Below are quotes from a Wednesday conference call with three of the four fighters featured on Showtime's December 3 bantamweight double-header. Here's what came from the always colorful Vic Darchinyan, who will challenge Anselmo Moreno for the WBA title in the co-feature.
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"I'm well prepared and I want to show everyone in America and the rest of the world that I'm very fit and ready to go. As soon as I'm done fighting (Moreno) I want to fight Abner Mares and I will destroy him. That's what I want."
"I think Moreno is an OK fighter. I don't think he's a very effective fighter because he just goes round by round. I'm just going to be too strong for him. He's bigger than me maybe body-wise, but I'm going to be too strong for him."
"I know I have to be patient. I can't be in a rush like I did against Agbeko. I just wanted to knock him out in the first round and I was very impatient. I had no control in the ring because I wanted to just knock him out. I'm not just going to try and knock (Moreno) out. I'm going to take my time."
"I'm going to show the entire world that I'm a strong fighter and that I'm going to knock him out."
"I know Moreno is a great fighter and wants to take me out but if I win this fight I want to fight the winner of Agbeko-Mares. I just love to fight. Anyone who comes, I'm just going to destroy him."
Who does Moreno remind you of?
"I think he looks a little like my first world title fight against (Irene) Pacheco, but Pacheco is more aggressive. He's a southpaw and tall and a good mover, but I think Pacheco is more aggressive than Moreno. They are both good movers and come to fight, so it's going to be a good fight."
"I've seen a couple of his fights. He's always trying to push his opponents around. He comes in not so fit and he gets tired after the sixth round. He's won his recent fights by split decision and he's just looking to survive. He wants to win the first six or seven rounds, but I'm just going to come and demolish him and be so much stronger than him."
"I know Moreno is a great fighter and wants to take me out, but if I win this fight I want to fight the winner of Agbeko-Mares. I just love to fight. Anyone who comes, I'm just going to destroy him."