MUNGUIA VS. DEREVYANCHENKO FINAL PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES
Fri, 09 Jun 2023
ONTARIO, CA (June 8, 2023) - Mexican superstar and former World Champion Jaime Munguia (41-0, 32 KOs) and Ukrainian world champion contender Sergiy “The Technician” Derevyanchenko (14-4, 10 KOs) hosted their final press conference today at the Toyota Arena in Ontario, CA. The fighters were in attendance to promote their upcoming 12-round super middleweight fight for the WBC Silver Super Middleweight Title on Saturday, June 10 broadcasting live worldwide on DAZN beginning at 5:00 p.m. PT/ 8:00 p.m. ET.
Also in attendance, Shane Mosley Jr. (19-4, 10KOs), and D'Mitrius Ballard (21-1-1, 13KOs) expressed their respect for each other regarding their upcoming 10-round fight for the NABO Middleweight Title. The event also featured fighters on the undercard, below is what the fighters and their representatives had to say about the upcoming event on Saturday, June 10 at the Toyota Arena in Ontario, CA.
JAIME MUNGUIA, FORMER WORLD CHAMPION AND SUPER MIDDLEWEIGHT TITLE CONTENDER:
"This fight is a good fight for us and for the fans. Without a doubt, he is a great rival to measure myself against and know where I am at in the division.
"Without a doubt, this is the toughest fight of my career.
"This will be a great fight, a great war. I trained really hard for this event, and this fight will be exciting with many punches and Arriba Mexico!"
SERGIY DEREVYANCHENKO, WORLD TITLE SUPER MIDDLEWEIGHT CONTENDER:
"I took this fight because Munguia is a tough fighter. I wanted this fight; it's a tough fight; I want to fight tough fighters.
"I do not worry about Munguia or his team overlooking me. That is a problem for Munguia and his team; that's their problem, not mine. I am focused on the fight, so on Saturday, we will see."
ERIC GOMEZ, PRESIDENT OF GOLDEN BOY PROMOTIONS:
"There are very few shows that get us excited, and I am happy to say that this is one of those fights that gets us excited, as promoters. I'm gonna say it right now: this is going to be 'fight of the year.'
"These guys styles match up perfectly, and there's going to be non-stop action on Saturday. I want to thank Keith Connolly and team Derevyanchenko for taking this fight. I know you had other opportunities, but you said 'no, let's do it.' In reality, you know, Sergiy should be undefeated. Many can make the argument because he lost some really, really close fights against top fighters. The who's who in boxing. So I want to commend you, and thank you. (To Derevyanchenko) I know you'll bring your A-game.
"Munguia has been knocking on the door for a big fight. A lot of the other champions are making excuses and do not want to give him an opportunity. They have other plans. But Munguia keeps grinding, he keeps grinding, and he keeps winning, and proving to the world that he belongs on the main stage of boxing."
BERNARD HOPKINS, HALL OF FAMER AND GOLDEN BOY PROMOTIONS PARTNER:
"Do not just look at this fight as just a fight; look at it as a fight to get to the next big fight, the next level that you might want in the future or now.
"There's a lot of talent here on this stage, and I know from experience, that there are champions and legends brewing. But take it one step at a time. Throw punches, be smart, be safe, but put it all on the line because."
FERNANDO BELTRAN, PRESIDENT ZANFER BOXING:
"It's a real pleasure to be here in Ontario. This is a beautiful arena, Toyota Arena. We know it will be sold out because people know these two great fighters.
"Jaime is the pride of Mexico, and we are very happy to promote him and be with him since the beginning of his career. I am very excited to see him against the great fighter, Sergiy Derevyanchenko. He's a great fighter, and everybody knows it. Everybody wanted to see him against Munguia in a battle like this one. I believe this is going to be a sensational fight, because our audience and all the people who are gonna be here are gonna be excited about seeing both these fighters."
SHANE MOSLEY JR, NABO MIDDLEWEIGHT TITLE CONTENDER:
"D'Metrius Ballard is an excellent opponent. He's his only loss was to the man on the left of me, Jaime Munguia. So he's a great fighter. I am ready to show my skills and show what I've improved on, and show that I'm on my way to being a middleweight champion. I'm not saying I want to be, I'm saying I'm going to be the middleweight champion. The confidence starts here (pointing to his head). If [I] don't believe it, who else is gonna believe so, I believe it. I will be a middleweight champion of the world."
D'MITRIUS BALLARD, NABO MIDDLEWEIGHT TITLE CONTENDER:
"I think fighting against Shane Mosley Jr. is a perfect opportunity for me coming after my first defeat against Jaime a year ago. He's coming off back-to-back wins, impressive wins, and I feel like it's a perfect opportunity for me to get my name back in the middleweight contender list and continue my dreams and aspirations of becoming a world champion."
ANTHONY SALDIVAR, SUPER WELTERWEIGHT PROSPECT:
I was born and raised here in Ontario, California. Funny fact, I used to work here at Toyota Arena, so fighting here is a blessing, and I feel very privileged and honored. So come Saturday Saturday I'll be putting on a big show.
JORGE CHAVEZ, SUPER FEATHERWEIGHT PROSPECT:
I would like to take the opportunity to thank Oscar, Eric, Golden Boy Promotions, SOA, and of course, Bernard for giving me the opportunity to fight on June 10th. Expect great things from me, always.
RICARDO SANDOVAL, FLYWEIGHT PROSPECT:
"I'm very, very blessed to be fighting at the Toyota Arena, being close to home in front of my family, friends, and supporters. I want to thank SOA and Abraham, Oscar, and Eric Gomez for the opportunity for giving me a platform to showcase my skills. I trained really hard for this fight and I guarantee an action-packed fight, it will steal the show."
Munguia vs. Derevyanchenko is a 12-round super middleweight for the WBC Silver Super Middleweight title presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Zanfer Boxing. The event is sponsored by “BetOnline - Your Online Sportsbook Experts,” and AutoZone, “Get in the zone, Autozone.” The fight will take place on Saturday, June 10 from the Toyota Arena in Ontario, California, and will be streamed live worldwide on DAZN.
Tickets for Munguia vs. Derevyanchenko are on sale and are priced at $150, $100, $75, $50 and $30 not including applicable service charges. Tickets will be available for purchase at Ticketmaster.com, Toyota-arena.com, Goldenboypromotions.com or the Toyota Arena box office Monday through Friday from 12pm-4pm.
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