Tony Jeter Q&A : ”A defeat will chase Nielsen for the rest of his life’
The Maryland boxer Tony Jeter (16-3-1, 11 K0s) is ready to shock the Danes when he faces Patrick Nielsen for the WBC Silver Middleweight World Championship on February 15th at the Albertslund MusikTeatret in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Q: What kind of a boxer are we going to see?
TJ: The Danes will have a determined and charismatic fighter to watch. I´m in phenomenal shape. In PHE-NO-ME-NAL form. So Nielsen better be in good shape too. People will be shocked to see that I have an engine that can go on and on and on …
Q: You’ve had some breaks in your career with years with out boxing. Why was that?
TJ: I lost a few fights and have not really had any promoter or money backing me. Plus I became a father and had some other things happen in my life. It’s meant I have matured late as a boxer which has its advantages. I am 38 years old, but I have no injuries, I speak clearly and articulate. And I’m hungry!
Q: How big is this fight for you?
TJ: The chances of big fights decrease with age. This battle was the opportunity I was looking for. I’d rather fight in the States, because I will almost need to hit his eye out for the win in Denmark. But boxing is a brutal sport. You are always just a punch away from victory.
Q: What’s your opinion on Nielsen?
TJ: I think he looks great with his blonde hair and all the tattoos. He looks like a badass, a superstar. I love that he is a local hero. He is a tall boxer with a good left hand. He is younger than me and maybe faster. But I’m more mature than him, I’ve tried more in life … and I’m probably more aware of how big this opportunity is.
Q: Who will be victorious?
TJ: For me it’s about taking one round at a time. It’s going to be all about will against will, and the one who is able to impose their will the most will win. I’m not going to lie down. I’m in a cool situation because Nielsen is the favourite and everyone expects him to win. I love being the underdog. The pressure is all on him and if he loses, the defeat will be chasing him the rest of his life.