Dilmaghani vs Fonseca final press conference report, quotes & video interviews
In the old courtroom in Covent Garden’s salubrious Browns restaurant this morning, press gathered for the final conference for Saturday’s Hennessy Sports show. The evening’s boxing, headlined by Alex Dilmaghani’s challenge for the vacant IBO World Super-Featherweight Title, will be broadcast live in the UK on free-to-air Channel 5 and 5Spike.
Two Nicaraguan brothers have headed over to London’s East End to headline and support, Francisco and Freddy Fonseca both pack power and were supremely calm and confident as they faced the press. Francisco will be Dilmaghani’s opponent while Freddy is up against Irish amateur star, Olympic Silver Medal winner, John Joe Nevin. That chief support is for the vacant WBA International Super-Featherweight Title.
The early exchanges concerned the very last minute cancellation of Dilmaghani and Francisco Fonseca’s September clash- called off with both men in the changing rooms when Fonseca was taken ill. Dilmaghani was unsympathetic,
“I somewhat point the blame because every athlete should know their body.”
Alex then insinuated the Nicaraguan had overeaten after weighing in, a suggestion Francisco strongly denied. Speaking through a translator he said, “the doctors would let me in the ring, the virus affected my liver.
I fought Gervonta Davis while I was ill for world titles. There is no way I can be scared of Dilmaghani.”
He then asserted, “I am going to win by stoppage. I am not afraid of a boxing match.”
Dilmaghani unsurprisingly disagreed, promising fun for the fans but not the outcome Fonseca is fighting for, “it’ll be an exciting fight, but I’m gonna dominate him.”
Francisco and Freddy share an eerie calm and icy stares and Alex Dilmaghani has a similar affect whereas John Joe Nevin came across as laid back yet no less confident. Speaking of his fight with Freddy, Nevin made light of the accusation the WBA International shot has come too early for him (in his fourteenth fight).
“I’ve had over 250 amateur fights, fought in the WSB, sparred world level guys like Luke Campbell and Vasyl Lomachenko… My experience is a lot better than what he thinks it is.
He’s had a good career, but he’s not fought me.”
That will have changed come Sunday morning and whoever goes home the victor will see their rating with the WBA rise. Freddy was excited at the prospect of he and his brother going home holding the two titles,
“We started boxing together with the dream of becoming world champions and we are boxing overseas for these titles which we will win those and do it for Nicaragua. It will much for our country.”
Finally it was time for the face-offs, which were devoid of anything but the usual blinking competition. Both bouts are well matched and the combatants incredibly similar in size and shape. However the main event definitely has some spite simmering and both men promising a stoppage.
Promoted by Mick Hennessy in association with Infinitum, Channel 5 and Priority Promotions, Dilmaghani v Fonseca will be televised exclusively live in the UK on free-to-air Channel 5 and 5Spike.
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Promoter Mick Hennessy
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