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20 AUGUST 2014

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Garcia, Matthysse, Smith And Molina Discuss Sept 14 Big Fight Card


Garcia faces a tough test
Garcia faces a tough test

All the main undercard boxers gathered together for a massive media conference call Monday to discuss their upcoming fights at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on September 14. The main headliners on this historic night of professional boxing sees pound for pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr face Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez for the WBC light middleweight crown but the undercard is equally impressive and arguably the best ever assembled for a pay per view event.

 

Below Danny Garcia and Lucas Matthysse discuss their WBC light welterweight title battle, IBF light middleweight champ Ishe Smith talks about his title defence against Carlos Molina and new Mayweather Promotions signing Ashley Theophane gets to publicise his battle with Pablo Cesar Cano

 

Below is a transcripts of what the boxers and their respective promoters Oscar de La Hoys and Leonard Ellerbe had to say on Monday.

 

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Oscar De La Hoya

Yes. We are one month away from the mega event, "The One: Floyd Mayweather vs. Canelo Alvarez," which will be a 12-round fight for Canelo’s WBC and WBA and Ring Magazine Super Welterweight World title and Mayweather’s WBA Super Welterweight Super World Championship. We also have a tremendous co-main event, Danny Garcia vs. Lucas Matthysse, which obviously you all know that fight could have been a pay-per-view itself, but for the fans Mayweather decided along with Ellerbe and Golden Boy Promotions that this fight belongs on the big stage along with Floyd Mayweather and Canelo Alvarez. That will be a unification fight for the lightweight world title. Also, Mayweather promotions put on a tremendous undercard, co-main event with Ishe Smith vs. Carlos Molina. Ishe Smith is promoted by Mayweather Promotions. Also another spectacular fight with Pablo Cesar Cano, who had a tremendous fight against Sugar Shane Mosley in Cancun, Mexico a few weeks ago, is fighting against Ashley Theophane, which will be a ten-rounder in the welterweight showdown.

 

This event is being brought to you live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, promoted by Mayweather Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions along with Canelo Promotions. We are excited and thrilled to once again by hosting the live events throughout the MGM properties, which will host the closed circuits at ARIA, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay, The Mirage, Monte Carlo and New York-New York. Also, to make sure that fans get a unique experience nationwide, for all the fans who cannot make it to Las Vegas or watch it at home on pay-per-view, NCM Fathom will be showing Mayweather-Canelo on over 400 movie theatres to get that experience with other fans. Get your popcorn, your drinks, and experience this once in a lifetime opportunity to watch a Mayweather vs. Canelo and the entire card in movie theaters.

 

It’s a wonderful wonder experience. I really recommend this experience to anyone who hasn’t seen a fight. We’re expecting this even to shatter all records. We have broken one record already, which is the live gates and those are obviously indications that this event will break the pay-per-view record of 2.5 million homes so it’s very exciting for boxing. It’s very exciting for all the fighters, everybody participating so let’s show the world that this is "THE ONE." This is the one that is going to put boxing on that worldwide stage and show everyone that boxing is the best sport in the world.

 

So without any further ado, I would like to introduce to you the CEO of Mayweather Promotions and that is Leonard Ellerbe.

 

Leonard Ellerbe

I’d like to welcome everyone to the call today. Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to join us. We have a tremendous event, obviously, on September 14 and it all starts, with the Mayweather vs. Canelo. We have three other undercard bouts-two of those which are world championship fights, so we’ve got a total of three world championship fights on the card. This is the biggest pay-per-view card definitely that I can recall in recent history from top to bottom.

 

And to start off in the first fight on the show a gentleman, he’s originally from London, England. He’s now living in Las Vegas fighting out of the Mayweather Boxing Club, a gentleman that I just recently signed last week, a guy who I would say is the definition of what a blue-collar worker is all about, a guy who didn’t have it easy. He worked his way through fighting some very, very tough fights. He owns victories over Delvin Rodriguez who is getting ready to fight Miguel Cotto. He’s beaten a number of different top guys along with DeMarcus Corley who took forward 12-rounds. He’s just a very, very tough fighter. A guy who we’re very proud to have on our stable, so without further ado, I’d like to introduce Ashley Theophane. He’s 33-5 with one draw with 10 KO’s.

 

Ashley Theophane

It’s a pleasure to be on "THE ONE" card. It’s the biggest boxing event in the world. It’s going to be one of the biggest ever and it’s a big achievement on that. Leonard and Floyd have put me on the card and I’m looking forward to it. And for me, obviously, I’ve got Pablo Cano. He’s fought Erik Morales. He’s fought Paulie Malignaggi. He’s fought Johan Perez, Shane Mosley. He is a very tough operator, and I’m going to be in great shape, but to me every time he steps up is when he’s lost, and to me this is another step up, and he’s going to lose again, but I respect him. And I’m saying I’m going to be 110 percent ready, and I didn’t fly over here from London, England to take a loss, that’s not even on my mind. I’m training with the best in the world. I’ve got a great training team, and we’re going to be ready for "The One" and it’s an honor to be on the show with-you’ve got Ishe Smith who is world champ. You’ve got Danny Garcia who is world champ. You’ve got Lucas Matthysse, and then you’ve got the pound-for-pound king who is Floyd Mayweather himself so it’s a great card. It’s one of the best I’ve ever seen, and it’s going to break records.

