DORADO, PR – WBO Junior Lightweight Champion Roman "Rocky" Martinez (29-2-2, 17 KOs) and WBO/IBF featherweight world-ranked Jonathan "Polvo" Oquendo (25-4, 16 KOs) worked out for the press in Puerto Rico on Monday, Aug, 31 in advance of their SHOWTIME PPV® fights against former world champions Orlando "Siri" Salido (42-13-2, 29 KOs) and Jhonny Gonzalez (58-9, 49 KOs), respectively. The event will take place on Saturday, Sept. 12 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas highlighted by HIGH STAKES: Floyd Mayweather vs. Andre Berto.
Martinez and Oquendo worked before the media at the Dorado Municipal Gym in Dorado, Puerto Rico. Both fighters completed a full training session with their respective trainers Raul Torres and Dennis Pantojas.
This is what the fighters had to say during Monday’s workout:
Román “Rocky” Martínez
"I'm preparing for a big fight on September 12. Everyone saw that the first fight against Salido was a true ‘War.’ This time around, I’m planning to give my fans the same type of fight. I predict a non-stop action slugfest.
"My team and I are working and have been working really hard in training camp. I believe that we are doing everything that needs to be done. I’m in the best shape of my career and I’m planning to win once again, either by knockout or decision, but I’ll win.
"We have worked more on side-to-side and in-and-out movement. If I see him hurt early I'm going to finish him.”
Raul Torres, Martinez’s Trainer
"Rocky is a 100 percent prepared for [Orlando] Salido. I have no doubt that we will emerge victorious once again.
"[Orlando] Salido is a fighter that likes to go forward. He stands in front of you and he goes at it. He’s tough, but we are tougher. We are ready.”
"This is very important fight for me. This is my opportunity to put myself in the world title landscape. I’m not going to let this opportunity slip away from me.
"Jhonny Gonzalez is a veteran of 60 fights, so you can’t take him lightly. Preparation is key.
"This will be the first fight at 130 pounds for me and I can say that the training camp has been very good, better than expected.
“I'm feeling strong. I think this is a good weight for me, I’m comfortable because I don't have to lose much weight and can train better."
Dennis Pantojas, Oquendo's trainer
"We have had a very good training camp. Jonathan [Oquendo] has not had any problems and he’s right on weight that we want.
"I see Jonathan [Oquendo] more focused and stronger than ever. We are not only hitting the gym, we are also swimming a lot and that has helped him lots. “
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“HIGH STAKES: Mayweather vs. Berto,” a 12-round welterweight world championship bout for Mayweather’s WBC and WBA 147-pound titles, is promoted by Mayweather Promotions LLC. The event will take place Saturday, September 12 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas and will be televised by SHOWTIME PPV. The undercard features a WBO Junior Lightweight World Championship fight, which is a rematch between Roman Martinez and Orlando Salido, which is promoted in association with PR Best Boxing. Also featured on the PPV telecast will be a WBC Super Middleweight title bout between Badou Jack and George Groves, which is promoted in association with Team Sauerland. The opening PPV bout pits former world champion Jhonny Gonzalez against Puerto Rico’s Jonathan Oquendo in a 10-round junior lightweight bout.