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April 21, 2017

FINAL PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES FROM BROOKLYN

Press Release: Former champions Andre Berto and Shawn Porter went face-to-face Thursday two days before they enter the ring for a WBC title eliminator that headlines Showtime Championship Boxing on Saturday, April 22nd in Brooklyn, New York. At the press conference, WBC 154-pound champion Jermell Charlo and his opponent on Saturday, Charley Hatley and their camps exchanged heated words. Here is what the participants had to say Thursday:


SHAWN PORTER:

When its time for the fight, Andre Berto and I are going to put on a show. Ive seen this man get hit, Ive seen him get put down and he got up. I know he can be hurt and I know he can be stopped, Hes a man just like me. Hes ready, but not as ready as me. You dont want to miss it on Saturday night.

The number one thing for me is to win this fight and show Keith Thurman that Im ready for the rematch. There is nothing allowed but positive energy. Were almost there. Im definitely excited. 

Andre Berto is dangerous if you allow him to be. We do everything we can to make sure that doesnt happen. I have no doubt in my mind that we wont be in any danger on Saturday night.

We saw during the Floyd fight that footwork can work against Andre Berto. Against Josesito Lopez we saw that you can box Berto, but you need to get out of the pocket. Against Victor Ortiz we saw that he got put down by Victor. The difference between Victor Ortiz and myself is that Im a fighter who never stops. Im coming after you. 

The jab will be a key to this fight. I can throw my jab a lot of different ways. Youll see me using my jab a lot in this fight. 

Some people thought Garcia-Thurman lacked action, but Im not worried about that for this one. I dont condone boos. Thats just how I fight.

ANDRE BERTO:

I started my career in New York and it feels great to be back here in New York. This is going to be a fantastic night of fights. I go a long way back with a lot these fighters up here. Its tremendous to see these fighters still dialed-in and at this level. Im the old vet in the group now.

Im still on top of my game. Thats something thats hard to do. We had a tremendous camp. One of the best Ive had in years. I was focused the whole time.

Im looking forward to putting those straps on just like they never left. I respect Shawn and his dad, but right now, theyre in the way. 

Im going to show you what it is to go through adversity in life and make it to the top again. Saturday night, were going to make it happen.
 
JERMELL CHARLO:

Im glad to finally have this opportunity. Its been a long time coming. My coach has already scripted the way he wants this fight to go. I have to make it happen. 

Im excited to announce that my brother Jermall will be working my corner. Im really pumped to have him in there with me as my chief second for the first time. 

I dont know whats been happening with Charles Hatleys team. But were here and were not going anywhere. Ill never run from anybody.

This is one of the best camps Ive had in my life. I had some training in Los Angeles and then in Dallas with Derrick James. Weve stepped it up in training working every day with Errol Spence. 

My brother and I arent getting the respect we deserve in this game. Were still trying to prove a point and itll start on Saturday with this fight. 

This is the strongest and the fastest Ive ever been. Hatleys going to do what hes got to do. Weve got our team and Im happy that my team is in this position.

CHARLES HATLEY:

Theres a new sheriff in town. Im thankful to everyone who got me this opportunity and made this happen. Now its party time. Ive been working for this fight my whole life, not just for months. 

Ive wanted Jermell for three years. Theres no other fight in boxing that I want more than this. We had a long camp and we never stopped working. Im going to bring the best out of him and become the new champion. 

Theres nothing he can do to stop me from leaving the ring with that belt. I know I have all the skills. Weve worked hard and I believe I have what it takes to beat Charlo and take his belt home. 

Im going to give the fans a great show and give them something to remember. Once I clean Charlo off of the ground, Ill get that respect.

Also in attendance Thursday were four-time champion Amanda Serrano who looks to become the first female fighter and first Puerto Rican to win titles in five weight classes when she fights Dahiana Santana for a vacant 118-pound title. Coverage begins at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT. Also undefeated welterweight Jose Miguel Borrego battles late-replacement John Delperdang in two fights set to air on Showtime Extreme at 7:30 from the same venue. 

AMANDA SERRANO:

Im extremely blessed to be in this position. Im thankful to my whole team for getting me prepared and where I am right now. I trained really hard for this fight. Being a five-division world champion is a great accomplishment. Im so ready for it.

We struggled a little bit for this fight because it was for history. I left it in the ring every day. I want to be known as one of the best female fighters and one of the best Puerto Rican fighters in the history of the sport. 

I think our styles are going to match up well for the fans. I always want to leave the fans with something to talk about. Being in my hometown, its even more motivation to go put on a performance that everyone remembers. 

Im glad that Santana took the challenge. Its going to be a great war as long as it lasts. I had a war with Yazmin Rivas in January but Im planning on making this an easier and quicker this time around.

DAHIANA SANTANA:

I know that Im going against a really good fighter who is a four-division champion. Ive been training very hard to win this bantamweight title.

Ive trained very hard physically and mentally for this fight and I feel ready for a victory. I know that with the work we did in training, that Ill be ready for anything Serrano brings into the ring. 

Im thankful to Showtime for airing a womens fight and on Saturday we will give you a war at Barclays Center.

JOSE MIGUEL BORREGO:

Im very glad to have this opportunity. Weve prepared very well and I know that me and my team are ready.

I originally prepared for one opponent and now Im facing someone Im very familiar with so I think I will still be able to put on an explosive performance.

JOHN DELPERDANG:

Im really happy to be a part of this fight. Im coming to win and Im coming for the knockout. I know that a win puts me on a different level. 

Training camp has been incredible. We stayed ready this whole time and when the call came, we were ready to jump on it.


Promoter LOU DIBELLA, President of DiBella Entertainment:

This is going to be another sensational show at Barclays Center. Showtime is really on a roll and they just came out with another slate of great shows. Im proud to work with them on this fight.

This main event doesnt need a lot of hype. Two of the best guys in the division fighting to get in there with Keith Thurman and prove who the man is. Shawn almost succeeded against Keith in a fight he thought he won. Berto is a champion and there is no quit in him. This is going to be a war in the ring on Saturday night.

Barclays Center has become the capital of New York boxing and one of the best boxing venues in the country. That is not by accident, but by design. Brett Yormark is not only doing good fights, but a series of good fights. Hes making sure there is a constant flow of good boxing coming into the building. Brooklyn Boxing is something with a great deal of momentum and Saturday night is another great example of what Brooklyn Boxing is.

Tickets for the live event can be purchased online by visiting www.ticketmaster.com, www.barclayscenter.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000. Tickets are also available at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center. Group discounts are available by calling 844-BKLYN-GP.



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