John – 2015: The Year of The Gorilla. Shit gets real.
With the possibility of Heiland as an opponent, are you at the point where you don’t care who you get as long as it’s top 10 in a governing body?
Let’s have it. Gennady Golovkin, Miguel Cotto – who ever wants it!
No, Jorge Sebastian Heiland – I love that as he’s got a great ranking with the WBC and the WBC International belt I’d love to have one of them.
What did you make of his fight against Matthew Macklin recently – was it a surprise to you how it went or did you half expect that performance?
No I didn’t. I thought Macklin was going to blow him out of the water. A lot of people were surprised – even the bookies were surprised and they don’t often get it wrong do they?
It is what it is. Who knows – maybe Macklin was at the end of his career and for Heiland it was the right time. It’s boxing, it takes one punch.
Although I felt Macklin was getting outboxed a bit, he caught and didn’t really recover.
You and I spoke recently about your sparring in France with Andy Lee. Experience wise how was that for you and did it strengthen your belief that you can mix it at world level even more?
Definitely. We had good spars, Andy is very technical and a good boxer. I don’t believe people appreciate just how good he is.
He has the Kronk DNA in him…
Exactly. He was under the watchful eye of Emanuel Steward for years and now Adam Booth. I know that Adam is a great tactician in fights so that is one thing he has in abundance.
He is in a good fight but for me I’m top ten in WBO – in 8 mths that is where I want to be fighting for a world title. It doesn’t have to be Vegas but it would be nice!
So route wise for yourself I know you have the WBO International now and if Heiland comes over you will turn your attentions to the WBC rankings.
For you whatever is the shortest route to a world title you will take?
Yeah I don’t really care which route. I’d like as many belts as I can on my mantle-piece. Whatever route pans out best for us. We are in a position where we can dip our toes in and mix it up a bit.
Fingers crossed we can get Heiland who is ranked at what number 3 I believe. That is a great ranking.
I know the past few months have been frustrating for you. How did you rate Nick Blackwell’s performance against Sergey Khomitsky?
Do you know what I thought Nick Blackwell was battering him, if it had gone any longer I think he would have stopped him.
Listen, this is how it goes in the fight game – things get changed at the last-minute and we have to do what we do.
It was frustrating to watch as the week before I should have been in there myself with Khomistky.
With Billy Joe Saunders now mandatory for WBO after the weekend. For you it’s been head down focusing on what you are doing in training.
Tell me how it has been for you watching these guys around you making moves recently?
I’ve experienced a big night when I fought Saunders – that was a big occasion for me so it has been a shame recently. Been hard with there not being a big occasion for me but come January 31st there will be one – which I’m looking forward to.
They are going about their business and I’m going about mine.
Eubank Jr got beat the weekend is he someone maybe not straight away but a fight you can see further down the line?
Yeah I feel like I’m stuck between a rock and a hard place as I’ve got the WBO ranking and the British title will come available.
What do I do – do I take a step back to fight for the British with the aim to win that outright which is four defences which could cost me 2 yrs and I’m 28/29 or do I keep taking steps forward in world rankings?
That is what I need to sit down with Tony and Eddie to talk about.
I feel that if Eddie makes the Heiland fight that decision is made.
Final thing John with Christmas coming up as a boxer with you eating well and the first one with your daughter, have you got much planned?
Nothing much planned, training every day really – hopefully I’ll get Christmas Day off.
To be fair she’s only a baby so she won’t know what it is this year. Next Christmas I hopefully will be off when she does.
John – best of luck with the training mate and no doubt we will catch up soon.
Nice one Paul, speak soon.