CARSON, CALIF. (March 7, 2019) - WBC Welterweight World Champion Shawn Porter and top welterweight contender Yordenis Ugas went face-to-face Thursday at the final press conference before they battle in the main event of Premier Boxing Champions on FOX and FOX Deportes this Saturday night from Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California.
Also squaring-off at Thursday's press conference and competing in PBC on FOX and FOX Deportes action Saturday were hard-hitting welterweights Abel Ramos and Francisco "Chia" Santana, who meet in a 10-round attraction, and unbeaten heavyweight Efe Ajagba and veteran Amir Mansour, who battle in an eight-round attraction to kick off the broadcast at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.
Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by TGB Promotions, are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased at AXS.com.
Here is what the press conference participants had to say Thursday from the Marriott Los Angeles Airport:
"This is special. I feel great and I'm ready to go. I've done everything that I need to do so that I'm ready for this point right now.
"I'm sure Ugas has looked at what I do in the ring and sees how tough and rough it is to fight me. He thinks he's the better boxer and has more technical skills, which is fine with me. He can say what he wants, but the talking is done after today.
"We wanted something different for this fight and we had worked with Barry Hunter from a distance for a while. I think my dad (Kenny Porter) would agree that going out to their gym in Washington, D.C. was one of the best moves we've made in boxing.
"Keith Thurman, Errol Spence Jr. or Manny Pacquiao. Those are all big fights that people want to see. If this fight goes the way we want it to go, those guys are the goal for the next fight.
"I think he's going to try to clinch with me and also try to catch me coming in. But I've been down that road before and I'm going to show you something different on Saturday. I'm more than comfortable that we'll be ready to make all the necessary adjustments.
"People want to see knockouts. That's the best way to solidify a win. We've seen things not go my way before on close scorecards. We've worked on adding some more power and we'll see on Saturday if it all comes to fruition.
"I'm looking forward to this fight going differently than last time I fought at this venue, against Kell Brook. I'm going to make sure it goes my way this time, but there's no added pressure because of it. It's total focus on getting this job done the best way that I can."