Aidos Yerbossynuly was bold at Thursday’s press conference.
The Kazakhstan told WBA regular super middleweight champion David Morrell that he won’t return to his homeland without the belt that the champion was donning during the presser.
“People can think about David Morrell whatever they want to, but I’m confident about myself,” Yerbossynuly told Boxing Scene through his translator.
“There’s nothing special about him. He’s just a regular opponent.”
But Morrell – who is facing Yerbossynuly in a mandatory fight – brushed off his opponent’s words.
“I feel bad for Aidos. He has no idea what’s going on,” Morrell said.
“I want to fight David Benavidez in my next fight. 100% I’m coming for the knockout. He’s the one that’s asking for it.
“I’m predicting an eighth-round knockout.”
When Morrell spoke with FIGHT SPORTS last week in an exclusive interview, he gave credit to Yerbossynuly, who he described as a good boxer.
But that tone slightly changed as Morrell continued to echo that he’s chasing a win on Saturday to make a name for himself in the super middleweight division.
“I appreciate Aidos stepping up to this fight, but now it’s time to show what I can do. I’m going to show the rest of the division what’s in store for them,” said Morrell.