Here are statements from today's press conference ahead of Saturday's showdown at brose Arena Bamberg, Germany for the IBF Cruiserweight World Championship between defending champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez (27-1, 13 KOs) and mandatory challenger Alexander Alekseev (24-2-1, 20 KOs).
Yoan Pablo Hernandez: "I am in tremendous shape. 14 months away from the ring feels like ages. After my left hand fracture in January I want to show the fans a performance to remember this Saturday in Bamberg!"
Alexander Alekseev: "I have learned from my mistakes. It is an honor to fight for the World Championship and it will be even better to be called a world champion. I will not let this chance slip out of my hands. If I see any weakness in my opponent's eyes, I will knock him out!"
Ulli Wegner (coach to Hernandez): "Last year, Pablo won a razor-thin decision here in Bamberg. That is the main reason to stage his comeback here. This time we will win in decisive fashion."
Oktay Urkal (assistant coach to Alekseev): "Alexander won the European Championship on a Sauerland Event promoted show. I have the utmost respect for my former coach Ulli Wegner, but our time is now and Alexander Alekseev will win the IBF Cruiserweight Belt on Saturday."