Ortiz and Kayode discuss Fox Sports 1 fight

With a stacked card coming to The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino this Thursday, Luis "The Real King Kong" Ortiz, Lateef "Power" Kayode, Jesus "El Jinete" Cuellar and Juan Manuel "Juanma" Lopez sat down with the media in Las Vegas to discuss their respective title bouts airing live on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes.


Here is what the fighters said Thursday:


LUIS ORTIZ, Undefeated Heavyweight Contender


"I have worked very hard for this fight and it's a great opportunity and I'm not going to waste it.


"I have seen one or two of Kayode's fights and I am prepared. You will see my preparation materialize in the ring on Thursday night.


"Kayode is a trash talker and I take that as a sign of weakness.


"A lot of heavyweight fighters are in Cuba in amateur competitions, but I take pride in knowing that I am a professional Cuban heavyweight.


"I am going to continue working and doing my part and fight whoever steps up.  I am the next heavyweight champion.  I am going to keep doing my part so I can get there."


"When I need to be a power puncher, I will do it. When I need to box, I will do it. When I need to be defensive, I will do it.  When I need to attack and get the job done, I will do it. If there is a specific name for all of those styles - then that is the kind of fighter I am."



LATEEF KAYODE, Undefeated Heavyweight Contender


"I feel as good as I did at cruiserweight, I'm still the same powerful guy.


"My trainer Freddie Roach has spent a lot of time in the gym with me. He has taught me a lot about my opponents and how to take advantage of them.


"I notice the difference when Freddie tells me things to adjust my game. He helped me with my footwork and positioning. He taught me new ways to make my opponents pay.


"Freddie told me that if I listen to him I will have no problem with this guy. He's there to make life easier for me.


"I will be able to keep composure and keep calm in the ring. It's not an easy task to fine-tune my brute force and strength but I feel great about where I am.


"After I knock Ortiz out or whatever I do to him, after that I will leave it up to my manager to try to get me a fight with Klitschko. I'm not scared to fight anybody."

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