"KNOCKOUT KINGS II" San Antonio Press Conference Quotes
ANDRE BERTO, Former Two-Time Welterweight World Champion
looking forward to this challenge on July 27. As you can see, it's an
exciting undercard with my man Keith Thurman and my man Omar Figueroa.
"I've been through some ups and downs. I feel that I have made some of the right changes that I needed to get focused.
"I have a new team and I'm dedicated to win another world title.
let the big show get away from me twice, once against Victor Ortiz and
once against Robert Guerrero. I'm coming to San Antonio focused.
going to be a hell of a show. Make sure you buy your tickets or tune
in on SHOWTIME because there's nothing stopping me. I'm ready.
can have all the power in the world, but if you don't know technique or
don't have a strategy, then you've got nothing. I've made changes in
my game plan and I'm going to fight smarter.
Karass is a good fighter. I've seen his fights. There's nothing too
spectacular about him, but he does have that tough Mexican fighting
JESUS SOTO KARASS, Veteran Welterweight Contender
have a great test ahead of me. I have followed Andre Berto's career
very closely. When he was a world champion, I was hoping I was going to
get to fight him someday.
"I wasn't ready for him then, but now that I got offered the fight, I know I'm ready.
is a very important fight for me and I know I'm ready. I'm going to
give it everything I've got to prove all of the doubters wrong.
"I decided that this year is the year I'm going to become a world champion.
Antonio is one of the best places for boxing. With these ticket prices,
I'm hoping the arena is going to be full of Mexicans and Mexican
"The name of this fight is 'Knockout Kings II' for a reason and I'm going to try to make sure it lives up to its name."
OMAR FIGUEROA JR., Undefeated Texas Rising Star
fight is called 'Knockout Kings II' for a reason. I always go out
there looking for the knockout. This is a great fight card for the
fans. This is what boxing needs.
especially means a lot for my home state of Texas. This is perfect for
me. All of my friends, family and fans can come up and see me fight.
at a loss for words when I think about fighting for my first world
title here in Texas. I pictured myself being in this position because
as a fighter, you have to see it in order to achieve it. This is what
we've wanted and what we've been working so hard for.
"July 27, you'll see fireworks in the ring.
Antonio is the perfect place for a card like this. I can't describe
what it was like being at the Canelo vs. Trout fight. Hearing 40,000
people cheer was incredible. I'm so grateful for this opportunity and
proud to be a part of this fight card."
KEITH THURMAN, Undefeated Top Rated Welterweight Contender
"The last time I was in Texas was when I was competing as an amateur in the 2008 Olympic Trials.
don't know if there is another fighter out there that's hungrier than
me. They've been feeding me, but I'm still starving I have a long
time left in this game and I don't know when I'm going to get enough of
looking forward to this fight. My opponent is a young hungry fighter
with a record of 22 and 0 with 18 knockouts and I am 20 and 0 with 18
knockouts. You know this is going to be a fight.
"If you're a boxing fan and you're from around here, then you have to be here unless you've got a family emergency.
"Come support the undercard that has a lot of local fighters and local talent.
don't expect this fight to go more than two rounds. If the fight goes
more than two rounds, find me and I will give you a refund."
ERIC GOMEZ, Vice President and Matchmaker of Golden Boy Promotions
been around for a little over a decade and we've done great events and I
don't think we've had a partner like Leija and Battah Promotions.
They're committed to boxing and committed to Texas and they're doing an
"Don't blink when Keith Thurman fights, because you might miss something big.
has been looking for the next great fighter in Texas, the next great
champion from the state and I think we've found him in Omar Figueroa.
boxing, there are great events and then there are great fights. Last
month at the Alamodome, there was a great event. This main event is a
great fight. Styles make fights and both of these guys really come to
fight. They're going to come to fight hard because that's what they
know how to do.
is little bit of a crossroads fight for both Berto and Soto Karass.
The winner is going to go on to bigger and better things and whoever
loses is going to have to take a hard look at their career."
JESSE JAMES LEIJA, Former Two-Time World Champion & Texas Boxing Legend
have a strong undercard with great local talent from San Antonio. We
see great things happening for these guys in the future.
"We're excited to have Omar Figueroa back again, but maybe he will give us two rounds this time.
a huge fan of Andre Berto and of Jesus Soto Karass. I'm also a huge
fan of the sport of boxing and Mike [Battah] and I have worked really
hard with Golden Boy Promotions to bring the best events to San Antonio.
"We want to fill the AT&T Center with 18,000 people and I think that's doable.
"We're bringing great fights, big names and we hope everyone comes out and supports boxing in San Antonio."
MIKE BATTAH, President of Leija and Battah Promotions
are growing this fight business and it's growing in a fast way. San
Antonio is going to be the hub of boxing and we're really excited about
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"KNOCKOUT KINGS II," featuring
Two-Time Welterweight World Champion Andre Berto facing tough Mexican
veteran contender Jesus Soto Karass in a 12-round welterweight main
event, takes place Saturday, July 27 at the AT&T Center in San
Antonio, Texas. The event is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions and
Leija & Battah Promotions and sponsored by Corona and AT&T. In
the 12-round co-featured attractions, Weslaco, Texas' undefeated rising
star Omar Figueroa Jr. squares off against Tokyo's Nihito Arakawa for
the vacant WBC Interim Lightweight World Championship in a fight
promoted in association with Teiken Promotions and unbeaten knockout
artist Keith Thurman and fellow power-puncher Diego Gabriel Chaves
battle for Chaves' WBA Interim Welterweight World Championship in a
fight promoted in association with KO International. The tripleheader
will be broadcast live on SHOWTIME at 9 p.m. ET/PT and will be available
in Spanish via second audio programming (SAP).
priced at $200, $100, $50, $25 and $10, plus applicable taxes, fees and
services charges, are on sale and will be available for purchase at
the AT&T Center box office, online at www.ticketmaster.com and ATTCenter.com, all
Ticketmaster locations, by calling (800) 745-3000 or through Leija
& Battah Promotions by calling (210) 979-3302 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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