 

For me coming from London, England it’s a very big deal. It’s all over the news in England that I’m part of Mayweather Promotions, and I’m representing the UK and at the same time I’m representing like Mayweather Promotions, which is the face of boxing. Mayweather Promotions is taking over boxing. They’ve just had their first world champion, Ishe Smith who is the first Las Vegas born world champ. So it’s great to be part of such a great team, and I have to thank Floyd and Leonard again for this great opportunity that they believe in me and I believe in me. So it’s just all about taking it to the next level and Pablo is the-he’s the great step in the right direction so I want to thank everyone.

 

Q

Ashley, can you just give us some perspective on what you already did, on you know how big it is to sign with Mayweather Promotions at this point in your career, and also, how important it is at your age to reignite your career against someone like Pablo?

 

Theophane

Well, it’s great to be with Mayweather Promotions at any point in your career if you’re just starting out, if you’re in the middle of it, or if you’re at the end of it. I’ve been a professional for ten years now, and to me it feels like the right time. Floyd has been a professional for years, for nearly 18 years. I’ve been a professional for ten. You’ve got to have been around for a long time. I still feel that I’ve got a lot left in me, another five or six years so.

 

I’m not worried about the age. I’m 32-years-old. I’m going to be 33 but if you look at the guys who Pablo lost to he lost to guys who were in their 30s so experience is a very-youth is good but experience at the same time is-you can’t buy experience and that’s what I’ve got. I’m a smart fighter. I’m a strong fighter. I’ve been in with like some good like boxers. There’s Delvin Rodrigues. He’s going to fight Miguel Cotto next. You’ve got Garcia - he’s going to fight Lucas Matthysse. I’ve beaten DeMarcus Corley. He’s fought everyone in boxing. I’ve been British champ so I’ve been around the block. I’ve sparred with the very best in boxing so to me I’m at a good point in my career, and I don’t want no easy fight. This is going to be my ... fight. I’m training up with Mayweather Promotions. With them behind my back the world is my oyster and Leonard and Floyd both believe in me and it’s just up to me to do it in the ring and that’s what I’m going to do.

 

Q

Do you still believe that you could still win a world title maybe even despite your age?

 

Theophane

Yes, 100 percent. You don’t have to be a world champion in your 20s. Like there’s no age where if you’re 32-years-old you can’t win a world title. Ishe Smith has shown-he won his first world title-oh, I think he was 34-years-old or 33-years-old so it doesn’t matter because everyone they get their-because they get their opportunities at different times in their careers so the age is not an issue. I still feel good. I’m 32-years-old. I haven’t been in like many hard fights because I’m a smart boxer and I have a good defense. The age it doesn’t play a role. I eat well. I don’t smoke. I don’t drink. You don’t see me out in the clubs so the age is not an issue.

 

Q

And have you set a time limit on when you can-how long you want to wait to do it?

 

Theophane

Well, I’ve been a pro for ten years. I would be-I’m happy to be a professional for another five years so I’m cool. Floyd is 36-years-old now and he’s still in great shape. If he wanted to continue to go on like Oscar did with SHOWTIME he could. If you live the life you can’t put an age restriction. You’ve got Bernard Hopkins, he’s well in to his 40s and it’s not an issue. I don’t want to be boxing when I’m 40-years-old but I’ve set a goal. I’ve had 39 fights so I’m just focused on this fight and to get a win; that’s it. That is the most important thing.

 

Q

Ashley, when you look at your opponent he’s had some notable fights. Do you take that into consideration knowing that you want to make it big in the states and want to win, of course, a world title and not-as you just finished saying, you may-whether you said it or not you may be patterning your career under Mayweather and you want to have a world title before it’s all over. So what are you doing in consideration to prepare for Cano?

 

Theophane

Well, if nothing really changes I’m always in shape so it’s just continuing to put forth the hard work in the gym to do my runs, my swimming and stuff, and it’s all about just being focused and being smart. I’m not going to really change anything up. I’ve watched him fight in the past and to me every time he stepped up he lost. He may have 20 KO’s but you have to look who is he knocking out? He’s knocking nobody out. You’ve got Erik Morales. You’ve got Paulie Malignaggi, and you’ve got Shane Mosley so every time he stepped up he lost. If you look at the guys who I beat and you look at the guys who he beat there’s no comparison, so that is what you have to go by. But with every fight you have to respect your opponent, and I respect him because all of those fights that he stepped up he gave them a very hard fight so I expect a hard fight, but I expect to win as well.

