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Press conference quotes for May 1 FNF card: Garcia vs. Cayo, Gonzalez vs. Medina

Credit: Hector Gabino / Miami Herald

An opening press conference was held on Wednesday at The Turf Club at Hialeah Park in Hialeah, Florida, to discuss the upcoming “Noche De Combates” boxing event, which will be held at Hialeah Park and televised live on a very special edition of ESPN Thursday Night Fights.

In attendance were the event promoters, several of the fighters and key members of the Hialeah Park staff, with a central theme being the building excitement of holding a world-class professional boxing event at the iconic venue.

On May 1, in the night’s 10-round, televised welterweight main event, Roberto “La Amenaza” Garcia (34-3, 22 KOs) of Weslaco, Texas, will face Victor “Mermelada” Cayo (32-4, 23 KOs) of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. In the 10-round middleweight co-featured bout, undefeated Jonathan “Mantequilla” Gonz├ílez (17-0-1, 14 KOs) of San Juan, Puerto Rico, will face Rogelio “Porky” Medina (32-5, 26 KOs) from Sonora, Mexico.

Tickets for “Noche de Combates,” are priced at $20, $35, $50 and $100 and are on sale now. They can be purchased at ticketforce.com, as well as hialeahpark.com, and also at the Hialeah Park Racing & Casino box office. For more information, call the special Boxing Hotline at 786-483-7444.

Jonathan “Mantequilla” Gonz├ílez (17-0-1, 14 KOs)

I’m ready to fight and I feel great. I can’t wait for May 1.

James “Buddy” McGirt Jr. (22-3-1, 11 KOs)

I had three years off, but I’m ready to show my skills. I’m on weight now. I’m hungry and ready to put on a great show.

Yunieski Gonzalez (13-0, 13 KOs)

I’m excited to be fighting in my hometown. I hope to see all the Cubans come out and show their support.

Vilier Quinonez (7-0, 4 KOs)

It’s always great to fight in your backyard. I’m ready and want to fight.

John Brunetti, Sr. (Hialeah Park)

I am excited that Hialeah is hosting this great event. We are all very excited to be doing boxing and we expect a great night on May 1.

Leon Margules (Warriors Boxing)

I am very impressed with all the coverage this event is getting and pleased to be promoting this fight here in Miami. We have nine exciting fights. Get your tickets.

Luis Decubas (Warriors Boxing)

We have great fighters on the card. We are bringing boxing back to Miami at this beautiful casino and racetrack.

The undercard will include appearances by Warriors’ and Miami-based G&A Boxing Promotions’ newest co-promotional signings, super middleweight southpaw James “Buddy” McGirt Jr. (22-3-1, 11 KOs) and twin-brother featherweight contenders, Carlos Ivan “Twin Dream” Velasquez (16-1, 11 KOs) and Juan Carlos Velasquez (11-1, 5 KOs), from Catano, Puerto Rico, now living in Miami. The trio will each face opponents that are TBA.

Also featured that night will be an eight-round light heavyweight bout featuring knockout artist Yunieski Gonzalez (13-0, 13 KOs) of Havana, Cuba, who will put his perfect record on the line against Arpartado, Colombia’s Jaison Palomeque (14-9-1, 9 KOs); and a six-round cruiserweight affair, featuring undefeated Cuban Vilier Quinonez (7-0, 4 KOs) of Havana taking on Edgar Perez (5-8, 3 KOs) of San Juan, Puerto Rico.

In preliminary action, Cairo Egypt’s Ahmed Elbiale (3-0, 3 KOs) will be featured in a light heavyweight four-rounder against an opponent still TBA; and in the four-round welterweight opener, Bogota, Colombia, via Hollywood, Florida’s Jorge Quintero (1-1) will face Davie, Florida’s pro debuting, and Florida 2012 Golden Gloves Champ, Jeff “Rambo” Souffrant.