The four fighters who will compete in 12-round bouts on February 18 on SHOWTIME at American Bank Center Arena in Corpus Christi, Texas, took part in a national media conference call on Wednesday. Here’s what they had to say…
Nobuhiro Ishida: “I didn’t expect to get a knockout against Kirkland. You never really expect that. I’m not sure about a knockout against Paul Williams, but I think I will get the win. I’m going to make it a very long night for Paul Williams.”
Paul Williams: “I’m excited to be given this opportunity and to be able to prove myself again. I love that because it’s just more motivation and that come February 18 I’m going to put on a helluva show for my fans and the people who aren’t my fans….I’m going to show my fans that I’m not done. They will always try and write you off but I will show them that I’m not done. Every time I get into the ring I try and make a statement.”
Gabriel Campillo: “I’m preparing everything with my coach and trainer Pablo Sarmiento to come up with a game plan to win this fight. I’m going to show on the day of this fight how fast I am and how hard I have trained for this fight.”
[on why he’ll win] “No. 1 is better physical condition and then more speed and quickness and then intelligence and smarts.”
Tavoris Cloud: “I just don’t give a damn. I don’t care how hard they train. I don’t care who their trainer is. I know I’ve trained harder than them and my trainer is better than theirs. They are trying to come and take something that people have tried to take from me several times. It’s like I’m defending my house and I’ve got thieves trying to break in. I’ve gotten pretty good at it. I can’t put it into words what I plan to do to my opponent. I’m going out there to win and put on a good show.