Quotes / Video: Trevor Bryan vs. Jonathan Guidry

WBA Heavyweight Champion Trevor Bryan will defend his title against Jonathan Guidry on Saturday, January 29, at WD Packard Music Hall in Warren, Ohio. Don King Promotions will offer a six tournament fight card. Tickets are on sale at Ticketmaster or WD Packard Music Hall. Tickets are $550, $350, $250, $175, and $80. The fight pass will be streamed via Donking.com, DKPBoxing.com, or itube247.com starting at 7 PM ET at a cost of $49.99.

DON KING: Promoter of the International Boxing Hall of Fame

When organizing this event at WD Packard Hall in Warren, Ohio:

“It’s going to be a great and fun night for boxing. There will be six championship matches and two world titles. We’ll put the fun back in boxing. It’s going to incredible, miraculous greatness. We’ll enjoy ourselves again and Covid won’t destroy us.”

On Trevor Bryan vs. Jonathan Guidry:

“It will be a great fight because you have two undefeated fighters together. It gives fans a chance to get some momentary relief from all the threats of Covid.”

In the guide:

“This is what makes boxing great. Neither of these guys has ever tasted defeat. Give people what they want. People are my most important possession. We want to give back to the people.”

On Bryan being rusty after not fighting for a year:

“We held the IBF somewhat hostage, not on purpose, but according to the rules they had. Trevor shut down for a whole year. If Guidry won, he would be ready to go immediately.”

When organizing this event on January 29th in Warren, Ohio:

“I am a promoter of the people, by the people and for the people. The magic is in the bonds of my people. I encourage people.”

On having WD Packard Hall as host:

“We wanted to go home. Warren is not too far from the training camps where there were Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson and Larry Holmes. It’s great to be home again.”

About when it will slow down:

“I’ll slow down when I go to heaven. Gangsters blew up my car and my house. I’m fighting a crooked system where women can’t get their rights and equality, and black people don’t get a chance. That’s why I’ve been fighting since I got out of prison.”

“He came on me and brought five or six guys to Cleveland, Ohio, to start boxing. I was running the numbers in Cleveland.”

“I am a cat with nine lives. I have been challenged nine times, and I am still here.”

“We are all children of God. He has a reason to be there. We want to create a program to help all these homeless people here. They have lost their lives. There is nothing wrong with them. They have lost hope in America. We want to preach transcendence.”

On his connection to Brian and his unique traits:

“Brian has the spirit of a winner. He has unwavering dedication. A dream will come true. Everyone can see that he cares about people and his family. That’s what comes from hard work and commitment. That’s what he really wants. He’s in the right place at the right time.”

In his plans for 2022 for Brian:

“He (Brian) is ready to fight anyone. We’ll take on anyone. We might take them all on the same night. We want to be able to show and make it clear that a champ is a champ. We want Anthony Joshua, Tyson Fury, Deontay Wilder. She fought to give people What they want. We have a champion here. This shows the audience that Brian is a champion. I’m glad to be back where I started in Ohio. We’ll be home and safe.”

When returning to Ohio:

“I didn’t really leave. My physical presence bequeathed to the great state of Florida and Nevada. We both (late Nevada Senator) Harry Reid came from humble beginnings and worked hard to improve the lives of the American people. It would be nice to come home. That’s where the memories come from. You will never forget where you came from.”

Trevor Bryan: WBC World Heavyweight Champion

A year after his last fight, and if he has more to lose than Guidry:

“It’s been a tough year for everyone, especially everyone in boxing. We’ve been hardworking, staying in the gym, and working hard. We’ll show the world why I’m the champion on January 29. I have a big opponent ahead of me. I’m going to do what champions do.”

When preparing for the orientation:

“We don’t really worry about what the opponents are doing. We worry about what the Dream Team does best. I plan to capitalize on that.”

