Some of Boston's most popular local fighters participated in media workouts yesterday at Peter Welch's Gym in South Boston as they prepare for respective Premier Boxing Champions fights taking place in the coming weeks.
Exciting local favorites Ryan Kielczweski (22-1, 6 KOs), Javier Fortuna (27-0, 20 KOs)and Jonathan Guzman (18-0, 18 KOs) all worked out in anticipation of their bouts taking place Saturday, May 23 at Agganis Arena. Also in attendance was President and CEO of Murphys Boxing, Ken Casey.
Also participating is local welterweight contender Danny O'Connor (25-2, 9 KOs), who is preparing for his May 29 fight against Paulie "The Magic Man" Malignaggi (33-6 7 KOs) at Barclays Center.
Here are what the participants had to say at yesterday's workout:
Danny O'Connor, Framingham, MA:
"I think the show is big but, for me, it's just another fight with Paul. I'm excited about the challenge in front of me, matching my skills against somebody like Paul with his resume. I'm extremely focused. All the work is done here (in gym)."
Ryan Kielczweski, Quincy, MA:
"It's really cool fighting close to home on such a big card with double world title fights. Someday, hopefully, I'll be there. I'm focusing on my fight and when that's over I'll watch Edwin (Rodriguez) fight."
Javier Fortuna, La Romana, Dominican Republic
"I feel super good and super confident. I've been training here (Boston) but haven't seen much of the city. I expect a lot of fans there for me. I've been doing a lot of Spanish interviews. I await their approval of my performance."
Jonathan Guzman, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
"I feel very, very good. I'm ready to fight, 19 for 19 (19 wins, 19 KOs). I have a lot of family living in Lawrence (suburb) of Boston) and I've been staying here (S. Boston)."
Ken Casey, President & CEO of Murphys Boxing
"Boston is a sports-crazed city with a lot of good local fighters. It's a shame a show like this hasn't happened here in a long time. Sometimes it just takes good fighters and the right promoter to help them. It's the perfect combination now."
Photos: Emily Harney/Premier Boxing Champions