By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Amir “King” Khan (26-3, 18KOs) and the undefeated Carlos Molina (17-0-1, 7KOs) met Wednesday afternoon at the J.W. Marriot at L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles for the final press conference for their showdown for the WBC Silver super lightweight title. The two will square off Saturday at the Los Angeles Sports Arena live on Showtime. “Boxing is back as this event is taking place at the historic LA Sports Arena as we have Amir Khan fighting Carlos Molina for the vacant WBC silver super lightweight championship,” said the Golden Boy Oscar de la Hoya as he kicked things off at Wednesday’s press conference.
“I am happy that this day is finally coming Saturday is my night,” A very determined Molina said. “We are fighting in my city in LA we are fighting in the hood and I will make this a street fight. He can’t come to my hood and beat me I will come out victorious.”
The British Consul General to Los Angeles Barbara Hay was in attendance supporting Amir Khan as she thanked everyone in attendance rallying the Khan supporters Khan’s Army. She then glanced at Molina and had some words for the hometown favorite. “Carlos I am sorry. Here in LA there are also a number of British that will come out and support Khan,” Hay told Molina.
Oscar De la Hoya said, “I just got off the phone with LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, he said sorry.” Drawing laughs from the crowd.
The pride of Bolton, England Amir Khan followed as he spoke about Saturday’s fight against Molina.
“I can’t wait to get in the ring. LA for me is a second home. It’s going to be tough fight it is always tough fighting someone in their home in their backyard,” Khan said. “The old Amir Khan is gone you will see the new Amir Khan on Saturday with a new style. A smart fighter. A better fighter. I want to thank Carlos Molina’s team and I hope they are ready.”
Undercard Fighter Quotes
Also present at Wednesday’s press conference were the fighters for the Showtime Championship Boxing undercard. 2008 U.S Olympic Bronze Medalist Deontay “Bronze Bomber” Wilder (25-0, 25KOs) will take on Kelvin Price (13-0, 6KOs) for the vacant WBC Continental America’s Heavyweight title.
“I want to thank Golden Boy and team Wilder. I am planning to go out there showing what the heavyweights are made off and just put on a great show,” Price said.
The Tuscaloosa native Wilder came up singing to everyone Wednesday at the press conference. “Oh I am going to Whoop somebody! …I have been waiting for a moment like this I don’t see myself losing. I don’t like to lose. Somebody’s got to lose and somebody’s O has got to go. It’s going to be a great night I am super excited I am ready Deontay is here baby!”
Opening the Showtime Championship Boxing telecast in what will be the “El Perro vs. La Pantera” (The Dog vs. The Panther). Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo (21-2, 18KOs) will square off against fellow countryman Jorge “La Pantera” Silva (18-2-2, 15KOs) in a scheduled ten round junior middleweight bout.
“I want to say don’t miss out on Anuglo vs. Silva Saturday night. I am here to fight and give it my best those that know me already know what I am about. It’s a toss-up fight believe it or not I will bring out the best in “Perro” Angulo and you will see the next Mexican star,” Silva stated.
El Perro did little barking Wednesday as he is ready for Saturday. “To be honest I get nervous speaking here at the press conferences,” Angulo said laughing. “I have a good rival with heart. HJe is Mexican and fights between Mexicans are always wars.”
Showtime Extreme Card
Saturday night at the Sports Arena will also feature undefeated Shawn Porter (20-0, 14KOs) of Akron, Ohio as will have the biggest test of his career against former world champion Coachella’s Julio “The Kid” Diaz (40-7, 29KOs) live on Showtime Extreme.
“I have been here before I am very prepared to do something about it. This is my opportunity to get back on the stage.” Diaz stated. “Shawn Porter is a good prospect he is a great fighter but he has never been tested the way I will test him come Saturday.”
“This is the biggest press conference I have been a part of. Team Porter has been training in Colorado Springs this has been a good preparation getting ready for Julio Diaz.” Porter said. “Like Oscar said, I am 20-0 and going for 21-0. We dissected Julio and are more than prepared to go back home with that 21 victory.”
Santa Cruz-Guevara Quotes
Saturday will also mark the return of boxing on network TV live on CBS. IBF bantamweight champion Lincoln Heights is own Leo “El Terremoto” Santa Cruz (22-0-1, 13KOs) will defend his title for the third time against Alberto Guevara (16-0, 6KOs) of Mazatlan, Mexico.
“Boxing will be back on Saturday afternoon on network television on CBS.” De la Hoya said at the press conference.
“This is my first fight in the U.S I am really excited I come here to give it all I am very motivated and prepared, I expect everything to be good,” Guevara told the media.
“I am training hard for this fight. My opponent is undefeated. He doesn’t want to lose. I am undefeated and don’t want to lose. We are both going to give a war Saturday it will be a great fight and the best man will win,” Santa Cruz said.
Making his professional debut on the CBS card will be 2012 U.S Olympian South El Monte’s Joseph Diaz as he is anxious to step into the ring to make his debut. “I am really prepared for this fight ready and feeling strong. I am very excited to be fighting on national television for my debut I can’t wait to showcase my skills on national TV,” Diaz said.
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