Recent Texas pressers were held for the upcoming 12-round super welterweight showdown at Minute Maid Park in Houston on May 9 between Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and James “Mandingo Warrior” Kirkland. The event will be broadcast on HBO World Championship Boxing.
CANELO ALVAREZ, Former World Champion:
“I want to thank everyone for coming out today. As always you guys are very good to me you have always supported me.
“First of all, I want to thank all the people; I feel like home every time I come to Texas.
“This is the first time that I am anxious to fight here and I am looking forward to fighting Kirkland. He is coming to fight. He is dangerous and powerful. I am also powerful and aggressive and I can guarantee you, this is going to be an explosive fight.
“I am very happy to be with Golden Boy Promotions, they want to make the best fights and so do I. I want to give fans an exciting night of boxing on May 9.
JAMES “MANDINGO WARRIOR” KIRKLAND, Super Welterweight Contender:
“I want to thank HBO Championship Boxing, Golden Boy Promotions, SMS Promotions for giving me this opportunity.
“I’m ready to put my life on the line and give it everything I’ve got. I want to show my fans what I’ve really come to do.
“May 9, we’re here. Team Kirkland!”
OSCAR DE LA HOYA, Founder and President of Golden Boy Promotions:
“Canelo has faced all the top guys at this age. Why? Because he wants to be the very best and to be the very best you have to fight the very best.
“We have to pair the best styles to create the best fight. No questions asked, this is going to be the fight of the year.
“We have all seen what Kirkland can do. He is a tough fighter. But, these are the types of the fights that Canelo loves, the fights for the fans.
“In just two hours since they went on sale, 15,000 tickets have been sold for May 9.
“Canelo has said he wants to fight in Texas once a year. That is how important the Teaxs fans are to Canelo Alvarez and Golden Boy Promotions.
“We are happy to announce that tickets start at $10. The $10 seat is probably the best seat because of how the arena is built. We wanted to reasonably price these tickets out of respect for the fans.
“We are thrilled and happy that we can have this fight here in Texas. Come Saturday May 9, we know that a lot of fans from San Antonio will be driving down and filling up the place in Houston.
“We are extremely happy to have a home for this fight and what better place than HBO.”
CURTIS ‘50 CENT’ JACKSON, Chairman and CEO of SMS Promotions:
“It’s a pleasure to be here and announce one of the most anticipated sporting events of the year.
“Fans will see something really exciting on May 9. In James, you have a fighter who is powerful, intense and aggressive.
“James is a powerful warrior, and you all will get to see him in action on May 9.”