Recently, Showtime announced three fights that would make up the Canelo Álvarez-Jermell Charlo undercard on September 30. Opening the broadcast is a middleweight contest between Elijah Garcia (15-0, 12 KOs) and Armando Resendiz (14-1, 10 KOs). Yordenis Ugas (27-5, 12 KOs) will then take on Mario Barrios (27-2, 18 KOs) in a welterweight clash. Just before the main event, Erickson Lubin (25-2, 18 KOs) faces Jesus Ramos Jr. (20-0, 16 KOs) in a super welterweight bout.
A month prior to Canelo-Charlo taking place, the six fighters met at a press conference and delivered statements. Those interested in watching the full press conference can do so at this link. All boxers expressed their anticipation to face each other on the undercard of Canelo-Charlo. They are also looking to make the most of the opportunity to be on this stage. Below are just some of the comments delivered by the fighters.
(Resendiz’s comments are translated from Spanish by an on-site translator)
“I expect a tough fight. I prepare in a tough way and my hope is that this is a fight that the fans grow to love. It’s going to be something that they tune into and love to watch.”
“I just want to give thanks. It’s a big blessing to be on this card. I’m not scared to admit I’m nothing without my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He’s the one that made it happen. I know September 30th I’m [going to] have the toughest fight of my career so far. Armando Resendiz, he comes strong, he comes in shape, and he comes ready to fight. It’s a blessing to be on the card, such a great card with all these great fighters. I’m preparing to be a word champion and these tough fights are going to prepare me for it.”
“Whenever a fight is brought up to me, there’s never a name that I say no to. It was no different with this fight. Ugas is a tremendous fighter. He’s a former champion. Me and him are fighting for the WBC interim [welterweight title] so it’s a huge opportunity and I was more than happy to take this.”
(Ugas’ comments are translated from Spanish by an on-site translator)
“The most important thing, right now, is not what people say. It’s the fact that I’m healthy, that I’m happy, that I prepare in a great way for what will be a great fight against Barrios. What people say from the outside doesn’t really concern me that much.”
“The mindset ain’t really change, I still got a chip on my shoulder. I’m going into this fight very hungry. I got a young, hungry kid in front of me, but, I’m young and hungry as well. I’m still 27 years old, I think people forget that. I’ve still got a chip on my shoulder. You can expect fireworks on September 30th. I’m looking to win and be in the big fights against some of the best fighters in the division so I can headline my own pay-per-views.”
Jesus Ramos Jr.
“I was excited when I heard we’re going to fight Lubin. I respect him. He lost to Charlo early in his career and he basically built himself back up. Like he said he got six wins and the loss to Fundora was tough. He’s a warrior and that’s exciting. Those types of fights are exciting for me. This is what I’m here for. I’m here to prove that I’m one of the best and to do that I got to beat the best in the division. It’s an exciting moment and an exciting card as well.”