On Wednesday Afternoon, at the Maple Avenue Boxing Gym in Dallas, TX, Golden Boy Promotions held their fight week media workout for their main event on Saturday between William Zepeda (27-0) and Jaime Arboleda (19-2). This lightweight clash was elevated to the main event once Vergil Ortiz Jr. was forced to pull out of his fight due to an injury. The show must go on at The College Park Center in Arlington, TX, on Saturday, as this one will stream live on DAZN this Saturday. Here are some quotes from the workout.
“I am always preparing, and I was ready for this fight. I was lightly training already, at the ready to get the call. When I did, I was overjoyed, as I was excited to fight in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Champions are made by taking advantage of opportunities. When we defeated Joseph Diaz last year, my team and I trained hard to take advantage of the opportunity and it worked out perfectly for us.”
“Getting the opportunity to headline as the red corner this time around is a blessing, and is the result of years of sacrifice, discipline, and hard work. We won’t let the fans down this Saturday, April 29!”
“I am very happy and very grateful to Golden Boy for the opportunity as well as my promoter Sampson Boxing. And there really isn’t much more to say except that we are going to give fans a big show this April 29.”
“I come from a boxing family; my father, brothers, uncles and many other loved ones have dedicated their time to the sport, and I continue the family’s legacy in boxing. We are going to show this Saturday that the Arboleda’s still have much to give to this very difficult sport.”
“We prepared hard for this fight, I’m climbing my way back to the top, and a win against Morales, Jr. helps me go up in the rankings.”
“In all honesty, I feel like while we are the co-main event, this fight will steal the night. Both of us have something to prove in the ring and won’t want to lose. We are fighting for our careers and for the bigger opportunities that await for us on the other side.”
“I’m super excited to be here. It’s been a good camp, it’s a good card and I’m excited to be the co-main event. I asked for this fight against Diego De La Hoya. I wanted to challenge myself with the best in the division and this is one step towards our goal to gain some more name recognition.”
“This year I would really like to secure a junior title, and hopefully be able to make the rankings to get a world title shot in the longterm future. I finally feel like I’m getting the exposure I feel like I deserve after 18-years in the sport.”
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