This Saturday night in Las Vegas, Abner Mares will face Joseph Agbeko in the final bout of the Showtime bantamweight tournament. The fight will be the only bout that airs on Showtime, but the undercard fighters had their say during a media workout on Wednesday, too.
Junior welterweight Angelo Santana (10-0, 7 KO) will face Ronald Hurley (5-5-2, 0 KO) in a nine-round fight. Bantamweight contender Eric Morel (44-2, 22 KO) takes on Daniel Quevedo (13-11-2, 8 KO) in a scheduled 10-round bout. And heavyweights Eric Molina (17-1, 13 KO) and Warren Browning (14-1-1, 9 KO) square off for a regional WBC belt in a 12-round matchup.
"This is my first fight since December and my first at 140 pounds. I am very excited to be getting back in the ring again. It doesn't matter against whom. I'm also excited about fighting in Las Vegas again.
"It took me 12 times before I made it to the United States from Cuba, but I knew I was never going to give up on that dream no matter the consequences. I've been here about four years.
"My goal Saturday is to win and then fight as often as I can. If I have to continue to fight at 140 to stay busy, I will. Whenever I get the call, you can bet I'll be ready."
"I'm calling out all the big names at 118 pounds. They all know what time it is. My goal is win another world title, which would make me a three-time champion.
"I feel if I continue to win, my chance will come, but I understand that it's not just winning that matters, but how you win, and I hope to be impressive Saturday night.
"I've trained very hard and there is no way I am taking an opponent lightly. There is too much at stake. Of course, I would love to fight the winner of Agbeko-Mares.''
"I want to become the first Mexican-American heavyweight champion. I lost my pro debut but have won 17 in a row since.
"I think my trainer, Al Bonanni, would like me to show a little more killer instinct. Being a college graduate he thinks I'm too nice a guy in the ring.
"I've been training really hard and I'm really looking forward to a good performance.''