ANTONIO DEMARCO VS. JOHN MOLINA JR. PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES

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Sherman Oaks, CA. August 9, 2012 – Yesterday at a packed Sisley’s Restaurant in Sherman Oaks, Calif, WBC lightweight champion, Antonio DeMarco (27-2-1, 20 KOs) and top contender John Molina Jr. (24-1, 19 KOs) hosted a press conference to discuss their upcoming championship bout, taking placeSeptember 8, 2012 at Oracle Arena televised live on HBO Championship Boxing.
The 12-round championship bout will take place at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., as the co-feature to Andre “SOG” Ward (25-0, 13 KOs) vs. “Bad” Chad Dawson (31-1, 17 KOs) promoted by Goossen Tutor Promotionsand Gary Shaw Productions, televised live on HBO® World Championship Boxing beginning at 9:45 PM ET
Photos By Mitchell Allen – Goossen Tutor Promotions
“I fight for my family and the people of Mexico and this is going to be a great fight for the fans. John Molina is a tough fighter, and it’s going to be a war, but I will die in the ring to keep my WBC title.” – Antonio DeMarco

“This fight means the world to me. It’s what I’ve been dreaming about since I was 10 years old to win a world title. I’m going in their with nothing less than a victory. I think it’s safe to say the fight is not going the distance and it’s going to be a fight of the year candidate. He’s going to come to fight, I’m coming to fight and I plan on leaving September 8th as the new world champion” – John Molina Jr.

“This is what boxing is all about a throwback fight with two fighters that come straight across the ring. There is no quit in either one. I don’t think it goes twelve rounds. Antonio DeMarco has that special something that makes a man from the streets, from the way he was brought up, from eating off the streets from having no home. He’s never lost that dream and like he says, Dream your dream because they could come true if you work hard. DeMarco is one hell of a fighter”
Gary Shaw

“This is the type of fight that could stand on its own. There’s no doubt in mind that this fight is going to be a war for as long as it last. John Molina is only looking for one thing and that’s knockout after knockout, and those are the ingredients for a great fight.”
Dan Goossen

The reason I think this fight is going to be a memorable fight is because their both going to fight each other. My thinking is instincts will take this fight into a nose to nose battle. If that happens its going to be a fight that the media and fans will remember forever”
Joe Goossen

Molina Preparing for a Beast

“I go in there thinking like I’m fighting the baddest guy in the division. I train like that too. I expect to be facing a beast of a world champion every time I go in that ring and that’s why I train as hard as I do.”

“For Canelo to go out of the weight division and fight some guy who was fighting at 140 lbs last year… I can’t believe it. I don’t know what to say. It’s bullshit. C’mon, fight somebody in our division!”

Top junior middleweight contender “King” Carlos Molina (19-5-2, 6 KOs) is in final preparations for his co-main event appearance against Miami’s Damian “Devo” Frias (19-4-1, 10 KOs) on Friday, August 17, at the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Oklahoma.

Presented by Warriors Boxing, Group Yvon Michel and Tony Holden Productions, the blockbuster night of boxing will serve as the ESPN Friday Night Fights season finale for 2012 (10 PM Eastern on ESPN2, ESPN Deportes and ESPN3) and also features a 12-round super middleweight main event between Chicago’s Don “Da Bomb” George (22-2-1, 19 KOs) and powerful Canadian slugger Adonis “Superman” Stevenson (18-1, 15 KOs).

In Canada, the event will be presented on PPV at Canal Indigo and Bell TV with the telecast starting at 9:00 PM/ET, featuring Stevenson highlights until picking up the ESPN telecast at 10:00 PM/ET.

29-year-old Molina says he’s over the fiasco that was March battle against Texas slugger James Kirkland and the ridiculous circumstances surrounding his controversial disqualification and is looking forward to taking on the world’s top 154-lb fighters.

But first, he must get by Frias, a skillful southpaw coming off the biggest win of his career, a nine-round stoppage of then 22-1 Henry Crawford.

What do you know about your opponent Damian Frias?

I know he is a left hander, he’s 19-4, but I haven’t seen him fight or anything like that. He’s going to go in there with an advantage because he’s probably seen me fight, but it’s what you do in the ring that matters.

This is the first fight you’ve had in a long time where you’re probably the favorite going in. Does that make a difference?

Everything in boxing is mental. Every time I go into a fight, I pay no attention to who is the favorite or anything like that. I go in there thinking like I’m fighting the baddest guy in the division. I train like that too. I expect to be facing a beast of a world champion every time I go in that ring and that’s why I train as hard as I do. You have to always expect the toughest opponent and prepare properly for him and you’ll always be alright.

You took this fight on fairly short notice. Does that bother you at all?

No, I’m always in the gym trying to get ready and see what happens. You never know when opportunity will knock all you have to do is be ready. I just step up the sparring and I’m good to go in a few weeks.

Where have you been training?

I did most of my training at Jabb Gym in Chicago. I like it because it’s so hot in there. You want extreme conditions when you train. If you can do 12 rounds in 100-degree heat, you can do 10 in 80-degree heat.

How do you feel about (WBC Champion) Canelo Alvarez deciding not to face you and face the much-smaller Josesito Lopez instead in his next fight?

That bothers me because the 154 division is stacked. We need to get to the bottom of this and find out who is the best. Nobody knows right now. Mayweather went up in weight and everybody else is seeing where they fit in. For Canelo to go out of the weight division and fight some guy who was fighting at 140 lbs last year… I can’t believe it. I don’t know what to say. It’s bullshit. C’mon, fight somebody in our division!

How do you feel going into this fight?

Every time I fight, I feel better. I’m still learning a lot with every fight. Maybe it has something to do with my only have six amateur fights, but I’m finding I’m a lot more comfortable with every fight. I’m picking up real quick. I’m 29 and I feel good, but I still feel like I could get a lot better. That’s my number one goal: to work hard and get better.