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Berchelt Valdez Final Press Conference



WBC super featherweight champion Miguel “Alacran” Berchelt (38-1-0, 34 ko’s) of Cancun and former world champion Oscar Valdez (28-0-0, 22 ko's) of Nogales, Sonora Mexico square off this Saturday at the MGM Grand bubble in Las Vegas, Nevada, live on ESPN. The met for their final press conference as they are days away from their anticipated Mexican battle.


Here is what they had to say at the press conference.





Miguel Berchelt


"I'm very happy to be here. I've been following Oscar since the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, since that was an opportunity I wanted for myself. I respect him. We know the quality of the opponent we have in front of us, but I'm here to get the win and {retain} my title."


"Styles make fight, and I believe my style and Oscar's style will make for a great fight, so we'll see what happens."


"I want to tell my fans not to miss this fight. This is going to be a great fight. I know what it's taken me to get this title, and I'm sure I will defend this title successfully again."


Oscar Valdez


"This is a difficult fight. There's a reason he's holding that belt. He's a great champion inside the ring and outside the ring. Nothing personal, but I want that belt. It's a dream I've had ever since I was 8 years old, 9 years old. My idols have held it: Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson, Julio Cesar Chavez, Erik Morales, Marco Antonio Barrera. They all held this belt, and that is something I've wanted to hold since I was a kid. This is my opportunity."


"Everywhere I go in Mexico, I get asked that question: 'When are you and Berchelt going to fight?' It would be an honor for me to show them a great fight with a warrior like Miguel Berchelt."


"This is my opportunity. I'm not going to go in there and not give it my all. I'm going to do whatever it takes. If I have to box, I'll box. If I have to bang it and brawl it out, then I'm willing to do that, too."


The co-feature fighters were also on hand as undefeated super feathereweight Gabriel Flores Jr. and Puerto Rican veteran Jayson Velez will square off in a ten round bout.


Gabriel Flores Jr.


"The hard work is paying off. My team is working. We're going to put that on display Saturday night."


"Saturday night, I'm going to take control of the fight. I'm going to be in there, and I just can't to be in the moment and show you guys that I'm ready for a world title shot."


"Jayson Velez has fought some contenders and good people. He's the best on paper, but my job Saturday night is to make him not look like my best opponent thus far."


Jayson Velez


"{Flores} has the skills. He has the talent. This is what I need to prove I can be at the top level. I like to bring action to the fans. This is going to be one of the great fights."


"He is a technical fighter. He has skills, but sometimes he stops to fight. He's a very complete fighter, and I like that because some time in the fight he will have to stop {and fight}. And that's what I want. That's what I like, and that's what people like. I expect him to use his skills for a few rounds. Eventually, we will bring the action to the fans."


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