Errol Spence Jr. vs. Lamont Peterson Fight Week Media Workout Quotes
Thu, 18 Jan 2018
BROOKLYN (January 17, 2018) - Welterweight world champion Errol Spence Jr. and former two-division champion Lamont Peterson hosted a media workout in Brooklyn on Wednesday ahead of their main event showdown this Saturday, January 20 live on SHOWTIME from Barclays Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXINGģ, and presented by Premier Boxing Champions.
The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT and features unbeaten lightweight world champion Robert Easter, who attended Wednesdayís media workout, taking on former champion Javier Fortuna, who was unable to make the workout due to a flight delay caused by storms in the northeast.
Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by DiBella Entertainment and TGB Promotions, are priced starting at $50, and are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased at ticketmaster.com, barclayscenter.com, at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center or by calling 800-745-3000. Group discounts are available by calling 844-BKLYN-GP.
Also working out at Wednesdayís event and competing in SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING PRELIMS were unbeaten light heavyweight Marcus Browne and once-beaten Francy Ntetu, who meet in a 10-round bout, plus undefeated heavyweight Adam Kownacki and once-beaten Iago Kiladze, who step into the ring for a 10-round affair.
The live digital offering of Browne vs. Ntetu and Kownacki vs. Kiladze begins at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT and will be exclusive in the U.S. on the SHOWTIME Sports YouTube channel and the SHOWTIME Boxing Facebook page.
Rounding out the fighters in attendance Wednesday were once-beaten Anthony Peterson, brother of Lamont Peterson, and unbeaten Brooklyn-native and 2016 Haitian Olympian Richardson Hitchins, who compete in separate undercard fight on Saturday.
Here is what the fighters had to say from world famous Gleasonís Gym in Brooklyn on Wednesday:
ERROL SPENCE JR.
ďIím training for the Lamont Peterson that I know. Heís a hard worker, heís hungry and he has a big heart. People shouldnít look past this fight because Iím not at all. Peterson is a great fighter whoís seasoned.
ďEveryone knows my style. The outcome usually is a stoppage. I wonít be looking for it, but if it presents itself, Iíll be ready to take advantage.
ďIím going to stick to my game plan. I canít be worried about anything my opponent does during training camp. I have to focus on what I do best and listen to my coach. My style isnít going to be effected by Lamontís training.
ďIím keeping the same mentality that Iíve always had heading into fights. Winning the belt helped get my name out there, but my mentality is still to grind and stay hungry and listen to my coach. Nothing is different, I still change diapers and everything else youíd imagine.
ďThere are so many guys in the welterweight division, I want to clean them all out. If I keep beating the top guys, Iíll be the last one standing. Iím going to dominate like Iíve been doing.
ďIím not going to wait around for unification fights, I want to fight three times this year and Iíll take on the best opponent who steps into the ring.
ďIíll have to wait until I get into the ring to see how our power compares to each other. Iím the bigger guy but I donít think weíll really know until the first round. Iím going to stick to my game plan and adjust on the fly.
ďI expect a 12 round fight and thatís what I train for. You have to have a smart coach to make adjustments during the fight and capitalize off your opponentís mistakes.
ďI know heís going to be difficult. Heís a guy with fast feet who can come forward. He can basically do it all. Iím going to have to solve the puzzle.Ē
ďThe hard work is over and now weíre just fine-tuning and making sure everything is perfect for Saturday. Itís been a great training camp that was tough at times, but thatís exactly how we want it.
ďErrol Spence is clearly a great fighter. I can see why people revere him in that way. But on Saturday, weíre going to give him a fight and heís going to have to prove it.
ďI donít have to worry about what anyone says about us leading up to this fight. I know Errol well and it happened that it was time for us to fight. This is what we do so weíll definitely give it our all on Saturday. My mentality is to win.
ďIíve been staying in the gym the whole time since my last fight. Even if I havenít been fighting, Iíve been sparring and keeping my craft sharp. You never know how long a layoff will be, so I made sure to keep my mind on boxing.
ďI canít do anything but go in there and take care of my business. I canít control the judges or anything that happens outside of us fighting. Iím trying to win a fight and thatís all Iím concerned about.
ďI think the fans are really going to like this one. We may start out feeling each other, but I know from the way we both fight that itís going to turn into a war not pretty quickly.
ďThereís nothing that Iím really looking to expose, but doing things at the right time during the fight will be key. Errol is a solid fighter across the board and weíll see what he brings on fight night.
ďIím looking for a victory. Thatís what Iíve trained for. It doesnít matter how I get the win. Iím determined to take home that belt.Ē
ďThe fans can expect to see what they always see in my fights. Itís going to be hard work, blood, sweat and tears. We are going to have a knockout victory in this fight.
ďEvery fight is a big fight for me. Javier Fortuna is no stranger to this stage. Heís trying to get back to where I am, and the only thing that can stop him is me. Come Saturday night, heís going to come up short.
ďMost people think Iím supposed to be drained making this weight, but Iíve been doing this since the amateurs and even before. Iím no stranger to this. Making weight is easy for me.
ďSparring was really good. We had a tremendous training camp and I feel ready. I have a great team thatís gotten me perfectly prepared for this.
ďIíve fought big punchers before. This is nothing new to me. Weíre going to make adjustments during the fight and get him out of there early.
ďDonít think that my skinny frame and long arms donít have power in them. You will see that on display Saturday night.
ďWeíre going after him Saturday night. Iím going to hit him wherever he gives me openings. Iím looking to finish him off on Saturday. Itís going to be a breakout performance.
