RIYADH, Dec. 20 – Anticipation for a “Day of Reckoning” continues to build as the fighters met for a final press conference.

“Day of Reckoning” is part of Riyadh Season, a state-funded entertainment and sports festival. The Dec. 23 event takes place at the Kingdom Arena in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Viewers can catch the action on DAZN as a PPV, while those in the UK and Ireland can also purchase it on TNT Sports Box Office. ESPN+ will also have the event as a PPV for those in the United States.

Due to the sheer number of boxers present on this card, the press conference was split into two halves. Click here for the full “Day of Reckoning” press conference. Below are just a few quotes from each of the fighters.

“Day of Reckoning” press conference highlights

Main card

Anthony Joshua

“I’m looking to do a good job,” said former two-time unified heavyweight champion Joshua. “What can I say? I will do a good job!”

Otto Wallin

“Of course I’m nervous,” said Sweden’s Wallin. “It’s a big fight, big opportunity, but I’m ready for it. I’ve worked very hard to be here. Now it’s just time to enjoy the moment, win the fight and move on.”

Deontay Wilder

“I’m definitely coming to do what I do best,” said former heavyweight champion Wilder. “It’s [power] something that’s God given. It’s something that I don’t have to pressure myself to do.”

Joseph Parker

“I’m here and I’m ready,” said former heavyweight champion Parker. “I’ve had a great camp. We’re going into this fight [with] a good gameplan, great strategy. Respect to Wilder but I’m here to do a job and I’m here to win”

Daniel Dubois

“Big Baby [Miller]! Every baby has a daddy, and I’m going to beat you like I’m your daddy,” said former title challenger Dubois.

Jarrell Miller

“I don’t know what card they brought you [Dubois] to read that on, but I’m happy you did it,” said Miller in response to Dubois’ quip.

Dmitry Bivol

“I’m treating him [Arthur] seriously,” said WBA light heavyweight champion Bivol. “He’s my opponent. He want[s] to beat me, but I have to beat him. He has [a] good jab…He’s [a] good opponent today for me.”

Lyndon Arthur

“I don’t believe nobody’s seen the best of me yet, but I feel like if a fighter is going to do it [beat Bivol], this one will be the one,” said Arthur.


Arslanbek Makhmudov

“Ready for this kind of opponent,” said Makhmudov. “I need this kind of opponent. I’m here for the win.”

Agit Kabayel

“I respect Arslanbek,” said Kabayel. “He’s a good opponent, he’s a strong guy…We’ll see on Saturday night.”

Jai Opetaia

“It doesn’t have to be a knockout,” said former IBF cruiserweight champion Opetaia. “It’s just got to be a great performance.”

Ellis Zorro

“I’m just focused on Saturday at the moment,” said Zorro. “Obviously, like I’ve been saying all week, it’s a massive opportunity for me. I’m going to take it with both hands.”

Mark De Mori

“I’m not going to win this on points,” said De Mori. “I’m gonna start in fourth gear. The pressure’s on him. He’s overlooking me.”

Filip Hrgovic

“Let’s get down, let’s get down to business,” sang Hrgovic. “Look. I had plan with this guy to let him box [a] few rounds, but because of these nasty words, I will need to punish him earlier.”

Frank Sánchez

“He’s [Fa] a good fighter,” said Sánchez through an interpreter. “But I am very well prepared and I’m coming here to shine and show the whole world who I am.”

Junior Fa

“The man [Wilder] hits hard and you have to be sharp every second that you’re in there with him,” said Fa. “That’s exactly what I’m planning to do against Frank Sánchez.”

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