- By Miguel Maravilla Photos by Golden Boy
Berchelt-Miura & LA Fight Club Media Workout
WBC super featherweight champion Miguel "El Alacran" Berchelt (31-1, 28 KOs) of Mexico. former world champion number one contender Takashi Miura (31-3-2, 24 KOs) of Japan, Panamanian WBA World super featherweight champion Jezreel "El Invisible" Corrales (21-1, 8 KOs), Robinson "Robin Hood" Castellanos (24-12, 14 KOs), WBC International Light Heavyweight Champion" Joe Smith, Jr. (23-1, 19 KOs) and Miami's Sullivan Barrera (19-1, 14 KOs) as well as the fighters taking part in the under card held a media workout Wednesday afternoon at the City of Angels Boxing Club in Los Angeles as they will be in action this Saturday at The 'Fabulous' Forum in Inglewood, California live on HBO Boxing After Dark.
Berchelt and Miura will headline the HBO triple header in an already anticipated candidate for fight of the year.
MIGUEL "EL ALACRAN" BERCHELT, Current WBC Super Featherweight Champion:
"I consider myself a world champion, and fighting Takashi Miura is a way to prove that I am the best in my class. Some of my advantages include my height, the fact that I haven't been in many wars, and my youth,"
"I have a youthful hunger that makes the difference between the two of us. It's cool to know that I am facing the best in my division - I was able to get through Francisco Vargas, so I know that I can take on Miura." "Our plan is simple: win round by round. I will show the crowd that not only can I box, but that I can keep my energy through the rounds. Fighting with intelligence is key-you can be in a war but if you're not smart with how you land your punches it won't benefit you or help you win,"
"Overall, I am excited to be able to fight again in Los Angeles with my fellow paisanos (countrymen)."
TAKASHI MIURA, Former WBC Super Featherweight World Champion:
"Training camp went extremely well, and I am pleased with how everything is going. I am getting used to the environment and time difference in LA, but should be fully ready to go come fight week. "After my last loss, I became depressed for a couple of months. I thought I wouldn't be able to come back to the level that I once was. However, boxing is everything to me, and I couldn't just walk away. "I have more heart than Berchelt. I want this more than I want anything. I am expecting a war because I know he won't want to give up his belt that easy. But I want it back. If there's a possibility to unify the titles, I will, if the opportunity is there. Our division is known for a lot of wars."
The Colombian, Corrales will make his U.S. debut against the tough Nicaraguan veteran Robinson "Robin Hood" Castellanos as he will be defending his WBA World super featherweight title in the co main event.
JEZREEL "EL INVISIBLE" CORRALES, Current WBA Super World Super Featherweight Champion:
"I've always been confident in my training. They call me 'El Invisible' because you can't see me in the ring when I'm moving.
"I'm very happy to be making my U.S. debut and fighting with Golden Boy Promotions."
ROBINSON "ROBIN HOOD" CASTELLANOS, Super Featherweight Contender:
"We had a great training camp, and we did everything we could to put together the best fight possible. I don't know which way the fight will go, however what I can tell you is that the only thing on my mind is winning."
Light heavyweights Joe Smith, Jr. and Sullivan Barrera will open up the telecast as they square off.
JOE SMITH, JR., Current WBC International Light Heavyweight Champion:
"Since my last fight, everyone recognizes me more. I've been working on continuing my journey towards becoming a world champion,"
"In my fight with Barrera, we're just all going to have to see what Saturday brings."
SULLIVAN BARRERA, Current USNBC Light Heavyweight Champion:
"This fight is special because it is the first time my father will see me fight professionally. Joe Smith, Jr. is very good; he has power, but I have power too. I think I have a lot more experience than him, and I'm his biggest challenge yet."
MERCITO "NO MERCY" GESTA, Lightweight Contender:
"I'm always excited for every fight to get back in the ring, especially now that I'm fighting at the 'Fabulous' Forum for the first time. I've been working a lot on my sparring, and I've learned a lot going in to this fight. I'm ready."
RYAN "KINGRY" GARCIA, Lightweight Prospect:
"I've been focusing on staying consistent during my training camp, which was five weeks. I've been working with my strength and conditioning coach a lot. I know my opponent is a come-forward fighter, and we will both put on a great show on July 15 at the Forum."
On Friday, July 14 at LA FIGHT CLUB at the Belasco Theater, Venezuela's Roger "The Kid" Gutierrez (14-0-1, 11 KOs) will face Nicaraguan warrior Rene "Gemelo" Alvarado (24-8, 16 KOs) in an eight-round super featherweight bout. As the co-main event, Edgar "Kid Neza" Valerio will up the ante with Torreon, Mex.'s Jairo Hernandez(18-11, 9 KOs) in an eight-round featherweight bout. Opening up the Boxeo Estelar telecast on Estrella TV, Panama's Jaime "Jaimito" Arboleda (10-0, 8 KOs) will take on Philly's Recky Dulay (9-2, 6 KOs) for a six-round super featherweight contest.
Below is what the July 14 LA FIGHT CLUB fighters had to say at today's workout: ROGER "THE KID" GUTIERREZ, Super Featherweight Contender:
"I get to represent my people of Venezuela in this fight. This is my first professional fight in the U.S., and I'm excited to be able to do that against someone like Alvarado who has fought for titles and has proven to be a skillful fighter. We work on everything in camp, so I feel prepared to make my U.S debut." RENE "GEMELO" ALVARADO, Super Featherweight Contender:
"I have a lot to gain if I win in this fight. I have to make my upward climb back to the top, and this fight is a step in that direction. I am by no means expecting an easy fight - we both want this."
EDGAR "KID NEZA" VALERIO, Featherweight Prospect:
"Right now, I feel like I've been getting better at being patient and calm in the ring. Boxing isn't a game and taking punches isn't easy, but I feel I've improved on keeping my composure." JAIME "JAIMITO" ARBOLEDA, Super Featherweight Prospect:
"I have so much pride in being able to represent Panama. I will be going up against a Filipino fighter. He is fast, but we have prepared well to take him on and be able to box him. I feel good, and I am excited to fight in Los Angeles and give a good show."
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