Frank Smith, CEO of Matchroom Boxing:
“Thank you all for joining us here at Trinity House in London ahead of a huge night of boxing on Saturday. It’s a huge night for Matchroom especially, we start here in London with eleven fights, three Championship fights and a final eliminator for the WBA Super-Middleweight World title and then we move onto New York to see Daniel Jacobs take on Sergiy Derevyanchenkochenko for the IBF World Middleweight title – live both on Sky Sports and HBO.”
“A few people couldn’t join us today, Charlie Duffield and Louie Lynn – both huge ticket sellers. They’ll be on the card early before TV on Saturday night. Reece Bellotti and Martin J Ward both have comeback fights after their losses.”
John Ryder – Islington, England – 26-4, 14 KOs – fighting Andrey Sirotkin in a final eliminator for the WBA Super-Middleweight World title:
“I’m buzzing for this fight. I’ve had two good wins and I’m looking to get another good win on Saturday to propel myself on. There’s great Champions in the Super-Middleweight division and it’s great division to be part of.
“There’s no easy fights out there. Saturday night isn’t an easy fight, I’m looking forward to it. I’ve trained hard, I’ve grafted hard with Tony Sims, we’ve left no stone unturned. I’ve been out early mornings with Ted, Felix and Martin. We’ve all been training hard and pushing each other on. It’s going to be a great night.
“It’s one of them. I don’t know how it’s going to go. I’m either going to drop him with the first shot or it’s going to be a hard-fought 12 rounder. He’s very unpredictable and he’s got a very awkward style to get hold of. It makes for an interesting night.”
Andrey Sirotkin – Nizhny Novgorod, Russia – 15-0, 4 KOs – fighting John Ryder in a final eliminator for the WBA Super-Middleweight World title:
“I feel excellent. It is a massive occasion for me. I’m ready for this. I feel great. I’ll deliver what I’m supposed to deliver on Saturday. You will see. I’ve got no problem fighting him in London, it means nothing to me.”
Ted Cheeseman – Bermondsey, England – 14-0, 9 KOs – fighting Asinia Byfield for the Vacant British Super-Welterweight title:
“You’re pathetic. You can’t even speak mate. You don’t know anything about boxing. You haven’t stated any facts about boxing the whole time, you just talk this street rubbish. You look like you’ve been nicked for shoplifting and your mum’s dressed you for court. You’re just a div. On Saturday, I promise you you’re not going 12 rounds.
“Everyone who wants to win money, go and put your money on me getting him out of there before 12 rounds. That’s one thing I can guarantee. On Saturday you’re getting smashed. All yesterday you done your big talk, and then you come over and wanted to shake hands. Don’t shake my hand, I’m serious, you are getting smashed.
“I’m better than you in every department. Look at my opponents and then look at your opponents – I’ve had better opponents. This is a stepping stone for me to push onto the next level. This is the level that he’s going to stay at.”
Asinia Byfield – Reading, England – 14-1, 6 KOs – fighting Ted Cheeseman for the Vacant British Super-Welterweight title:
“There’s levels. A lot of people keep saying how there’s levels to boxing. He’s beaten a washed up Carson Jones. Every person you’ve beat is nothing like me. My name is Asinia ‘DGhost’. You haven’t ever met me in the ring.
“To be fair, the British title means nothing. I’m a fighter, and that’s what I do, I fight. It means nothing. I won’t even have the British, as soon as I get it I’m going to give it to my homie. I don’t even care about it. I’m just a fighter and I have to fight to live. That’s the reason why I fight. I fight because I’ve had a bad past and this is the only way I can get through my day to day life.”
Ryan Doyle – Gorton, England – 17-2-1, 9 KOs – making the first defence of his Commonwealth Featherweight title against Jordan Gill:
“I’m looking forward to the fight now. My preparation for the fight has been perfect. Everything has gone well. The British title is there on the horizon but I’m looking forward to getting this first defence of my Commonwealth belt out of the way first of all. I’ve got to beat Jordan Gill first. It’s been a long and hard road and I need to get the job done on Saturday night.”
Jordan Gill – Chatteris, England – 21-0, 5 KOs – challenging Ryan Doyle for the Commonwealth Featherweight title:
“There’s a great buzz in the gym and a really good atmosphere. Everyone really pushes each other and everyone really learns off each other. I think that’s going to hold me in good stead on Saturday night.
