On January 30th 2016, Sergey Kovalev will put his light-heavyweight titles on the line against Jean Paschal in Montreal. This week the two fighters met at a press conference in promotion of the fight. Here's some of the snaps from this week's events (photos credit: Bob Lévesque). ________________________________________________________________________________
DeGale: I Am The Best Super-Middleweight Out There
IBF Super-Middleweight World Champ James DeGale (21-1-14 KO) held an open media workout in London this week as he readies himself in final preparation for his fight with Lucian Bute in Canada at the end of the month.
Here’w what the champion had to say ahead of his travels to Canada:
Number one in the division
“I think I am the best super middleweight out there right now. There are hard fights in the division. Badou Jack is a good fighter, but I think I beat him and beat him well if I stay switched on for the full 12 rounds. Arthur Abraham is still a tough customer and hopefully Martin Murray can do the business. I think he will beat him, although it’s hard to win in Germany.
“I want to prove I am the best, I will go anywhere to do it and that’s why I am defending my title in Canada. All the world champions in Britain have great rivals on the doorstep, so it’s a really exciting time domestically as well for boxing in Britain right now – but I firmly believe I beat everyone in this division.”
Loves fighting on the road
“I like boxing away from home – maybe it’s time I started being called ‘the road warrior’. I won my world title in Boston and now I am defending it in Canada against a classy opponent in Lucian Bute. I know it’s going to be a hard fight but I am ready for that. My sparring has been great, I am hitting great times on the track, I feel strong in the gym and I am just looking forward to it.
“Nothing changes under Jim McDonnell – it’s all about hard work, long runs up Hampstead Heath, 15 round sparring sessions, five minute rounds in the gym – I’m always in great shape. We haven’t changed anything really. If anything, we’ve had to just adjust the mindset and train like a challenger even though I am the champion. That’s the way you have to think.
“I feel fresh, sharp and ready. I travel on Wednesday and I am raring to go. I just can’t wait to get in there now. I wanted to get out there a good 10 days early to acclimate to the weather and the time. Once I am there, I feel even more switched on.”