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Lucas Matthysse Workout Quotes

INDIO, CALIF. (Jan. 11, 2018): *Lucas “La Maquina” Matthysse* (38-4, 35
KOs) hosted a media workout today in Indio, Calif. ahead of his 12-round
fight against *Tewa Kiram *(38-0. 28 KOs) for the vacant WBA Welterweight
World Championship on Jan. 27, 2018 in a special double main event at
the *”Fabulous”
Forum* Inglewood, Calif. In the second part of the double main event, *Jorge
“El Nino De Oro” Linares *(43-3, 27 KOs) will defend his WBA, WBC Diamond
and Ring Magazine Lightweight Titles against *Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta
17 KOs) in a 12-round battle. The doubleheader will be televised live on
HBO Boxing After Dark beginning at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT.

On the non-televised portion of the card, *Marcelino “Nino” Lopez* (33-2,
18 KOs), who will return in 10-round super lightweight fight against a
soon-to-be announced opponent, and *Vergil Ortiz, Jr*. (8-0, 8 KOs), who is
preparing for his 2018 comeback on a soon-to-be announced card, also
participated in the workout. Featherweight prospect and training partner of
the fighters, *Javier Martinez *(4-0, 3 KOs), also was in attendance as he
prepares to open the night of action in a six-round bout.

Here’s what today’s participants had to say at the media workout:

*LUCAS MATTHYSSE**, Former Interim WBC Super Lightweight*
“Training camp has been excellent. I did a little bit of training in
Argentina before coming here. to Indio. Training with Joel Diaz and the
entire team has been great. I know that Tewa Kiram is a hard puncher and
can fight on the outside, but on Jan. 27 I’ll become world champion. I’ve
beaten the best at 140 pounds, and now I’ll beat the best at 147 pounds. A
win against Kiram will put me at the top of the division.”

*MARCELINO LOPEZ**, Super Lightweight Contender:*
“Whether I not I know who my opponent is does not make a difference. I will
still train hard. When I knocked out Pablo Cesar Cano, it was a great
victory for me because he’s a tough former world champion. He’s fought the
best and has fought to decisions with them as well. I finished the fight in
two rounds, and I know I’ll be having bigger and better fights in the
future because of that.”

*VERGIL ORTIZ, JR.**, Super Lightweight Prospect:*
“Lucas Matthysse is a great person and a funny guy. Sparring with him was
great. You have to watch out because he hits hard and has a lot of tricks.
I feel like I’ll do my best under the Joel Diaz training camp. I feel like
I won’t slack off with him and do my best. Maybe in 2018 my knockout streak
will end as I fight tougher and tougher opponents.”

*DANIEL MARTINEZ, **Featherweight Prospect:*
“Whatever they put in my way in this new year, I’ll do. I’d like to fight
more rounds and fight better opponents. I want to move up the rankings this
year and be in very tough fights.”

*ERIC GOMEZ, President of Golden Boy Promotions:*
“This fight with Lucas Matthysse was mandated by the WBA. This is a
dangerous fight. He’s an undefeated puncher with a great style, and they’re
both big punchers. I know it’s going to be a great fight, and I’m really
looking forward to it.”

*Matthysse vs. Kiram* is a 12-round fight for the vacant WBA Welterweight
World Championship and is presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association
with Arano Box and Galaxy Promotions. *Linares vs. Gesta*, a 12-round fight
for the WBA, WBC Diamond and Ring Magazine Lightweight World Championships
is presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Teiken
Promotions. The event is sponsored by *Tecate, “THE OFFICIAL BEER OF
BOXING,”* Hennessy *”Never Stop, Never Settle,*” and Casa Mexico
Tequila. The event will take place Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 at the
“Fabulous” Forum in Inglewood, Calif. and will be televised live on HBO
Boxing After Dark beginning at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT. The non-televised
undercard action will be streamed live on beginning at 3:00 p.m.
PT/ 6:00 p.m. ET.

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