DEVIN HANEY AND BILLY JOE SAUNDERS HEADLINE FINAL UNDERCARD PRESS CONFERENCE IN HOLLYWOOD
Ahead of the much-anticipated rematch between YouTube stars KSI and Logan Paul on Saturday night at the Staples Center, the undercard fighters took the podium to talk about their preparations and excitement about being on a card of this magnitude.
Joining KSI vs. Logan Paul 2 on the main card Saturday night on DAZN, lightweight world champion Devin Haney will make the first defense of his belt and super middleweight world champion Billy Joe Saunders will make his United States debut. The event will be streamed live exclusively as part of the action-packed Fight Season on DAZN.
Below are quotes from the undercard press conference:
“In this fight I’m going in with chip on my shoulder. The boxing fans aren’t acknowledging me as the WBC champion. Come Saturday night I will show them. I will put on a great performance. He will see everything Haney is made of, and if he can’t it will be an nearly night. I will show the world I’m one of the best fighters in the world.”
Billy Joe Saunders
“I need to put on a showcase in America. No one really knows who I am but you will after Saturday night. No disrespect to my opponent, but I’m here to put on a showcase. I’m after Canelo, GGG, and I have been waiting a long time. I am looking forward to putting on a great performance on a great card.”
Joseph Markowski, EVP of DAZN NA
“Fresh off a fantastic weekend for the DAZN business and our partners at Golden Boy with Canelo’s spectacular knockout in Las Vegas. It’s great to get back into a massive fight week, a unique fight week. Every fighter on this stage has an unique opportunity this week to introduce them to what we firmly believe will be a massive audience on both sides of the pond and globally. The numbers we’re seeing are phenomenal: the social numbers and the subscription buys as well. A huge opportunity for this roster of fighters to introduce the next generation of sports fans, and the next generation of we what we hope will be boxing fans.
“In particular, thank you to Devin Haney and Billy Joe. You’re standout fighters in your own right, and we appreciate you having the same vision we have in the plan to continue growing the sport of boxing and the significance this card has in that plan.”
“This is a great turn out ahead of a crazy night on Saturday night. It’s been a joy working with KSI and Logan Paul on this fight, it has completely blown my mind. The numbers we’re seeing for pre-subscriptions are just crazy. We have enjoyed it and we will embrace it. I think every fight on this card is a main event. Two world championship fights on this card, and two of the very best pound-for-pound fighters already in the world of boxing.
“We know there’s a whole new audience coming to this sport on Saturday night. The aim for us is to make sure the audience will get to see greatness and fall in love with what we fell in love with in boxing. When you watch Billy Joe Saunders and Devin Haney you must become instant fans. Our plan is to bring a new global audience and make sure they stick around, and stay in the sport to follow these fighters.”
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