A huge crowd of local media was on hand in Downtown Los Angeles on Tuesday afternoon to attend the Press Conference for Superfly2. The event takes place Saturday, February 24 from the Forum in Los Angeles, California.
The event will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark®beginning at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT.
Superfly2 is headlined by WBC Super Flyweight Champion SRISAKET SOR RUNGVISAI, (43-4-1, 39 KO’s), of Si Sa Ket, Thailand, defending his title over 12-rounds for the second time against former world champion and #1 ranked mandatory challenger JUAN FRANCISCO “El Gallo” ESTRADA, (36-2, 25 KO’s), of Sonora, Mexico.
In the Co-featured bout, former WBC Super Flyweight World Champion, CARLOS “Principe” CUADRAS, (36-2-1, 27 KO’s), of Mexico City, MX facing hard-hitting, two-time world title challenger MC WILLIAMS ARROYO, (16-3, 14 KO’s), of Fajardo, Puerto Rico in a 10 round super flyweight clash.
Featured on the non-televised portion of card is four-time world champion in two divisions and #2 ranked BRIAN “The Hawaiian Punch” VILORIA, (38-5, 22 KO’s) of Los Angeles, CA via Waipahu, Hawaii will challenge undefeated and #1 ranked ARTEM DALAKIAN, (15-0, 11 KO’s), of Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine for the vacant WBA Flyweight World Title
Below is what some the fighters taking part in Superfly2 had to say on Tuesday.
Juan Francisco Estrada
“I’m very happy for the opportunity and can’t wait for February 24 to become a world champion again. I know this is a tough fight, Sor Rungvisai is the best super flyweight in the world. I know I have the style to beat him. On February 24 you will see a lot of great fights and hopefully the Superfly series will continue with many great fights to come.”
Thank to Tom Loeffler and Mr. Honda and HBO. I’m very happy to be up in Big Bear with such a great trainer like Abel Sanchez, learning about the training methods he uses for Gennady Golovkin. I’m training very hard and thrilled to be up in Big Bear for the first time.“
“I know Arroyo very well, he’s a great fighter. It’s Mexico vs. Puerto Rico which is always a great fight. I have to beat Arroyo and then I want to fight Estrada again. I have the medicine in my fist to beat them both. I’m fast and strong and very, very handsome.”
“I thank Carlos Cuadras for taking the fight, it’s a great opportunity for both of us. It’s my first fight at 115 and I’m going to take advantage of it. I’m training very hard and I’ll be ready to beat Carlos Cuadras on February 24. Not only my fight but all of these fights will make for an excellent night of boxing. “
‘It seems like yesterday that I won my first world title, and now I’m fighting for my fifth world title. It’s an honor for me to fight for this title and I’m honored to have been able to stay in the game this long. Superfly 1 was an amazing show but Superfly 2 will even surpass that. Superfly 1 was the best card I’ve ever fought on and this card will be even better. It’s a great thing for the little guys to have such a big stage to fight on.”
Abel Sanchez/Trainer of Carlos Cuadras
“This is my first-time training Carlos. I’ve asked a lot of thing of him, discipline, dedication and he’s training very hard. Maybe he’s been a little undisciplined in the past with his conditioning. With the extra’s I can add I believe he will be better. McWilliams Arroyo is a very good fighter, the winner of this fight deserves a world title opportunity.”
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