Badou Jack vs. James DeGale Media Workout Quotes
BROOKLYN (January 11. 2017) - Fight week activities officially began today with media workouts at the brand new Gleason's Gym in Brooklyn before the super middleweight title unification showdown between Badou Jack and James DeGale that headlines action this Saturday, January 14 from Barclays Center in Brooklyn and live on SHOWTIME.
Also in attendance and opening the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast at 9:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. PT are junior lightweight world champion Jose Pedraza and unbeaten contender Gervonta Davis.
Additional televised action will feature super bantamweight world champion Amanda Serrano defending her title against former two-division world champion Yazmin Rivason SHOWTIME EXTREME. The telecast beings at 7 p.m. ET/PT with a matchup of undefeated middleweights Ievgen Khytrov and Immanuwel Aleem.
Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by Mayweather Promotions and DiBella Entertainment, start at $25. Tickets are available now and 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.
Here is what the fighters had to say Wednesday:
"I'm just trying to stay positive and enjoy this moment. I wish that the fight was tomorrow night. But we're showing patience and bracing for the opportunity.
"This is the biggest fight of my career and I'm ready to take it to the next level. I have the experience to be on this stage and I'm ready to show that I'm one of the best in the sport.
"I've seen DeGale fight a few times. His last couple of fights I don't think we've seen the best of him. I want the best James DeGale to show up on fight night. There won't be any excuses on fight night.
"I'm in the best shape of my life. I'm pretty sure he's in the best shape of his life too. So let's see who is the best.
"I'm going in there to break him down. I'm going to be the better fighter. If I get an opportunity to land something that can change the fight, I'm going to take my chance.
"This has been one of the best training camps of my career. My nutrition is better than it's ever been and I have positive people around me.
"I believe I can knock anybody out who gets in the ring with me. If you don't believe that in yourself, then you're in the wrong sport. I'm not expecting an easy fight, but I'll do whatever it takes to win.
"My trainer Lou Del Valle is the reason that I've improved so much. I brought him back in after my loss and he's helped get me to where I am right now.
"There is no doubt we'll know who the best super middleweight in the world is after Saturday night."
"I just flew to New York on Monday after a brilliant camp. I've been training well and sparring hard. I've had some great work on the track and I've ran a lot of miles. I'm in fantastic shape.
"This fight has a different feel. I feel like I'm in a big fight. I feel like I'm on a different level of fitness for this one. Mind, body and soul. Everything is great.
"I'm mentally prepared. Badou Jack is an extremely good fighter. He's a tough opponent. He gets better every single fight. The way I'm feeling right now, Badou Jack shouldn't beat me. I'm focused on fighting my very best.
"I've sacrificed a lot to put myself in this position and to make sure this was a great camp. Now the time is here.
"To have a media day in Brooklyn is great. I'm in a fantastic position in my life and career. I'm more comfortable than I was years ago. Back in the day I wouldn't know what to say. I'm a man now and I'm ready to reach my destiny.
"Movement, speed and angles are my keys. If I'm focused and take no rounds off, that should do it. It will do it. Anything can happen in boxing, but I'm too prepared for this.
"I look at Badou Jack, and even though he's been getting better, I think I'm a much better fighter. He's very high quality and I have to be on my game. It's going to be a great fight, but I will be victorious.
"My loss to George Groves was a blessing in disguise. If that didn't happen to me, I don't know where I would be in my career. I was too big for my boots back then. I thought I was the golden boy and I was humbled. I had to rebuild and I came back."
"I let [Gervonta] Davis do the talking. I like when people talk like that, because I get to shut them up on the night of the fight. He's a Floyd Mayweather imitation. Just like all imitations, it's not as good as the real one.
"I'm very happy to be here representing Puerto Rico in New York City with another Puerto Rican champion in Amanda Serrano. She's a four-time champion who is very accomplished and it's an honor to be on this card with her.
"I feel ready to fight. I'm anxious to get in the ring. I can't wait for Saturday night and to show the whole world what I'm made of.
"I have the advantage in experience and in reach and height. He's going to try to bring pressure but I'll be ready for it.
"Not only do I have more pro experience, but more amateur experience as well. All of these years of being on the big stage is going to help me in the fight.
"I don't think I'm underrated. People know my quality, which is why people avoid fighting me. I believe I'm the best fighter at 130-pounds.
"I'm ready for any type of fight. The question is, will Davis be ready? If Davis gets tired, he's going to have trouble in the late rounds."
"I feel great right now. I'm in tip-top shape. I had the best sparring available and everything went smoothly. I'm ready to go to work January 14.
"We know that Pedraza is a world champion who comes in undefeated. He does a lot of good things in the ring but we'll be ready for them come fight night.
"It feels good to be on this stage. I feel ready to headline my own card. I'm ready to do my own thing and that comes with winning this world title.
"I haven't watched too much of him, but my team is prepared. He doesn't have anything I haven't seen before. We just have to execute the game plan when the bell rings."