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  • By Miguel Maravilla

Zurdo Ramirez and Sullivan Barrera Final Press Conference


Photo Credit: Sye Williams/Golden Boy


Mexican light heavyweight Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez (41-0, 27 KOs) and Sullivan Barrera (22-3, 14 KOs) of Cuba held their final press conference Wednesday afternoon at the Banc of California Stadium. Ramirez and Barrera will square off this Friday July 9 live on DAZN. Also on hand was the co-feature fighters Joseph Diaz Jr. (31-1-1, 15 KOs) of South El Monte, California as he takes on Javier Fortuna (36-2-1, 25 KO's) from the Dominican Republic and East L.A's Seniesa Estrada (20-0, 8 KOs) taking on Japan's Tenkai Tsunami (28-12-1, 16 KO's) as well as lightweights Hector Tanajara Jr. (19-0, 5 KO's) and William Zepeda (22-0, 20 KO's) of Mexico.


Here is what the fighters had to say



"Zurdo" Ramirez: “This Friday, we are going to put on a great show. I know Sullivan Barrera very well and he knows me. We know that each of us always comes well prepared and ready to put on a show. But at the end of the day, I'll be the one to come out with my hands raised in victory. I'm going to come out with a record of 42 wins and 28 knockouts.”


“The road to this fight has been exciting. I am happy to be working with Golden Boy Promotions. I am grateful for the opportunity. I want to give a great performance and show all my skills. I'm going to give the fans what they want: good fights!"


"I'm also very excited to be fighting here at Banc of California Stadium. I can't wait to see all the people here, who are finally back to these kinds of events. There will be a lot of Mexicans and Latinos coming here to support me, so I can't wait to give them a great show."

Sullivan Barrera: "I respect Zurdo Ramírez a lot. We have known each other for a long time. As he said, we know that each of us trains hard. We know that because we have trained together and sparred. But now is the time to put on a great show for all the fans."


"Everyone knows what I have done in this division. My experience says a lot. I have some loses, but they were against very tough fighters. My experience will be a big factor."


"Zurdo Ramirez has a lot of skills. He does of things very well. But I have to do everything necessary to win this fight and earn another title shot. A win will help me get that opportunity."





Joseph Diaz Jr.: "I am going to let my actions do the talking. I know that this opportunity is for a reason. I plan on taking the tough challenges. Everyone has been ducking Javier Fortuna and I will go out there and show what I am about,"


Javier Fortuna: "I am motivated for this fight. I am focused for this fight and I have had a good preparation. I like to fight. It's easy to call out the devil but its another to come face to face,"





Senisia Estrada: "It feels great coming into another world title fight. I just came out of one in March I respect Tenkai for coming here to fight for another title. I cant wait,"


Tenkai Tsunami: "I have fought all over the world throughout my career. This is an opportunity to showcase my skills. I know Estrada is a great fighter but I am confident that I will win,"


William Zepeda: "This is an important fight and a complicated fight and I am happy to be on this card. This fight is a big challenge for me to show who I am. Hector has his elusive style and I have my style that will make this a great fight"


Hector Tanajara: "He has a lot of knockouts but he hasn't fought the opposition I fought. A win over Zepeda will put me up in the weight class,"


Oscar De la Hoya: "Its always nice to comeback to L.A. the fact that we can open up the doors to the fans with this fight card its going to be stacked. We have four great fights on the DAZN, Senisia is fighting for another world title, she is exciting to watch. Zurdo is facing a fighter who brings a lot to the table, Jo Jo and Fortuna are stepping up Jo Jo with his attitude is stepping up. It will be a lot of fun,"


Other fighters on hand


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