 

Q

Boxing takes all of your life. Mayweather said-and I’m quoting Floyd Mayweather and I think he’s absolutely right because 44 tried and 44 failed. He said that, "Boxing is a 24/7 business not a 9 to 5er." Do you believe in that concept?

 

Theophane

One hundred percent and you have to see that. I’ve been a professional for ten years. I’ve never had it easy so I had to go on the road. I’ve boxed in five countries. I’ve won in five countries, but I’ve never had it easy. For me I’m used to being in the backyard and having to fight the promoters’ guy and I’m supposed to lose and I win. So for me I’m used to doing it the hard way so to finally have a team to back me and believe in me that’s only going to make me a better fighter because I know that they have my back. So for me I’m just continuing to work hard and to even work even harder. So we have a young lion who may-he may watch me and think that I’m old now and it’s his time, but he fought that against the other three guys he stepped up to and he always was a bit short. He’s going to be a bit short again because I’m in that class where he stepped up. He is going to lose. It’s just how but I’m focused and I live the life. I don’t party. I don’t drink. I don’t smoke so I don’t put no limit on what I can achieve.

 

Q

Ashley, Do you have a weight at which you feel most comfortable and when you’re ready to fight for a title it’s just going to matter on the best opportunity or do you have a particular weight class in mind?

 

Theophane

Well, all through my career I’ve boxed being the junior welterweight and welterweight division so I don’t really like to restrict myself. It’s just on the opportunity, the opponent. I want to fight the best in the world in both divisions so I make weight like good so I’m okay. The weight issue is not a problem for me.

 

Q

Leonard, I just wanted to ask what caught your eye about Ashley that led Mayweather Promotions to want to sign him and put him on this show?

 

Ellerbe

Well, Ashley’s a gentleman that I’m very familiar with. I’ve been watching him work for the last couple months. He’s a guy that once I did my research on him-obviously, I had watched him in the Danny Garcia fight a couple years ago and it was a fight that I personally thought that he got the bad end of the stick. And he’s a gentleman that like I say he has tremendous character. I think that he’s had a tough road, as he just mentioned, with going in other fighters’ backyards and getting it done the hard way. So now with us-with him being part of Mayweather Promotions I think that we’re going to go out and create these opportunities, and he just has to go out and win. And I think that he will be a guy that the world will get a chance to see him on September 14. He’ll put on a tremendous fight, and he’s going to make a lot of noise, and he’s going to be right there in the thick of things with the Danny Garcias and Lucas Matthysses right off the bat.

 

Q

My question for Ashley was I just was curious how he came to wind up in Vegas training at Mayweather’s gym and how he had kind of met them and wound up with them. I heard what Leonard had said a little earlier about seeing him and doing his research, but I’m curious how and when that Ashley ended up in Las Vegas working with Floyd and the gym.

 

Theophane

Well, it goes back to Cotto camp when I came over to Vegas because I was in New York. That’s where I normally train and I was there for like eight weeks, and I knew that Floyd was going to fight. I just thought that I would just come over as part of my camp and just do two weeks at the Mayweather Boxing Club. I came over for two weeks. Leonard and Floyd were very nice to me. The sparring there it was great. When I left back I wished Floyd well in his fight with Miguel Cotto, and then the next time came for the Robert Guerrero fight and I had other fight which was going to come up so I said I’ll go out to Vegas again, went out to Vegas for four weeks for this time. I was sparring with great guys, and I just liked the vibe at the gym. The Mayweather Promotions team was all like just friendly with me and I just stayed there for like the whole camp, and it just went on like this from there. So I think Leonard and Floyd just heard about the work that I was putting in the gym, and then I got to spar with Floyd and it was just step-by-step, bit-by-bit just keep working, the way I’ve done my whole career just putting in the work. Floyd and Leonard listened to what others were-like said that I was a good boxer and they got my record, and then the rest is history. I signed up with Mayweather Promotions to take it to the next level now.

 

Q

I have one other question for you, Ashley, and Leonard made reference to it in his comments about thinking that maybe you came out on the wrong end of the stick in the very close good fight you had with Garcia a couple years ago, which is really the first time he had ever faced what people would consider yourself one of the top guys in the weight class. I’m curious to see him in this undercard fighting in the co-feature and a pretty big fight. Do you feel like with a good performance on a card in which he is also features that you could perhaps if he does okay in his fight get a rematch with him like for the title?

 

Theophane

You know I don’t focus on one opponent because there’s many great boxers in the welterweight and the junior welterweight division, but if a rematch happens it happens. A lot of people thought that I beat him the first time around. To me it was a close fight and they gave it to him. It happens in boxing, but the fight could happen down the line. I thought I won the first time. I’ve watched him fight and he’s big so I’m very happy that he’s gone on to be a world champ, but I don’t think that he has improved much since I watched him fight. He beat Amir Khan. He beat Erik Morales, but other than that I haven’t really seen much improvement, but you never know. It could happen in the future. I just want to fight in the division, and I’m not just going to focus on one man. It’s whoever.

