- By Miguel Maravilla Photos By Chris Farina K2
Chocolatito Cuadras Final Press Conference
The Final Press Conference was held Tuesday afternoon at The Fabulous Forum for the highly anticipated battle between Consensus #1 Pound-for-Pound Fighter in the World and WBC Flyweight World Champion Roman "Chocolatito” Gonzalez, (45-0-0, 38KO’s) and undefeated WBC Super Flyweight World Champion Carlos “Principe” Cuadras (35-0-1, 27KO’s) set for this Saturday, September 10 at The Fabulous Forum and telecast live on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.
Also in attendance at the press conference were co-featured HBO World Championship Boxing fighters, Yoshihiro Kamegai, (26-3-2, 23KO’s) and Jesus “Renuente” Soto Karass, (28-10-4, 18 KO’s) who will compete in a 10-round junior middleweight rematch of their epic 2016 “Fight of the Year” candidate clash which took place on April 15 in Downtown Los Angeles.
Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez
“Thanks to God, I feel very blessed to here. Thanks to HBO, Teiken Promotions and K2 Promotions for giving me this opportunity. Thanks to my friend Carlos Cuadras who has given me this opportunity to fight for a fourth world title.”
This coming Saturday is a very hard, very difficult fight. I know God is watching over me and will give me the strength to come out victorious.”
Carlos “El Principe” Cuadras
“I want to thank everyone who made this possible, K2 Promotions, Teiken Promotions and HBO.”
“I want to thank everyone who helped get me ready for this fight. Everyone has done their job and now it’s time to do mine.”
“I’m in great shape as you can see, you don’t get this way by playing marbles, you get this way by getting ready for a fight. I’m taking the belt home again on Saturday night. “
‘First of all I’d like to thank K2 Promotions, Teiken Promotions and the broadcaster of this event, HBO.”
“I’m very happy that I’m able to have a rematch with such a great fighter, Jesus Soto Karass and to fight in this great arena and I would like to leave here on Saturday with a memorable, exciting fight."
“For me, two of my friends Roman and Carlos are fighting each other and it’s very difficult to watch this fight."
Jesus Soto Karass
“Thanks to Golden Boy and to you all for being here.”
“I’d like to thank The Fabulous Forum for having me.”
‘We’re ready for a big fight, it’s going to be a continuation of the last fight, you don’t want to miss this, it’s going to be a good one.”
“We’re going to heat up the ring for the main event between Cuadras and ‘Chocolatito.’”
Carlos Blandon, Manager of “Chocolatito”
“Thanks to God for having us here, it’s a great honor to be here at the Forum. Thanks very much to K2 Promotions, our family at Teiken Promotions, Golden Boy Promotions and HBO for making this possible.”
“Roman is looking to avenge what 34 years ago Alexis Arguello was unable to complete which was bringing a fourth world title to Nicaragua.”
“Roman is at his best and he’s stronger than any previous fight you’ve ever seen him in from training in Big Bear. We’re sure that Saturday, training in Big Bear has prepared us enough for victory.
“Roman told me coming into this fight ‘I’m not a champion, I’m a challenger and that’s my mentality.”’
Rudy Hernandez, Trainer of Cuadras
“We have a very hard fight coming on September 10 and we’ve trained hard.”
“Thanks to everyone who participated at Maywood Boxing Gym who assisted us in getting Carlos ready for this fight. “
“Now it’s our time to step up and make history.”
“We’re ready for this fight, there’s no excuses and the better man will win on Saturday night.”
Tickets for this outstanding evening of professional boxing priced at $300, $200, $100, $50 and $25 are now on sale through Ticketmaster (Ticketmaster.com, 1-800-745-3000) and the Forum Box Office.