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"Back-To-Back-To-Back": Wednesday's Press Quotes

11.12.03 - BERNARD HOPKINS (42-2-1, 31 KOs): “With all these great matchups, it is like a rapfest, and we will all be on stage Saturday night. I have $50,000 that says Joppy gets stopped. I am giving 2-1 odds, meaning he only has to put up $25,000 and if he lasts the distance, even if he loses, he wins. I am not making $1 million, but I know me, and what I can do. Joppy will not be in a position to be recycled again after I am done with him.’’

WILLIAM JOPPY (34-2-1, 25 KOs):

“They might as well serve him up his last meal because I am going to execute the executioner. I am going to knock him out, stop him cold. ‘’

RICARDO MAYORGA (25-3-1, 22 KOs):

“I would like to thank Don King and all involved with making this event happen. It is an honor for me to be part of it. I feel my fight will be the quickest of the night.’’

CORY SPINKS (31-2, 11 KOs)

“I am tired of all this talking. I am talked out. I will say this: The Spinks Jinx will continue.’’

HASIM RAHMAN (35-4-1, 29 KOs):

“It is a privilege to be on this card. I was supposed to fight (David) Tua. (John) Ruiz does not say a lot, so I will not either. This will be a good, tough fight. I know he will bring his “A” game Saturday night and so will I. I am in great shape. I am ready and will win this fight.

JOHN RUIZ (38-5-1, 27 KOs):

“I am looking forward to this fight and would like to thank those who made it possible. I am anxious to get it on.’’

ZAB JUDAH (29-1, 21 KOs):

“I am ready to fight and am not taking this guy lightly. There is a lot of talk about fights down the road for me, but I am only focusing on Saturday.

JAIME RANGEL (29-4, 25 KOs):

“This is a great thrill for me to be part of such a wonderful night of boxing. I did not come all the way from Colombia to be an opponent. I came to win Zab Judah’s junior welterweight title.’’

“TERRA” GARCIA (22-0, 21 KOs)

“I will do my talking in the ring. He is standing in the way of bigger and better things for me down the line. I will not allow him to do that. I have an unbeaten record and will still be unbeaten after Saturday.’’

TRAVIS SIMMS (22-0, 17 KOs):

“I would like to thank the champion for this opportunity. I will come out with fireworks Saturday. I feel like I am a diamond in the rough and I am ready to showcase it. I am going to send him back to Mexico empty-handed.’’

On Saturday, Dec. 13, there will be a blockbuster pay-per-view event featuring five world title fights. Billed “Night Of The Undisputed …. Back-To-Back-To-Back,” this unprecedented night of champions will be highlighted by IBF/WBC Middleweight Champion and WBA Super Champion Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins taking on three-time and current WBA Middleweight Champion William Joppy. In other world title fights: WBA/WBC Welterweight Champion Ricardo “El Matador” Mayorga battles IBF Welterweight Champion Cory Spinks, former world heavyweight champions Hasim Rahman and John Ruiz collide for the WBA Interim Heavyweight crown, WBO Junior Welterweight Champion Zab “Super” Judah defends against Jaime Rangel and WBA Super Welterweight Champion Alejandro “Terra” Garcia risks his belt against Travis Simms. The world championship extravaganza will begin at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT, live on pay-per-view.

Article posted on 11.12.2003



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