"Well, when it comes to the Klitschkos, man, I'm going to keep saying the same thing. I don't know what everybody is seeing. I don't see any true championship performances coming from these guys. I don't see speed, I don't see sharp punches, I don't see good boxingÂ…I just don't see it, man. And their performances for the last several years have just been very weak to me. I'm amazed that a few fighters that they fought didn't step up to the plate and take their titles from them. So you gotta take your hat off to the guys because they are finding ways to win, but at the same time, I don't believe that they fought anybody who was really a threat to their position as champion," stated comebacking heavyweight contender Amir Mansour, who talked about his return to the ring, the recent performance of Vitali Klitschko, and much more. Check it out!
PC: How has everything been going my man?
AM: I'm just in the gym trying to get it together, you know?
PC: What has it been like to train on your own time and things like that now?
AM: It's been good. Any fighter that is able to get back in the gym and get back in good shape in that aspect, it's a good feeling to be able to do that.
PC: I have been speaking to Calvin Davis. I'm sure you are ready to see him be released as well.
AM: Yeah man, Calvin is like a big brother to me, man. He is definitely an inspiration and an aspiration to me as far as boxing is concerned. I just really can't wait until he come home, man.
PC: I know you tuned in to the fight between Chad Dawson and Andre Ward. What do you think of Andre Ward?
AM: I think Andre Ward showed the people why he is the champion right now. He stepped up to the plate and took on a challenge of a bigger guy and he whooped Chad. He took all of the fight out of Chad Dawson and made Chad look like he didn't want to fight; like he just came to get a payday. Andre Ward definitely did what he was supposed to do. I was just disappointed that Chad Dawson didn't do half of what he was supposed to do.
PC: You always stress in our interviews that you would have to be carried out of the ring and things like that; you weren't a fan of Chad telling the ref he was done and essentially quitting, right?
AM: Yeah, that was crazy, man. I mean, you're a fighter, man, and that's something that a true champion should never ever say to a referee, man; especially considering he wasn't getting beat up that bad. He wasn't bleeding profusely and getting beat that bad for you to tell the referee, "That's it. I quit. I'm done." Maybe Chad might recover from this by going back up to light heavyweight and defending his title, but then again, I think he may have soured his position as the light heavyweight champion of the world and I think he's going to be a very hard sell when it comes time for him to defend his light heavyweight title.
PC: You are not the biggest heavyweight and I'm sure you had people in the past tell you that you should compete at cruiserweight. What does Chad Dawson's performance say for cutting weight and moving down a class?
AM: I tried to go down to cruiserweight, man, years ago and I was so dehydrated, so sometimes, losing all that weight can be a factor in why you're not able to perform the way you can perform. So it can play a factor in you losing a fight. But in my honest opinion as a fighter, I believe that Chad's shortcoming was a mental one. I don't think it was so much a physical weakness as much as it was a mental one. I look at the fact that he wasn't really trying hard. He didn't seem as though he was weak or fatigued; it seemed as though he was defeated mentally, man.
PC: Yeah, I don't think the weight mattered and I knew some people would take away from Ward's victory for that, but I think the same happens at 75. Maybe Chad finishes on his feet, but I think the result would have been the same.
AM: Exactly! I don't think the weight played a big part of it. I think that he was just defeated mentally. After a few rounds and the fight didn't go to the way he anticipated it to go, I think he gave up. He gave up in the very early rounds and when he saw an out, he took it, man.
PC: What were your thoughts while watching Vitali Klitschko's fight with Manuel Charr?
AM: Well, when it comes to the Klitschkos, man, I'm going to keep saying the same thing. I don't know what everybody is seeing. I don't see any true championship performances coming from these guys. I don't see speed, I don't see sharp punches, I don't see good boxingÂ…I just don't see it, man. And their performances for the last several years have just been very weak to me. I'm amazed that a few fighters that they fought didn't step up to the plate and take their titles from them. So you gotta take your hat off to the guys because they are finding ways to win, but at the same time, I don't believe that they fought anybody who was really a threat to their position as champion.
PC: How much of it do you think is on their opponents not just throwing caution to the wind and going for broke? These guys are fighting like they think they are going to outbox them, and of course that's not happening.
AM: From what I've been seeing from these last few fights that I've watched from the Klitschkos, they are fighting guys that are basically letting them have their way in the ring. They are staying on the end of their jab and at the end of their reach, and they are just letting these guys have their ways and they are trying to beat 'em in the fashion that the Klitschkos would try to beat someone, and not in a way that they probably trained to beat them or listening to the instruction coming from their corner. So having said that, these guys, I'm flabbergasted that the organizations is even allowing these guys to continue fighting the type of competition that they are fighting and letting them remain the champion. You had the Bowe's and the Holyfield's and the Tyson's reigning supreme on the heavyweight division. These guys always fought the #1 contenders and challengers. They didn't fight the 10th and the 15th and 8th and 9th ranked challengers. They always fought the #1 challenger's. I'm just blown away, but its politics and money in this business and the organizations are looking at it as this is how we are making our money, so let these guys fight whoever they want as long as they keep paying these sanctioning fees.
PC: Any update on a return?
AM: I'm just in the gym right now. I'm active, so of course I will be fighting soon. That's as much as I can say at this point, but it will be soon and you are going to see some good things coming for next year.