 

Oscar De La Hoya

Now I would like to introduce to you the other participant, which will be fighting Theophane. He has a record of 26-3-1, 20 KO’s. He hales out of Mexico, Tlalnepantla, Mexico. He’s one of the top hopefuls from Mexico. We would consider him a future world champion who is fighting the best and this is no exception. Theophane is a fighter who is going to bring his a-game and Cano understands that. He’s coming off two close decision losses against Paulie Malignaggi and Shane Mosley. Obviously, we know him making his breakthrough battle against legendary Eric Morales, and so he’s always here to put on a show. He’s in tremendous shape now. He’s ready to take the world by storm September 14 so let me introduce to you Pablo Cesar Cano.

 

Q

Pablo, what has your preparation been for this fight with Ashley?

 

Pablo Cesar Cano

I understand I came off two controversial fights, but I am preparing very hard. I am 100% ready and I am not looking for a knockout. I am just looking to make a great fight, and just give the fans what they want.

 

Q

You are very young. Do you feel that’s an advantage?

 

Cano

I believe it is an advantage however there are older boxers just like Bernard Hopkins that even though he’s at an older age he’s still very strong, very fast, and I believe age is nothing but a number, and I’m going to just give 100 percent and fight a great fight.

 

Q

Pablo, you’ve been in with three former champions and lost close decisions. Is there any concern that after this fight you could, at an early age, slip in to opponent status or more or less sparring partner mentality?

 

Cano

I understand I have been in three close fights with three great champions with great names and that I have gained a lot of experience, and with that experience I’m taking that in to account with my new plans. I’m just going to fight, and gain more experience there. I just believe that I am going to give a great fight.

 

Ellerbe

Mayweather Promotions’ first world champion, what can I say? A gentleman that has been the epitome of what hard work and dedication is all about. He’s a guy that’s been around the sport for quite some time. He’s had his ups and downs but he’s persevered. He’s a guy that’s obviously just not even a year ago was initially-you know got the opportunity to come in, worked with Floyd to help him prepare to get ready for Cotto, and he made the most of the opportunity because he’s a guy that we’ve been familiar with for quite some time. He’s been knowing the whole Mayweather family for a number of years. A guy that we know firsthand the kind of setbacks that happened in the sport and a lot of times it’s really about the right situation that you’re in to protect your best interest and he was a guy that we took under our wing. We got him an opportunity with "K-9" Bundrage for the world title, and he definitely made the most of that opportunity and the sky is the limit. He’s a guy, like I said, who represents not only Las Vegas with being the first born Las Vegas world champion, which is a tremendous feat within itself, but he’s a very, very proud champion. He understands what being world champion is about. He has a responsibility to that, and he wants to be the best that he can be. He’s a guy, like I said, I personally admire quite a bit. Without further ado, I’d like to introduce the IBF Junior Middleweight Champion, none other than Ishe Smith.

 

Ishe Smith

Training is going great. I had put in eight weeks before I suffered the cut to fight July 19 and we took a couple weeks off and got right back in the gym so training has been great. It’s just a fabulous, wonderful opportunity to be fighting on this card; the biggest card of my career. You know I’m not the main event. It’s just an honor. It’s just sometimes I just can’t believe it. It’s taken me 13 years to be on a big card, but I’m truly honored. I’m truly blessed, and I wouldn’t be here without God and just without him placing the right people in my life, like Mayweather Promotions people. It’s been a great ride. It’s been a real good ride.

 

Ellerbe

This next gentleman has been around for quite some time himself. He’s a guy that’s finally getting his shot after quite some time. He began making a lot of noise with his definitely heavily disputed draw against Lara in 2011. He’s won four of his last five fights. He has beat former world champions like Kermit Cintron and Cory Spinks with his only loss coming with a controversial DQ against James Kirkland in March of 2012. He’s a very, very tough competitor. It took quite some time for me to make this fight happen, and we were more than happy to put this fight as a world championship fight on the biggest card ever, and we know that Carols Molina-he’s a very, very tough fighter, and he’s coming to win, and his promotional company, Warriors Boxing, they’ve been behind supporting him, and, like I say, he’s coming to lay it on the line come September 14. So, without further ado, I’d like to introduce Carlos Molina.

 

Carlos Molina

I’m ready. I had a good training. I was ready July 19. We’ve been training all summer long and the best shape of my life. I’m just entering my time in my career. I just turned 30-years-old. I’m feeling great. I’m feeling my best and I am ready for September 14.

 

Q

I have a question and maybe Ishe and Carlos you can both answer this. I’ll start off with Ishe. I know you probably would have liked to have the fight when it was originally planned on July 19 after participating in your training camp and doing all the things you do to get ready for the fight, but now looking back is it almost better for you do you think that this fight was postponed and now you get to be on a much, much bigger stage than you would have otherwise been on previously?

