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Unbeaten emerging lightweight contender Michelle Rivera expressed confidence in previewing her upcoming performance against John Fernandez this Saturday, July 3 (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT) from Dignity as the co-main event of Showtime Championship Boxing Works at Premier Boxing Champions event. Health Sports Park in Carson, Calif.

“My skill, speed and intelligence are all advantages in my favor,” Rivera said. “I’m an offensive fighter when it’s most beneficial to me, but I can also be cunning and turn that into an advantage. My skill and talent will make a difference in Fight Night.”

Rivera’s confidence, 23, comes from an intense training camp in Miami with her coach, Herman Cassado, which has allowed her to work on many aspects of her game in what is perhaps the toughest battle of her youth career.

“I think it’s important to work on everything in training,” Rivera said. “I am the type of boxer who adapts to what is happening at the moment. So we have made sure to work in all areas to make Saturday night effective. We have done very organized but intense preparation for Fernandez “

Rivera broke into the scene in his US debut in June 2019, as he dismissed the dangerous power-puncher Juan René Tellez to make a unanimous decision. In 2020, Rivera added a pair of impressive victories over veteran contenders as he held off Fidel Maldonado Jr. in round 10 of his February bout, before winning via unanimous decision over Laderius Miller in October. Despite giving Fernandez a three-inch height advantage, Miller doesn’t see anything in the Spaniard he won’t be able to overcome.

“His stature may be an issue, but I don’t really know much about whether he uses his reach,” Rivera said. “I haven’t seen many of his previous fights, but I am 100% confident that I will overcome anything he thinks he can do to make me uncomfortable.

“I’ve never fought a European opponent before, but I’ve fought opponents who were taller than me. I may be shorter, but I have good reach and will look for openings when I get close. It’s better for me to get over them with my quickness, so I can do that too.”

A native of Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic, Rivera represents the next potential superstar from the sport-rich island, a respected one who has helped inspire and push Rivera towards the championship level she has almost reached.

“It’s nice to have the support of my country,” Rivera said. “I am excited by this and I hope that the whole nation is behind me and ready to support me in the way any athlete needs to be happy when they reach these heights. I am doing it now more than ever. I feel honored when people tell me that I am the hope of the Dominican Republic.

In addition to the potential pressure of carrying the torch to his homeland, Rivera finds himself fighting smack dab in the middle of a section of the boxing calendar that includes young, undefeated stars like July 3 main event contestant Chris Colbert and last week’s The centerstage fighter, Gervonta “Tank” Davis. Despite this, Rivera knows that with opportunities like Saturday, with his skill, that he is on the track he has long hoped for.

“I don’t feel any pressure to remain undefeated,” Rivera said. “I have 100% confidence in myself and my abilities. I’m sure my chance to shine has finally arrived and I’m going to make a big statement on July 3.

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