Q & A With Lolenga "The Leopard" Mock

20.01.06 - By Ike Enwereuzor: Lolenga Mock, originally from Rep. of Congo, now fighting out of Denmark, is currently ranked number-four in the super middlweight division by the WBO and number-five by the WBA. He's the WBO Intercontinential super middleweight champion and the WBA International light heavyweight champion. Mock is hoping to return to the ring on March 24, 2006 against Lucian Bute. This is what the WBO Intercontinential champion had to say...

Ike: What are you doing these days champ?

Mock: I just got back in gym doing my normal training hoping that this fight with Lucian Bute on March 24 will happen. Team Palle is still talking with Interbox, lets see what happens, if Bute really wants to fight me they can count on me to appear. They called me out during my last fight, he was in Denmark during Kessler-Lucas, they were talking about this fight so I want the world to know that I'm willing to fight Lucian Bute on March 24, 2006 but I haven't received an offer or their contract.

Ike: What do you have to say about the Mikkel Kessler vs Eric Lucas fight?

Mock: I went to see the Kessler-Lucas fight live in CPH. I knew also that Lucian Bute was going to be there with Lucas but I never spoke to him because he was sitting far from my seat but if they put the fight on with Lucian Bute in Canada I'll appear live in the ring then he'll find out who's Mock. Kessler vs Lucas was a nice fight to watch but Lucas just gave Kessler all the chance to be comfortable with his southpaw style. After Kessler got comfortable, Lucas never did anything after that. I can say that Kessler beat up Lucas very badly from 1st to 10th round before Lucas corner the threw in the towel and rescued Lucas from getting hurt. I know Kessler is coming to USA soon, he owes me a match here in Demark so we can prove who is the best Super Middleweight in Denmark and in the world, they just can't claim he's the best when he's not giving people like "The Leopard" a chance, somebody had to give him a chance before he became a champion. I went to see his fight with Lucas he knows, to fight me will be very tough for him so he wants to hold his belt as long as he can picking opponents. He's very afraid to lose his belt. I still respect him as a champion but we have to fight, this is just business, we all have to eat and feed our families. We're still hoping to get an elimination bout soon. Where are all these super middles hiding? I think a fight with Chad Dawson on Showtime is marketable and interesting. TV's will be interested in Europe too so it looks like good business for the networks if they want to see real exciting fighting. This is a new style in Boxing, I hope Team Palle can negotiate with Dawson's promoter, Shaw Promotions in USA for such a fight in the future. So, yeah Chad Dawson, I'm calling you out too. I just want to fight you guys... if you fight for a living and we're in the same class with two hands, let's put it on Gary Shaw. If Jeff Lacy comes out victorious against Joe Calzaghe then I see a fight with Lacy happening if Showtime likes "The Leopard". Lets get things going at the supermiddleweight division.

Ike: You fought last November 2005 with Russian Yuri Tsarenko? What can you tell us about that fight?

Mock: Yes, I fought a very tough Russian fighter last November 2005. I've just started training slowly in case the Bute fight will happen. They need to let me know by end of the month if this will happen or not. I don't have an offer or contract yet so I don't know if Lucian Bute people really want to fight me now. They need to let me know, I'm not an opponent, I'm a champion and ranked No.4 by WBO and highly ranked by WBA, they have to respect me. I have what he needs so if they pay me my worth then we can put it on. If they don't want to fight I have other options but they called out for me. Now I'm letting the world know that I'm ready to fight Lucian Bute on March 24, 2006. They tried to offer me to fight Bute December 2005 in Montreal after my November fight but I couldn't be prepared to fight him. So they said lets do it on March 24, 2006, So, I said that's perfect so both of us have time to prepare for the fight but they still not finalising the deal so if makes me wonder if they really want to fight me. If they want to do it lets get things on paper then promote the fight. I'll let Team Palle handle this. They want to wait last minute and then ask me to come to Canada. They can't give me last minute notice, if Bute wants to fight on March 24, 2006. I want to see the paper and if the public says it's good enough to pay my bills, I'll go to Canada in his backyard and fight Lucian Bute.

