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Quotes from Freitas-Diaz Press Conference

MASHANTUCKET, CT (April 26, 2007) -- ACELINO FREITAS and JUAN DIAZ, the WBO and WBA lightweight champions, respectively, addressed the media and each other at today's final news conference for their title unification fight at Foxwoods Resort Casino before meeting each other in the ring to unify their titles. Freitas (38-1, 32 KOs), from Brazil and Diaz (31-0, 15 KOs), from Houston, TX headline "FightCentennial!" -- the 100th professional boxing card hosted by Foxwoods. HBO's "Boxing After Dark" will televise the fight live at 10 P.M. ET/PT (Delayed on the west coast).

ACELINO FREITAS

"On Saturday night you are going to see me win my fifth world title. I will make Brazil proud. I have worked hard. I have trained harder. I definitely know in my heart that I will be a world champion for a fifth time."

JUAN DIAZ

"This is so incredible. Next week I take my final exams and this Saturday I will be fighting to unify the world lightweight title. I will prove that I belong with the great champions of this sport. Great champions like Acelino Freitas. I will prove that hard work and dedication will payoff on Saturday night. Thanks for making the dreams of a fat eight-year-old-come true."

OSCAR SUAREZ (Freitas Trainer)

"Juan Diaz is one of the toughest fighters we have ever faced. Acelino has worked so hard to prepare for this fight. It's going to be a great night for Popo."

RONNIE SHIELDS (Diaz Trainer)

"Juan belongs in the upper echelon of boxing and he will prove that on Saturday night."

Article posted on 27.04.2007



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