Quotes from the Josh Kelly vs. Lucas Bastida press conference
There was plenty of energy during the final pre-fight words before a huge night of free boxing live from Newcastle’s Vertu Motors Arena, live on Channel 5 from 10pm.
It was a triple threat of title talk, like Josh Kelly (11-1-1, 7 KOs), Harlem Eubank (14-0, 6 KOs)and Pat McCormack (1-0, 1 KO) all promised sensational performances to propel their rise to the top on a huge Saturday night free-to-air boxing night, live and in the clear in front of terrestrial television audiences.
The WBO International Super Welterweight Championship will be on the line, like Sunderland Kelly has the opportunity to smash the stadium in front of its own North East faithful. argentina Lucas Bastida (18-1-1, 10 KOs) questioned his opponent’s height and physique during the press conference and vowed to pick up a win in his homeland. With a world ranking entry spurring both fighters on, it’s guaranteed to be the icing on the cake of a stacked night showcasing the region’s incredible talent.
“I think I’m fine, you know (wearing his Sunderland shirt). I’m from the North East, but I’m a Sunderland fan so I’ll be proudly wearing my shirt too.
“My performance on Saturday is going to be electric, the energy is absolutely going to be pumping through everyone on the North East map. I feel the best I’ve ever felt in my career, I’m constantly in the gym and constantly You’ll see my product on Saturday, it’s gonna be such a sharp performance, and this guy’s gonna find out he’s swimming with the sharks, he came, had a long trip, and it’s not gonna be a great night for him.
“I was really a Super Welterweight which boiled down to a Welterweight. I was boxing at 69kg for Team GB, which is very similar to the Super Welterweight division professionally, and it was only a matter of time before I feel like I’m strong, I’m not small for the division, and people will see my strength on Saturday night when I step into that ring.
“Potential fight for British/Troy Williamson – Not a distraction, we’re here for all the big fights in the division. My eyes are on the top titles in this division, I wouldn’t be in the sport if I I was doing ‘I don’t think I could make it to the world level, so that’s where I’m looking at. Massive fights happen in this kind of journey, I’m 100% up for it.
“I know it’s going to be a great fight. I love what I saw yesterday (in public training), people treated me very well. I’m sure I’ll be the winner, but I hope we will give our audience a great show.
“I think he’s small for this division. He’s a welterweight fighting at super welterweight; while I’m a middleweight to succeed at super welterweight. I have the physical advantage over him.”
“It’s easy to get frustrated. I feel like I’ve done what I had to do domestically and overcome the odds to put myself in line for the British title. I’ve said before that I couldn’t control the rankings I could only control what happens in the ring and that’s exactly what I do and exactly what I focus on I’ll mind my business in the ring and leave everything the world manage what happens outside of boxing, and with the rankings, to put me in a position to continue to grow and fight for titles.
“To get to this point now, I’ve had to block out a lot of noise and focus. I’m just becoming the best version of myself and the best fighter that I can be, so there’s been a lot of blocking everything outside and just zoning; I think that’s what I have to do to grow in this sport of boxing.
“I leave all the analysis of my opponent to Adam (Booth) and the team. I just focus on tracking the practice and executing a strong performance.”
“I’m here for one thing and that’s to win. I’m fighting here for my family and those who support me at home, we’ve worked hard to make sure I leave with this win.”
“I know it’s going to be a tough fight, he’s a tough fighter. He’s good, but I’m really confident that I can get the win after really good preparations and I’m really happy to be here to show that. in front of all of you.”
“I want to thank the Sauerlands for bringing me into the series and thank you to my management team. The journey started here, back in my home town with my fans and support. I can’t wait to be to Saturday evening.
“I lived in Essex so there are no distractions at home. I have Ben Davison who is one of the best trainers in the world as a coach. I’m one of the best fighters at come out of Britain you can see that on my track record so the sky is the limit I just want to keep climbing the ladder with my team until we get to the top and fight for world titles .
“I’m eyeing that British title, whoever got it is the one I want first. Then I’ll work my way through the Commonwealth, European and World titles.”
“I think Pat is a potential future world champion. It’s going to be a big show on Saturday for the Brits because they’re some of the best boxing fans in the world. You don’t get that kind of atmosphere everywhere; you can say that the sport is very much enjoyed here. I will be ready to put myself through whatever it takes to put on a performance for the British public.
“I see it as Josh Kelly 2.0. He showed his bravery stepping into the ring when he suffered that loss. I think it was too early then, but now you can see that the webs of spiders were dusted after that last fight. You saw him go through the rounds preparing for his next fight and his next challenge.
“You can see how confident he is here today, he’s going into his 14th fight at 28, a former Olympian too. He’s got the world at his feet, he’s a superstar, and he’ll continue to achieve that on the ring on Saturday night. Bastida is a badass, but Josh has all the tools to become British champion, European champion and world champion. All.”