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Boxe : Berchelt-Valdez final press conference

Press conference of Miguel Berchelt V Oscar ValdezPhoto: Mikey Williams / Top Rank via .

WBC super featherweight world champion Miguel Berchelt and former featherweight world champion Oscar Valdez shared the stage on Thursday two days before one of the most anticipated Mexican matchups in boxing history. Berchelt seeks his seventh successful title defense, while Valdez hopes to fulfill his lifelong dream of capturing a WBC world title. After attacks and outbursts, including Berchelt’s COVID-19 diagnosis last year, the fight is finally happening.

Miguel Berchelt: “I am very happy to be here. I have been following Oscar since the 2008 Olympics in Beijing as it was an opportunity I wanted for myself. I respect that. We know the quality of the opponent in front of us, but I’m here to win and {retain} my title. “

“Styles make fights, and I think my style and Oscar’s style will make a great fight, so we’ll see what happens. I want to tell my fans not to miss this fight. This is going to be a great fight. I know what it cost me to win this title and I am sure that I will successfully defend it again ”.

Oscar Valdez: “This is a tough fight. There’s a reason he’s wearing that belt. He is a great champion in and out of the ring. Nothing personal, but I want that belt. It’s a dream I’ve had since I was 8, 9 years old. My idols have sustained it: Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson, Julio Cesar Chavez, Erik Morales, Marco Antonio Barrera. Everyone had this belt, and that’s something I’ve wanted to hold on to since I was a kid. This is my opportunity “.

“Wherever I go in Mexico, they ask me that question: ‘When are you and Berchelt going to fight?’ It would be an honor for me to show you a great fight with a warrior like Miguel Berchelt ”.

“This is my opportunity. I’m not going to go in there and not give it my all. I will do whatever it takes. If I have to box, I will box. If I have to hit him and fight, then I’m willing to do it too. “

The co-wake is a junior lightweight showdown between Gabriel Flores Jr. and Jayson Velez.

Press conference of Miguel Berchelt V Oscar ValdezPhoto: Mikey Williams / Top Rank via .

Gabriel Flores Jr: “The hard work is paying off. My team is working. We’re going to show that on Saturday night. Saturday night, I’m going to take control of the fight. I’m going to be there, and I just can’t be in the moment and show you that I’m ready for a world title shot. Jayson Velez has fought some contenders and good people. He’s the best on paper, but my job Saturday night is to make him not look like my best opponent so far. “

Jayson Velez: “{Flores} has the skills. Got talent. This is what I need to show that I can be at the highest level. I like to bring action to the fans. This will be one of the great fights. He is a technical fighter. He has abilities, but sometimes he stops to fight. He is a very complete fighter, and I like that because at some point in the fight he will have to stop {and fight}. And that’s what i want. That’s what I like and that’s what people like. I hope he uses his skills for a few rounds. Eventually, we will bring the action to the fans. “

The fights will air live Saturday on ESPN and ESPN + at 10 p.m. ET.