“I’m ready for whatever comes at me and I’ve got the experience. It’s a big step up but one that I’ve been craving for for a long time. It’s an opportunity that I’m glad to have. I’m not sure how the fight is going to go. That’s the thing about boxing, nobody knows until they get in there. Anything can happen. The trick is dealing with whatever comes at you and that’s what I’m going to do. I’m going to dictate the terms and deal with whatever comes at me.”
Felix Cash – Wokingham, England – 9-0, 6 KOs – fighting Stephen Danyo for the vacant WBC International Silver Middleweight title:
“It’s been a long time coming. It’s time now to show everyone what I’m really about. I’ve watched a couple of videos of his fights and he’s not a bad little boxer – he’s a good little mover. But there’s levels in boxing and I think I’m a couple of levels above him. I’ll go in there and do the business on Saturday night and hopefully after that we can push on for the British title.”
Stephen Danyo – Manchester, England – 14-1-3, 6 KOs – fighting Felix Cash for the vacant WBC International Silver Middleweight title:
“First of all I would like to thank Matchroom Boxing for this opportunity. My opponent’s team think that I am not ready, but we’ve been working hard and I’m here to do the business on Saturday night.”
Isaac Chamberlain – Brixton, England – 9-1, 4 KOs – fighting Luke Watkins in a 10 round Cruiserweight contest:
“We’ve worked very hard in the gym. Everything has been very consistent, even since before this fight got announced. I’m looking forward to doing my thing, showing everything that I’ve been working on in the gym. I’m just itching to go. The drive is there, the hunger is there. He won’t deal with everything that I have to offer.
“Changing trainer is going to help a lot. For most of this camp I’ve been working with Angel Fernandez. It’s been a great camp. I’ve been working on so many new things that I couldn’t wait to train the next day – that’s the type of hunger and motivation that I have.
“It’s going to be explosive, it’s going to be electrifying and exciting. I’m knocking him out.”
Luke Watkins – Swindon, England – 13-1, 9 KOs – fighting Isaac Chamberlain in a 10 round Cruiserweight contest:
“Camp has been rubbish. I’ve had sparring pullouts, injuries, illness, the same old thing. Any fighter that tells you that you don’t go through that is lying.
“Camp has gone as camp goes. Camp has been great, I’ve enjoyed it. I’ve enjoyed myself and come fight night I’m going to stick it on Isaac.
“Any names out there that want to fight, I’m happy to fight them. For me once you reach a certain level it’s not about taking backward steps and fighting opponents that people don’t know. I just want to fight on TV and I want to fight the fights that the fans want to see. I’ll move forward and I’ll continue my journey. I’ll fight the rest of the guys out there in the division. When the time is right, me and Lawrence will fight again.
“Unless you’ve turned into the ‘Hulk’ since the last time I checked, no disrespect, but you are not the biggest of punchers. I don’t look at you lightly. I think you’re talented, I do. But let’s face it, you don’t go knocking people out. You don’t ice people, so please explain why you think you’re going to ice me.”
Craig Richards – Crystal Palace, England – 12-1, 6 KOs – fighting Michael Ludwiczak in a six round Light-Heavyweight contest:
“I’m looking forward to pushing on. I was looking forward to pushing on for this title fight. We’ve been in camp for 14 weeks, I had my head down just training and working hard.
“Unfortunately I’ve been waiting for Jake Ball since he called me out in June. Unfortunately he had a little bruise on his hand and decide that he’s going to pull the plug on fight week. It’s a silly excuse. I can’t sit around.
“I’ve got to push on and move on from here. There’s a lot of good fights in the Light-Heavyweight division and a lot of title fights. I think Jake Ball needs to go and redeem his loss against JJ McDonagh because nobody has time to waste and wait for him. I’d like to fight Frank Buglioni in a rematch and avenge my loss.”
George Fox – Mill Hill, England – 1-0 – fighting Ferenc Zsalek in a four round Heavyweight contest:
“I want to display a unique set of skills for a Heavyweight. I’m a bit of a technical boxer, I’m not your typical slugger or heavy puncher right now but we’re working on the power in the gym.”