Mchunu-Wilson Final Press Conference Quotes

Kathy Duva

– Welcome everyone to the beautiful Foxwoods Resort Casino. This is going to be our fourth show on broadcast NBC. We are very proud to bring boxing back to network television. This card is going to bring a lot of excitement to the Saturday afternoon line-up. We plan on making boxing fans out of casual fans with this card.


Thank you to Foxwoods. I want to thank the commission. It is such a pleasure to work with the staff here. Tickets are still available through and through Foxwoods box office. Special discounts are still available. It is going to be an exciting afternoon of boxing. Come out, enjoy the fights and then take advantage of all that Foxwoods has to offer.



With these fights we have the potential for absolutely anything to happen. The cruiserweight division is what the heavyweight division used to be years ago. The most electrifying fights take place in this division. They are the same size that Joe Frazier was when he was in his prime. They changed the name of the heavyweight division. The current heavyweights are twice the size of what they used to be. People in the heavyweight division are outweighing their opponents by 50 pounds. I have struggled to understand why the cruiserweight division isn’t popular.


This is going to be a great fight. They are coming to win. That is what makes this sport so exciting.



Thabiso Mchunu - Kathy Duva
Mchunu & Wilson
Photo Credits: Daryl Bughman/Main Events



Thabiso Mchunu

– Thanks to Main Events, NBC and Kathy Duva for this opportunity to showcase my skills. I know Garrett Wilson is a tough opponent. I just have to do my magic and put on another great show.



Thabiso Mchunu - Kathy Duva
Sean Smith
Photo Credits: Daryl Bughman/Main Events



Sean Smith, trainer of Mchunu

– It is a great honor to be with the Main Events team. We are honored to be on NBC. It is a long way for us to come from South Africa but we do it because Mchunu is going to be a star. He will defend his title. Many people say the cruiserweight division isn’t interesting but Garrett is a great fighter. We’ve watched him. We aren’t overlooking him. Thabiso has worked hard to come and put on a show for the fight fans. We are going to bring the cruiserweight division alive again. We are going to make the cruiserweight division the one to watch.



Thabiso Mchunu - Kathy Duva
Garrett Wilson & Rodney Rice
Photo Credits: Daryl Bughman/Main Events




Garrett “The Ultimate Warrior” Wilson

– I want to thank Main Events for having me back on the card and Foxwoods for hosting this event. I have nothing but respect for Mchunu, he is an awesome fighter. He beat Eddie Chambers and I have the utmost respect for Eddie Chambers, so if he can beat Eddie I know he is a great fighter. I didn’t lose my belt. To me it is still MY belt. This to me is a defense of my belt. I trained hard. I am looking forward to an exciting fight. I want to once against become the NABF champion.


Rodney Rice, trainer of Wilson

– Thank you Kathy. I want to thank Main Events for bringing us back again and giving us this opportunity. We have a lot of respect for Mchunu. We trained real hard for him. This is going to be an awkward fight. Garrett has an awkward style. You can’t practice to fight him. You never know what he is going to bring.



Thabiso Mchunu - Kathy Duva
Karl Dargan
Photo Credits: Daryl Bughman/Main Events



Karl “Dynamite” Dargan

– I would like to thank Main Events and Angino Perez for taking the challenge. We had a great camp. I don’t know too much about Perez but I know he knows how to win. I don’t have too much to say I am just looking forward to Saturday.



Thabiso Mchunu - Kathy Duva
Brother Naazim Richardson
Photo Credits: Daryl Bughman/Main Events

Brother Naazim Richardson, trainer of Dargan

– I would like to thank everyone for coming out. I would like to thank Kathy and Main Events. I don’t know much about Perez. I watch the way a man carries himself. I am looking forward to the match-up and trying to figure out his style. Karl is an outstanding young kid. He is mature beyond his years. He has been around a lot of outstanding athletes and coaches. He is smart and that is his toughest weapon. I want the smartest. I am also looking forward to the main event Saturday. This is going to be an outstanding show for NBC.



Thabiso Mchunu - Kathy Duva
Angino Perez
Photo Credits:
Daryl Bughman/Main Events



Angino “The Nightmare” Perez

– Usually we get last minute calls and we don’t have much time to train. I don’t know Dargan but I have only heard good things about him. I appreciate the opportunity and just want to give people a good fight.



Thabiso Mchunu - Kathy Duva
Perez & Centeno
Photo Credits: Daryl Bughman/Main Events


Javier Centeno, trainer of Perez

– Thank you Main Events. He had a great training camp. It is going to be an action packed fight. He brings it all the time. We are glad for the opportunity and just looking to get that belt.


About September 20:

The Sep. 20th special afternoon edition of NBC Fight Night will take place at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, CT and will feature a ten-round cruiserweight match-up between Thabiso “The Rock” Mchunu and Garrett “The Ultimate Warrior” Wilson for the NABF Cruiserweight Title and a ten-round lightweight match-up between Karl “Dynamite” Dargan and Angino “The Nightmare” Perez for the Junior NABF Lightweight Title. The undercard bouts are subject to change. Tickets are $100, $75 and $40 and are available through and The card is presented by Main Events, Peltz Boxing and Showpony Promotions in association with Banner Promotions. The special NBC Fight Night broadcast will begin live at 3:00 PM ET/12:00 PM PT.

NBC Sports Live Extra:

NBC Sports Live Extra: NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – will live stream Fight Night at 3 PM ET/12 PM PT on September 20. For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at The NBC Sports Live Extra app for mobile devices and tablets is available at the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and on select Android handset and tablet devices within Google Play.