FINAL PRSS CONFERENCE QUOTES
RICARDO TORRES & KENDALL HOLT
LAMONT PETERSON & ROGELIO CASTANEDA
Thursday, July 3, at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
Ten months after a wildly controversial ending to their first fight, Ricardo Torres will defend his World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior welterweight title against No. 1 contender Kendall Holt in a rematch on a special edition of ShoBox: The New Generation on Saturday, July 5, 2008, live on SHOWTIME at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast).
In the 10-round junior welterweight co-feature, undefeated World Boxing Association (WBA)/WBO No. 5 140-pound contender Lamont Peterson (24-0, 11 KOs) will put his undefeated record on the line against former International Boxing Association champion Rogelio Castaneda. Top Rank will promote both contests from the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nev.
Torres (32-1, 28 KOs), who will defend his WBO crown for a third time, rallied to score a hotly debated 11th-round TKO over Holt (23-2, 12 KOs) on Sept. 1, 2007, in the champion’s hometown of Barranquilla, Colombia.
“I’m ready. Let’s get it on.
“There is no pressure on me to prove anything in this fight. Whatever I do, I won’t be able to change the minds of anybody who saw the first fight against Holt.
“I’m very prepared and I am here to win this fight and defend this title. I know Holt is tough, but there is not really anything that he can do that he didn’t do before.
“Having fought Holt, I know I feel a little more comfortable inside the ring. (But) That doesn’t mean he is less dangerous.
“I expect that Holt will run like he did last time. If he stops and exchanges, it will be to my advantage, and it will be an easier fight.”
“I want to thank God for keeping me healthy during that whole ordeal (first fight).
“I went to Florida for training and missed my son learning how to ride his bike without training wheels, his pre-school graduation, and his birthday. I was completely focused for the entire six weeks of camp.
“In boxing training camps, every day is a struggle. No matter how tired you are, no matter how much your muscles and bones ache, you have to give 100 percent and try to surpass what you did the previous day. You have to aim to do it harder and faster. After a while, it starts to take a toll on your mind and body.
KENDALL HOLT (continued)
“If I come up short, I know in my heart that I did the best that I could. On Saturday night, I am going to prevail. All the hard work I put in is going to pay off.
“I can’t wait for this fight. No one knows what I have endured. I thought a rematch was not going to happen. That is why every fight is important. It didn’t matter if it was for a different belt. I wanted to be fighting for a world championship.”
“This is not the first time that we (Peterson brothers) have fought on different cards, but I sort of like it that way. The way it is now, I don’t have to worry about his (Anthony’s) fight. I just have to worry about mine.
“Anthony fought last week in Las Vegas. I wanted to fight first so I could just kick back and relax here this week like everyone else. I am the only one training.
“I don’t know anything about my opponent other than he has fought a lot of top-10 guys. I plan to do to him (Castaneda) what they did.
“Fighting on SHOWTIME again is very exciting. The TV exposure I have received has been beneficial. It gets me a few free haircuts back home. But, what really surprises me is that we (Peterson brothers) get recognized almost everywhere we go now. We were at Disneyworld, and some people recognized us. It was pretty exciting.
“Everybody knows what time it is…fight time. Fighters don’t talk too much right before a fight.
“I am sure that Castaneda did not come here to lose. I am going to enjoy myself, and I hope everybody else does too. After the fight, I am really going to enjoy myself at this beautiful hotel.’’
“I want to show people that I am still here. I want to show people that I am here to put on a good show. Hopefully, they will put me on other shows.”
BOB ARUM (CEO, TOP RANK, INC.)
“This show is going to be an outstanding event. People are going to see great, quality fights on SHOWTIME this Saturday night.
“This is a close, close fight. The odds are favoring Holt almost 3-1, but it should be much closer.”
GORDON HALL (EXECUTIVE PRODUCER, SHOBOX: THE NEW GENERATION)
“We are extremely proud to have the opportunity to televise this Torres-Holt world title rematch on SHOWTIME.’’
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME