Andy Ruiz Jr and Luis Ortiz have made it clear.
Both of them are looking forward to Sunday’s fight and pleaded their cases at Thursday’s press conference for why they will come out on top after the 12-round heavyweight main event. But, of course, only one of them can get the victory.
“At the end of the day, we both have the same dream. He wants to make history, but I’m going to have my hand raised up high and I’ll be the one who comes out victorious,” Ruiz said.
“I’m trying to make a big statement. Not just for the fans, but for myself. Losing all those titles that I won broke my heart. This is another chance for me to become champion and I don’t want to lose it. I want to take full advantage of it and do my best.”
Ortiz echoed Ruiz’s goal, but said that he’ll be the one getting the knockout.
“Either he knocks me out or I knock him out. A knockout in boxing is the best thing in sports. This is going to be an exciting fight, one of us is going down, and I’m making sure it’s Andy.
“… Every fight is important, but this is especially important because the winner will hopefully fight to become heavyweight champion of the world. It’s the most important fight for both of us right now.”
For the undercard, Isaac “Pitbull” Cruz will battle Eduardo Ramirez in the co-main event on Sunday. Former three-division world champion Abner Mares will return against Miguel Flores in a 10-round fight.
Jose Valenzuela will open the telecast against Edwin De Los Santos.