 

Smith

I think so. It’s a privilege to, like I said, to be on the biggest card of my career, bigger than any contender card I ever fought on, bigger than any show boxing main event, bigger than any co-features that I’ve been on. It’s a blessing. July 19 was because I work a lot with the youth out here in Vegas. I coach various sports, and I had a lot of people coming in town and these tickets are already sold out so it’s disheartening. Now I’m not able to have the people that can’t get tickets or can’t afford these kind of priced tickets to come see me fight but they’ll be tuned in on TV watching on pay-per-view. And like I said, it’s just an honor. Mayweather Promotions made sure that I get another date at home after this so it definitely is an honor. I don’t take it for granted at all.

 

Q

And Carlos, how about yourself? Like you just said you were going to fight the 19 on TV but not on a big mega card like this. Do you think from the way you look at it it’s almost better to be on this level of a show than had you been on that other card on the 19?

 

Molina

Yeah well I mean like to me really it doesn’t matter where it is. I just want to fight. I want to fight for the IBF belt and wherever it happens to be-this happens to be an even greater opportunity I feel, but like I said it doesn’t really matter as long as I get the title shot and get that belt. But yeah to be on a big card like this and get all that exposure that’s definitely better.

 

Q

Well, especially because the main event happens to be taking place in the same weight class where you guys both fight, and certainly people will look at that main event, look at the winner of the fight between you two, and it’s certainly not out of the question if the winner wants to further unify the title they would have to see you. Do you think about at as a prospect of-it may be a long shot but-landing a shot with the winner against Alvarez or Floyd?

 

Molina

Yes, definitely. I mean right now, first things first is, Ishe. I’m ready for that fight. The belt, without that it’s nothing else but getting that and making a statement in this fight, and then being considered to be-being on the radar for these guys. If they don’t want to give me the fight right away I’ll be really-I’ll be willing to fight anyone. Just keep winning and sooner or later you might get that.

 

Q

All right. I have just one other question for you, Ishe. With regard to the cut that you suffered, how bad was it and how is it now?

 

Smith

It was pretty bad at the time, but we have great doctors. I was able to see a doctore here in town, and we did the right things we needed to do, and it’s healed up really well. I’ve been sparring for some weeks now and everything is going perfect, everything is great.

 

 

Q

Ishe Smith, I have been following you for years before the contender series but you remind me of a very young Sugar Ray Robison and that is the truth. I’m wondering how come after the contender you seem to fall off the radar screen and I didn’t see you for years and years until now finally Golden Boy-not Golden Boy but Mayweather Promotions finally put you where you belonged a long time ago. I see the emotion broke out of you when you won the title. Has it been frustrating all these years to finally come up in to a title owner and under the biggest fight of the year card?

 

Smith

Well, you know I think as a man I needed to go through those things. Those things you can’t predict life. Obviously, it’s not the way I scripted it starting off and then going to the contender, but things happen and I couldn’t be happier with my life where it is right now. I have some very important people that have helped me get to where I am today, and without them I wouldn’t be where I am, and that’s why I’m always grateful to Mayweather Promotions and everything that they’ve done for me. But you know this is the biggest card. It don’t matter what happened in the past. This is probably arguably the biggest card in the last ten to fifteen years just because of the main event and the co-feature so it’s a privilege and an honor to be on this card, and, like I said, as a man I think I needed to go through those trials and tribulations to be where I am today and I’m truly blessed.

 

Q

Yeah this question both of you can answer. Given your past and you both had tough luck stories-and Ishe, I thought you beat Fernando Guerrero by the way-knowing what you’ve been through, each of you, and knowing who you’re fighting has been through similar situations could this, for both of you, and each of you answer, be the most difficult fight and at the same time probably bring out the best in each of you? Can each of you answer that question?

 

 


Molina

Ishe is a pretty well-rounded fighter.  I feel like the harder I train-it depends on how hard I train to make the fight easier for me, so I’m not sure.  I can’t say something like that until I actually get in there and go through it and do it, but I feel like it is going to bring out the best in me because there’s a championship fight that I would have.  Even though I train for every fight and I can pine for the championship fight this is it right here.  This is what I visualized since I started boxing and it’s right in front of me, and I’m so focused.  I’m so ready.  I’m ready to go.  I wish the fight was closer.

 

Smith                          

Whenever you’re world champion you know you’ve got a lot of people gunning for you and coming to take what you’ve earned and what you fought hard to accomplish.  And I was able to do that in Detroit, and I don’t want to fall victim to looking past Carlos.  He’s a tough competitor, and I’ve trained really hard so I won’t have any hiccups and I don’t have any trip ups.  This fight we’re in tremendous shape and I’m ready to go, but I think it’s going to be a good night of boxing.  Everyone on the card is going to be great from top to bottom, and I’m looking forward to putting on a tremendous fight for all the Las Vegas fans and all the fans across the world who will be tuned in on pay-per-view.

