"Danny Garcia, he did his stuff. He caught Amir Khan with a good punch and now they say he the king of the 140-pound weight division. I definitely don't concur with that. He is not no king of the 140-pound division...you get in there with Cleotis bruh, it's gonna be something different. They all can get it though; it don't matter. Line 'em up," stated jr. welterweight Cleotis Pendarvis, who talked about his September 20th return to the ring, his future plans, and more. Check it out!
PC: I hear you are training hard. How is it coming along?
CP: Training's going real well. I'm just turning it up and we preparing ourselves for whoever and whatever.
PC: Are you in a full camp or just shaking out, and is September your locked in return date?
CP: It's always a full camp because you could never say one camp is better than the next. You should always train hard is what I'm basically saying, so I'm just training hard as if I had to fight tomorrow. I'm going to keep on working and keep on doing what I do. But yeah, that date is definitely September 20th. We don't have an opponent yet, but it will be an 8-rounder out in Hollywood.
PC: What's the plan heading into 2013? Is it to get a couple more fights this year, and then next year be ready for any and everybody?
CP: Yeah, I'm ready to go get 'em 2013. That's gonna be the year where I want to fight whoever. It don't matter. Whoever at 140 who is supposed to be considered a somebody and I got to go through, I'm going to go through them; it's nothing. I'm becoming a more seasoned fighter now. I'm going back to the old style of fighting, with body shots, hooks, double hooks, and jabs. It's all coming together for me and it's all about timing and I feel like now is my time. People here about me and they talk about me, some negative and some positive, but regardless, I gotta do what I gotta do to show that when I put out my word and I give my word to somebody, I'm gonna stand by it. When I say I'm the best, I'm going to be the best, and that I can prove it, then I'm going to prove it.
PC: It's crazy because you told me 5 fights ago you weren't losing anymore and you are now on a 5-fight winning streak. Has it been just because you aren't taking these short notice fights anymore in people's backyards? What have been the keys to consistency now?
CP: Having a team and a foundation and a group and setting; just having structure. That has been the key. Before, I didn't have any structure. I was a young man out there in a world of sharks. It's a jungle out here, man. It's a dog eat dog world still, but when you coming up as a young man in a business like this, you gonna go through some things. Things just not gonna go your way sometimes, but now I have structure and I'm a man now and it is what it is.
PC: How different is it for you now? Because at one point, you were just that guy to call if you had to fight a southpaw. Now, you have titles and people wanting to fight you. How different is that for you?
CP: To me, it's not really any different because I know I got a lot of work to do still. It's just like now it's more business-like. It's always been a business of boxing, but now, it's like I'm a professional at it.
PC: You are actually scheduled to fight two more times this year, right?
CP: Yeah, the one in September will be, I guess you can say a tune-up, but after that, I gotta defend my USBA title against Mike Dallas or whoever they want me to defend it against. I may have to fight Mauricio Herrera for the #8 position in the world. It's very helpful to have a plan and have structure and be organized. Before when we used to talk, it was always like I was waiting for my phone to ring. You may have to reach sometimes because you have to do what you have to do, but I don't have to reach all of the time now. In the midst of that, who knows? I might get that call, "Danny Garcia just pulled out," or "Zab Judah can't fight Lamont; do you want to take it?" Yeah, I'm gonna be ready. That's what it's about, having the structure and being prepared.
PC: When you look at the 140-pound division, who do you see as someone you would want to share a ring with?
CP: I plan on unifying the 140-pound division and getting all of the belts: IBF, WBO, WBA and WBC. I'm going to get 'em. I will do whatever. Danny Garcia, he did his stuff. He caught Amir Khan with a good punch and now they say he the king of the 140-pound weight division. I definitely don't concur with that. He is not no king of the 140-pound division. First of all, Amir Khan was tagging him. Amir Khan got caught, that could happen to anybody, but before he got caught, he was putting hands on Danny Garcia. I take nothing away from Danny Garcia. He won the fight and got two belts, but you get in there with Cleotis bruh, it's gonna be something different. They all can get it though; it don't matter. Line 'em up; we men, this chess not checkers.
PC: I wish you the best in September. Let me know when you have a name in place for sure. Is there anything else you want to add?
CP: I just want to give a shout out to my whole squad: my coaches, Chuck Washington and Jamal Abdullah, my manager and promoter, Herb Hudson, and my PR staff, Rachel Charles. I want to give a shout out to FightHype. You guys been keeping me in the atmosphere and I really do appreciate it. You know what I been going through. You been following my career for a minute now, and it's just different now and you reached out to me when I was basically fighting for pennies and going in backyards as an opponent, but you still came through. FightHype still came through, so much respect and much love for that. And last but not least, I definitely want to give a shout out to both of my kids, my son and daughter, and my mother. I really thank God for them all the time; they are the motivation and that's wassup.