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November 16, 2016

 Badou Jack vs. James DeGale Press Conference Quotes

A star-studded press conference took place at Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Wednesday, as Floyd Mayweather, along with several New York boxing "ambassadors," signified the return of boxing to New York by announcing the super middleweight world championship unification fight featuring Badou Jack against James DeGale that will take place Saturday, January 14 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn and live on SHOWTIME®.

The press conference signified the return of boxing to New York for the first time since a controversial insurance measure instituted by the New York State Government. Participants were on hand to discuss the exciting doubleheader on January 14 and celebrating the long awaited return of boxing to The Big Apple.
 
Here is what the participants had to say Wednesday:

BADOU JACK
 
"I think this will be an exciting fight. I'm going to give it my all and he's going to give it his all. This is a bigger fight than anything we've been a part of. He's going to turn it up and so will I.
 
"Now it's me and DeGale. All the other fights are in the past. We've had different results against the same fighters. But none of that matters, it's time to fight.
 
"A real champion can take a loss and bounce back. It shows what kind of person you are. I've proven I'm mentally tough.
 
"Boxing is not dead. It's here to stay. There are some very good fights coming up. Probably even more next year.
 
"I came from Sweden, a country that has no boxing. Now I'm here headlining in New York for a unification fight. The sky is the limit. I always stay humble and never forget where I came from.
 
"It's not going to matter what people think on fight night. DeGale is definitely one of the top guys in the division. He's a road warrior. He comes over here and fights guys in their backyards. He deserves a lot of credit. That's why this fight is so big. We both want to be great.
 
"I like being the underdog. If I'm the underdog in this fight, then that's perfect for me. There won't be any excuses when I beat him.
 
"I just try to stay humble win after win and keep looking forward to bigger and better things. After this fight come talk to me about who is the best in the division.
 
"I don't want to compare myself to anyone else but I've had a couple of good years. Now we're working to have two even better years.
 
"I made a mistake and got caught in my loss. I was able to bounce back and it made me a way better fighter. It was definitely a blessing in disguise. People are still overlooking me because of it. I look at it as a good thing.
 
"Everything happens for a reason. I'm very blessed to be here in Brooklyn. This is my second home in America. I trained at Gleason's Gym in 2009 and now I'm headlining at Barclays Center. It's amazing."
 
JAMES DEGALE
 
"It's here. The big one. The best fighting the best. Number one against number two. Badou Jack is a very good fighter. He doesn't do anything spectacular, but he's a compete fighter.
 
"I have that X-factor. I've lost before and I'm not going to lose again. I've come too far in my life to lose this opportunity.
 
"On January 14, Brooklyn is in for a treat. You will not want to miss this one. Make sure you get your tickets.
 
"My people in London can't wait for me to fight at home. It's coming. But first I want to take over in America.
 
"New York is one of my favorite cities. It's a boxing city. I watched Santa Cruz vs. Frampton and it was a wicked atmosphere. I can't wait to be in there.
 
"I'm very confident in my abilities. I believe I'm the best in the division and one of the best in the world. I've been waiting for this fight for a long time and I'm ready to get in there.
 
"I think in the last three fights I've shown everything. I haven't been getting the respect that I deserve. I've beaten everyone put in front of me. This is what I love to do.
 
"I'm a natural super middleweight. I want to be in fights where people think I'm going to lose. I'll challenge anybody.
 
"Me and Badou Jack are two different fighters. I think I'm going to beat him wide on the scorecards or stop him."