George Kambosos Jr. Vs. Maxi Hughes Pre-Fight Presser

George Kambosos Jr. and Maxi Hughes held their pre-fight presser ahead of their IBF lightweight title eliminator on July 22nd, 2023. 

The pair will square off from the FireLake Arena in Shawnee, Oklahoma, as the former unified champion Kambosos looks to bounce back from his two defeats to Devin Haney.

Standing in his way is the southpaw Hughes, who has the chance to inflict a shock defeat and throw himself into the hat for the biggest names. 

In the co-main event, Keyshawn Davis faces former European champion Francesco Patera.

Elsewhere on the card, Giovani Santillan takes on Erick Bone in a welterweight clash, while Jeremiah Milton test himself against Willie Harvey in a heavyweight bout. 

Meanwhile, middleweight Troy Isley goes up against Antonio Todd. And to round things off, Amron Sands takes on Hemi Ahio, as Stephan Shaw faces Joe Goodall.

With that being said, here were the key quotes from the presser. 

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Key Comments

“It’s an absolute pleasure to be here in Oklahoma. I’m very excited. I’m very refreshed because I had three massive fights within 11 months. Big fights take a toll. But I was able to step back, refresh my body, and continue my training. I’m here right now. I’m very excited. I feel fantastic. And we can’t wait to handle business.

“I’ve never been the kind of fighter who says, ‘Oh, I’ve got a loss. It’s taken my confidence away.’ I lost to Devin Haney. I think the boxing world has forgotten that he’s the only guy I’ve lost to. I’ve got to remind them again. We have learned a lot. And we have worked on a lot. But the biggest thing is that I’ve become a greedy motherf***er now. I’m going to take advantage of every hole there is.

“I’m only focused on Maxi Hughes. We give him the utmost respect. He’s here. We know what he’s going to bring. Whatever there is to come, that will be spoken about after Saturday. But for now, there is only man in front of me.

“I’m going to take his head off. That’s what’s going through my mind. I’m ready. I’m looking to absolutely destroy this man in my path,” George Kambosos


“It’s been one of my dreams to fight in the U.S. When you turn professional, you see all the big fights in America and you want to be a part of that. I’ve had my tough times in boxing, and I’ve shown a lot of mental strength. I’ve come through that. I’ve earned my right to be on this stage as the main event.

“The preparation has gone very well. My training team has been together for five years. After my last fight in September, I gave myself a week off and went back to the gym. I’m a full-time professional. That’s my job. I don’t just train for fights. I train and learn all the time. And then in February, we got the deal done with George. Since then, George’s face and name has been imprinted in my brain. Preparation went well and I’m very confident,” Maxi Hughes



“You’re going to see something new. You can watch me fight. You can study me. But you got to really know boxing to know the type of fighter that you’re getting in the ring with when you fight me. I’m 8-0. Ya’ll haven’t even seen the best of me yet. Ya’ll will see something new.

“Every time somebody fights me, it could be a life-changing moment for them. But when they get in the ring, it’s a different story. Just expect the same of what you’ve been seeing out of me,” Keyshawn Davis


“I am very happy to be here and fight in the U.S. This means a lot. I am ready. This can change my life, so I’m going to give it my all on Saturday.

“If you make a name for yourself in the U.S., you make a name for yourself worldwide. So, a victory will give me a good name.

“A win will put me in a world title spot. So, this means a lot. I’ve done it before, and I’m sure I can do it again on Saturday,” Francesco Patera


“This is my home state. I’m carrying that weight for the whole state when it comes to boxing. I represent wherever I go. Whether it’s across the sea or whatever, they always know I’m from Tulsa.

“I started late in boxing. I’ve come a long way really fast. I only had about 22 or 23 amateur fights. Now I’m coming through among the best in the game right now. No matter what, if you have people doubting you in the past, and you’ve ended up on this stage, they can now watch me perform on this stage,” Jeremiah Milton


“I feel good. I’ve just been training for those 11 months that I’ve been away. I’ve been staying ready, and I’ve been waiting for that call. I’m ready, and I feel good. I’m ready for Saturday.”

“After this Saturday, I can get a big shot. It depends on how I perform. I’m not taking this fight lightly. Erick Bone has fought a lot of good fighters. And I plan on showing that I’m ready for big fights against the big names,” Giovani Santillan


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