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Miguel Cotto Media Day
Four-division world champion Miguel Cotto (40-5, 33 KOs) of Puerto Rico hosted a media workout Wednesday afternoon at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, California ahead of his bout against Japan's Yoshihiro "El Maestrito" Kamegai (27-3-2, 24 KOs). Cotto will take on Kamegai next Saturday, August 26 at the Stub Hub Center in Carson, California live on HBO World Championship Boxing. Cotto had a full workout.
"We are one week away from the Kamegai fight. Camp was good and I am ready," Miguel Cotto told Southern California Boxing.com
"Kamegai is a tough, strong, fighter that comes forward. He will come ready to prove who he is,"
"There is no doubt that I will come out with the victory,"
Here is what is Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach had to say
Santa Ana, California's Ronny Rios (28-1, 13 KOs) took part in Wednesday's workout as he goes up against Rey Vargas (29-0, 22 KOs ) of Mexico in the co-feature bout for the WBC super bantamweight title.
"This is a big fight. A world championship fight vs. an undefeated fighter. It feels good fighting on this card. It's the secret be time I fight on a Cotto card but most importantly fighting for a world title," Ronnie Rios told Southern California Boxing.com
"Expect a hungry fighter and show everyone an exciting fight,"
Also taking part in the media day workout were rising prospects Joet Gonzalez (16-0, 8 KOs) as he will take on Deivis Bassa (19-2, 11 KOs ) in a 10-round featherweight battle.
"I'm just training hard. This is my last week to train hard. I'm eating good, eating clean. It's easy to make weight. I gotta be smart. I know he's [Deivis Bassa] a veteran as he's got a lot of experience. I know I've got to be ready. I want to prove who I am, who Joet Gonzalez is. I've got a great team behind me, and I'm excited."
Pacoima, California's Emilio Sanchez (14-0, 9 KOs) will take on Danny "Venado" Flores (15-9-1, 8 KOs) in an eight-round super bantamweight fight, and Los Angeles' Tenochtitlan "T-Dog" Nava (6-0, 1 KO).
"Camp is going great. I'm working on my defense and offense, and my diet's going well. I try eating healthy, but it's hard sometimes. I'm sharpening my defense, those are the skills I'm working on. It motivates me that my family and friends are there cheering me on. After this fight, I'm hoping to be the main event at the Belasco and fight better opponents."
TENOCHTITLAN "T-DOG" NAVA, Featherweight Prospect:
"Training has been going great. Lots of cardio. What's different is I'm having more fun. I've been sparring a lot with the other fighters. This fight is going to be super exciting."
Other Undercard fighter Quotes
ALEXIS ROCHA, Welterweight Prospect:
"I'm fighting six rounds already which is very fast for my age. I thank Golden Boy for everything they're doing for me. We're just staying sharp, mentally, physically-I feel ready.
"My job is just to go in there and break the body down. I'm strict on my diet right now. Overall, I'm just focusing on what I'm going to do. My brother [Ronny Rios] and I train together. It's definitely easy to train together. After this fight, I want to prove I'm one of the best prospects coming up."
JAVIER PADILLA, Bantamweight Prospect:
"I know nothing about my opponent [Ricardo Arias]. I just do my training. I listen to my coaches and do what they say. I'm hoping to prove I'm a worthy fighter from this fight."
RUBEN RODRIGUEZ, Super Lightweight Prospect:
"I'm very excited. It's a great opportunity for me to show what I can do. It is really great being on such a great card. It's a great experience for me. I'm just seeing what I can do, just trying to show I'm on top."
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