 

Q

One more question for Ishe.  Can you address Carlos’ style?  Have you faced anybody with guess awkward would be the best word?

 

Smith                          

I’ve faced all kinds of styles.  They said K-9 was going to be too big and strong for me and he was awkward.  You don’t worry about styles; skills pay the bills, and come September 14 I’ll be ready to go and I’ll be keeping my title here at home.  I don’t worry about he going to fight.  I just have to listen to my coach and go out there and execute the game plan, and I feel like the one fight I didn’t do that-where I didn’t listen to him was the only fight I lost and that was Danny Jacobs.  But, as you said, I thought I beat Guerrero and since I’ve been with Eddie we haven’t lost a fight at 154 pounds so I’m extremely excited to be defending my title at home.  To accomplish so much in my career in such a short period of time being with Mayweather Promotions and having this wonderful opportunity to fight on the biggest state in boxing is just amazing. 

 

Q                                

Ishe, first of all you’ve ended up with an opponent who is, in my mind, going to be much trickier than K-9 Bundrage.  Why did you select him as an opponent?  How did that come to be?  This is a fight nobody saw coming, and do you see any parallels between youself and Molina?  You have had similar circumstances coming up.

 

Smith                          

He’s a hard worker.  You can’t really say that he’s tougher or trickier than K-9 because K-9 was a world champion.  Like I said, I don’t worry about styles.  I just go in there and fight my fight.  I told Leonard to make this fight.  I fold Leonard when I won the title that he was going to be the first guy I fought.  I didn’t have to make this mandatory until November but I respect his story.  I respect where he come from, and I want to give the fans what they want, and I want to fight the best.  That’s just the bottom line.  I want to fight the best in my division and go out on top.  When I retire I want to be talked about and I want to be remembered, and I think that’s what everybody wants in this game, and I think I’ve already left a legacy by being the first Las Vegas born world champion but it’s not complete.  We still writing the script and, like I said, I’m excited to be fighting on the biggest card in boxing and I can’t wait to go.

 

Q

You’re a titleholder now.  Have you changed any in your day-to-day approach to life or has anything changed in your mind or what you do or how you approach things in general?

 

Smith                          

You know you’ve become champion it just takes your training to another level because you realize you got guys coming for you.  There’s not a week that I can’t go by without somebody mentioning my name so that all comes with the territory.  I haven’t changed anything.  I still work very hard.  I still train hard, and I’m ready to defend my title and keep my title.

 

 

 

De La Hoya   

It is very exciting to be introducing what we expect is an explosion come September 14 with two great fighters, and I am saying great because you have on one hand Lucas Matthysse who has a tremendous, tremendous record, an outstanding knockout ratio, 94% of his wins come by knockout; and on the other hand you have the champion Danny Garcia who is undefeated, 26-0, 16 KO’s who keeps on proving to every single person day in and day out that he is going to be great.  He is going to be taking all comers.  This is a fight that, like I said before, belongs on its own pay-per-view on any given day.  This is a fight that the people have been waiting for.  This is a fight that when you finish watching if you do not love boxing already you will fall in love with the sport because this is what it’s all about.  Putting Lucas Matthysse against Danny Garcia in that same squared ring will be a tremendous, night for every boxing fan across the globe. 

 

Let me introduce to you first-he is rated number one at 140 pounds by the Ring Magazine, has scored a staggering 94% of his wins by knockout.  He does possess the highest KO percentage of any world champion in history, and has won six fights in a row by KO including his third round KO of Lamont Peterson on May 18.  He has a record of 34-2, 32 KO’s, Trelew, Chubut, Argentina, Lucas "The Machine" Matthysse. 

 

Lucas Matthysse

Hi.  Good afternoon.  I’m here at the gym trying to train.  We’re sparring and I’m very happy and pleased to be on this call.

 

De La Hoya               

Now, I’m going to introduce to you a young man who needs no introduction.  He is the unified super lightweight world champion.  He first won his world title in 2012 by dropping then ... legendary Erik Morales for the WBC 140 pound title, and, like I said before, he keeps proving everyone who has doubt in him-he keeps proving them wrong in every fight that he’s in.  He has great knockout power but at the same time he does possess the talent of a boxer/puncher.  He hales out of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  He is the unified super lightweight world champion with a record of 26-0, 16KO’s, Danny "Swift" Garcia.

 

Danny Garcia             

Hey.  What’s up, everybody?  I want to say good afternoon to everybody.  I hope you’re having a blessed day, and I’m very motivated for this fight.  I’ve been working hard in the gym, and I’m very excited for September 14 and it’s going to be another epic showcase by me that night. 

 

Q

Lucas, what is your plan for this fight? 

 

Matthysse

I am training very hard.  It’s a hard fight but I’m going to give the fans what they want, and I’m going to bring the win to Argentina.

 

Q                                

Lucas, Danny Garcia as an athlete and as a fighter or are you going to go in to the ring and just give it your all?"

