Interview with Raymond Joval

02.05.04 - By Ike Enwereuzor - - IBF No.2 middleweight contender "Hallelujah" Raymond Joval of Netherlands, now (32-2) with 15 knockouts, who fought a Technical Draw with Angel Hernandez in Tucson, Arizona on ESPN2. Joval is expected to return to action in July against Sam Soliman in California.

Ike: Tell us about your fight with Angel Hernandez in Febuary?

Joval: It was a card promoted by Sugar Ray Leonard. It was a tough fight but it ended due to cuts.

Ike: Tell us about your two fight with Mpush Makambi?

Joval: These were two of my toughest fights since I begin my pro Boxing career. I took the IBO title from him.

Ike: You started Boxing in USA but then you disappeared. Why weren't you fighting anymore in the USA?

Joval: I had immigration problems my management didn't hook my papers right. After I left, I couldn't get back into USA, so I was fighting in Netherland.

Ike: You're ranked #2. What do you think of Hopkins-Allen coming up?

Joval: It will be a good fight. Allen will try to do something different, but I don't see him beating Bernard, although you never know. This is Boxing.

Ike: What's your impression of Bernard Hopkins?

Joval: He's a good fighter, but he needs to give me a chance to prove myself, too. He knows the game and loves it too.

Ike: Tell us about your amateur career?

Joval: I won a bronze at the world championship but missed 1992 Olympics by quater finals. I was robbed but I was very close to winning my fight against Chris Byrd.

Ike: Any comments to your fans?

Joval: I'm back on track. I thank all my fans for their support.

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Article posted on 02.05.2004

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