El Paso, TX — El Paso born and Las Cruces raised boxer Austin "No Doubt" Trout spoke to the media in New York Thursday for the final time before he faces Cuban fighter Erislandy Lara at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York on Saturday. Trout will look to regain his WBA title as Lara is the Super Welterweight Interim World Champion. Here is what the two fighters had to say about one another:
Erislandy Lara, WBA Super Welterweight Interim World Champion
"I just want to thank my whole team for all the hard work we've put in this camp"
"On Saturday night, I'm going to be ready for Trout and we'll see who's got the balls to win this fight"
Austin Trout, Former Light Middleweight World Champion
"I'm happy to be here, I'm happy to bring it back to Brooklyn. New York runs in my blood. A lot of people don't know my mother, my grandmother, were both born and raised here. New York is in my blood.
"Over a year ago I came back to New York and I retained my title going against Cotto and I'm looking to have a repeat to regain my title back because I feel like that's my belt.
"Earlier this year I may have lost it, but I learned a lot from it and it's made me the better, stronger fighter, a stronger man.
"You all are going to see the reinvention of Austin Trout Saturday night."
The bout Saturday is part of an undercard featuring Former World Champions Zab "Super" Judah vs. Paulie "The Magic Man" Malignaggi in a 12-round fight for the NABF and NABO Welterweight titles taking place on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The event is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Super Judah Promotions and sponsored by Corona, AT&T, Grudge Match and Casamigos Tequila. In the co-featured bout, Devon Alexander puts his IBF welterweight title on the line in a 12-round bout against Shawn Porter, Erislandy Lara defends his interim WBA Super Welterweight title in a 12-round fight against Austin Trout and Sakio Bika defends his WBC Super Middleweight title against Anthony Dirrell in a 12-round bout. The SHOWTIME telecast begins at 8:00 p.m. ET/ 5:00 p.m PT immediately following ALL ACCESS: Broner vs. Maidana which begins at 7:30 p.m. ET/ 4:30 p.m. PT. The telecast will be available in Spanish via secondary audio programming (SAP).