OAKLAND, CALIF. - NABF Featherweight Champion Joseph "Jojo" Diaz Jr. (19-0, 11 KOs) and top-rated featherweight contender Jayson "La Maravilla" Velez (23-1-1, 16 KOs) are ready to battle in their 10-round NABF Featherweight title fight which will open up the HBO World Championship Boxing® telecast beginning at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT.
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JOSEPH DIAZ JR., NABF Featherweight Champion:
"Come March 26, I know I have a really tough fight ahead of me. I know Jayson Velez is an experienced veteran in the ring. He's a warrior. He has a six-inch reach advantage over me so it's going to be a really great fight. I know he's coming off of a loss, so I know he really wants to bounce back and show everybody that he's still a world title contender.
"I had a really great training camp. I've been training for eight weeks. This is my first time fighting on HBO, so I really want to showcase who I truly am. I'm 110% ready. I'm ready to give fight fans a war if Jayson Velez wants to have a war. I'm ready to showcase to everybody all the abilities I have inside the ring. I'm very excited to be fighting on the Andre Ward and Sullivan Barrera card. They're two elite athletes and I'm very honored to be the co-main event for this fight. Come March 26, I promise I'm going to give you a great show."
JAYSON VELEZ, Top-rated Featherweight Contender:
"I want to thank God first, obviously he makes everything possible. I want to thank my promoters, Miguel Cotto Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions and my whole team. I don't have too much to say besides that this is a great fight. Joseph comes to fight. I come to fight. We both want to win. We both take challenges. People keep asking me why I took this dangerous fight and the answer is easy...if I want to be the best, I have to fight the best. Joseph is one of the best.
"I lost my last fight, so I need to win. I want to win. I can't tell you who's going to win this fight because we both are great fighters and warriors. He's Mexican, I'm Puerto Rican, and when you have a Puerto Rican and a Mexican in the same ring, you will see a war. You will see speed, power, everything in this fight. He's a great fighter and I'm so excited. Thank you to everyone and stay tuned this Saturday and thank you to HBO of course."