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Jose Pedraza-Stephen Smith: LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard

Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut - The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® telecast begins live at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT on SHOWTIME with IBF Junior Lightweight World Championship clash between unbeaten Puerto Rican Jose Pedraza (21-0, 12 KOs) and mandatory challenger Stephen Smith (23-1, 13 KOs), of Liverpool, England. 

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JOSE PEDRAZA

(On training camp...)
"I am feeling really good, we're in the last stretch of conditioning. It was a very long and intense training camp but we saw improvements in my abilities. I have been waiting a long time for this day to come and we are going to demonstrate to Smith that I am a weapon.

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JOSE PEDRAZA

(On training camp...)
"I am feeling really good, we're in the last stretch of conditioning. It was a very long and intense training camp but we saw improvements in my abilities. I have been waiting a long time for this day to come and we are going to demonstrate to Smith that I am a weapon.

(On Stephen Smith...)
"Smith is a very good boxer, he has a lot of abilities and intelligence. He's a boxer with very good defense, but we already utilize a variety of strategies to be able to neutralize all of his abilities."

(On what he plans to demonstrate on Saturday...)
"With my abilities, come Saturday, I will demonstrate that I am above Smith and that I am at the level of what I am, a champion. Overall, I just want to put on a show and I hope that the fan base will enjoy this great card."

(On what he learned from fighting Edner Cherry...)
"I learned what I have always said and what I have always done to this very day, which is never watching. I never watch too many videos of my opponent because on the day of the fight he could be a completely different fighter and I think that is what occurred then. Aside from that, he utilized a great strategy."

(On his thoughts on other Puerto Rican boxers...)
"Actually I am a world champion just like Rocky Martinez; there are many Puerto Rican prospects. Like [Felix] Verdejo but I don't consider him as a world title contender just yet. He hasn't fought with a boxer of championship caliber but he is currently among the top fighters in Puerto Rico."

(On other fights he may be interested in at 130 pounds...)
"I have always said that the less Puerto Ricans I fight, the better. If it is the last option, I will fight with Puerto Ricans too but aside from that Rocky [Martinez] the world champ, there's Francisco Vargas, [Javier] Fortuna, to name a few that are at the top of my list."

STEPHEN SMITH

(On his first time fighting in the U.S....)
"I'm excited. If you want to make a name in boxing, then you're going to do it in the states and that's what I plan on doing by becoming a world champion Saturday."

(On what he knows about Pedraza...)
"Well, not quite a lot. I know his name from the amateur days. He's well established, he's an Olympian and he's a talented man. To fight somebody consists of winning or not, it goes beyond tactics, beyond style and beyond skillset really. I believe I have what it takes to fight anyone and nothing will keep me from becoming a world champion."

(On what he needs to do to get the victory...)
"It can be a different type of fight; we know he likes to switch it up and box from different stances. He's obviously talented so it's going to take a different set from each way but we know what to expect. I've gone over everything with my trainer Joe Gallagher and we're ready to go."

(On his brothers Liam and Callum being champions and what it could mean to potentially join them...)
"It's special. Two weeks ago Liam and Callum won a European world title and it just gives me the confidence, the spirit to hike. I'm in a really good place mentally and I couldn't be feeling better going into it. After my boot camp going successfully, it just makes you feel better going ahead to become a world champion."

(On UK champions on the rise in the past year...)
"There's a lot of history there and for myself and my family, so we do what we've always wanted to do and we're looking to just keep moving forward."

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