is not a fight. He can spar with Superman. I don’t care. I am going to be ready for him. He is going to realize how strong I am. He can spar with whoever he wants, but Carlos Adames is a whole different thing.”
“In the end, whether they win comes by knockout or decision, it doesn’t matter to me. What matters the most is the work I put in the gym day in and day out for this fight to be reflected in the ring. I want to give the fans a great show.
“I’m a guy that lives in the present, not the past. The list of fighters he has faced is impressive, but it doesn’t matter what he did in the past. It’s about what happens on Sunday night.
“In the end, for me, I hope to put Mexico’s flag in the air Sunday night. I want to make everybody proud in my country and show my fans what I’m capable of.
“As far as the world title opportunity, we do hope that a win brings me a title eliminator shot or perhaps even a world title fight. But in the end, I have to go step-by-step. I can’t look past this fight. Otherwise, none of my ambitions are going to come true.”
“Every fight is important, but in this case, this fight has the potential to earn me another world title shot. It’s done or dies because it is that big of a battle on Sunday night.
“I have fought against high caliber opponents, and Ramirez isn’t unbeatable. He is not someone that I am overly concerned about. I have to be focused, and I must be aware and not underestimate anybody. In the end, it’s about what I do inside the ring.
“Everybody knows I’ve come to Los Angeles ready to fight. I’m facing a quality opponent, but the most important thing is to believe in my preparation and look for the fight, not wait for the battle to come to me.
“I had great preparation for this fight. It’s a pleasure to be opening up the pay-per-view. Now it’s time to go out there and win.”
LEONARD ELLERBE, CEO of Mayweather Promotions
“We have a terrific undercard on Sunday night. Mayweather Promotions has promoted the biggest fights in the sport’s history, and I can honestly say that this phenomenal undercard is probably in the top three ever that I’ve upgraded.
“Top to bottom, this card is outstanding. In the co-main event, we have Sebastian Fundora, an exciting fighter and one of my favorite in the sport today. He is going to be in for an all-out war against Sergio Garcia. These guys are going to give everything they’ve got.
“We all know Sergiy Derevyanchenko and have seen him in tough fights before and come up short in some questionable decisions. He’s going to look to take advantage of that experience on Sunday when he faces the tough and hard-hitting Adames in what shapes up to be an exciting bout.
“In the opening bout, we’re going to see top featherweight contender Eduardo Ramirez take on a former world title challenger in Miguel Marriaga. I can’t wait for this whole show. These are fights that you don’t want to miss.”
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