Saul Canelo Alvarez and Alfonso Gomez as well as their respective teams,took part in a press conference in Los Angeles, California on Tuesday, ahead of their WBC junior-middleweight title clash at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Saturday night.
Below is what the participants of the conference call had to say
CANELO ALVAREZ, WBC Super Welterweight World Champion
"We are a few days away from the show. I am very excited and very happy to be fighting and participating in such a great event like this.
"I am happy Alfonso Gomez and his team are well prepared for this fight. You can see he is well prepared. That is going to make for a good fight.
"I am very happy for all of the support as always and it is going to be a great fight Saturday night."
ALFONSO GOMEZ, WBC No. 7 Rated Super Welterweight Contender
"This is an important fight on an important weekend for all Mexicans.
"These are the kinds of fights that change the life of a fighter. I am grateful for this opportunity to fight on this weekend that is so important for Mexicans. I know this can change my life and can change my family’s life.
"A lot of people asked me if I was going to write a rap. I didn’t want to entertain you just with your ears. I want to entertain you in the ring. I know I will succeed."
JOSE "CHEPO" REYNOSO, Alvarez’s Trainer
"Thank you all for being here. There is a saying ’when you do everything the right way, it comes out right.’ We have done everything right so I am confident that on Saturday, everything will go our way."
ALFONSO GOMEZ SR., Gomez’s Trainer and Father
"As a Mexican, it is a great honor to see my son fight on such a great day like Mexican Independence Day. That is the reason why this is going to be such a great event on Saturday night.
"Alfonso always puts up a great fight and this will be no exception. He always puts on a great performance. I hope everyone comes out very happy with his performance in this fight. The real winners are going to be the fans."
OSCAR DE LA HOYA, President of Golden Boy Promotions
"If you buy a ticket to the fight at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, you will also be able to watch the Floyd Mayweather vs. Victor Ortiz and the Erik Morales vs. Pablo Cesar Cano fights on the STAPLES Center big screens. Plus, you will be able to watch and enjoy a [Los Tucanes de Tijuana and El Gran Silencio] concert afterwards.
"The fans at the MGM Grand will be able to watch the Canelo vs. Gomez fight live on that big screen. This will definitely be a special night.
"This is Mexican Independence Day weekend and everyone will be fighting their hearts out.
"Canelo Alvarez is the real deal. He has a tough fight ahead of him in Gomez, but he is a true Mexican warrior in the ring and is ready to defend his title on Saturday night."
"You cannot count out Alfonso Gomez. This is a guy that has been to the top and come down and back up again. He is a warrior who doesn’t give up. This is why I know this will be the great fight that I am looking forward to and that everyone is looking forward to.
GARY GITTLESON, Alvarez’s Manager
"Alfonso Gomez is that little engine that could. He has been called that many times while making a name for himself by overcoming the odds. We first came to know him on the first season of the ’Contender’ on NBC and he became the fan favorite.
"I want to thank Oscar [de la Hoya] from the bottom of my heart. I think people who buy tickets to this fight at STAPLES Center will get a better value than staying home, so come out on Saturday night."
September 14, 2011