Fighting Words from the Latin Fury 14 Weigh-Ins05/07/2010
AGUASCALIENTES, MÉXICO (May 7, 2010), -- The warriors who will be featured in Saturday's Latin Fury 14 championship extravaganza had their final say at today's Official Weigh-in.
Latin Fury 14 will feature the return of the Tijuana Tornado, three-time world welterweight champion ANTONIO MARGARITO, who is ending his 16-month ring hiatus with his 2010 debut, against Texas toughman ROBERTO "La Amenaza" GARCIA, who is riding a five-year, 14-bout unbeaten streak.
Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Zanfer Promotions and Tecate, the four-bout Latin Fury 14 will be broadcast Live on Pay-Per-View, Tomorrow! Saturday, May 8, beginning at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT, from Aguascalientes, México, which is celebrating the San Marcos Fair. Top Rank's TRLiveStream will air the non-televised undercard bouts, free to fans, at www.TopRank.com/TRLiveStream, beginning at 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT.
ANTONIO MARGARITO (154 Lbs) -- "I am so glad to get back into the ring. I really missed the crowds and all of the fans -- but I always kept training. I never left the ring. I feel strong and I am ready. During the last year I have always been in the ring working on my timing and keeping sharp. I expect Garcia to charge right at me on Saturday night. That is something I will deal with in the ring."
ROBERTO GARCIA (153 Lbs) -- "My preparation was just not hard, but smart. This has been my best-ever training camp. My claws are sharpened. Working with Freddie Roach also means a lot of film study. Freddie knows everything there is about Margarito.
I am not the same fighter I was two years ago. I'm a world champion in waiting. And one thing is for sure - Margarito is going to have trouble hitting a moving target."
ROBERT GARCIA, Margarito's Trainer --"Our whole training camp went so well. To see Antonio train so hard -- it helps our other fighters, seeing how hard he works and what it takes to fight on a high level. We worked on Antonio's stance, his head movement, little things. He's keeping his hands up better. He's a great listener when we are in the ring training. Antonio is in tremendous shape - he could have made 147 for this fight. We had great sparring and we are prepared for whatever Garcia throws at us."
JORGE SOLIS (130 Lbs) --"I feel great at this weight, at super featherweight. Méxican fighters are complete fighters - skilled and with a lot of courage. I know Mario Santiago is fast with quick hands. But he is a Puerto Rican fighter and we will find a weakness when we are in the ring Saturday night."
MARIO SANTIAGO (130 Lbs) -- "I am facing a tough, experienced, strong fighter in Solis and I am coming into his backyard. This is my first time in México and I know I must be more aggressive. Solis has an excellent right hand, a good left and is smart. I learned my lesson in the Concepcion fight and should have been more aggressive in the early rounds against him. I will not make that mistake twice. This fight against Solis will clear everything for me."
URBANO ANTILLON (135 Lbs) -- "I had my best training camp while training in Big Bear for two months. Rios is hurt and out of this event, but now I have an even bigger fight - a WBA Lightweight Title Elimination Fight. I'm going to shoot the works against Rene Gonzalez."
RENE GONZALEZ (135 LBS) -- "I was originally scheduled to fight elsewhere in México on May 14 so I was already in fighting trim when we got the call last Friday to fight Antillon. He is a strong fighter and this should be an interesting fight. I plan to move around and look for openings - the same way Miguel Acosta beat Antillon. I have studied that video. I'm going to pick him apart."
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