Ike: What do you know about Lucian Bute?

Mock: I don't know much about him, all I know he's a tall southpaw who needs his chin checked. At my last fight they told this guy Lucian Bute wants to fight me in December 2005 in Canada, I couldn't take the fight on a short notice. They said they want to do it March 2006 so I'm just waiting.

Ike: What can you tell us about your fight with David Haye?

Mock: That fight is history and has passed. David is a Cruiserweight and I was Super Middleweight and I'm still a Super Middleweight. I want to fight the best Super Middleweights out there today. I'm hoping the fight against Lucian Bute happens in March but I don't have nothing solid on the table now from Interbox yet. I'm interested in a fight with Jackson Chanet or unbeaten Chad Dawson also maybe Showtime TV network in USA will be interested in that fight. I'm willing to go to USA and fight him or we can do it here in Europe. I think a fight Dawson will be a good fight for Boxing fans to watch. The American and Canadian fight fans keep asking: "who is this guy Lolenga "the Leopard" Mock?"

Boxing fans in Europe have seen me in action and I want the American and Canadian fans to see me in action too. I'm hoping we can get a WBO elimination bout with Chad Dawson on Showtime, should be very interesting fight or I'm ready to fight Rudy Markussen if he wants to fight, Lucian Bute, does he really want to fight Mock? Time will tell, Robert Steiglitz and Jurgen Brahmer are in Germany but over protected but an elimination fight any of them is possible too. I've special interest in the winner of the Calzaghe-Lacy fight. I'm ranked No.4 by WBO and 5 by WBA and I think I'm already qualified to be given a shot at the title against the winner of this fight but if I have to work my way up there I'll do so too. Kessler knows that he needs to fight me in Denmark this year or I have either Joe Calzaghe or Jeff Lacy if they want to keep this Super Middleweight interesting. There is a lot of good Super Middleweights out there in the world Jackson Chanet is a good fighter I don't mind fighting him too, this year could be interesting for Boxing, this January 2006 when O'neil Bell captured WBC/WBA and add to his IBF in the Cruiserweight division I think I want to do the same in the super middleweight division. Team Palle is still talking with interbox about the Bute fight and I hope to hear something soonest. So, I can start full training for the fight.

Ike: What's your prediction for Calzaghe-Lacy?

Mock: I just respect them both as Word champions, so let the best man win

Ike: What did you learn from your fight with Charles Brewer?

Mock: I learned many things from that fight. I learnrd that with determination I can achieve anything. I'm a champion now, it feels good and I'll work even harder. The Brewer fight was a good fight for me, he had a big heart, he can fight with a lot of experience, he was a former world champion and he's good person.

Ike: Describe your fight with Kai Kurzawa?

Mock: Everybody knows that I beat Kai Kurzawa in the ring but they robbed me in paper and that's it. Go and watch the tape again you'll see how they robbed me just like many other fight I had in the past. But all that is history, things are going well now, I thank my team for all there hard work which is paying off. I want to thank Team Palle also. I wanted a rematch with Kurzawa and they wouldn't give it to me. I'll be willing to rematch anybody I beat, Charles Brewer or Giovanni Alvarez, so why cam Mario Veit, Kai Kurzawa, Malik Daiarra give me a rematch? But I don't really need them now I'm moving on with my career.

Ike: What do you want to tell Boxing fans around the world?

Mock: I want to tell all boxing fans around the world and those that support me thanks for your supports. To all the top ten super middleweights, happy new year once again. but you all have to be aware that "The Leopard" is after you all, I'm winning that world title this year, they must watch their back Mock is coming very fast this year, I'll being my traing soon. Anyday I step into that ring for the world title they gonna hear the new name "The Leopard" Lolenga Mock from the jungle of Congo, Africa. Congratulation to Bettina Palle and her new born, best of luck to them. Stay tuned for my next fight maybe March 2006. Thank you all the members of my team. Ivor Delima, Team Palle and the members of the Leopard Boxing Club and others I could mention here. Check out:

Article posted on 21.01.2006

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