Undefeated lightweight contender Ryan Garcia (22-0, 18KOs) and former two-time world champion Javier “El Abejon” Fortuna (37-3-1, 26 KOs) spoke Thursday at the final press conference before their 12-round lightweight showdown that will take place Saturday night at the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles.
In the co-main event, Alexis “Lex” Rocha (19-1, 13 KOs) of Santa Ana, CA, who will be facing Luis Veron (19-4-2, 9 KOs) of Buenos Aires, Arg. in a 10-round fight for the vacant NABO Welterweight Title. Also, in attendance was Lamont Roach Jr. (22-1-1, 9 KOs) of Washington, DC, who is scheduled for 12-rounds for the WBA Super Featherweight Title Eliminator against Angel “Humildad” Rodriguez (20-1, 10 KOs) of Barranquilla, COL.
Below are what Garcia and Fortuna had to say today at the press conference:
Ryan Garcia, Undefeated Lightweight Contender:
Photos: Cris Esqueda & Lily Heredia
“I’m determined to do something amazing, entertain the fans and give them a sow. He wants to knock me out too so we’re going to come in and throw our punches and give the fans a great show.”
“Now I’m focused and locked in. I’m ready to do my job. I’m done talking. I just bring my good energy and speak the truth.”
“Many respectable athletes like that and want to come see me fight. People respect you when you’re good at what you do.”
“[Fortuna gives Garcia his Chicago Bulls hat as a gift after Ryan says he likes the Chicago Bulls] We know what we do. I’m coming to F*ck him up too. I don’t care if he gave me a hat or not.”
Javier Fortuna, former Two-Time World Champion: