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Kendall Holt Interview Transcript

KENDALL HOLT: Its going to be a great night in boxing for Team Holt. Were in good shape for this fight. We have a game plan for this fight and a backup game plan. The thing is to follow the game plan precise. I have a plan B just in case that doesnt work. But Ive been training for two months for this fight and I have to execute the game plan as planned. I cant really compare Bradley to anyone I have fought before because he has natural ability. He is a different kind of boxer, a boxer with a jab and decent speed, so I cant compare him to anyone Ive fought before..

At different times Ill try different things. I wouldnt say hes a boxer puncher. Id say hes a good puncher and he has a decent right hand. But Im going to test everything. Im going to test his heart, test his will, test his chin, test his stamina. Im testing everything because I need that belt.

I never overlook anything. Anything can happen at any given time so Im not overlooking anything.

On Bradley saying hed knock him out:

It didnt really get underneath my skin because when Im in a fight I want to knock everybody out. Going the distance, going 12 rounds is just bonus for the fans. I want to knock everybody out. I mean I look at my opponent as they want to do the same thing for me.

This is the biggest fight of my career to date so its the most important fight. Each and every fight is important because without winning the fight at hand you cant move onto the next big fight.

On if fans will see a knockout:

I try to knock everybody out. If a knockout happens, it happens. If it doesnt, as long as the decision goes my way, Im completely content with that. My advantages are experience, height and reach.

On Bradley having more amateur experience:

Who the hell cares about the amateurs right now? Demetrius had more experience than me in the amateurs too, and he beat me in the amateurs. (Miguel) Cotto got beat in the amateurs by people he knocked out in the pros. Who the hell cares about the amateurs really?

What it means to be a role model for the people of Paterson, N.J.

It means the world that my accomplishments can help somebody else overcome the problems that they are overcoming. It means the world because I didnt really have anyone to look up to that was in my town. Thats a great feeling. Each and every time I lace those gloves up its a motivation for me.

On how he survived the second Torres fight:

It was a fight I prepared for. It was one of the toughest training camps I had to date. I just didnt want to be denied. I didnt come here to lose and I wasnt going to lose. I was in tremendous shape, so I had the will to win and the heart to win. When I went down I wasnt hurt. The only reason I was retreating was because I wanted to get my punches off. Once my back was against the ropes I attacked. If he wasnt coming at me like a wild man there wouldnt have been a head butt. Blame it on him.

On what he will show Bradley:

Im not going to show him, Im going to let him feel power that he hasnt felt inside those ropes. He hasnt faced anyone with strong speed and power combined like I have.

I have a couple of different game plans that I can execute in this fight. I can use distance being that I have more range and longer arms. I have the height. I also have speed and power. If he tries to rush in the power will definitely get his attention and get his respect. If that happens, if he respects my power, my speed and my counterpunching ability, I can go in and press the fight.

But also because of his talents and his abilities this fight has the ability to be the fight of the year. Im not going to back down and I hope hes doesnt back down. This fight could potentially be fight of the year.

On whats changed during training:

Nothing has changed. A lot of things have just become a lot more clear. The more I watch the tapes, the more I spar, the more the No. 1 game plan emerges in my mind.

Show me to money. Manny Pacquiao. They just gave (good friend) Brandon (Jacobs of the New York Giants) the money, so now its my turn.

Id like to thank Timothy Bradley and Gary Shaw for being scared to put him in there against a real beast like myself.


BOB ARUM:

I think its going to be a tremendous fight. Kendall is an improving fighter. He scored a tremendous victory over Demetrius Hopkins. His knockout to win the title was probably the round of the year. Anyway were confident in his performance in Montreal on April 4.

The 140-pond division is now becoming of the loaded divisions in boxing. This is a very important because the winner of the big fight, and Im absolutely sure its going to be Kendall Holt, is going to put himself right in the picture for the big money fights that are coming at 150 pounds.

Its going to be a great fight. Two terrific fighters, one winner: Kendall Holt. Hes going to do his job on April 4 and go on to bigger and better things.

Article posted on 20.03.2009





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