LOS ANGELES, CALIF. - Jaime Munguia (33-0, 26 KOs) of Tijuana, Mexico hosted a press conference today at the Golden Boy Headquarters in Los Angeles, Calif. ahead of the 12-round defense of his WBO Junior Middleweight World Title against African warrior Patrick Allotey (40-3, 30 KOs). He was joined by co-main event fighters Ryan "Kingry" Garcia (18-0, 15 KOs) and Avery "A-Plus" Sparrow (10-1, 3 KOs) who will battle in a 10-round lighweight fight. The event will take place on Saturday, Sept. 14 at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, Calif. and will be streamed live on DAZN. (photos by Tom Hogan/Hogan Photos).
Below is what today's participants had to say at the press conference:
JAIME MUNGUIA, WBO Junior Middleweight Champion:
"I feel very happy to be the main event for this Mexican Independence Day fight. It's going to be a great day for boxing and a great day for Mexico. My desire on September 14th is to demonstrate everything I've been learning with my new trainer Erick Morales. I have a great fighter in front of me and we are going to show it in the ring."
"We know that Allotey is strong, fast and has a lot of knockouts. We will have to be very careful about that. But, I'll be looking to give a great show, and I'll look for the knockout on September 14."
RYAN GARCIA. Lightweight Contender:
"Thank you to everyone who came here. Out of the three fights I was offered I knew Avery was the hardest. He's a fast and undefeated counter puncher. He's smart. I wanted to take the hardest fight I got offered. I'm going to bring my all and train like it's my last, upping my speed and power. I'm going to bring my experience. I've seen a lot of fighters out there, and I'm going to bring those wins into the ring as well. Let's all get ready! Avery is very fast and that's what I'm going to have to train for. I know that my experience and my training will help me win this fight. I wanted to take on the hardest fight. I'm not trying to prove anything to myself, but to the people who doubt me and the people who don't think I can handle this fight."
AVERY SPARROW, Super Featherweight Contender:
"Thank you Golden Boy and all the fans for making this fight happen. Ryan knows I'm a good fighter and this is a big fight, I have a lot of support and people backing me. I'm on a different level than Ryan Garcia, and he hasn't been to this level yet. I've fought fighters with similar experience before, but we will see what happens on September 14th. I hope to see everyone there."
ERIK MORALES, Hall of Famer and Trainer of Jaime Munguia:
"I'm very grateful to be working with Munguia. He's a great fighter and a young fighter with a lot of desire to show. It reminds me of when I was younger. He has been improving over our last two months of working together. I assure you that the Munguia you know will be different, but will also deliver the same explosive style he has. We are showing him and guiding him."