 

Matthysse

I respect Danny as a fighter.  He’s a great champion, but I am going to give the fight 100%.

 

Q

Lucas, can you talk about what it has been like for you since you’ve signed with Al Haymon?  Do you have this new sense that you’re going to be able to be in big fights such as this in your future?

 

Matthysse

Yes the plans are to have bigger and greater fights and to continue fighting.

 

Q

Danny, just from some of the stuff that I’ve read and some of the way your father has reacted I get the sense that he feels you’re not being as respected as a champion as you feel you should be and he feels you should be, and, in fact, that maybe you’re not being treated as or perceived as the a-side.  Most notably, he talked about Lucas’ presence on the cover of Ring Magazine.  What are your thoughts?  What do you have to say about that and is that true? 

 

Garcia                         

You know I really don’t care what the media thinks or who they think is the best because in my heart I know I’m the best, and I hold the titles, and September 14

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is going to be another day at work for me, and I’m just going to defend my title.  I’m still champion and the people who don’t believe hey that’s their problem.  I know in my heart I’m the best 140 pound fighter in the world, and I’m going to show it on September 14. 

 

Q                                

Last question for you, that left hook sequence-where Lucas dropped Lamont Peterson with his left hook, and obviously Peterson landed his but it didn’t have as much of an effect.  You are known as the left hooker.  If that sequence happens in your fight can you kind of address what might happen?  Do you think he’s seen a left hook like yours?

 

Garcia

We’ll have to see.  I’ve fought big punchers.  I took big shots before, but Peterson when he threw that left hook he was more in a position that’s why he got the end of it.  But I’m just going to be smart.  I’m going to do what I do best, make adjustments in the fight and get the victory.

 

Q                                

Okay.  My question is for Danny Garcia; Danny, do you think that for this match the winner deserves the fight with Mayweather and Canelo’s winner?  Do you think you are ready for the fight with Mayweather?

 

Garcia                         

It’s a big fight but I’ve got to worry about my fight.  I’m not really worried about the future right now.  My future is Lucas Matthysse and I’m not looking past him, but that’s up to Golden Boy and Al Haymon and whatever they want to do.  I’m just a fighter and that’s what I do is fight, so whoever they put me against that’s what I do.

 

Q                                

Why do you think that the people doesn’t believe you after the many fights, many knockouts in favor of you?

 

Garcia                         

I really don’t know because I feel like I’m before my time a lot of people still don’t understand it because I’m not supposed to be here right now.  It wasn’t supposed to be my time right now.  I made it my time.  I took it and the people still don’t understand it but I’m just going to keep building my legacy and proving myself.

 

Q                                

My question for Lucas is he had such an easy time knocking out Lamont Peterson, I wondered did he anticipate that victory was going to be as easy as it, at least, looked on the outside of the ring, and does he think that he can do something similar and make that kind of statement against Garcia?

 

Matthysse

Going in to the Lamont Peterson fight was difficult at the beginning but then it became easy for me and that’s why I knocked him out.  With Danny Garcia, I have prepare myself but I believe that I’m going to do my best and just give a great fight.

 

Q

Do you think though that the end result could be the same, an early knockout because your power at least it looks so good in his recent fights?

 

Matthysse

I respect Danny Garcia as a champion.  I am going to give a lot of resistance, but I feel that I am confident enough to give a great fight.  It is going to be a difficult fight but I’m not looking for a knockout. I am looking to have a great victory and give a great fight.

 

Q

I have just one other question for Lucas.  Some of the comments Danny has made-although he is showing respect for Lucas it doesn’t sound like he really thinks a whole lot of his punching power.  He has said that he has a built up record in Argentina where he really didn’t fight a lot of top opponents, and then when he came to the United States and fought people like Zab Judah, like Devin Alexander that-the way Danny described it was as soon as somebody hit him back he lost, and that the record and the knockout power is maybe a little overrated.  How does Lucas respond to that?

 

Matthysse

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I’m going to prove to Danny-That’s going to be the proof that when he feels my punches if they’re strong enough or not, and that will either give him the benefit of the doubt if he is strong." 

 

Q

How do you think the ambiance is going to be around Las Vegas?  There’s going to be a lot more Mexicans than there is Argentinians.  Do you believe the Mexicans are going to be behind your back?" 

 

Matthysse

Yes.  I believe the Mexicans will be behind me; although, there will be a few Argentinians there to support me and to see a great fight.

 

Q

If there is a victory against Danny Garcia what element will it give you with the Argentinian public?" 

 

Matthysse

I would be on top of the world.  The Argentinians will-it would be the best fight of my life.

 

Q

Hey, Danny.  I know that you said that your job is just-on your team is just as a fighter but the reality was this fight was on the table for a while.  How soon after your win over Zab Judah did you realize that you would probably be fighting Lucas Matthysse?

