In front of a huge crowd of Southern California media today, the Final Press Conference at The Fabulous Forum was held for the highly anticipated battle between Consensus #1 Pound-for-Pound Fighter in the World and WBC Flyweight World Champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez, (45-0-0, 38KO’s) and undefeated WBC Super Flyweight World Champion Carlos “Principe” Cuadras (35-0-1, 27KO’s) set for this Saturday, September 10 at The Fabulous Forum and telecast live on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.
Also in attendance at the press conference were co-featured HBO World Championship Boxing fighters, Yoshihiro Kamegai, (26-3-2, 23KO’s) and Jesus “Renuente” Soto Karass, (28-10-4, 18 KO’s) who will compete in a 10-round junior middleweight rematch of their epic 2016 “Fight of the Year” candidate clash which took place on April 15 in Downtown Los Angeles.
Photos/Chris Farina, K2 Promotions
Tickets for this outstanding evening of professional boxing priced at $300, $200, $100, $50 and $25 are now on sale through Ticketmaster (Ticketmaster.com, 1-800-745-3000) and the Forum Box Office.
Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez
“Thanks to God, I feel very blessed to here. Thanks to HBO, Teiken Promotions and K2 Promotions for giving me this opportunity. Thanks to my friend Carlos Cuadras who has given me this opportunity to fight for a fourth world title.”
This coming Saturday is a very hard, very difficult fight. I know God is watching over me and will give me the strength to come out victorious.”
Carlos “El Principe” Cuadras
“I want to thank everyone who made this possible, K2 Promotions, Teiken Promotions and HBO.”
“I want to thank everyone who helped get me ready for this fight. Everyone has done their job and now it’s time to do mine.”
“I’m in great shape as you can see, you don’t get this way by playing marbles, you get this way by getting ready for a fight. I’m taking the belt home again on Saturday night. “
‘First of all I’d like to thank K2 Promotions, Teiken Promotions and the broadcaster of this event, HBO.”
“I’m very happy that I’m able to have a rematch with such a great fighter, Jesus Soto Karass and to fight in this great arena and I would like to leave here on Saturday with a memorable, exciting fight.”
“For me, two of my friends Roman and Carlos are fighting each other and it’s very difficult to watch this fight.”
Jesus Soto Karass
“Thanks to Golden Boy and to you all for being here.”
“I’d like to thank The Fabulous Forum for having me.”
‘We’re ready for a big fight, it’s going to be a continuation of the last fight, you don’t want to miss this, it’s going to be a good one.”
“We’re going to heat up the ring for the main event between Cuadras and ‘Chocolatito.’”
Carlos Blandon, Manager of “Chocolatito”
“Thanks to God for having us here, it’s a great honor to be here at the Forum. Thanks very much to K2 Promotions, our family at Teiken Promotions, Golden Boy Promotions and HBO for making this possible.”
“Roman is looking to avenge what 34 years ago Alexis Arguello was unable to complete which was bringing a fourth world title to Nicaragua.”
“Roman is at his best and he’s stronger than any previous fight you’ve ever seen him in from training in Big Bear. We’re sure that Saturday, training in Big Bear has prepared us enough for victory.
“Roman told me coming into this fight ‘I’m not a champion, I’m a challenger and that’s my mentality.”’
Rudy Hernandez, Trainer of Cuadras
“We have a very hard fight coming on September 10 and we’ve trained hard.”
“Thanks to everyone who participated at Maywood Boxing Gym who assisted us in getting Carlos ready for this fight. “
“Now it’s our time to step up and make history.”
“We’re ready for this fight, there’s no excuses and the better man will win on Saturday night.”
“If we win, it’s because were better, if we lose it’s because he was better.”
Erica St. Phillip, Vice President of Operations/K2 Promotions
“Our split site HBO telecast doubleheader starts from The O2 in London this Saturday, the World Middleweight Championship between Boxing Superstar and Undefeated, Unified Middleweight Champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin and Undefeated Welterweight World Champion, “The Special One” Kell Brook, with the live HBO World Championship Boxing telecast beginning at 2:30 p.m. PT locally and will be shown at a viewing party on the Terrace of The Fabulous Forum for early arriving fans attending Saturday. Parking lots will open at 2:00 p.m.”
“That evening from here at The Fabulous Forum and live on HBO World Championship Boxing, the WBC Super Flyweight Championship headlines the HBO World Championship Boxing telecast as Consensus #1 Pound-For-Pound Fighter, Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez seeks his fourth divisional world title against Undefeated WBC Super Flyweight Champion Carlos “El Principe” Cuadras from Mexico City.
“We would like to acknowledge Mr. Honda from Teiken Promotions for his help in making Roman Gonzalez an international superstar and in co-promoting this fight.”
“As always, K2 Promotions will present an exciting undercard with undefeated prospects, Ryan “Blue Chip” Martin, Seniesa “Superbad” Estrada and Carlos “Mexicanito” Licona. Doors will open at 4:30 p.m. with the first bell at 4:45 p.m.”
“The HBO live televised fights will start at 7:00 p.m. with the co-main event and rematch of the epic “2016 Fight of the Year” candidate from this past April in Downtown Los Angeles between Yoshihiro Kamegai and Jesus Soto Karass.”
Robert Gasparri, Chief Executive Officer/Golden Boy Promotions
“This is one heck of a card on Saturday night.”
“Yoshihiro Kamegai and Jesus Soto Karass put on a hell of a fight this past April at the Belasco Theater in their 2016 Fight of the Year candidate.”
“The Belasco Theater was rocking and now this Saturday your going to see these two guys back in the ring giving the fans exactly what they want.”
“The 10-round junior middleweight fight will be the co-main event on the HBO telecast.”
“As they did in April, Kamegai and Soto Karass are going to give it their all for the fans in the arena and those watching on HBO.”
“I want to thank HBO for all their support and Mr. Honda and Teiken Promotions for helping us put together this great rematch between Yoshihiro Kamegai and Jesus Soto Karass.”
“I want to thank Erica and Tom from K2 Promotions for their help in putting this fight together.”
Additional dignitaries in attendance were Mexican Boxing Legend and three-time WBC World Champion, Israel “El Magnifico” Vazquez, WBC Director of Operations Pepe Sulaiman and undefeated local undercard fighters, Seniesa “Superbad” Estrada and Carlos “Mexicanito” Licona.
Gonzalez vs. Cuadras is presented by K2 Promotions in association with Teiken Promotions. Kamegai vs. Soto-Karass 2 is presented by K2 Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions in association with Teiken Promotions.