Nordine Oubaali versus. Nonito Donaire – Boxing News
WBC bantamweight world champion Nordine Oubaali and future Hall of Famer Nonito Donaire clashed Thursday in the final press conference ahead of their world title clash on Saturday May 29, live on SHOWTIME from Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, Calif., Headlining a Premier Boxing Champions event.
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The press conference also featured hard-hitting contender Subriel Matias and undefeated Batyr Jukembayev, who meet in the co-main event for a 12-round IBF Junior Welterweight title eliminator, and 2016 undefeated US Olympian Gary Antuanne Russell. and Jovanie Santiago, who compete. in a 10-round super light showdown that opens the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT.
TGB promotions promote events. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased on AXS.com. The Dignity Health Sports Park will be open to fans in a limited capacity, with all guests remaining socially aloof and subject to local and national health guidelines throughout the event.
Here’s what the fighters had to say on Thursday:
“Yes, we fought, but training is training. When you fight, it’s not the same. Every fight is different and I know that on Saturday I’ll do a great show with Nonito Donaire because I know he’s a good boxer but I know I’m the best.
I trained so hard for this and now I’m ready to fight. I want to show everyone that the two best bantamweight in boxing today are fighting on Saturday.
“Yes, he’s had an amazing career and he’s got power, but I think I have more power than him. I know I have the power. He’s a good boxer but I’m world champion and on Saturday I’m going to show the world who’s the best. I know I am the best. I respect Nonito. He had a great career but I’m the best in the division.
“The difference in the fight is going to be that I want to win more. I want to continue to make history and stay as a world champion in this division. I know it’s my time. I want that more than him.
“If I am victorious, why not have my next fight for unification?” I want to write history every time and that’s my motivation. I’m here because I love boxing and want to face the best boxers every time. I’m facing Nonito Donaire and it’s great for my career. I just like to fight and this is my life.
“It would be great to win the title at 38 and become the oldest champion at 118 pounds, but let’s keep going. Let’s do 40. Let’s do 42. There’s no stopping me. Mentally, I am very grateful but at the same time, I am just very ready.
“I’m still healthy and the reason I can compete with anyone is because I stay healthy and work hard. There is nothing less than 100% every time I am in this gym.
“I’m tough headed so I don’t always do what people tell me to do. People can say it’s their time. But I also have my time, and I’ll always be the one to concede their time or make that decision. It’s still my time.
“It’s going to be a big fight. Oubaali is the champion for a reason. He experienced it in amateur terms and he did it here. So we don’t underestimate any of this. But I have fought in this place many times and always do magic fights in the first place. It’s always going to be magic with me. I’m a licorn.
“The difference in this fight is going to be my hunger. He’s younger than me, but I’m hungry. We both have a goal and that’s what will make this fight a great fight.
“I want to fight the best out there. I want the rematch with Naoya Inoue and I want to get all the belts. The only thing I haven’t accomplished in boxing is to become the undisputed champion. I did everything else. Fighter of the Year. KO of the year. Multiple championships. Champion in four divisions. You name it. This is my main goal. Get the belt and put them all together.
“The bantamweight is my actual weight. I have always fought in the heaviest division because of the excitement, the challenge and the lucrative offer or the names of the time. Now I am here where I belong and this is where I am really strong.
“The layoff will not be a factor at all. Free time has helped me. Just stepping out of the ring helped my body recover. And the eagerness and the hunger are there more than ever. It was a blessing to me.
“I will be his hardest test without asking a question and I will come on Saturday night, everyone will find out why I say this.”
“I believe him when he says he has the tools to make a stop on Saturday. But it’s not just a matter of saying, Saturday night, he has to prove it. If it comes out of your mouth, you have to prove it.
“We’re both knockout artists and with what we’re looking at this fight shouldn’t end with a decision.
“I don’t have much to say about this fight against Petros Ananyan. Those who saw me lose, I lost. I can’t say anything about it. But those who know boxing know that I have progressed and improved and you will all see it on Saturday.
“I had a great training camp. I’m ready for Saturday night. I know he’s a good fighter but I promise I’ll be ready.
“We’ll see Saturday night if it ends in a knockout. I’ll show you what I’m made of and you will all see.
GARY ANTUANNE RUSSELL
“I am in the realm of evil. He’s a puncher. If he wants to go in there and fight me with me, he will feel my power. He will see how smart I am. Not just mentally, but physically with my hands. Like I said, I am in the realm of evil. I come to hurt.
“Excuse my lack of Spanish, but what you’re going to see is ‘la violencia’. He’s going to put pressure on it. He’s going to bring hits in clusters and I think that’s all he can do. If he’s training and trying to perfect himself for my fighting style, that’s fine. You are not supposed to come here one dimensional. A diamond shines on all sides.
“The only thing I can say is this place is going to promote blood and sweat and tears and people’s desire to be great. I am definitely one of them. I have been in the gym donating my blood, sweat and tears and bring it all to this place on Saturday night.
“I really want to stay more active. This has always been my plan. The pandemic has slowed things down. The fans always tell me they want to see me come back in there because they want to see more kicks. I’m just telling them, me too. It is not the fighters who pull all the strings. Should I be more active? Of course. I want to be more active.
“I want to show that I am the cream of the crop. I am a superstar. The light is not shining on me because there are a lot of other things going on. Until then, you’re going to have to wait and see. Come Saturday, it will be a great show. There will be sparks and fireworks. I have an opponent who doesn’t want to fold. If he doesn’t want to, I have to make him lie down.
“I know he’s a good fighter. An Olympian. He is young and he will come and fight. I’m going to come and fight too, so if the fight ends early then it ends early.
“I just have to work turn by turn, throw punches and win one turn at a time. After beating Russell, everyone will be on my side.
“It’s my weight. This is where I am most comfortable. I’ve always been a 140-pounder, and on Saturday that’s what I’m going to demonstrate.
“This time I’m fighting at my real weight. I feel strong. I take turns coming to work, and on Saturday everyone will see what I’m talking about. “