"I'm happy I got the victory; no cuts or bruises or none of that, so we happy. I'm ready to get back in the gym and put some more work in...hatever they want to do and whoever they put in front of me, I'm ready for whatever, man. I've been doing this for a long time. I have a hundred and something amateur fights and now 13 fights as a pro, so whoever they put in front of me," stated middleweight J'Leon Love, who shared his thoughts on his recent victory, his future plans, and much more. Check it out!
PC: Congratulations on the big win. How do you feel?
JL: Thank you. I feel good, man. I'm happy I got the victory; no cuts or bruises or none of that, so we happy. I'm ready to get back in the gym and put some more work in.
PC: A couple of rounds before the fight stopped, you could see he was getting frustrated and starting to get a little dirty. Did you sense that he was getting dirty with frustration?
JL: Yeah, yeah! Well, I didn't know he was going to pick me up or anything like that, but I felt I was frustrating him a lot and I knew I was frustrating him and catching him more and more. So I turned it up a little bit and pressed the action a little bit more and I figured I could get the right shots off and get off and get him out of there. I think he was really looking for a way out, you know what I mean? Maybe he didn't want to get stopped or whatever, but the dirty tactics came out of nowhere. I didn't expect that.
PC: And it was right when things were heating up and you guys had some good exchanges. Maybe he felt he hit you with his best and he was ready to check out.
JL: Right, right, right! I don't know, because you never know what a guy would do when they are mentally frustrated. You can expect to see anything in this sport. I done seen guys get thrown out of the ring and so on and so forth. It was kinda crazy. I wanted to finish the fight and knock him out, but I'm glad the ref was paying attention to what was going on and stopped the fight when he did because no telling what this guy was capable of doing.
PC: You were put in an awkward position to be on television when you weren't supposed to be. Did that add any pressure or was that motivation?
JL: It was definitely motivation for me, man. I put it like this, whether it's a month ahead, or two or three months, or a full camp of knowing you are gonna fight on television, you want to do your best. I want to put on a good performance each and every time I'm out there, whether I'm on TV or not. That was something I been dreaming about my whole life. So to fight on TV in front of the whole world, that was my opportunity and I have always been ready for it and we went out there and capitalized on it.
PC: It took you a few rounds to figure him out. Once you did, you were able to connect a lot more. When you were watching tape on him, did you have an understanding of how awkward he was or did he seem more awkward than he appeared on tape?
JL: He was definitely more awkward in the ring. You didn't know where he was going to throw a punch from. It's like you would think I'm out of the way of this punch, and then boom, so it was like, man. The dude was real awkward, but like you said, it took us a couple of rounds, but we got it together and figured it out.
PC: You said the television spot didn't add any pressure, but did knowing Floyd Mayweather and Leonard Ellerbe were ringside add any pressure?
JL: You know what? They have seen me get down before, so it wasn't the first time they have seen me fight or they wouldn't have picked me up and put me in the stable, you know what I mean? I just put that thought outside of my head and just go ahead and perform and do me. I know I am an exciting fighter. I can fight, sit in the pocket, or bang if I have to, so it's whatever. I just do J'Leon and don't worry about anybody else. I just put out what I have been working on in the gym.
PC: You said no bumps or bruises, so how soon would you like to be back in the ring?
JL: Right away. We can get out there next month or something. We still in shape; get right back to the gym. I'm not the guy to sit out for a couple of days. No breaks for me; we right back into it.
PC: You said after the fight it doesn't matter who is next. Is that the case my man?
JL: Whatever they want to do and whoever they put in front of me, I'm ready for whatever, man. I've been doing this for a long time. I have a hundred and something amateur fights and now 13 fights as a pro, so whoever they put in front of me. I'm a fighter! I don't really care. If they want to give me a step up or put another game guy like they gave me the other night in there, we ready for it.
PC: What did you take away from this whole experience of being televised and then fighting a guy that eventually gets disqualified?
JL: Keeping calm and staying focused. I couldn't let all of the distractions, that can actually put pressure on you and make you fumble, get to me. I didn't let that get in the way. I kept my eyes on the prize, got the W, and did what I do. All of the hard work you put in just let it all out in the ring, and as long as I'm getting the W, that's it. It's a thinking game. I didn't want to get in there and just bang and look sloppy and stuff like that. I knew we had 10 rounds and we just coasted until that time and then we broke him down like we were supposed to and we went and got a dub!
PC: You definitely showed great composure. I look forward to speaking to you again soon; congrats again. Is there anything else you want to add?
JL: Thanks a lot, man. I appreciate all of it, man; a lot of love and a lot of support from all of the fans and everybody, so I appreciate it a lot.