ďA lot of guys are trying to prove theyíre the best at the weight. Each fight for me is a preparation for unification bouts down the line. Thatís what I really want.
ďIím 100 percent focused on this fight Saturday. Javier Fortuna is all that Iím thinking about. After that, Iím ready to go after Mikey Garcia and Jorge Linares.Ē
ďIt means a lot to me to be fighting at home, especially with fighters Iím so familiar with like Errol and Robert. This is a great card to start the year off. Iím ready to take the next step in my career.
ďItís Ďstrap seasoní this year. Getting a world title is the only thing on my mind. I have to take care of whatís in front of me on Saturday.
ďI just want to stay busy and work and improve my craft. You donít get better by staying idle. This is a fight that will help me stay sharp and give me a good test.
ďMy weight is perfect and Iím in great shape right now. Iíve been staying sharp and making sure Iím ready to be at my best.
ďMy strategy is to stay focused and stay locked-in. I donít need to get dragged into doing anything I donít have to. Iím looking to put on a great performance.
ďI feel like Iím the best in the division and itís just a matter of time until I prove it. I have to be that confident. Iím going to show people each and every time I get in the ring.
ďI have no picks on who I fight next. There are four champions out there and Iíll fight any one of them. Iím facing a really live guy who is tough and scrappy. Heís going to push hard until the end.Ē
ďMarcus Browne is a good boxer with Olympic experience. Heís a strong competitor and an accurate puncher. I think heís a lot like myself as a southpaw. Itís going to be a good matchup and a chess match on Saturday.
ďIím very aware of what Marcus brings to the ring and I hope he knows what I can do. We have a game plan that weíre going to implement. Weíre definitely here to get the win.
ďIím a smart boxer with speed and quickness. Most of all, I have a big heart. I have a great team around me and they motivate me every day. Iím a high-quality fighter and Iíll show that in the ring.
ďLike Iíve said before, it was an unfortunate stoppage last time I fought at Barclays Center, against David Benavidez. I felt like he was slowing down and I was going to start winning the fight. I canít erase what happened, but Iím hoping to make a new memory at Barclays Center.
ďI donít feel much difference between super middleweight and light heavyweight. Iím comfortable at 175-pounds and I canít wait to see what happens. Iím excited to show everyone what I can do.Ē
ďI feel great right now. Iím ready to go. Iím just working on making sure my body is 100 percent to put on a great show Saturday night.
ďIíve had a nice long training camp heading into this fight. The sparring has been great and I feel like Iím going to be ready for anything Kiladze brings to the ring.
ďItís huge for me to build on the momentum I started with the knockout win over Artur Szpilka. I want to keep making big statements, improve my game and give people the big fights they want.
ďI know Kiladze is coming up from the cruiserweight division, so I have to be ready for his speed. My sparring partners have gotten me ready for that challenge, because I think that will be the key.
ďHim being trained by Freddie Roach doesnít affect me. I have to be prepared and be at my best. Itís another day at the office for me.
ďIím a come forward fighter whoís going to go for the knockout. Expect me to go for the knockout on Saturday. The Polish fans are going to be out in full force like they always are and that motivation will carry me through.Ē
ďI have experience but Iím still learning in this sport. This is my second time fighting at Barclays Center and Iím going to be confident no matter where I fight. Working with Freddie Roach is helping me in so many ways.
ďKownacki only has 14 fights, heís not very experienced. Heís had a good run, but heís never fought someone with my experience and skill.
ďI intend to out box Kownacki but I have power as well. If I can hurt him, Iíll be ready to take him out and finish the job.
ďWeíll never overlook an opponent. We had tremendous sparring for this fight with Murat Gassiev and others, everything is feeling great right now.
ďIím getting better and better every day. Cruiserweight made me too weak to make the weight. Now that I have Freddie and Iím at heavyweight, everything is smoother than ever.
ďKownacki is a big puncher with a good right hook. We know heís dangerous but itís nothing we havenít seen before.
ďIím very confident. I feel more power and energy than ever. I feel like a different fighter. Iím working towards a world title. This is one of the first steps as I prepare to fight the top heavyweights in the world.Ē
ďI truly believe, and Iím not saying this just because itís my brother, Iím saying this because I know him physically, itís going to be a TKO. Lamont is going to stop Errol in like the beginning of the 11th round. If Iím wrong, then Iím wrong.
ďIíve been in there with both of those guys, Javier Fortuna and Robert Easter, for the occasional sparring session. Weíve put hands on each other before, so I donít see why itís not okay to put hands on each other for work. At the end of the day you have to go in there and you have to fight. Itís nothing personal, itís business. I definitely want the winner of that fightĒ
ďIím very familiar with Mikey Garciaís style. Iím a fan of Mikey Garciaís style. Because Iím a fan of his style, I want to fight that style. I have nothing but respect for Mikey Garcia because of his style. Heís got very good timing, heís very smart and has a very good psyche in the ring. Iíd love to test my skills against him.Ē
ďSaturday Iím going to go in there and put on a show and get a knockout win. Weíre building right now and climbing up to where we know weíre going to be. I know whatís in front of me.
ďPeople should expect fireworks. I have big things planned for this sport, including Saturday night. I want to bring big fights here and help keep the sport of boxing alive. I want to be another great fighter from Brooklyn.
ďI just did a lot of sparring in California with guys like Abraham Nova and Emmanuel Taylor and it was great work. I feel ready to get another one under my belt. We do what we have to do every time weíre in camp.Ē
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