 

Garcia                         

I accepted the fight when he came to me.  I think it was about five, six weeks ago, five weeks, six weeks ago.  As soon as the fight was gave to me I accepted it but it took them time because the negotiations; you know it’s a big fight.  It’s not an easy fight to make, and as my fighter I accepted the fighter.  Me and my dad we accepted the fight and the negotiations-where the fight was going to take place, the money so it was a lot of things but the fight got done.  I’m happy and then I’m happy to give the fans again what they want.

 

Q

I guess what I was trying to get at like when you-before you even accept a card do you have like an idea of who you want to fight next?  I know you’re the type, you know I fight whoever they put in front of me, but obviously I know you always want to fight the best.  Did you recognize Matthysse as the best of the lot and that you would have to fight him?  Not that you would have to fight him but fight him to prove that you are the best.

 

Garcia                         

Yeah no doubt it was a fight that the fans wanted and the boxing world.  He’s buzzing off his last two victories; his last two knockout wins so the fight was built up.  Showtime made it big.  The media made it big so it was only worth it to fight with me.

 

Ellerbe                        

I want to touch on to what Danny just added on.  I just think this is kind of important.  A lot of times when you have big events like this and obviously this is a main event on its own, but there was a lot of criticism coming Danny’s way, unjustifiable, by members of the media and the fans because obviously those out there who thought that Danny was unafraid to take the fight.  But let me go on the record with this; I know firsthand.  Obviously, I have a very close working relationship with my business partner and everyone knows who that is and we at least talk ten times a day.  Danny and his dad, I know firsthand, have been very, very adamant that they wanted that fight to the point where they were bugging Haymon about making the fight.  What’s taking so long? 

 

I just want to be clear that this is a fight that Danny and his dad wanted from the very beginning.  It’s just a matter of the things that take time for fights to come together, and it’s just not simple little things.  Obviously, when you’re talking about large amounts of revenue and other particulars that come in to play because that’s great but you know fighters at this level there’s no such thing about being scared of one another.  When it comes down to it nobody is scared to make money.  Danny didn’t get to this level-his father is a tremendous trainer.  They didn’t get to where they’re out-Lucas didn’t get to where they’re at-two fighters being scared of one another.  This is a tremendous fight and this is the fight that the fans have demanded and both guys want to fight and it’s going to be a great fight come September 14.  I just wanted to add on the fact that I know firsthand that Danny and his dad had demanded this fight to the point where they were bugging Mr. Haymon about what was taking so long in getting this fight made. 

 

Q

Danny, I know that you were ringside for Lucas’ KO Peterson and you’re a champion.  I mean we all know that you have the ability and the goods to make this happen and pull off a victory, but I’m just wondering what you’re doing psychologically to prepare yourself because he’s a scary dude.

 

Garcia                         

I’m doing the same thing I always do, just training hard, and yeah he has power but I have power too so if he’s not careful he’s going to get hurt.  But I’m not going in there worrying about another man.  I’m doing what I do best and just training hard, staying focused, and adapting; adapting to the fight.  I’m not going in there worrying about another man’s power.  I’ve got power myself so I’m just going to go in there, make adjustments and get the job done.

 

Q

Hey, Danny.  Was the random blood testing as a result of what happened with Eric Morales or is it something that’s related to suspicions that have crept up concerning Lucas’ camp or his results in fights?

 

Garcia                         

No.  That has nothing to do with Lucas Matthysse.  Ever since I won the world title, ever since I bet Erik Morales the first time, Amir Khan took the test, Morales took it again, Zab Judah took the fight and now this fight.  It doesn’t matter who I fight for what it’s just something I feel needs to be done if you want to be the champion.  And it’s my fourth defense and it’s the fourth fighter who has took the test; it’s just something that comes with do you have to beat the champion and that’s something I ask for.  I just want a clean fight and that’s it.  It has nothing to do with Lucas Matthysse.  It’s just what I do.

 

Q

Hey, Danny, this question is for you.  You’ve been in lots of fights.  We all know this is not going to be an easy fight.  Would you say this is your hardest fight up to date?

 

Garcia                         

I could probably answer that question after the fight because the fights not here yet.  I really don’t know because sometimes the hardest fights-sometimes you think the hardest fights will be the easiest fights, sometimes you think the easiest fights will be the hardest fight.  You really don’t know until the fight happens, but you know at this level you know you’re going to get hit.  It’s all about preparing for the fight and making adjustments, and that’s what I feel I bring to the table.

 

Garcia                         

Okay.  You know I’ll thank the media for taking the time out to ask these questions, and I’m very excited about  being a part of this and I’m training hard. I’m very motivated, and I can’t wait to show my fans and all the new fans that are going to be watching me September 14 what I’m about and I’m going to keep the title in Philadelphia.  I’m going to do this for all my Latinos around the world.  The end. 

 

Matthysse

I just want to thank everyone for their time today.  I am training really hard in Argentina and will be ready for September 14.

 

 August 20, 2013

 

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