Exclusive Interview With Peter Manfredo - ďIíll Leave It All In The Ring In This FightĒ

By James Slater: Recently, ďregularĒ World Boxing Council (WBC) middleweight ruler Julio Cesar Chavez Junior and challenger Peter Manfredo came face to face at a press conference to promote their November 19th fight. Set for The Reliant Arena in Houston, Texas, the fight has many fans excited, with a number of experts also anticipating an all-action battle.

30-year-old Manfredo, known as ďThe Pride of Providence,Ē rose to prominence in the popular ďContenderĒ T.V show, yet he feels his entire career has been leading up to this moment. Manfredo, 37-6(20) overall and unbeaten in his last six, says he is ready and willing to put everything he has into next monthís fight.

Very kindly taking the time to speak with me last night (U.K time), the WBC challenger had the following things to say:

James Slater: Itís always great to be able to speak with you, Peter! The fight with Chavez Junior is officially set now - you must be thrilled?

Peter Manfredo: Yes, I am thrilled. Itís taken three years to get back here, to this level, and after all Iíve worked for this fight, this is my last chance and I know that. Thatís why Iím going to give it all in the fight. This is it. Iíll leave it all in the ring in this fight.

J.S: The fans know that about you, Peter, and thatís why they both like you and feel you will win. Another reason is because they donít seem to think Chavez is the real deal - at least a lot of fans donít seem to think he is. Do you think Chavez Jr. is as good as his hype suggests?

P.M: Well, heís a good fighter, but heís not a great like a Joe Calzaghe or Sakio Bika; the guys who beat me. Heís definitely beatable in my opinion and Iíll prove it when we fight.

J.S: Youíve worked hard and steadily for this fight; you told me way back ( at least it seems way back), in April or May of 2009, that you were not going to rush in your middleweight campaign. Has this fight come at the perfect time for you?

P.M: Yes it has. Iíve worked two months for this fight. My weight is good, I feel great. Iím definitely in 12-round shape. At the very least there is one great fight left in me, and this fight will be it. Lose this fight, and Iíll be hanging up the gloves; Iíll fight no more. I have worked hard for this chance - I donít have a world famous father behind me, who has allowed me to feed off certain opponents. I came up the hard way and Iíve earned my shot. Iíll pay my house off with this fight.

J.S: Thereís no doubt youĎve earned it! Do you see a great slugfest, as many people do?

P.M: I think his people feel this will be his best win so far, and it will definitely be my biggest win, so we both agree on that. The thing is, heíll know heís in with a different class of fighter when heís in with me; the best since heís started out. Heís tough, as a Mexican, and I think heíll be able to take a lot of punches. I mean, the best thing, the smartest thing, would be to box this guy and make him miss. But I wear my heart on my sleeve, as does he, and when he waves me in Iíll think Ďf**k it!í and start to trade with him. The fans will be the real winners in this fight.

J.S: Are you happy with the venue for the fight?

P.M: I am, yes. I wouldnít want to go to Mexico to fight him. But I was in Houston yesterday, and it seems a nice place, a nice fight town. Iíll also have a lot of friends and family there to cheer me on. I think Iím a harder hitter then he is. Donít get me wrong, Iím no one-punch KO guy, but I hit harder then he does. Compare me and him against Matt Vanda (Manfredo WU10 in Jan. 2010, Chavez Jr. WS10 in July 2008 and WU10 Nov. 2008) - I gave Vanda a beating and he barely got past the guy. [John] Duddy also rocked him, and Iím better than these guys.

J.S: Iíve taken up enough of your time so close to fight night. You must be raring to go now, Peter?

P.M: I feel great. I worked out last night and people said I looked sharp - a whole lot better than I looked a couple of weeks back. I think Iíve peaked in time. Iím angry and Iím ready to fight now.

J.S: Best wishes for the fight. Itís been great speaking with you. For my final question: do you see a KO win or a decision?

P.M: Like I say, heís tough and I think heíll be able to take a lot of punches. Iím not thinking about a KO. If one comes that will be the icing on the cake. Iím ready, mentally and physically, to go 12-rounds.

Article posted on 28.10.2011

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