Fedor’s sweater has been a hot topic of conversation coming out of the Affliction “Day of Reckoning” press conference in New York City earlier today. However, TheGarv was able to snap the one photo that will actually divert your attention away from what “the baddest man on the planet” was wearing. Haha, how can you not love this guy?
On a more serious note, here’s a quick rundown of news and notes from the press conference.
- Oscar De La Hoya was present to represent Affliction’s “partner” Golden Boy Promotions, signifying that the two organizations are at least still speaking to one another. De La Hoya said, “A little competition doesn’t hurt,” although I’m not sure if he was talking about the UFC or the Mosley/Margarito fight he’s promoting just thirty minutes down the road from “Day of Reckoning.”
- Tom Atencio says Affliction still plans to promote four events this year. If you add in 10 events from their partner M-1 Global, that brings the grand total to 14 events with the Affliction brand associated.
- Tito Ortiz claimed he’s one of the best light heavyweights in the world (thanks for the reminder Tito, I almost forgot), said he’d fight Fedor at 205lbs, and could still end up fighting for Affliction in the future.
- In response to Freddie Roach’s claims that Fedor has poor boxing technique, he said through an interpreter, “I never claimed that I had the best boxing technique in the world. I never actually made any generalizations about what type of boxer I am. [Roach] has trained a lot of great fighters and maybe he’s right, but we’ll see what happens in the ring. We’ll see what Andrei has to offer. We’ll see what I have to offer him.”
- Much to my chagrin, Fedor did not say “I will break him” when asked how a fight with Brock Lesnar would go. Instead, he said, “Let’s just say everybody has a chance. He’s a strong fighter, and if we were ever to meet in the ring, we would see what would happen.”