Chocolatito vs. Martinez DAZN quotes and photos from the press conference
“Welcome to San Diego ahead of a huge night of boxing this Saturday available worldwide on DAZN. Led by an incredible fight in the Super-Flyweight division between pound-for-pound legend Chocolatito and WBC world flyweight champion, the Mexican Julio Cesar Martinez.
(Photo credit: Ed Mulholland/Matchroom)
“Of course, yesterday we were here in San Diego for the press conference to announce Canelo Alvarez vs. Dmitry Bivol live on DAZN PPV on May 7th from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
“I got goosebumps when I saw Chocolatito and Martinez take the stage because as a fight fan it fills me with so much excitement. Six weeks ago it was announced as Estrada against Chocolatito the trilogy when I received a text saying that Juan Estrada will not be ready for March 5th.
“I started thinking about possible replacements, maybe a fight with Ancajas, the other world champion, or someone else in the division. Then I thought about this crazy Mexican we were representing, Julio Cesar Martinez the WBC flyweight world champion and I thought he wouldn’t take this fight right I texted Eddy Reynoso asking if he was interested, and 30 seconds later he said, my fool is ready.
“He’s one of the most exciting and dangerous pound-for-pound fighters in the sport against one of the absolute legends of the sport. In a sport where it’s so hard to make big fights, I want to thank both men for accepting the challenge and giving us what I believe is a fight we will never forget on Saturday night.
Novel ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez
“The pleasure is for me when the Estrada fight fell through, but today we have a great opponent in Martinez. When they offered me this fight, I gladly accepted it, and we are in excellent condition, thank God for my practice squad and my camp. I hope to God that we walk away with our hands up in victory.
“I have an opponent coming up, but I’m going to show up, it’s going to be a great fight, and I think the fans are going to be happy with the fight.
“I love all the Mexican people; I had the opportunity to fight against many Mexicans. I know Nicaraguans will come here and support us, but the most important thing is that we have God on our side. He gives me strength and blessing; I hope to walk away with my hand raised as a sign of victory.
Julio Cesar Martinez
“It’s a big challenge, and I’m very excited and motivated to fight a great legend like Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez. I want to thank him for choosing us in this big fight, as I say with everything but fear. , anywhere and against anyone.
“I want to thank the fans and the people for their support. I still wish we both would get out of the fight, God willing, and continue to make history – this is just the beginning.
“As always, we are ready for anything, decision, so that it is a confrontation, a technical fight. We come here well trained; I want to make sure that the public leaves with a good taste in their mouths.
“I am thrilled to make my pro debut in the United States on this big card between Chocolatito and Martinez. I’m thrilled, and as always, you’re going to war.
“I’ve learned a lot lately; I made a lot of drastic changes both in my corner and in myself. In this fight, you are going to see a different Mauricio Lara.
“After fighting in front of 22,000 fans, it’s good to come home with a Mexican crowd.”
“I’m very excited for this fight; I believe in my skills and that I can beat Mauricio Lara next Saturday.
“I’ve studied Lara very well, he has great power, but that’s nothing new to me; I’ve fought guys like him before. I believe I can beat him.
“Me beating Mauricio Lara will put me back in the game, put me in the standings, and that’s what I’m looking forward to doing.”
“I’m happy to be back, and I always give good fights; I have demonstrated this in the past; this is no exception. It’s a big opportunity, and you’re going to see fireworks this Saturday.
“After this win over Burgos, I’m going to ask for those opportunities, whoever it is, I’m looking for those world title opportunities.”
Juan Carlos Burgos
“It’s going to be an exciting fight because it has some of the ingredients that make it interesting between Angel and me. It’s going to be a fight between youth and experience, you want to stay tuned for this fight, and the fans will come away from this fight very happy.
“He’s young, hungry, he can punch, so it’s good for me. I can’t wait for Saturday night to take care of my business.
“Valenzuela is a good opponent; he has a good record and a lot of knockouts; it’s good for me to fight for the world title, that’s for sure. This year I want to fight for the world title and I have to pass this first test. »
“It’s a great opportunity for me, and I’m aware of that; this is an opportunity for me to shine and make myself known, to ensure that everyone knows my name after my performance this Saturday.
“It’s a great opportunity, an undefeated fighter, but I’m training to win; I will demonstrate that it was a bad decision to have faced me. I’ll show him what fighters are made of.
“I’ve been here for a while and I feel like a lot of people are forgetting that I’m still 20. I’ve made some changes in my Jose Benavidez-related side, Team Benavidez; the base has been great. I’m excited to show the world a new Diego Pacheco this Saturday.
“My first three fights as a pro were at 160, and it was kind of tough at the time, I felt like I was still growing, so I might as well go up to 168. I was already in weight two weeks before coming to San Diego, so Jose said you could do 160 easily, and with the right camp, I think 160 would be a good weight class for me. Get a title there first and work your way up to 168.”
“I’m ready for another big show this Saturday with Matchroom and DAZN. I’m ready to show my skills here in San Diego.
“My main focus from the start has always been to focus on my lane, stay in my lane. I don’t stop now. Work hard in the gym, stay humble and I beat all guys for a reason.
“I’m not neglecting this guy, and I’m going to take care of business in spectacular fashion, get the win and hopefully get back to Las Vegas.”
“I’m excited; it’s been a whirlwind, a huge journey, but I’m enjoying the process, and I’m looking forward to Saturday night.
“The best Skye Nicholson is against quality opponents, and that’s why I wanted this fight; I wanted to fight someone who comes out there to win. That’s why you’re going to see my best performance.
” I like everything ; I think the fight is going to be the icing on the cake. I love the whole experience and soak up everything.
“It’s my second professional fight, and I’m looking forward to it, Saturday is the same thing I did at MSG, and I’m excited.
“I really liked MSG; I love New York and all things pro; it’s a lot more freedom than amateurs. I’m just so excited because I’m here in California now, my friends and my fans, and coming to watch me, I’m going to put on a show for them.
“I want to take one fight at a time, make sure I play well, and that’s all that matters. Everything will take care of itself.