LAS VEGAS (April 25, 2019) - Former lightweight champion Robert Easter Jr. and former two-division champion Rances Barthelemy went face-to-face Thursday at the final press conference before they meet for the vacant WBA Lightweight title this Saturday live on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. PT /7 p.m. ET) from The Chelsea inside of The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas and presented by Premier Boxing Champions.
Also squaring off Thursday were former champion Viktor Postol and France's Mohamed Mimoune, who battle in a WBC Super Lightweight Title Eliminator, plus rising heavyweight sensation Efe Ajagba and Germany's Michael Wallisch, who meet in a 10-round attraction.
Tickets for the event, which is promoted by Mayweather Promotions and TGB Promotions in association with About Billions Promotions, can be purchased at www.cosmopolitanlasvegas.com or through Ticketmaster.
Here is what the press conference participants had to say Thursday from The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas:
ROBERT EASTER JR.
"I'm not here to talk about any past or future fights. Right now I'm focused on this fight against Rances. Come Saturday you're going to see what I've put myself through during this camp.
"Not only have I learned a lesson from fighting Mikey Garcia, but I also learn something new after every fight. I went back home to Toledo for this one and got back to basics with my dad and Mike Stafford. We put in the hard work and you'll see it on display Saturday.
"This fight is going to be a lot of action and I don't think it's going to make it to the final bell.
"I'm highly confident right now coming off of the hard work in training camp. The connection with my dad is so great and all the time we spent in camp is going to pay off Saturday.
"We had a tremendous camp. I'm hungrier than ever right now to get back in the ring and show everyone that I deserve to be at the top. The only dance I'm going to be doing on Saturday night, is to the bank."
"I'm excited for this new opportunity that I have in front of me and I'm not going to let it go to waste. I'm taking that belt with me on Saturday night.
"I always have good fortune fighting here at The Cosmopolitan and I believe I'm going to take home the victory Saturday night.
"I take nothing away from Robert Easter Jr., because he's a great champion. But I can do everything. I can fight on the inside, on the outside, I have power and I've fought against great opposition.
"I never dreamed of making it this far, especially coming from where I did. The dream of professional boxing didn't exist. To be in this position already, it makes me want to keep chasing bigger fights and leave behind a big legacy.
"I have a very competitive fight in front of me. I've worked with Joel Casamayor, who has great experience combined with mine. We have great chemistry and I'm ready for everything to come together on Saturday night.
"I thank Robert Easter Jr. for taking the challenge, but I'm going to make him dance to the rhythm of the 'Cuban Salsa' on Saturday night. It's going to get caliente."