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Luciano Leonel Cuello respects Julio César Chávez Jr. and even he acknowledges his quality. But, Cuello assures that he will defeat Chavez simply because he is a better fighter than Chavez. “Julio César is a great boxer, got a wide varieties of punches and has a great techniques, but I am going to win because I am better. I come in very good shape, I have done hard training and by the time of the fight I will be showing everything I have learned,” said the Argentine fighter after checking into his hotel in the center of Tijuana. Cuello (23-0, 10 KOs) will face Julio César Chávez Jr. (38-0-1, 29 KOs) for the WBC Latin American super welterweight championship on Saturday in the main event of “Latin Fury 8: Tijuana Thunder” at the Plaza Monumental of Playas de Tijuana on a card promoted by Top Rank and Zanfer.
Being accompanied by trainers Ricardo Sanchez and Antonio Gonzalez, and assistant Roberto Gonzalez, Cuello assures he is motivated, in great physical condition, and already at his fighting weight.
“To win will be something really great, very important to my career and also it will be something great for my people in Argentina,” he said.
Cuello added that he won’t worry about the audience being against him, and not even about the millions of spectators that will be following his actions on television, and not even about what the last name Chavez means into the boxing world, especially for Mexican boxing.
“I am just focusing in the fight,” he stated. “My mind is on the fight, on winning and I don’t think of anything else. If the place is full or empty, or if it is a stadium or a small auditorium or if it is being transmitted by television or not, I just don’t care. I come to do my fight and to win it.”
The Argentine fighter warned that the audience will have a great surprise when he defeats Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., and also said that he will take this fight as his breakout fight toward bigger purses and rivals.
Saturday’s “Latin Fury 8: Tijuana Thunder” card at the Plaza de Toros located by the seashore will be transmitted on pay-per-view in the United States and TV Azteca in Mexico, and also includes another Mexico Vs Argentina fight between Fernando “Kochulito” Montiel and Diego Óscar Silva for the WBO interim bantamweight title, plus WBC super featherweight champion Humberto “Zorrita” Soto will make his first defense against Antonio “T-Rex” Davis.
The general admission tickets will be free if the public make donations of cans of food at the the city government building, while the reserved tickets closest to the ring will be 1,000 to 2,500 pesos ($70-$175).