QUINTANA DREAMS BIG, EYES ALVAREZ-MOSLEY WINNER
“I’m very, very excited and happy and I’ve worked hard for this moment. I’ve seen Latimore fight before, and he’s a very good boxer,” said Quintana. “But I’ve worked very hard for this fight, and those of you who know me, you know that I’m going to win this fight.”
Quintana (28-3, 22 KOs) has lost to Cotto and Berto and split bouts with southpaw Paul Williams, all of whom knocked out Quintana.
But the former WBO welterweight beltholder believes that his experience will be the difference and result in a win over Latimore.
“I want to get back to being a top level fighter, and I can achieve that with this victory. I’m not that young any more, so I have to take advantage of every opportunity that I get. What better opportunity than to be on a big, pay per view card with Mayweather, Cotto, Alvarez and Mosley. You know, I would like to fight the winner of Canelo and Mosley,” said Quintana.
“They’re very good fighters, and I don’t have anything against Latimore, but I’m going to win the fight. I’m going to be interested in watching the fight between Mosley and the young guy, Canelo. I wold like to fight the winner. They’re two big stars. That’s a dream for me, and you have to dream big.”
LATIMORE: ‘I’M A RISING STAR, HERE I COME’
In his last fight in February, Latimore (23-3, 17 KOs) rose from knockdowns in the ninth and 10th rounds to score a majority decision over late replacement Milton Nunez, of Colombia, for his third straight victory at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
Although he was floored with 26 seconds left in each of the last two rounds, Latimore escaped with the triumph over Nunez, whose previous three losses had all been by first-round stoppage.
Trained by Mayweather’s uncle, Jeff Mayweather, Latimore’s previous two wins were by third-round knockout over Darien Ford in July of 2010 and eight-round unanimous decision over Dennis Sharpe last April.
Before that, Latimore had sandwiched an unimpressive decision over Sammy Sparkman in August of 2009 between a split-decision loss to Cory Spinks in 2009 (in a 12-round bout for the vacant IBF title), and a loss to Sechew Powell in the rematch of a seventh-round TKO victory for Latimore in June of 2008.
“I’ve worked hard for six years to get to this point. Now, I’m here, and it’s an honor to be on a card with guys like Shane Mosley and Canelo Alvarez. That’s every fighters dream right there. I worked hard to get to this point, and Qintana’s talking about he wants to fight the winner between Alvarez and Mosley,” said Latimore.
“But he’s got to get past me first. Trust me, I will not settle for nothing less than a win on Saturday night. I have all of the respect for Carlos, because he’s been there. I’ve always been there. My time was cut short the first time that I had the opportunity, but now, I’m actually being presented this opportunity again by good people in Mayweather Promotions, and I won’t let it slip past me again.”
Latimore is in his second bout under the Mayweather Promotions banner, having signed with the organization after helping Mayweather prepare for September’s fourth-round knockout of southpaw Victor Ortiz as a sparring partner.
“I’m coming to take this. Like I said, I won’t settle for nothing less than a win, but don’t be surprised if I get a KO in this fight,” said Latimore.
“I’m not looking forward to who I’m fighting next or the winner of this or that. First, I’m going to take of business on Saturday night, and then, I’ll let my promoters handle it and go from there. I’m a rising star. Here I come.”
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