On what he has to do to battle opponents like Tyson Fury:

“After this fight, everyone will shout my name. I’m not worried about it. Boxers know who Trevor Bryan is. I’m here to stay. I’m here to fight the best. I’m the best. I’m the champ.”

When deciding to go with Don King as a promoter:

“When I first signed with Don King, he showed me all the heroes he made. I told him that day I was going to be a hero myself, so you can add me to this list, and here I am. I’m building my own legacy. We’re still winning, look good.” I can’t wait for these popular battles that are coming soon.”

On British boxer Daniel Dubois who wants to fight Bryan in 2022:

“I’m the champion. I’m a fighter. I love to fight. When I sign my name on the dotted line, I’m ready to go. Everyone’s supposed to come for me. Everyone’s supposed to speak my name. Trevor Brian is a real champion, and we want to see him out there with the best.”

On the heavyweight division’s renaissance and the pressure he’s feeling to be sexy on Jan. 29:

“There is absolutely no pressure. I am the heavyweight champion too. Trevor Bryan is here to stay. I am here to defend this title with the best. I will be exciting.”

On fighting Jonathan Guidry in 2011:

“You’re telling me I’ve fought Jonathan Guidry before? Going from my amateur career to my career, it’s a whole new platform. I’m here now. I’m the champ now. I’m willing to fight anyone, especially if I’ve fought them before. I’ll just fight them again To show that I’m the man. I am the truth. A dream is a dream. I’m here to stay, and I’m here to show that this legacy starts here. Begins to unfold with these great fights. This is the duo for the second time. I’m coming to show it.”

On how important his level of training and conditioning were for this battle:

“It’s cold in Ohio, but we’ll turn up the temperature on Jan. 29. I hope I can get this guy out there early. I don’t get paid for overtime.”

Jonathan Guidry: WBA No. 13 undefeated heavyweight

On Trevor Brian:

“Trevor is very good. He has a strong punch, but I don’t think he is one of the elite heavyweight members. We have a better chance against him.”

On whether or not any of Bryan’s previous opponents stood out:

“It takes a lot to get into the ring, so I know he (Brian) is ready. He didn’t have a really big fight against a big heavyweight, but neither was I. It’s a good test for both of us to see who deserves it.”

On fighting Brian in 2011 as an amateur:

“We fought at the Golden Gloves Nationals in Indiana. He’s a big guy and he’s got a really good hit.”

About being a different fighter since Brian fought in the amateurs.

“We’ve been in a lot of fights now. I was kinda younger. I’m at 250 now. I’m a lot smarter, a lot faster on my feet, and a lot stronger.”

On being the underdog:

“No one got the world title from [Houma] Louisiana from where I am. It’s a great opportunity for me to really show my talent and that I’m really capable of fighting. I’m really strong. I don’t think it’s going to go very far, but we’ve prepared ourselves for that just in case things go that way.”

On what to expect from the Battle of Brian:

“I don’t think anyone will make it past the seventh or eighth round.”

When facing an undefeated person:

“I’m the underdog, so they might have been supervising me. He (Brian) might be overlooking me, which I wish. We’ll shock him.”

On the differences between fighting as an MMA fighter versus boxing:

“I’m not much into MMA. I did it once. I prefer boxing over MMA. Boxing is more of a mental game. MMA is more luck. You have to prepare this, that’s even. Boxing is my brain more than it’s physical to me.”

On being on a card promoted by Boxing Hall of Famer Don King:

“Not many people can say they fought with a Don King card. I’m glad he gave me the opportunity to fight for the world title. Don says, he loves giving people the chance to show their talents. Without that opportunity, I would still be on the shrimp boat.”

Jonathan Laberto: Coach for Jonathan’s Guide:

On fighting for the WBA heavyweight crown and his thoughts on Guidry:

“We are just enjoying the opportunity. We saw the talent that Guidry has, the boxing IQ, the strength, the complete package. We are excited to have this opportunity.”

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