Inglewood, California, will be the setting for two World Boxing Association (WBA) championship fights this Saturday. The fight for the Welterweight title between Argentine Lucas Matthysse (38-4, 35 KOs) and Thai Tewa Kiram (38-0, 28 KO) and the fight for the Lightweight belt between Venezuelan champion, Jorge Linares, (43-3, 27 KO) and Filipino Mercito Gesta (31-1-2, 17 KO), will take place during this weekend.
The four main fighters held the last press conference before the fights and gave their impressions about what they expect in the ring.
The Argentine, who aspires to become champion again, gave his impressions about the bout: “I am happy to share this card with great figures, I am ready to be a champion again”.
Kiram, meanwhile, was very motivated to face a figure like the South American. “This week you will see a great fight, I’m going to take the title to Thailand”, said the Asian.
Linares and Gesta, who will be in the co-featured bout, also spoke to the press. The “Golden Boy”, pointed the need to keep his WBA belt, “I am in a great moment and I do not want anyone to take it from me”, said Linares, who assured he is focused on defeating Gesta and that right now he is not thinking about other fights in the future.
Linares’ challenger showed his desire to surprise the public: “This is my second opportunity for a world title and I have nothing to lose, I am going to become the new world champion”.
The official weigh-in ceremony for the evening will be held this Friday, in which Matthysse and Kiram will have to be within the limit of 147 pounds in the category, while Linares and Gesta must be within the limit of 135 pounds in the division.