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Chávez Jr, Barrera Quotes/Pics

Photos by Rafael Soto/Top Rank

Undeafeated and #1 ranked Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and ring legend Marco Antonio Barrera worked out for the media today at the famous Jesse James Leija gym in San Antonio in advance of their big pay-per-view fights on Saturday night at the Alamodome. Here’s what that had to say…

Julio César Chávez, Jr.
“At first I thought to myself, ‘Could I really hack it with Freddie Roach? Could I make it?’
I did and I am a better fighter for it. He has taught me so much in our time together. I am excited, motivated and in great condition. I am going to show everyone Saturday what being in great condition really means. Duddy is a good strong fighter, however. I expect a tough fight and I am sure Duddy will fight hard.”

Freddie Roach

”There really was an over/under line – two weeks – on how long it would take Julio to make it in our gym. The ‘over’ won easy. None of the things people warned me about him were true. He came in and worked hard. He loves to run and this morning he was the one who woke me up and said, ‘Coach, time to get up and run.’ He is such a great person to know. We are in tough against Duddy. Duddy likes to throw hard right hands and Julio tends to get hit with rights. That’s not a good combination for us. Julio had no problems sparring 12 rounds in the gym last week. He is in very good shape and if he can pressure Duddy, I think Julio has a very good chance of being the first to stop him.”

Marco Antonio Barrera
“Adilton De Jesus is taller than me and he hits hard. It is a difficult fight but I am ready. My experience and pressure will be the difference. I have been in a lot of big fights. I still have some goals left in the sport and this fight means a lot to me.”

Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Zanfer Promotions and Tecate, Latin Fury 15: La Furia de México, headlined by the Julio César Chávez Jr. vs. John Duddy 12-round middleweight rumble, will be produced and distributed Live on Pay-Per-View, This Saturday, June 26, beginning at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT. Remaining tickets, priced at $200, $100, $60, $40 and $25, can be purchased at the Alamodome box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com.

Pay-per-view lineup:

12 Rds. – WBC middleweight Silver Championship Belt

Julio César Chávez Jr. (40-0-1, 30 KOs), Culiacan, México

vs. Ireland’s John Duddy (29-1, 18 KOs), Derry, Ireland

10 Rds. – lightweights

Marco Antonio Barrera (68-7, 43 KOs), México City

vs. Adilton De Jesus (25-4, 20 KOs), Bahia, Brasil

10 Rds. – Texas State super flyweight championship

Raul Martinez (26-1, 15 KOs), San Antonio, Texas

vs. Gabriel Elizondo (22-3-1, 10 KOs), San Antonio, Texas

8 Rds. – featherweights

Salvador Sanchez (19-3-2, 9 KOs), Tianguistenco, México

vs. Tomas Villa (22-7-4, 14 KOs), Midland, Texas

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