At the Hilton Riverside in New Orleans on Thursday afternoon, the boxing world saw a preview of what will prove to be a fully stacked Oct. 27 World Boxing Super Series fight night at the UNO Lakefront Arena with two twelve round Super Lightweight quarterfinal clashes on the main card, including headliner Regis Prograis against Terry Flanagan for a chance to advance to the semifinals. In a press conference, Saturday night’s fighters gathered to discuss their preparation and predictions ahead of the big night. (photos by Amanda Wescott)
Saturday’s event will stream exclusively on DAZN, with coverage beginning at 8 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. CT and the main card starting at 10 p.m. ET / 9 p.m. CT.
“This is the biggest fight for me, quarterfinals of the World Boxing Super Series. I’m happy to be fighting for a world title. This is my moment and this is my time. This is beautiful place.”
On what kind of fight to expect: “I’ll beat him all around and stop when the referee stops the fight.”
“I look very much forward to it. I’ve been training here for 2 weeks now with the guys from the New Orleans Boxing Club. I got the work in and my team, they have helped a lot. I feel at home now. For this fight I feel really confident this fight will go my way. Obviously some people think Ivan ‘The Beast’ Baranchyk” is going to come after his prey, but let me tell you guys something. I didn’t fly over the sea to be prey, we’re on a safari and we’re going to hunt beast.”
On his edge over Baranchyk: “I fight differently. I can do everything, I can punch, I can move, I’m explosive, and fast on my feet. I have that warrior’s heart. People are shocked when they fight me and they don’t know how to respond. Whatever they do I have an answer for it, and I think that’s one of the key things I have. I’m a hard worker and always put my opponents out on deep water.”