Chavez-Fonfara final presser quotes
- Updated: April 17, 2015
The Crowne Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles played host to the final press conference prior to the Showtime televised showdown between Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Andrez Fonfara.
The light heavyweight bout takes place at the Stub Hub Center in Carson, California and is co-headlined with a lightweight bout featuring Amir Imam taking on Walter Castillo in a 10 round contest.
Other fighters featured include Julio’s brother Omar Chavez, and brother of former welterweight titlist Marcos Maidana, Fabian Maidana.
Below is what the fighters had to say heading into fight night.
JULIO CESAR CHAVEZ JR.
“I had a great training camp. I feel better than ever. I am ready for the fight.
“I know that this is a new weight class for me. I realize that Fonfara is very tough and bigger than me, but I am up for the challenge.
“I have worked on my boxing during my one year off, and I am very excited and motivated to get back in the ring.
“I have worked so hard for this fight because I am fighting in a new weight class. I must punch harder, so I have focused on getting stronger during this training camp.
“I understand that my dad didn’t want me to take this fight. I had bigger names I could’ve fought, but I think that Fonfara is a great challenge for me and I like the challenge.
ANDRZEJ FONFARA, World Title Challenger
“I’m prepared very well and I’m ready for this fight. It’s been a great camp like always. I train hard for each fight. I’m a tough boxer who is feeling great. The weight is good and everything is perfect.
“I must put everything into Saturday night and I will win the fight.
“I must look even better than I did against Stevenson. Everyone said I looked good, but I lost the fight. I didn’t want congratulations because I did not win the fight. But this time I will win the fight. I’m ready for a decision or for a knockout.
“I’m ready with a couple of plans. I don’t want to run around the ring, I want to fight tough. I’m going to use my jab and my right hand, which is my best punch.
“I’m not worried about what his father said about not fighting me. Chavez Jr. wants to fight and I will show him that his father was right.
AMIR IMAM, Undefeated Super Lightweight Contender
“I’m confident going into this fight because of how I train. I have put my heart and soul into this sport since I moved to Florida three years ago. I left everything behind to better myself.
“I’m going to stay smart and composed in there and do everything I can to get the win.
“I don’t feel like I need the knockout to come away with a successful fight. But, you better believe that if there is an opportunity to knock him out, then I will take advantage of it.
“In 2015, I want to become a world champion. This is my breakout year. A lot of people have been buzzing about me. I want to become the WBC world champion, that’s what I’m heading for.
WALTER CASTILLO, Super Lightweight Contender
“I’m coming here to fight. I can tell you one thing, Amir Imam made a big mistake by taking this fight.
“I’ve fought a lot of tough fighters; my two losses were by decisions where I feel I was robbed. I’ve fought better fighters than Amir has.
“Come Saturday, I’m going to announce to the whole world that Walter Castillo is here to stay and he’s going to be a world champion.”
JULIO CESAR CHAVEZ SR.
“Being in Los Angeles is like being in Mexico for me; I have had many great memories. I became the world champion for this first time here and my son also became the world champion for the first time here, too.
“Julio definitely has a very difficult fight ahead of him.
“If I was Julio’s manager, I wouldn’t have taken this fight. Fonfara is a difficult and tough fighter.
“My son wants to fight fighters of quality and wants credibility in boxing.
“Julio has worked and trained very hard for this fight .He has the capability to win and we expect that it will go very well.”
Tickets for the event co-promoted by Goossen Promotions and Chavez Promotions are priced at $200, $150, $100, $50 and $25, plus applicable taxes, fees and service charges, and are on sale online at AXS.com.