Oscar Negrete Joshua Franco Media Day
NABF Bantamweight Champion Oscar "El Jaguar" Negrete (18-1, 7 KOs) and Joshua "The Professor" Franco (14-1, 7 KOs), who will headline the Oct. 4 edition of Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN in a 10-round fight at the Hangar at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, Calif., also participated in today's workout, along with Jousce "Tito" Gonzalez (8-0, 8 KOs), who will face Ivan "Striker" Delgado (12-1-1, 5 KOs) in the night's TV opener.
Here is what fighters from the Oct. 4 card had to say at the workout: OSCAR NEGRETE, NABF Bantamweight Champion:
"It's great to come back to defend my NABF Title for the first time. It's the first title I have won as a professional, so I have to defend it. Franco is a tough opponent. I've seen him fight and have followed him through his career. However, I have the experience to beat him, especially after fighting some of the best in the world, including Rey Vargas. I like to give great shows and I like to win, so this fight will not be an exception." JOSHUA FRANCO, Bantamweight Prospect:
"I'm thankful to Golden Boy for the opportunity. It's great because it shows that they have the confidence in me to face a good fighter like Negrete and they know I will do good. I know who Negrete is. I've seen him fight before, and he's seen me fight before too. It's a fight I knew would happen some day. He's a dangerous fighter. He's hungry and he doesn't stop coming forward, so it will be a tough fight." JOUSCE GONZALEZ, Super Featherweight Prospect:
"It's been a dream to fight for Golden Boy Promotions. I always felt it was the pinnacle of boxing, so it's been a dream. Now that I'm signed with them, I'm taking advantage of this. I want to make sure I make Golden Boy proud and show them that they made the right choice in trusting me. I know about my opponent, Ivan Delgado. I know that he was with Golden Boy. He's on the outside looking in for a reason. He's trying to get back in, but I won't let him."